ABOUT SUSIE

Susie (Susanne) Kivela is a professional voice teacher, coach, technician, lecturer, scholar and professional operatic soprano. Her instructional techniques are designed to enhance speaking and singing skills with the elements of posture, breath control, vocal quality, vocal placement, diction, pronunciation, performance presentation, confidence building, vocal range expansion and releasing muscle tension.

My clientele includes attorneys, political candidates, radio broadcasters, sports announcers, business owners, public school teachers, experts seeking leadership positions, professional musicians and those who want to learn more about their voice.

My education includes a Bachelors and Master’s degrees from University of Michigan in Vocal Performance, Vocal Literature and Choral Conducting. I was inducted as a member of the Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda and continued vocal studies at the University of Washington. My career spans 30+ years of success as a teacher and soprano soloist. I’ve been honored to perform, study and teach with renowned international singers, orchestral conductors and public speakers.

While teaching at Western Michigan University, I was appointed Adjunct Professor of Vocal Music teaching vocal instruction for music theatre, classical singing, vocal literature, vocal health, public speaking and beginning singing.

Throughout my career as Vocal Music Director for Musical Theatre Performance Programs, College of Fine Arts Governance Committee Chair, member of the National Association of Schools of Music Accreditation Committee and Choral Music Director at Presbyterian and United Methodist Churches, my passion has always been teaching.