Styles: Musical Theater, Classical, Contemporary
Ages: Any Age
Specialties: beginners, Musical Theatre, classical foundations, audition techniques
Sarah DeYong earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University (OCU) where she was required to study a range of musical styles while maintaining a healthy, classical technique under the tutelage of voice instructor Brenda Holleman. At OCU, she became the soprano section leader of both the OCU Chamber Choir and the OCU Chapel Choir. Meanwhile, she performed in numerous musical theatre shows, operas, recitals and concerts.
After Graduation, Sarah stayed in Oklahoma for a time and worked as a voice instructor for Oklahoma City University Performing Arts Academy and for Poteet Theatre. Sarah spent a brief period in Colorado where she performed the role of Rapunzel in Into the Woods at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse alongside Grammy Award Winner Debby Boone as The Witch.
Since moving to Minneapolis in 2016, Sarah has become an active professional in the Twin Cities theatre and film communities. She’s worked with companies such as Artistry Theatre, The National Theatre for Children, Chameleon Theatre Circle and St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre. She has numerous professional film and tv credits (ABC, High Voltage Films, MCTC, MCAD) with several projects in pre-production. Sarah also works as a visual artist, rendering oil paintings from photographs (on commission) and creating originals to sell.
During our lessons, I want you to stay healthy and have fun. Once you have a solid foundation and a little confidence, your voice will flourish!
I use positive reinforcement to encourage good habits and guide you away from anything that will cause unnecessary stress to your instrument. The teacher-student relationship must be built on communication and trust. I aim to help my students recognize and celebrate even the smallest improvements so that they gain the confidence to thrive and learn to solve problems on their own.
Like other parts of the body, the voice can be exercised to gain strength and endurance but it is unhealthy to push the voice too far, too fast. Building a healthy, strong sound requires patience and diligence as you master and maintain new concepts.
Singing reduces stress, improves mood and mental alertness, and even boosts the immune system. Lessons are the best way to make sure that you are benefiting from all of this while protecting your instrument so that you keep your beautiful voice healthy.
24 hours notice is required for non-emergency cancellations. Payment is still due for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice. Cancelled lessons must be rescheduled within a week of the cancelled lesson. If I need to cancel a lesson, student will be notified immediately and that lesson will be rescheduled.
Students may be asked to leave my studio if lessons are consistently cancelled by the student, if the student is consistently disrespectful toward me, or if I feel the student and I are not communicating productively. No student will be asked to leave without an explanation of the problem and time to fix it.
I will notify all students of any changes in policy. I welcome any and all questions!
Students reserve a weekly ½ hour time slot for lessons.
$35 per half hour lesson
$70 per hour lesson (hour time slots require my approval)
- $120 for a package of four 30 minute lessons or two 60 minute lessons
Lessons must be paid for in advance or at the time of the lesson.
- Oct 17 – Nov 9, 2019 – Artistry Theatre as Waitress/Nancy D in “A New Brain”
- Nov 19 – Dec 30 – Sidekick Theatre as Stepsister in “Cinderella”
- Feb 7 – Feb 29 – Minneapolis Musical Theatre as Jerusha understudy in “Daddy Long Legs”
- Apr 17 – May 10 – Artistry Theatre as Agnes Gooch in “Mame”
“Sarah personalizes each group lesson for each singer, keeping things fun and lighthearted while helping each person explore different ways to apply the skills she coaches. Plus, the open and friendly format of the lessons allows the singers to learn from one another, too!” – Brandy Churchill, 2019 Adult Singing Class participant
Live Recording from
“Chess the Musical”
Musical Theater Reel
“I’m so happy that I found Sarah, in my search for a vocal coach; she is such a great fit for me! I haven’t been taking lessons from her for very long, but I’ve already noticed improvements in my singing. She is quick to figure out what I need to work on and is also very intuitive and can tell when she needs to try different teaching methods to help the light bulb turn on in my head. She also has a great sense of humor, which helps me to relax and makes our lessons more enjoyable; I always look forward to them! “
"I love voice lessons. My teacher is really nice and kind. She encourages me. And she gives me stickers."
"When our 7 year old said he wanted to try voice lessons, we weren't sure that he was ready or that we would find the right teacher. We were so lucky to find Sarah! Her teaching style is warm, patient, and kind. I cannot believe how much he has already learned about pitch and reading music. She is a natural teacher who is great at connecting with young students. He absolutely loves going each week."
- Jillian, mother of Baron
"I am so glad Sarah is my singing teacher because she makes my voice sound better and she helps me when I want to get ready for an audition. The best thing about Sarah is she acts in plays so I know she has experience singing in front of people and she lets me pick some of the songs I sing."
"My daughter so enjoys voice lessons with Sarah and looks forward to them each week. Sarah’s kind encouragement and instruction help my daughter build confidence with her singing and I am impressed with the progress she has made. As a parent, Sarah has been wonderful to work with - she is a clear communicator, organized and accommodating."
- Betsy, mother of Lucy