A dynamic theatre artist, vocal teacher and arts administrator, Monica has conducted a variety of workshops and residencies in drama, playwriting, vocal music and movement in collaboration with The Widener Memorial School for Students with Disabilities in Philadelphia, Villanova University, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Why Not Prosper, The Children’s Aid Society, New York City Public Schools, The MGR Foundation, and Hope Academy in East Liberty, Pgh. Monica has also served as the Education Director for 1812 Productions’ award-winning education program, 1812 Outreach in Philadelphia and for Prime Stage Theater Company in Pittsburgh.
Under Monica's direction, 1812 Outreach received the prestigious George Bartol Arts Education Award and was honored for Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service at the 2011 Barrymore Awards for bringing to life the collaborative, multi-disciplinary, student written and performed production of “We Write South Philly High.” The project was created in response to increased racial tension and violence at South Philadelphia High School in urban Philadelphia.
A native of Pittsburgh, Monica is a graduate of Duquesne University's School of Music and is a proud C.A.P.A. High School alumnus. She credits the city’s evolving cultural scene for inspiring her commitment to arts education and is excited to have the opportunity to help cultivate young artists and future patrons in the Greater Pittsburgh area. She is currently the Education Director for Prime Stage Theatre Company and is a teaching artist with H.O.P.E. Academy in East Liberty and the MGR Foundation.
I strive to make lessons a fun and exploratory process. Here's a bit of information about me and my teaching style. For rates and scheduling info, please get in touch with me via the CONTACT page.
Expertise/Specialty: Building a strong and healthy foundation of singing as well as lyric and song interpretation.
Musical Styles Taught: All styles are welcome from classical or musical theater to rock and pop.
Education: B.M., Duquesne University in Classical Voice Performance; Studied under Claudia Pinza and under Liz Caplan in NYC.
Professional Experience: The Pittsburgh Opera Company; Opera Theater of Pittsburgh; Civic Light Opera; Freelance Vocalist; Lead Singer for various wedding bands; Lead Singer for original Philadelphia-based rock band – Modzilla
"I have been singing professionally for 16 years and have a great understanding of the demand for today’s singer to be well versed in many styles of singing."
My philosophy: Everybody can sing. As a voice teacher, I am here to help you discover your true voice and to fully utilize it. Healthy vocal production and an emotional connection are the cornerstones of a great performance. I teach students how to use their voice in a healthy, confident, and focused way, how to effectively approach melody and lyrics, and how to break down a song into its parts so it is accessible and manageable.
You can also anticipate a healthy dose of laughter during your voice lesson. I believe laughter opens us up and makes it easier to learn new things.