Matthew Ellenwood

  • Matthew-Ellenwood

Place Category: SVW certified teachers

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  • My philosophy of education can be broken down into the following: •Vocal technique and health- A well-honed technique serves as the foundation for exquisite and enjoyable performances. In my studio, I focus upon anatomy, physiology, and kinesthetic awareness, paired with specific technical exercises which serve as the building blocks of healthy singing. A holistic approach, which seeks to address all aspects of human expression, can create a thriving artist. •Development of strong, flexible, and equalized voices. Every student possesses a voice that is unique, and therefore must be addressed as an individual. Through the use of specific functional vocal exercises, I teach students how to develop strong and beautiful voices that express the full ability and range of their given instrument. •Collaborating to create artistic performances through careful coaching. Since 1995, I have served the Chicago music and theatre communities as a music director and vocal coach for music theatre, cabaret, jazz, choral, and operatic productions. In my studio work, I provide performers, of any idiom or style, with sensitive and reflective suggestions, that allow them to create powerful choices which lead to creating moving performances. When needed, together, we will select repertoire which highlights your abilities and empowers your artistic intentions.

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  • Bio:

    Mathew is a voice teacher, actor, musical director, and artistic director. He is an active member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association), NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) where he serves as the head of membership for the Chicago NATS chapter board of directors, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and the Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Since 1995, he has maintained an independent voice studio on the Northside of Chicago focusing upon vocal technique paired with holistic and integrative coaching. His students are regularly heard in all of Chicago’s musical theatre houses. In addition to his private studio, Matthew served as the vocal coach, and assistant conductor of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus for 10 years. Matthew is a freelance vocal and musical director, pianist/conductor, and has served many professional artists and companies nationwide. As a lecturer, he has presented voice and musical theater workshops for Universities, professional theatre companies, and the NATS community. Matthew is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe, where he happily composes all of the troupe’s music. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Masters of Music degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University.