I offer individualized instruction tailored to the specific needs of each student. No one-size-fits-all lessons here! Exercises are based on what you need, in the moment and over the long term, to develop your voice, your individual sound, and healthy technique for a lifetime of joyful singing! I teach using the principles of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri method, an integrative method of vocal training based on function and physiology (in other words, there’s no mumbo jumbo: my teaching is based on how the vocal mechanism actually works, and on what’s healthy), as well as respect for the individual and the creative art of singing. When appropriate, lessons include basic musicianship skills like ear- and rhythm-training and basics of reading music, as well as methods for developing ease, relaxation, and freer vocal expression.
I have experience working with adults and children, and beginners are warmly welcomed and encouraged.
I am also available for singers who want to develop their skills as jazz singers, apart from (or in addition to) vocal technique.
It’s important that you find not only a skilled teacher, but one you feel comfortable with. Please email with any questions you may have, and feel free to schedule a first lesson without any obligation to continue.
“Andrea is a complete professional with the pipes to back it up. She has the gift of voice and a even greater gift for being able to share that gift with others through her teaching techniques. What a wonderful experience to work with her!!”Tia Harris (adult student)
” J. has done so well with you, and has developed a love for singing. She was accepted in [2 high school] performing arts program[s]. I know that your talent aided her greatly in these accomplishments. Her music teacher is very talented and is very impressed with J’s musical knowledge. Due to a scheduling mix-up, J had to be placed in a class with all seniors, but the teacher said this worked out perfectly for her, because the freshmen were very behind compared to her. We owe a lot of thanks to you.”Parent (middle school student)
“Miss Andrea is such an amazing teacher. We do voice lessons over Skype since I am too far away to meet in person. I’ve learned so much from her and would never been able to be where I am now in my singing without her. Andrea always takes time to listen to my thoughts, questions, and concerns, which is so helpful, and well appreciated. I know you will adore and love her as much as I have over the years!”Elliott Jarrett (high school student)
“This workshop was a wonderful experience. Andrea is a wonderful leader/teacher. She has a warm, gentle manner and the skill to help each group member find a closer relationship to the music — while also nourishing a strong group spirit. The workshop was challenging and supportive (and without pressure for us tentative types). And a lot of fun.”DL (adult workshop participant)
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Described as both "utterly original" and "a singer with an uncanny emotional touch for the past 50 years of jazz," Andrea Wolper, "brings songs to life, whatever their source, working in a milieu that begins with jazz and reaches out to embrace an expressive area that is uniquely her own."*
Andrea appears in clubs, festivals, and concert spaces in the U.S. and abroad. Performance credits as a leader in her New York home base include the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Mezzrow, JVC New York Jazz Festival, Kitano, Arts for Arts Evolving Series, and more, and she has toured across the U.S., in Europe, and beyond. Working frequently as both leader and side-person, Andrea is "an audacious artist [who] flouts genre limitations, singing songs for the love of it and delivering an inventive, thrilling, appealing musical vision."
One of the "great jazz singers" included in "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide” (Yannow, BackBeat Books), Andrea is as accomplished with the Great American Songbook as she is with more unusual repertoire and spontaneous improvisation. Andrea has also made her mark as a songwriter; Cadence magazine calls her "easily superior to the ever expanding population in the singer/songwriter category,” and she has been awarded composing fellowships by Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Ucross Foundation, Newnan ArtRez, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and Uncool Residency.
Andrea’s third CD, "Parallel Lives" (Jazzed Media) received rave reviews, and was included on several Top Jazz CDs and Notable Releases lists for 2011. Co-produced by Todd Barkan, it features her group with guitarist Michael Howell, pianist Kris Davis, bassist Ken Filiano, and drummer Michael T.A. Thompson. Her previous release, "The Small Hours" (VarisOne.Jazz), built around her trio with guitarist Ron Affif and Ken Filiano, was produced by Barkan, and features drummers Victor Lewis and Jamey Haddad, as well as guest artists Lou Marini (flute) and Frank London (trumpet and flugelhorn).
Andrea also appears as a side person across jazz genres, from holding the vocal chair with the straight ahead Heavenly Big Band to appearing in several performance and recording projects of free jazz bassist William Parker. In addition, she was one third of the improvising trio TranceFormation, with Filiano and the late pianist Connie Crothers; the trio's live CD, "TranceFormation in Concert" (New Artists) was a best vocal CD selection in the 2012 Downbeat critics' polls.
Andrea curated the "Why Not Experiment?" series at Whynot Jazz Room in New York city for nearly two years (2014-15). She is a past President of International Women in Jazz, and served on the Advisory Board of the Jazz Vocal Coalition.
Andrea offers singing lessons in her private studio, and conducts clinics in jazz vocal performance, and workshops and master classes on performance and improvisation.
Fun Facts: Andrea is an accomplished writer whose journalism and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. Among her works are two books, "Women's Rights, Human Rights: International Feminist Perspectives" (with Julie S. Peters; Routledge) and "The Actor's City Sourcebook" (Watson-Guptill). In addition, she's spent time on the stage, and came to New York from her native California to attend the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. She earned a black belt in Shotokan Karate, and has two dust-gathering trophies to tell the tale.
* Quotes: Loudon, AllAboutJazz / Graham, Tucson Citizen / Richardson, Blog Critics / Bargebuhr, Cadence