Styles: Musical Theater, Classical, Contemporary
Specialties: The Musical Theater 32 and 16 bar audition; Classical technique with a healthy approach to singing and belting. Releasing tension in the body and opening the sound. Preparing students and professionals for a career in theatre.
Lyric coloratura soprano Mrs. Laumann is a vocalist who has performed in equity and non-equity houses across America. Samantha first started her musical training as a scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2002. The following year, she transferred to the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts under the instruction of Marion Pratniki where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance in 2006.
In 2010, she became a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music with a Master’s of Music in Musical Theatre Performance. She studied voice under the instruction of Monique Phinney and performed in master classes with some of Broadway’s top casting directors, agents and musical directors including Michael O’Flattery, Richard Fisher, and Ray Roderick.
In completion of her Masters, Mrs. Laumann served as playwright, director, orchestration of her first original musical know as “Hatikvah the Hope” which she hopes will be published in the coming years.
Samantha previously served as the Assistant Director and rehearsal accompanist for Charlotte Youth Chorale was member of the Charlotte Oratorio Singers associated with the Charlotte Symphony. Previous stage and theatre roles include Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Belle (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Marion Paroo (The Music Man), Jo March (Little Women), Babe (Crimes of the Heart), Jo Briggs (Independence), Dorothy (The Wizard of OZ) and performed in several ensembles for the A.J. Opera Institute, and served as a background vocalist for Ben Folds.
Samantha has been teaching voice, piano and musical theatre for 5 years both privately and in the classroom from ages 4-78.
Samantha’s educational background and passion for teaching has led her to strive in the creating of new genera of versatile classical and musical theater performers to meet current demands and cross-over classical singers. As a teacher, Mrs. Laumann strives for vocal health with a foundation of classical technique and training. She teaches multiple musical theatre styles including 20’s – 2000’s, pop, folk, as well as classic art songs and arias in French, German and Italian.
My teaching philosophy is built upon the importance of music education, vocal health, technique, musicality and a passion for music. By having a firm foundation in classical technique, any genera can be achieved. Each voice is unique and different from all others, and my goal is to help you discover, strengthen, expand your voice and fall in love with music. I believe that anyone can learn how to sing, no matter what age, experience, or background.
In a lesson I work on ear-training, resonance, organic tone production, intonation, breath support, and music/song and character interpretation. I use various tools to help free the voice from the obstacles of body and mind so that the voice producing a natural, free sound.
I welcome students to prepare their choice of repertoire, but as a teacher I also provide a vast repertoire when needed. I want you to love what you are singing, but also be open to working on new/not so familiar pieces as well to expand your repertoire. I have high expectations and goals I set for my students and I expect students to be on time and prepared for lessons. It is my goal not only to develop fine musicians, but artists.
Individual Lesson Rates:
30 minutes- $35
45 minutes- $45
60 minutes- $55
Packages of 4
4 30min Lessons: $110
4 45min Lessons: $150
4 60min Lessons: $190
Packages of 8
8 30min Lessons: $220
8 45min Lessons: $300
8 60min Lessons: $380
Packages of 12
12 30min Lessons: $330
12 45min Lessons: $450
12 60min Lessons: $570
Recommended Lesson lengths:
30 minutes- young singer (6-12) or beginner
45 minute- intermediate (13 & up)
60 minutes- advanced singers or adults (16 & up)
Please check out my website at www.blackboxstudiotheatre.com for more information on my policies, procedures and tuition rates.
Payment will be accepted monthly at the beginning of each month, or on a lesson to lesson basis, according to the student’s preference. If payment is not received by the 1st week of the month, the student will be charged a $10 late fee. Checks are preferred. There will be a $15 charge for returned checks, plus bank fees. You are paying for a time slot, therefore it is important to be early and prepared at your lesson. Lesson times will not be extended if you run late.
Cancelation Policy – If a lesson is cancelled by the student, I must receive 24 hours notice to reschedule the lesson. If less notice is received, I am not obligated to make up that lesson and the student will still require payment for the missed lesson. All lessons canceled by myself (ample notice will be given) will be made up by the end of that month.
Interview Lesson – An interview lesson is a chance for us to get to know each other, for me to hear your voice, and for you to ask as many questions as you like. It is also a chance to see if it will be a good fit both for the teacher and the student. A one-time 30 min interview lesson will be offered at $25. Prospective students are asked to bring in one song with music that they would like to sing and notebook paper to take notes.
Words can't describe how grateful I am to have studied under Samantha. When I first started lessons with her, I was a chorister interested in learning a little more about singing and testing the waters of the music world. Now, I'm going into Davidson College as an aspiring music major - with a voice scholarship. Samantha made me fall utterly in love with music. I can't believe how far I've come after two years of lessons. I've learned so much from her - everything from theory to breathing techniques to Italian pronuciation. She helped me gain confidence and get over my stage fright. She constantly pushed me to accomplish new goals. She helped me successfully navigate the nightmarish process of college auditions. And, most importantly, she became an incredible mentor and friend. I never would have gotten to this point if it weren't for her compassion, her constant smile, and her unrelenting faith in my abilities. She has been an amazing inspiration to me, and anyone would be lucky to learn from her. - Casey M.
"I worked with Samantha for a little over a year. I had never worked with a vocal coach before, but I highly suggest that if you are looking for one, you consider her. Over the course of a year, she helped me improve my breathing, my sound, and taught me various vocal exercises. I always looked forward to my weekly lesson with her, and she never failed to make my time with her enjoyable. I would highly recommend working with Samantha if you would like to improve your vocal ability." - Meredith O.
"Working with Samantha has been a wonderful experience. As a performer from the Twin Cites, I was looking for a vocal coach who is was proficient in Musical Theatre, who could provide guidance in my quest to future my career. although, I have only been working with Samantha for a few months, I feel I have come so far in my vocal performance. She had helped me clean up bad habits and strengthen prior techniques from several years of voice lessons, show choir and other musical theatre training. She has helped prepare we with skills and insight to succeed with auditioning, growing as an artist, and most importantly maintaining a healthy voice. Her knowledge is invaluable. As a fellow dancer she knows where my training is and provides unique techniques that blend smoothly with my other training, to help develop a well rounded performance package. I am so thankful that I found her studio on Thumbtack, she has been an absolute joy to work with. - Brittany Marie Wilson