In a word, WOW. Since the very first lesson we've been completely blown away. Virtu is very easy to use, very easy to schedule and she hasn't missed a beat connecting or following along online. She loves, loves, loves cello and thinks Andrew is the coolest -- she practices all week for friends and family on Facetime. We're just so happy she has something to sink into, especially now.
— Jaimee H.
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— Sylvia P.
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Hailed for her “masterful and show-stopping performance” (Opera News), internationally acclaimed soprano Ashley Milanese has performed with Teatro Regio Torino, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Philadelphia, among others. When she is not performing, she enjoys teaching private voice lessons and masterclasses. Ashley teaches a foundation rooted in Classical Voice which enables her students to strengthen their musical ear, free their natural artistic inclinations, and build a strong technique so they can feel secure and confident across all genres.
Praised for his “dark, rolling baritone“(Münchener Merkur) and “soft and compact timber“(Corriere del Ticino), Italian baritone Nicola Ziccardi is a sought-after performer throughout Europe.
Under the baton of Maestro Gustav Kuhn, Ziccardi had become a regular member of the Tiroler Festspiele Erl. In February 2018 He made his debut in Teatro La Fenice of Venice in Die Lustige Witwe directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Montanari...
Bulgarian-British-American soprano, researcher, teacher Theodora Ivanova Nestorova is well-versed in genres from contemporary to classical to pop. Specializing in kid's voices as well as adults, Theodora works to instill healthy vocal technique and develop each individual student's unique musicianship and style. Theodora earned a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance/Musicology) from Oberlin Conservatory in 2018, won a 2018-2019 Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Vienna, Austria, and currently pursues her Master of Music (Vocal Pedagogy) at New England Conservatory. Visit: theodoranestorova.com
Soprano, Samantha DiCapio, has been praised for her “seamless technique” and “uniquely warm vocal color.” As a teacher, Samantha is comfortable teaching students of all ages and levels. She specializes in the Bel Canto Technique and specializes in opera, art songs and musical theatre songs. Samantha made her opera debut as the 2nd Nymph in Rusalka with Opera Slavica. Abroad, Samantha is a regular performer in both France and Italy.Samantha is a graduate of the Mannes School of Music.
New York native, Katherine Lerner Lee enjoys a diverse performance career spanning opera, art song, chamber and contemporary music. In the Summer and Fall of 2023, Katherine has sung with Bard Summerscape, Bard Music Festival and the SUNY Stony Brook Contemporary Players. She recently presented two recitals in the Hudson Valley and appeared on a program of Chopin and Rachmaninoff through Legacy Arts International in Princeton, NJ, a musical program she will be reprising in Italy later this year.
Soprano Ellen Teufel is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, now based in New York City. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Penn State University and has been a young artist with Opera on the Avalon, ISING International Young Artist Program, Bel Canto at Caramoor, and Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. Favorite roles include Anna Bolena with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Pamina with West Bay Opera, Alcina with Lyra New York, and Giannetta with Teatro Dobbiaco.
Marie Engle, mezzo-soprano, is an opera singer, recitalist and chamber musician. She has produced recitals internationally and made her professional debut as Donna Elvira at Wichita Grand Opera. Marie completed studies at Northwestern University and the Juilliard School. Fluent in English, German and French, Marie has studied in New York, Vienna and Paris. She also taught vocal trio, Girl Named Tom, prior to their winning NBC’s The Voice.
Morgan Paige is a bicoastal soprano, actress and songwriter in NYC/Los Angeles with over 78K followers on Tik Tok where she features opera, theater and Disney styles of singing. She is a graduate of the Maryland Opera Studio with a Master’s in Opera Performance and earned her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Oregon.
Krebs holds a master’s degree in voice and opera performance from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and psychology from Oberlin College and Conservatory. With a background in psychology, Krebs specializes in working with students that experience performance anxiety. Krebs is excited to be singing with Off the Dock Music Festival this summer. Krebs has performed with the Syracuse Opera, Chautauqua Institution, College Light Opera Company, Oberlin in Italy, and Northwestern and Oberlin Opera Theater.
Soprano Hanna Shykind is a musical theater/opera cross-over artist with off-broadway credits and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Neuroscience from Oberlin College and Conservatory. Hanna has worked professionally in New York City and across the United States, premiering new works in opera and musical theater. She has experience teaching students of all ages and all abilities but has a particular skill in creating foundational and fostering a love for singing with students of elementary and middle school age.
