Myra Vassian was brought up in the mountains of North Carolina where she learned to love opera and Appalachian folk music. Formally trained as an opera singer, (Bachelor of Music, Baylor University / Masters of Arts, Western Carolina University / Performing Artist Diploma, Bieler Opernstudio) she has been singing and performing since she was a small child. Favorite roles through the years include, “Kate Hardcastle” in She Stoops To Conquer, “Ella” in Bells Are Ringing, “Peggy-Sartre” in Godspell and “Susanna” in Le Nozze di Figaro. The recipient of an International Rotary Scholarship, Myra spent 5 years furthering her studies and singing professionally in Switzerland, including singing her European opera debut as “Lauretta” in Gianni Schicchi, the world premiere of Der Zoobär, by Swiss composer Jost Meier, “Norina” from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and “Zerlina” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Currently Myra teaches voice classes for the Evening Division of The Juilliard School and has a private voice studio in Manhattan. With over 30 years of experience teaching singers of all ages and experience levels, Myra has come to specialize in adult beginner and intermediate students as well as those who have suffered from vocal trauma. This blog site is intended to offer practical advice, product recommendations and Myra’s thoughts on finding balance as a singer to anyone who would like to get more satisfaction out of their singing. Myra continues to perform art song and cabaret as well as offering vocal seminars for choirs and being the director of the Congress Hall Festival Chorus in Cape May, New Jersey.