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I am a native of Grand Rapids, MI, returning to my hometown after earning a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from Wichita State University. Although it may seem strange that I moved to Kansas to become an opera singer, I was able to work with a prestigious faculty of Metropolitan Opera singers (including Samuel Ramey. Tell your grandma, she may have had a crush on him in the 80’s). At Wichita State, I had a graduate teaching assistantship where I taught private voice lessons and created their first musical theatre voice class. Before beginning my Master’s degree, I had a voice studio in the Grand Rapids area, and also instructed non-music-major voice lessons at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Kathryn Stieler, at GVSU, kindly allowed me to have a yearlong internship with her, where she gave me lessons on...teaching voice lessons! 

 

My love of teaching stems from my somewhat unusual journey as a singer. As a teenager, I did not show a lot of promise, vocally. I had very few successful auditions, and I was not accepted as a voice performance major until my sophomore year of college. However, I had two things to my advantage: a strong work ethic and good teachers. This has shaped my private teaching immensely. I see the potential in every student I have worked with, and I believe that anyone can sing - and sing well. 

 

As a teacher, I work not only to help my students become better singers, musicians, and performers, but also to make lessons a really wonderful experience. It’s my philosophy that I’m not just teaching you a voice lesson. You do not just enter my studio, sing a few notes, get some feedback, and leave. In lessons, it’s my goal to make you into a lifelong lover of singing. I tell my students, “Singing should be fun. When it stops being fun, we have to make some changes.” Lessons with me are a no-judgement zone, a place where you feel comfortable and encouraged to try new things and to make crazy noises. There is a LOT of laughter involved. And, at the end of the day, you become a better singer, too. It’s a win-win!

 

You can also join my several thousand followers on TikTik, where I make a fool out of myself by posting singing tips, with an occasional video where I skrelt out some showtunes. Follow me @singingwithhan or follow this link

Pronouns: she/her 

 

Favorite Musical: Company

 

Dream Role: The Witch from Into the Woods

Get in touch: Hannah@GrandRapidsVoiceCollective.com

What her students are saying:

Working with Hannah DeBoer through GRVC has helped me make tremendous improvements with my voice in a comfortable, encouraging environment. She's helped me improve my pitch, diction, and find new aspects in my voice. I feel more confident going into the college audition season for Musical Theatre! 

 - Cooper H. Senior at Forest Hills Northern High School

Grand Rapids Voice Collective is wonderful! Hannah is amazing, and my daughter loves working with her! The communication and extra support is great!

- Erika C. GRVC parent