CHRISTA LAZAR - voice teacher, conductor
I am a voice teacher and vocal coach with over 15 years of teaching experience of teaching at music schools as well as privately, specializing in classical vocal technique. I have taught students ranging from 8 years old up to 50 years old. I have successfully prepared students for auditions, exams, performances, and university program admissions.
I have studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. I have performed in opera and musical theatre productions, (Suzanna in the Marriage of Figaro, Flora in La Traviata, Fransquita in Carmen etc.), in fully staged productions of the Toronto Opera Repertoire, Centuries Opera Association, Etobicoke Musical Theatre and Marquee Productions etc.
I am a choral singer and soloist in the Scola Cantorum choir in Toronto.
I have conducted and taught workshops and directed student productions for various schools and contributed to creating vocal syllabi for vocal programs and festivals. I conduct the St. Elizabeth Hungarian School's Children's Choir.
I am founding member and performer of the Sempre Libera Project, aimed at the artistic development of a group of singers through performance, at creating performance opportunities for young artists ready for stage and promoting the classical music repertoire to audiences.
I teach privately from my home studio in Toronto, Ontario.
Natural talent or rigorous training
I am often asked the
question whether one needs to be born with a natural talent for singing,
or is singing a skill that anyone can develop with training and
dedication, so I would like to express my thoughts on this here.
I met students with outstandingly gifted voices whom unfortunately could not channel their talent in the right direction out of lack of discipline, dedication or passion. I also met students with great passion and dedication for singing but lacking a level of necessary inborn musicality, which prevented them from breaking through the wall an average singer faces.
There are a few elements in the study of singing that are critical to the development of a successful vocal artist and I will list them here. The lack of any one of these elements could seriously compromise the success of vocal training:
1. Natural musicality or
"good ear". It can be taught to some degree, but truly outstanding singers
just feel it.
Expectations from my students
I do not consider vocal instruction a profitable business. I teach my students for a fee of course, but mainly for their success and development. My students (and their parents) need to carefully consider the list above mentioned. If any of the above elements are not in place, I will recommend that student takes a break. I will not get my students into routines that don't work or don't bring results, and I will comment very frankly on what I believe the student is lacking. After a break, a student may return to training, with new consideration and readiness for what it takes to succeed.
My expectation of my students is high level of preparation, dedication, punctuality, inquisitiveness, eagerness to learn, trust, and constant proof of over-achievement. That is if I ask a student to practice breathing for 10 minutes every day, student will practice 15 minutes every day, not 5 minutes every other day. If I ask student to prepare a song, student will prepare two songs with extras, not the beginning of one song. Success is conditional upon dedication, perseverance, hard work and undeniable passion for your craft.
It has been my honour and
privilege to teach students with beautiful voices and beautiful souls, who
have made me grow as a teacher and as a human being, while I helped them
grow as singers. I aim at developing deep respect for each other and for
our craft, and thus to contribute together to humanity in some way through
music and singing.