Miss Tess’ Music Studio
Miss Tess is a piano instructor, voice coach, choral conductor, Latin scholar, and visual artist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Cornish College of the Arts where she studied with Dr. Peter Mack. Though her studio’s current incarnation began in 2003, Miss Tess has taught students since she was in the eighth grade. While in high school at the Nova Project, she received credit for teaching peer students in piano and music theory. She continued private tutoring through college, and this naturally evolved into her own teaching studio.
Miss Tess earned a minor in Classics at Pacific Lutheran University. She won a gold medal in the National Latin Exam her senior year of high school, and in college she was hired as a peer tutor for Latin at the PLU Academic Assistance Center. Her students have shared their original Latin poetry at the studio’s piano recitals.
Miss Tess’ singing experience began at age eight with the Seattle Girls’ Choir founded by Dr. Jerome Wright. She started her choral journey in its preparatory choir and continued through all the levels until she graduated from the advanced choir in Rome, Italy. During college she continued working with SGC as an accompanist and theory assistant, and soon after became the conductor of its two youngest choirs, and later, its fourth level. She was also the music theory instructor for all six choir levels. Miss Tess studied voice privately with Nancy Zylstra and Sue Erikson. She also sang with Choral Arts Northwest under the direction of Dr. Richard Sparks, and was the alto section leader at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle under Gary James.
Miss Tess conducted Ancora, a Seattle-based women’s choir, from 2004-2014. During her tenure with Ancora she crafted many unique programs, including Incantations: A Celebration of Spells and Apocalypse: A Lifting of the Veil, a truly grand undertaking which explored the message of the Mayan Calendar in 2012.
In addition to piano and voice, Miss Tess plays the flute, harp, and guitar. She has always loved to draw (mermaids and faeries especially), and although she has had no formal art training, she guides her students’ drawings intuitively — with many exceptional results. Miss Tess and her studio continue to develop and grow with each new year. Her studio is in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, near Golden Gardens.
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