Do you need a voice teacher? Are you preparing for a role that you need to coach? Do you need get your audition packages ready? Are you in high school and are the lead in your musical or preparing for NYSSMA competition or college auditions? After several years away working in universities around the country, Dr. Regina Zona has returned to the New York area and has opened up THE ZONA STUDIO in Yonkers and Manhattan.
Whether you want the individual attention of private sessions or the comradarie of a group setting, Dr. Zona offers both options for you to achieve your goals with your voice and your performance. For more information about private voice lessons in person or via Skype, click here. For more information about the specialized group lessons, click here. For information about private dramatic coachings, click here.
Dr. Regina Zona has held teaching positions at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Shorter College in Rome, GA, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and the Community Music School in Buffalo, NY. With over 27 years voice teaching experience, she gives her students a nurturing and growth-oriented environment at a most advanced level. A solid foundation of pedagogy that stresses a healthy, total-body approach to singing is combined with a strong understanding of a variety of repertoire for all levels of singers including opera, lieder/art song, oratorio and musical theatre. With her extensive experience as an accompanist, she provides an integrated musical approach, sharing with her students the importance of understanding all the layers of the music – vocal line, text, accompaniment and the interpretation of the piece through those layers. It is with this approach that Dr. Zona's students learn how to communicate the truth of the music and the character they portray.
As an artistic director of a summer opera training program, Dr. Zona specializes in the unique needs of the young artist. She has taught courses in audition techniques and acting for singers and is passionate about teaching those young artists how to make that important transition from student to performing artist.
Equally comfortable teaching musical theatre styles, Dr. Zona's students have been cast in National Tours and Regional Theatres all over the United States. She teaches healthy belting techniques and understands the uniques needs of the contemporary musical theatre performer auditioning in this ever changing business.
For more information about Dr. Zona's singing career, visit her professional singing website: www.reginazona.com.
"Dr. Regina is an inspiration! I began studying with her in Georgia at Shorter College and eventually transferred to Minnesota to finish my undergraduate degree with her. She is truly passionate about music, and the energy creates an incredible atmosphere for learning! She challenged me as a singer and performer and helped me learn to breathe life into the music--while also transforming my voice. She is a wonderful teacher and I would highly recommend her to anyone. Even a Skype lesson if you can't make it to her in NY. They are quiet helpful! I only wish I lived in the NY area so I could take from her in person. She is wonderful and I hope to continue studying with her for years to come."
"I've been studying classical voice for about 10 years. I have voice degrees from the Crane School of Music in Northern NY and Manhattan School of Music. Over 10 years I've studied with numerous teachers, some good some not so good. Regina is the best teacher I've had thus far. She is a real technician and has an outstanding ear. I've been studying with her for 6 months and I've grown more and learned more about my voice in these few months than I have with any other teacher. It's due to the fact that every lesson she is "on" and ready to work. She is consistent and every lesson is an extension from the last lesson. Furthermore, Regina is someone who cares about you as a singer and as a person. She is willing to talk and give advice and creates a comfortable environment to put you at ease."
"I have been studying Voice (mostly emphasized on Broadway Singing) with Regina for a few months now and I am loving the lessons! She has really helped me identify the strong parts of my voice and showcase them while also strengthening those that are not as strong. What sets Regina apart from other teachers I've had in the past is that she does a really excellent job catering to each student's individual needs instead of having a set teaching structure that you have to try to fit yourself into. I also especially like that she will take the time to talk through the technique in a way that makes total sense and even if it doesn't at first, she'll always find a way to explain it differently until you really grasp the concept. Regina is an amazing teacher and I would recommend her to anyone who wants to push their voice to the next level!"
"I have been singing with Dr. Regina Z. since the fall of 2009. In those 5 years we have worked on many different genres of music, ranging from art songs and arias to Broadway showtunes. She was integral in shaping my operatic voice which led to my being hired to sing in the Chorus of the Chicago Lyric Opera in 2010. Having recently moved to New York, I am thrilled to be working with her again in her Yonkers studio where she has a library of music at her fingertips. She is a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of Opera and Musical Theater and I can't recommend her abilities higher."
"I had the fabulous opportunity to work with Dr. Regina during my four years of Undergraduate study at the University of Minnesota Duluth. While Dr. Regina's expertise and reputation are largely based in classical music, I found her to be a perfect match for my vocal studies in Musical Theater. Her teachings and training were extremely beneficial to me, not only as a vocalist, but as a performer.
What I love about Dr. Regina is that her lessons are very personal focusing as you the student, you the performer, and you the person. I truly felt that she cared about my overall vocal health and growth as a singer. She challenged me with classical repertoire that kept me on track for my juries and made me feel comfortable with all of my class and show material for my Musical Theater studies.
Dr. Regina is a well-rounded vocalist, teacher, performer, and woman. She feels passionately about her craft and her students. It is important to her that each student comes to the understanding of concepts and techniques. I always left my lessons feeling that I had accomplished something and had the tools I needed to put forth my best possible performance. Dr. Regina is a fabulous teacher, with a worldly knowledge of voice and a fantastic sense of humor! You will look forward to every one of your lessons with her!"
"I began studying with Regina in 2011 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where I obtained my Master of Music in voice, and I was thrilled to reconnect with her when I relocated to New York last year. She is a tremendously supportive teacher and mentor, and I always know that she will do all that she can to guide me in the many aspects of pursuing a singing career.
She has a thorough knowledge of repertoire and technique, and having sung in opera productions under her direction, I know that her instincts regarding dramatic interpretation and physical movement are invaluable.
What I admire most about Regina is her ability to effectively communicate with each student on an individual level. If I do not grasp a concept immediately, she will find a different way to approach the idea until it works for me. I always leave our lessons feeling inspired and energized."
"Any student of voice has the ability to succeed – either on a personal level, a professional level or both. It is my job as their teacher to set the expectations very high; higher than the student may think they can achieve at first. Whether or not the student actually achieves the expectation at face value is not the point. The journey to reach those heights is how the student truly discovers their voice, their art and themselves. I provide the student with every bit of information that I can to guide them through their journey. But ultimately, the job of all teachers is to take the student to the point where they don’t need us anymore.
Music, in general and singing in particular, are very personal. Students who learn to sing tend to become very vulnerable during the process. After learning the basic technique, they must look inside themselves to find their expression and create their art. I believe in creating a safe and enthusiastic environment for my students to explore that part of themselves. Enabling a student to access that inner expression allows them to grow not only as a singer but also as an artist."