The focus of the class:
Village Arts is excited to offer its inaugural choir program taught by Lillian Sengpiehl. This 10 week program is designed for students of all abilities and who share the love and the passion for singing. The program will teach students how to work as a team allowing them to gain confidence as they learn to work together. Students will also learn how to properly warm up their voices, breathing & vocal techniques, ear training, diction, and singing in harmony. The class will also introduce a variety of musical styles and more. The class will culminate with a student performance for friends and family.
Please note: the choir program is designed for grades 1-5 to work together. Grades 1 & 2 will participate in the first part of the class and then be dismissed. Grades 3-5 will remain to work with Ms. Lillian for the remainder of the class session.
Teacher: Lillian Sengpiehl Bio
Internationally acclaimed for her “beautiful vibrant sound and color of voice”, Lillian Sengpiehl is a consummate performer, singer, actress, and educator. Lillian received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Voice from the University of Kansas and pursued graduate work at The Manhattan School of Music. These important stepping-stones helped shape her versatility and artistry. Lillian was the recipient of the Brigit Nilsson Grant, a finalist at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and the winner of the Classical Singer Competition at Carnegie Hall.Lillian’s unique interpretations and musicianship have lead to a varied career singing many leading roles within Opera and Musical Theatre as well asOrchestral concert works across the US and Europe. Equally dedicated to traditional and contemporary music, she has performed many classic roles with leading and regional opera companies including New York City Opera, Opera Bastille, Bergen Norway Opera, St. Louis Opera, Virginia Opera, and Los Angeles Opera. She has also helped invent new roles with composer Mel Marvin, and with composer Anne Le Baron working for The Industry in Los Angeles. In addition, Lillian is a notable recording artist having worked with Philip Glass on Martin Scorcese’s “Kundoon” score, and as the soprano soloist on the “World of Warcraft” video game series. Having started her own musical journey at the tender age of 4, Lillian takes music education very seriously. Although she began teaching ‘Opera in the Schools’ with the New York City Opera, her career as an educator blossomed when she moved to Los Angeles in 2005. She is currently the Musical Director for All About Kids LA, a performance program for youth from across Los Angeles. In addition, she maintains a very active private studio teaching classical music technique for singing, as well as Broadway and Pop techniques for performers in Motion Pictures, Television, and Commercials. Continuing her push and pull at traditional musical boundaries, Lillian finds the time to perform and record despite her busy teaching schedule. You can hear her in intimate duo settings, or find her voice soaring over a large orchestra.
“Lillian Sengpiehl, (Homesick Woman), and the others were all Outstanding”
– Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
“Delivering with conviction and depth, Sengpiehl’s Susannah was a wonderful mixture of charm and ill-fated naiveté.”
– Mark Estren, Washington Post