Influences: When you hear great singers such as Whitney Houston, Maria Carey, Freddy Mercury, Ariana Grande, Luciano Pavarotti and others you wonder, "how do they do that?" Some great singers intuitively apply the concepts of Bel Canto to reach vocal greatness and some were taught the technique. Modern day Bel Canto, which means "Beautiful Singing," is applied to all styles of music: Rock, Pop, Alternative, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Folk, Heavy Metal, Gospel, Country, Latin, Blues, Soul, Broadway, Country, Hip Hop and more
I grew up loving music and yearning to sing. Unfortunately, I did not have the voice to pursue my passion. I studied with dozens of voice teachers in NYC and NJ as a teenager but saw little improvement. I studied with voice teachers from Juilliard, coaches who taught "Speech Level Singing" and those who have taught famous Pop/Rock stars and more. However, I wasn't blown away by the results.
I always knew that there must be a technique out there that provides all the tools necessary to develop a big beautiful voice. Then I found the teacher and technique that changed everything. I studied "The Art of Bel Canto" for over ten years and learned how to build a voice with a series of exercises, eliminate any and all pitch issues, gain complete control of your voice and lots more. There are many teachers that claim they teach "Bel Canto" but I found only one that knew and taught me the complete technique, not just bits and pieces.
Now I teach beginners to professionals, I fix their pitch, tone, placement and other issues to give them a beautiful voice that they can be proud of. I show them how to heal an abused voice and how to recover from nodules. Many of my students who abused their voice on tour are still able to perform and make a living singing during their recovery process. This technique proved to be a miracle for me and many of my students. I hope it does the same for you! Best of luck on your journey!
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- Professional voice teacher [2009 - 2014]
- Professional singer [2001 - 2014]
- Judy Hages Vocal Program (accredited by NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study [2003 - 2009]
Student Reviews for Irina
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If you want results, give her a call - September 22, 2014
By Billy R, Voice Lessons
Irina is the real deal. Im a professional musician and am fortunate to make a living singing, playing guitar, and songwriting. I first met Irina in 2013 after a gig downtown. Most people say "great show". She said "I love your music but you are hurting your voice" LoL..
I put her card in my wallet but blew it off until this past February when I was struggling with another sore throat. Turns out I really WAS hurting myself every time I sang. I guess I was born with a good enough voice to get by all these years, but I actually had no technique. My breathing was all screwed up and I was grinding my vocal chords.
Irina helped me fix all that and taught me a bunch of other tricks of the trade to improve range and blow the house down without hurting my voice.
My voice is more powerful now with less effort and no pain. No more Lemon and honey. I believe she added 20 years to my career.
Irina is a gifted teacher who is dedicated to her art. And she is super cool. If you want results, give her a call
Best Voice Teacher Ever! - September 16, 2014
By Inga N., Voice Lessons
Irina is just amazing. I have been studying with her for about 2 yrs now and I would have to recommend her to anyone who wants to improve their singing ability.
I started lessons because I wanted a stronger voice with more vocal range. My voice was a little thin and my vibrato was inconsistent and wobbly at times.
Irina worked with me on each aspect of my voice and taught me the technique called bel canto. My voice is now much stronger and my vibrato is consistent and strong. My range has improved dramatically and I have gained so much more confidence.
Irina also really cares about her students. I will get random texts from her during the week reminding me of something we discussed in our lesson. She is sincere and wants to make sure I am always moving forward and growing as a singer.
We also focus a lot on maintaining a healthy voice and making sure to preserve it through healthy singing and speaking habits. She has taught me how to take control of my voice.
Irina is truly vested in my singing results and overall happiness and I think it's a gift to have that in a teacher.
Inspiring, talented, wonderful teacher - August 28, 2014
By Andy B., Voice Lessons
I don't write many "reviews" on things but I am so happy with the results of my daughters lessons with Irina that I really wanted to write this. I have a 14 yr old daughter who's dream is to be on broadway. She loves singing but her passion is much bigger than her voice. I believe passion is something that should be nurtured so I have spent thousands of dollars on voice lessons over the past 3 years with other teachers.
Emily worked hard. After about a year and a half of lessons, though, she seemed to plateau. She still practiced all the time and loved it but eventually started to get frustrated. Finally she was passed over for any main singing roles in her school play, and it was the last straw for her. She came home and said she was giving up singing. And she was serious. This broke my heart. Not because I want her to be a famous singer, but because I know how much she really does love singing and her spirit was broken.
Shortly thereafter I was speaking to a friend at work about our kids and he recommended I have Emily take a trial lesson with his daughter's teacher, Irina. I made the call and I am so happy I did!
First of all Irina comes with "cred". she is cool and hip and pretty as well as Being an accomplished artist. Emily loved her instantly. She has the patience of a saint and has the same passion for singing that I see in Emily.
While studying with Irina, My daughter has become very knowledgeable about the intricacies of this technique called "Bel canto". She does drills every day and not just singing drills. I see her laying on the floor practicing breathing and she describes in detail the science behind singing with this bel canto technique. She is full of passion again and it's awesome.
It's been about 9 months now since Emily started lessons with Irina and the results have been nothing short of amazing. I can clearly hear a dramatic difference in Emily's voice and more important, in her confidence and happiness. Thank you Irina! (Voice whisperer!)