A South Korean Bass-Baritone, Simon Nam currently finished his first year of DMA at UNCG. Mr. Nam completed his Masters of Music from Mannes School of Music and also earned his bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Nam has performed in numerous operas both in the United States and Europe. Some former operatic roles include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni and more.
The South African-Argentine soprano Reinet Behncke lives in Vienna, Austria, where she graduated from the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien. A specialist for concert repertoire, Lieder, and the Baroque, she is currently the resident soprano of the Baroque group, Ensemble Quattro Cieli. Her performance of Lieder and art song has led to performances around Europe, following time spent in the United States singing various operatic roles. Also a vocal scholar, Reinet studied vocal pedagogy at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
As a former member of the Berlin Staatsoper International Opera Studio and ensemble member at the National Theatre Mannheim, Dominic performs lead roles throughout Europe at Opera houses including Paris, Leipzig, Komische Oper Berlin, Montpellier, Toulouse, Florence and Oviedo. He believes technique facilitates artistry and teaches a technical approach whilst focused on performing, allowing for confidence and freedom when singing.
American soprano India Rowland has been praised for her “full command of the stage and fetching demeanor, combined with a warm timbre has made her a real discovery” (South Florida Classical Review), during her performance of Cherubino with the Miami Music Festival. Recent performances include the roles of Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflote and Zina in Dark Sisters with Mannes Opera and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Utah Vocal Arts Academy.
Kaitlin Obien-Thompson is a contemporary gospel and worship singer from Santa Clarita, California. She comes from a family of musicians, singers, and piano players who influenced her love of music from a young age. She began singing in church at 7 years old and has followed in her family’s footsteps becoming a worship and band leader ranging from solo singing, to gospel choirs, and small ensembles. Kaitlin is a mezzo soprano and focuses her teaching on developing individualistic style and sound.
Tyreek McDole, a remarkable 23-year-old vocalist, captivates audiences with his velvety tone and polished delivery. Since his singing career began at age 18, he's been compared to vocal legends such as Andy Bey, Johnny Hartman, and the Illustrious Joe Williams. Tyreek has graced the stage with some of the best in the business including NEA Jazz Master Gary Bartz, Rodney Whitaker, Theo Croker, Nicholas Payton, Ted Nash, Russell Hall, Jonathan Michel, Eric Reed, Carl Allen and many others.
“In a word, WOW. Since the very first lesson we've been completely blown away. Virtu is very easy to use, very easy to schedule and she hasn't missed a beat connecting or following along online. She loves, loves, loves cello and thinks Andrew is the coolest -- she practices all week for friends and family on Facetime. We're just so happy she has something to sink into, especially now.”
- David H. Virtu.Academy parent since 2020
“What struck me immediately was the quality of the teachers was something like I’d never seen. To have someone from Juilliard or Oberlin is unbelievable! I hired one of your drummers who gets on with my little nine year old boy, and it’s like they’re bros. It exposes you to world-class talent you would never have the opportunity otherwise to work with.”
- Dr. Bob Arnot Former Chief Medical Correspondent, NBC
“Santi’s teacher studied at Juilliard and they have teachers from Cleveland Orchestra, Met Opera, and so many cool backgrounds. Since this year was a little different, we decided to start virtually, and it ended up being something we fell in love with since it reduced our time on the road. We knew that from the comfort of our home, he was still getting incredible lessons.”
- Jessica S. Virtu.Academy Parent
“Virtu.Academy has completely exceeded my expectations. If you’re hesitant about doing lessons over Zoom then do not be because I’ve had a better experience through doing Zoom lessons with Amy than I ever have with any other lessons. I think this is a resource of the future. I don’t think it gets better than this.“
- Noah H. Virtu.Academy Student
How much do lessons cost?
Lessons are $39 per half hour or $74 per hour. Your first lesson is 50% off to make sure you find the perfect teacher for you!
Are online lessons as effective as in-person lessons?
Although there are some differences, multiple studies on distance learning, including this study from UNC, have shown that students are 36% more focused and perform 22% better when compared to in-person lesson.
We also take advantage of Zoom’s High Fidelity Music Mode, which was developed in partnership with Yale School of Music. This ensures that your teacher can hear every detail of your playing during each lesson.
How does Virtu.Academy choose their teachers?
All our teachers are from top music conservatories, such as Juilliard or Oberlin. They also must have extensive teaching experience and be recommended by conservatory professors.
What do I need to begin lessons?
After choosing a teacher and purchasing a lesson, all you need is a computer with a built in microphone and webcam. After booking you will be sent a link that connects you with your teacher at the scheduled time with two clicks.