Annabelle Marie - VOENA Director

Education


1990 Holy Names College, Oakland, CA - M.A., Music Education, June ’91

        (Choral Conducting, Kodaly Emphasis)

1987 Sacramento State University, Sacramento CA -  B.M., Violin Performance, June ’86

Skills Summary

  1. Music specialist and founder of “physical singing:” technique incorporating body – voice connection, integration, and discipline.  Multi-cultural and lingual music: Choral, general, and theatrical programs.  Choreography and music: San Francisco School of Circus Arts acrobatics performances.  Violinist, pianist, composer, arranger, and vocalist: freelance, choral, theatrical productions.  Vocal coach and instructor: Solo and group vocal technique and presentation.  Solo project manager and producer: Studio recording, CD packaging, marketing, and promotion.

Experience

VOENA “Voices of Eve ‘N Angels” Present (since 1994)

Founder/Director, Children’s Choir


  1. Bay Area children from Solano, Contra Costa, Napa, and Sonoma counties: 150+ membership of boys and girls, ages 5-18, represent 35 cultures, sing up to 20 different languages, performing professionally locally and internationally, and receiving multiple awards and honors for their contribution to the music industry.  US Ambassadors to the White House, Pageant of Peace 2003/2005, World Expo US National Day in Aichi, Japan, and “Goodwill Tour” to China 2000.


Vocal Coach and Instructor, CA Present (since 1990)


  1. Working with students to develop vocal technique, power singing with projection, performance techniques, style development and originality.  Helping students becomes artists: creating performance opportunities, producing CD demos, marketing, and promotional outreach.  Students:

  2.     Holly Stell - 12 year-old Soprano, duet partner of Andrea Boccelli

  3.     Olivia Hurst - 16 year-old Pop Singer, top 14 girls of American Idol, Season 6

  4.     Peppino D’Agostino - World renowned Sicilian guitarist


Walnut Creek Civic Arts, CA 1999-2000, K-5th

Music Specialist: Kodaly


  1. Instructed students in a trustworthy setting with communication in interpersonal relationship, skills that cultivated strong relationships with parents and students.


Teacher-Music, Napa Waldorf Charter 1998-2000, K-6th Grades

Music Specialist: Kodaly


  1. Weekly lesson plans for integrated cooperative learning activities and multicultural education raised class participation levels, demonstrate cultural diversity in music, and enhance students’ academic and social skills. Provided quality music programming, whole group learning, creative lesson plan development, performance assessments, and student motivation: Festival performances and year-end concerts.


Contra Costa Children’s Choir, CA 1998-1999

Choir Director: Youth Choir


  1. Directed weekly rehearsals for teenage girls with emphasis on solfegio theory training and vocal technique, tailoring repertoire to meet students’ diverse needs and capture their interest and imagination.  Compassionate and inspiring: maintained a motivated and well-disciplined rehearsal space where each student felt special, cared for, and successful.


Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks Band  1998-2001

Vocalist, violinist, percussionist


  1. Performed on tour with Dan Hicks both nationally and internationally: 2000 – Conan O’Brien TV special, 2001 - international Japan tour


Teacher-Music, Blue Star Montessori  1997, Second/Third Grades

Music Specialist: Kodaly


  1. Bi-weekly lesson plans instilled a sense of music appreciation and encouraged students to expand their interests within a Montessori setting.  Developed strong working relationships with all students to make certain that they felt welcome, at ease, and appropriately challenged within the classroom.


The New Pickle Circus, SF 1996-1997

Performer, Musician, Vocalist


  1. Performed on local and national tour across the United States, under the direction of SF based choreographer and artist, Tandy Beal.


Teacher-Music, Robert Semple School 1996, First Grade

Music Specialist: Kodaly


  1. Created and implemented bi-weekly lessons that accommodated multiple intelligences, aligned with the curriculum and state standards.  Talent for integrating cooperative learning, multiculturalism, and multi-sensory learning experience for students. 


San Francisco School of Circus Arts, SF 1989-present

Advisor


  1. Attending rehearsals and training for acrobatics performances that include my son, the last of 3 sons who have trained with Master Lu Yi from Nanjing, China.  Music and choreography input to enhance performances and theatrical elements.  My two older sons are currently with Cirque De Soleil corporate.

AWARDS & MERITS


2008 Jefferson Award for Community Service  

   

2007/2008 Original Compositions

  1. Jack Lenz Productions, National CD release

  2. Wings of a Dove, Peace Again, Starlight Starbright,

  3. Ave Marie/Holy Child of God – Holly Stell


2007 City of Benicia, CA Mayor Award

  1. VOENA Community Contributions


2006 Original Compositions

  1. Favored Nations, National CD release

  2. We Pray Sanctus on “Acoustic Christmas” CD


2005 World Expo US National Day

  1. VOENA, Aichi, Japan


2005 Dr. Maya Angelou Amazing Peace

  1. VOENA, music debut


2003 Washington D.C. Pageant of Peace

  1. VOENA, National Tree Lighting


2000 North American Children’s Choral

  1. VOENA, Carnegie Hall, New York


1986/1987 James Adair Award

  1. New Music, Violin

Certification


2000 Emelia Blumina Piano Course 4, Berkeley, CA - Pianist/35 years:Kirov, Russia

1996 Berkeley School of Music - Extension Course:Body Percussion - Keith Terry from

        Crosspulse

1985 Judy Davis Studios, Oakland, CA - Voice graduating class with Mary Martin

        (Teacher of Barbara Streisand) 

PERSONAL INTERESTS


  1. Enjoy celebrating my children and grandchild, travel, a variety of other music activities (guitar, Native American flute, percussion), tennis, volleyball, skiing, and swimming.




~References Available Upon Request~