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Excellence in education and in performance

Patricia Shanks has been teaching vocal technique and coaching singers for more than 37 years. She works with singers of all ages and levels of expertise who want to establish and maintain an effective, efficient way of singing. Other singers want to touch up their existing technique or solve problems.

Please visit THE PROGRAM for information on style of training.

A member of a number of professional organizations, including the Music Teachers Association of California, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and others, Patricia stays abreast of the latest in vocal pedagogy so that she can offer the very best instruction to her students.

        Patricia Shanks singing in Die Fledermaus
Patricia Shanks (left) singing in Die Fledermaus. At the right is actress and comedienne Jo Anne Worley.
Patricia Shanks points to badge on her sweater.

Patricia Shanks points to a button reading, "I inspire the desire to aspire." The instructor is a Founding Teacher for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. http://www.musicdevelopmentprogram.org/
 

Patricia trained with teachers and coaches of the old European singing schools and from the Golden Age of Singing in America. Ultimately, she credits her understanding of the vocal mechanism to Natalie Limonick, who was general director of the USC Opera Program, director of the UCLA Opera Workshop, president of the Opera Guild of Southern California, and who worked with such celebrated singers as Martial Singher and Lotte Lehmann at Santa Barbara's Music Academy of the West. Working with Natalie Limonick Patricia learned foundation principles of vocal technique which had been absent from her university studies.

Patricia also studied technique and repertoire with Esther Andreas (Metropolitan Opera), Naomi Farr (New York City Opera), Nina Hinson (San Francisco Opera), Marion Cooper, Dietrich Erbelding, Charles Ross Perlee (conductor, San Francisco Opera and Bremen Opera), and a number of other respected teachers and coaches. Patricia's mentors worked and trained with the world's greatest musicians. Among the artists in this impressive teaching lineage were Arthur Schoenberg, Francis Poulenc, Pierre Bernac and Nadia Boulanger.

Patricia Sang with the former Los Angeles Music Center Opera Association, with Orange County's Opera Pacific and with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under Roger Wagner. She performed in master classes taught by Giorgio Tozzi (Metropolitan Opera), Blanche Thebom (Metropolitan Opera) and Dorothy Warenskjold (San Francisco Opera). She has recorded background vocals for a number of artists.

Patricia is an Emmy Award-winning writer. She is a working voice-over talent and an active member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA. She is a former TV Arts & Entertainment news segment host and producer and NPR jazz radio station affiliate host, and a former columnist for The Los Angeles Daily News.

Patricia Shanks Audio & Video Clips (click the text links)

Circa mid-1980s
Long Time Ago

Una voce poco fa
Accompanied by the incomparable Nick Ariondo in 1990
Nick performed onstage with Placido Domingo in the recent LA Opera production of Il Postino.

Singing at the conclusion of a recent Studio voice and piano recital


Patricia Shanks backstage - Die FledermausPatricia Shanks in Falstaff
Patricia Shanks consorting backstage with the men in uniform of Die Fledermaus and post-performance of Falstaff pictured as the Wood Nymph (aka Mistress Meg Page).

YouTube Channels

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Proud to see student Tallene Hacatoryan perform in her Mater Dei  High School Madrigal Feast


Recording at Sonikwire Studios
Patricia Shanks Voice Studio

27601 Forbes Road, Suite 45
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 723-4473

pshanks@studioshanks.com

Please call for information.

www.studioshanks.com

Patricia Shanks Singing 5/2012
Traditionally trained singers are able to transcend musical styles. Here singing a Michel Legrand song in French.

Patricia Shanks in La Boheme Patricia Shanks sings with Chamber Ensemble



Singing as part of a chamber music ensemble circa mid-1980s  (above)

Feeling at home at the Café Momus in La Bohème with Opera Pacific late 1980s  (left)


 

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