Soraya Shaw started taking piano lessons at age four from her beloved grandmother, who was a composer, pianist, and music teacher. Around age eleven, Soraya started playing flute and studying classical voice. She became interested in jazz through the influence of her older brother Alex, a jazz trumpet player.
Soraya was graduated from Saint Louis University, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Fine & Performing Arts. She studied classical voice with Dr. Jeral Becker, John Stewart, Maria Stephanides, and
Elizabeth Mannion. Her vocal recitals included works by Schubert,
Duparc, and Faure.
Soraya has performed and toured with the Muny, America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre. She has sung works by Bach with the American Kantorei under the baton of J.S. Bach specialist and founding director, Robert Bergt. She has been featured in productions under the direction of internationally renowned opera director, Colin Graham.
An accomplished vocalist and educator, Soraya is currently teaching private piano, voice, and flute students from her home studio in the Los Angeles area. She has recently released her debut jazz album, Daydreams, which receives airplay on jazz stations such as KKJZ 88.1 FM and WSIE 88.7 FM. Soraya performs jazz in Southern California venues including Kikuya Restaurant, Steamers in Fullerton, Lunaria in West L. A., La Cave in Costa Mesa and the Long Beach Museum of Art. She does occasional tours and concerts in other areas of the country as well.
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
Voice Lessons: Instruction in proper breath support, range development, strengthening vocal tone, expanding repertoire, sight reading, foreign language study and audition and performance preparation.
Piano Lessons: Instruction in reading music and chords, repertoire development, songwriting, transposing, scales, circle of fifths and performance and audition preparation.
Flute Lessons: Instruction in reading music, proper playing techniques, improvisation, scale and performance and audition preparation.
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