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Sarah winning 2013 Exchange Club Search for Talent

Sarah Maugaotega during her 1st Prize-winning performance in the April 2013 Exchange Club Search for Talent

 Below, Exchange Club Search for Talent 2013 - Photo Montage

Exchange Club 2013 Photo Montage

2012 CAPMT District 8 Vocal Ensembles 1st Place Winners

Above, Trevor Cislaw and Sydney Little after their 1st Prize performance in the October 2012 CAPMT District 8 Ensembles Auditions

Aditi and Nikki following the October 2011 CAPMT Ensembles Auditions

2011 CAPMT Ensembles - Aditi and Nikki

Abbie getting into the "zone" to record her song 

Student preparing to sing at recording studio

Sophia Ahwazi singing National Anthem

Sophia Ahwazi singing the National Anthem (above).


Sophia sent me this photo. She is working on her breathing utilizing a pinwheel.
This is a great technique for releasing breath and enlisting the assorted muscles of support. Good going, Sophia!

Photo of Pinwheel in hand in front of piano and music

The Studio

Photo of Patricia Shanks Voice Studio interior

Namrata Mohan displaying the Studio book bag

Namrata Mohan with Shanks Voice Studio book bag

(April 2013) 
CBS Local - Best Voice Lessons in Orange County!  Click Here

Patricia Shanks Interview on Momz Rock The House

Patricia Shanks Interview on and

Janeane Bernstein of interviewed me for her radio show

Mikayla and Shayna Chapman with Studio bags

Actresses Mikayla Chapman and Shayna Chapman model their Patricia Shanks Voice Studio bags.

Congratulations and Applause! 

Kelly for acceptance into the Orange County School of the Arts Music & Theatre Conservatory. Also, belated congrats for being cast in lead roles in The Little Mermaid, Jr. and Fame, Jr. Go, Kelly!

Sarah Maugaotega for winning 1st Prize, Senior Division in the 2013 Exchange Club Search for Talent Competition.

Maggie S. for winning 3rd Prize, Jr. Division, 2013 Exchange Club Search for Talent.

Nancy Livingston for snagging the choice role of Babylon, the fallen angel in the 2013 CHOC Follies.

Savannah for being cast as the Magic Carpet in her elementary school production of Disney's Aladdin Jr.

Carmen for being cast as Cogsworth in her middle school production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Oaklee for being cast as Mrs. Mayor in her high school production of Seussical the Musical

Kelly for being cast as Alice in her school production of Disney's Alice In Wonderland Jr.

Sydney and Trevor for winning 1st Prize in the 2012 CAPMT District 8 Vocal Ensembles Auditions.

Namrata for winning second prize in the 2012 local Exchange Club Search For Talent, and going on to win 3rd prize in the regional competition.

Aditi for receiving top honors in the Carnegie Hall/Royal Conservatory Achievement Program practical evaluation, and for being asked to perform in the gala recital at the 2012 CAPMT Convention in Northern California. Also! Congrats on receiving your MTAC Certificate of Merit Senior Medallion.

Aditi and Nikki for winning 2nd Place Medals in the CAPMT October 2011 Ensembles Auditions.

Audrey and Sophia for competing in the 2011 Exchange Club Search For Talent, and to Sophia for winning 2nd Prize in the Senior Division.

Aditi, Janani, Nikki and Sophia for successfully competing in and completing the 2011 MTAC Certificate of Merit Evaluations, and to Janani and Sophia for receiving Branch Honors.

Aditi and Janani for being accepted to the 2011 All-State Honor Choir.

Ashley for receiving a 3rd prize in the 2010 NATS-LA Student Evaluations.

Aditi and Janani for being accepted to the 2010 Southern California Vocal Association High School Mixed Voices Honor Choir and Women's Ensemble, respectively.

Sophia Ahwazi for performing the National Anthem beautifully as guest singer at the 62nd Annual CA-NV District Exchange Club Search for Talent Competition.

Abbie Tardif for being accepted into the elite Mater Dei High School Chamber Ensemble for 2010-11. 

Ashley Preuss for receiving 2nd prize in the Corona del Mar 2010 Exchange Club Search for Talent.

Aditi Sinha for receiving Branch and Convention Honors in the 2010 MTAC Certificate of Merit® Evaluations.

Patricia Shanks Voice Studio

27601 Forbes Road, Suite 45
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 723-4473



What students are saying...  (unsolicited)

If you want real voice lessons, no drama, no BS, a teacher who gets down to your voice's bizness, Patricia is your lady. She has an amazing personality, and makes me laugh sooo much, but she does not mess around. She is like a warrior queen and renaissance artist and scientist all combined - strong, focused, knowledgeable, and overflowing with passion and vigor for her art. ...  She just has this overflowing respect for music. It is a fine art. ...  If you merely want to "sound" good, you can go elsewhere, or teach yourself that, even, but if you are passionate enough about singing to want solid technique that will allow you to keep your voice healthy for the rest of your life, go to Patricia. Your voice will thank you. - Madoka U.

I just wanted to say thanks. My voice has made some progress and it's definitely because of your brilliance, persistence and optimism. - Desir�e P.

It's working! - Amir B.

Yesterday was awesome! Unexpected sounds came out.. it was like "wow"!!! I can't wait for next time. ... - Marissa C.

I'm pretty excited, and wanted to immediately share this with you...  I was shocked when I played the tape back - I actually liked  the sound of my voice!!! ... What a difference!!! I'm excited because I can now imagine how well I'll someday be able to sing :-) Thank-you!!!! - Tom B.

... I now have the confidence to sing in a small ensemble at Church. Patricia makes this learning experience so much fun. She is helping me reach my dream. For that, I am truly grateful. - Julie H.

Patricia is a rare find - a most wonderful teacher, of voice and life, who challenges and yet can laugh, and has patience beyond belief. As an amateur singer, I have learned to breathe (amazing how we forget), relax and trust myself. I look forward to laughing, as well as singing, every session. I highly recommend Patricia for anyone wanting to grow personally and vocally. - Lydia W.

Patricia was a wonderful instructor. She was incredibly personable with a thorough knowledge of the industry. She had creative ways of teaching, and always offered different techniques in case one didn't work for me. Because of the kind of instructor Patricia was, she made me want to succeed! - Dana C. 


Directing the Amadeus Boys and Girls Choirs circa 1996

Teaching for the SAG Youth Conservatory 2009

Soprano Jacquelynne Fontaine and Patricia Shanks

After judging the event, chatting with winner of the 2011 Burbank Philharmonic
Young Artists Competition, Soprano and 2006 Miss California Jacquelynne Fontaine

Judging the Burbank Philharmonic
Young Artists Competition

 Patricia Shanks - 'Pirated' Performance
Patricia Shanks sings a 'pirated' song

SAG Youth Conservatory Workshop


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