Instruments: Voice, Piano
Styles: Musical Theater, Classical, Contemporary; Piano: Classical, Adult Beginners
Ages: Voice 12+, Piano 6+
Specialties: Audition prep and instilling confidence while building proper and healthy technique.
Amanda Weis is an experienced performing artist and stage director who divides her time between private vocal/piano instruction and actively performing and directing throughout the Twin Cities and greater area. Ms. Weis obtained her BA in vocal music at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and her Masters of Music at the University of MN, Duluth. Collegiately, she has studied classical vocal music and opera, while also participating in musical theatre and vocal jazz opportunities and study. Ms. Weis has performed leading and supporting roles with such companies as Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Duluth Playhouse, St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Really Spicy Opera, and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, among other noted houses.
Ms. Weis is an active stage director as well. In 2016, she stage directed Verdi’s Rigoletto for Really Spicy Opera’s tenth season. As a faculty on Totino-Grace Fine Arts Academy for over three years, Ms. Weis has provided musical direction for School House Rock Live Jr, and stage direction for Shrek Jr, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, School House Rock Live Jr, and, most recently, a production of Lion King Jr with a cast of 80 kids.
In July 2017, Ms. Weis spent a month assistant directing Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Waimea, Hawaii, for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. In the spring of 2018, Ms. Weis will be music directing High Fidelity for Minneapolis Musical Theatre. Performances will occur in the Electric Fetus record store, in Minneapolis. Info and tickets can be found here: aboutmtt.org
Ms. Weis is co-founder and co-director of L’Opportunità VIP, an annual vocal training program for young vocalists (18+) starting their career in the vocal arts. L’Opportunità VIP had their inaugural program June 2016, at Hamline University in St. Paul. Diction classes, private voice lessons, movement for singers, acting masterclasses, and recitals were among the few services and opportunities provided to those singers and collaborative pianists who participated.
The next L’Opportunità VIP workshop will be June 12-16th, 2018 at Hamline University in St. Paul. Information on opportunities and scholarships can be found on the L’Opportunità VIP website. www.lopportunitavip.com
Individual lessons, whether for the beginner or experienced, is about the process and not perfection. Goals for each student are identified and worked towards, and may include, but are not limited, to sing publicly, gain the fundamentals and foundations of healthy vocal technique, and/or enter the next audition with confidence and clarity. A friendly report and a balance between challenges and obtainable goals are necessary for a working and safe learning environment. Small victories are always celebrated, and lessons should never be a source of unhealthy stress.
Voice lessons include proper vocal technique, addressing good vocal health, music theory, appropriate repertoire in the classical and musical theatre genres, effective and interpretive acting, audition preparation and is tailored to the individual needs of each student.
Piano lessons include proper technique, music theory, appropriate books and repertoire suggestions, effective and interpretive musical guidance, and accompanying advice and opportunities.
Students reserve a weekly ½ hour time slot for lessons
- $30 per half hour lesson
- $60 per hour lesson (hour time slots require my approval)
Lessons are paid for by the month and in advance (by request and approval, student may pay for lessons on weekly basis)
Lessons canceled with less than 24 hour notice require payment.
Lessons canceled with late notice cannot be rescheduled.
Lessons canceled with less than 24 hours for an emergency can be rescheduled. (transportation, finals, vacations do not count as emergencies)
Students who repeatedly cancel late or do not pay on time will be asked to leave my studio
If I need to cancel a lesson, student will be notified immediately and that lesson will be rescheduled
Taking a break or discontinuing lessons requires a 2 week notice
As always, if you have any questions, please let me know!
"I started taking voice lessons about two and a half years ago with a private studio voice teacher in Minneapolis and after five weeks of lessons, I did not feel that my teacher was pushing me or that I was improving. I decided to end my lessons with this studio and search elsewhere. I read about the Schmitt Music in Burnsville and the music experience of each voice teacher and decided to sign up for lessons with Amanda. I immediately felt connected with Amanda and her teaching style and knew that she would help me to grow not only in vocal technique, but in confidence about my voice.
She encouraged me to take on repertoire that I was not sure whether I was ready for at first, but once practicing them, it was clear that Amanda’s pushing to challenge myself was worth it as I began to notice improvement in my voice after only a couple lessons. She has a lot of knowledge on different vocal warmups and vocal pedagogy that helped me to better uncover the full power behind my voice that I may have not discovered otherwise.
Originally, I began taking lessons with an interest in musical theater repertoire, but Amanda identified an operatic quality in my voice and encouraged me to test out art song and other classical pieces. With this advice and guidance, I ended up falling in love with opera and continued to practice classical repertoire. In addition to my repertoire, Amanda helped me with music theory and sight-reading to advance my music skills outside of singing and was very clear in her explanations of the subject. With her support and encouragement, I felt confident in auditioning for Vocal Performance undergraduate programs at universities. I auditioned for the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and was accepted into both voice programs.
Now an Opera Performance major at the University of Minnesota, I know that without Amanda, none of this would have been possible and taking lessons with her was the right first step towards my future career in opera." - Lexi
"Annie has had the privilege of working with Amanda the past couple years. As a 4 year old who was passionate about singing, Amanda was immediately able to work with Annie to build a good musical foundation. Always patient, Amanda is able to explain things to Annie in different ways for her to fully understand and increase her musical knowledge, not only for voice but also for piano. Annie has been effectively challenged through working with Amanda, and is able to continue to maintain her passion and enjoyment for music while improving her skills. Amanda has continued to encourage Annie, especially in challenging moments. When Annie, now 6, was asked what she enjoys most about working with Amanda she summed up our family’s feelings very accurately: “I like pretty much everything, she’s just so great and makes sure I have fun even while working to improve.” - Jinger
I have been taking voice lessons from Amanda for almost 5 years. In that time I've grown so much as a singer. Taking lessons from Amanda exposed me to new genres of music that I never would've thought to sing on my own. My confidence and ability to sing in front of people has improved immensely. Voice lessons have also helped me be successful in theatre and choir auditions. Recently, I've started taking piano lessons too, and I'm already noticing an improvement!