Soprano Laura Halick is a freelance singer and musical director, professional voice teacher, and vocal habilitation coach in Burke, northern Virginia. Specializing in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method, her expertise is in vocal performance—in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) repertoire (Broadway/musical theatre, jazz, pop and gospel) and in classical repertoire (art song, opera, and oratorio).

In its 18th year, Ms. Halick’s private studio thrives with children, teenagers and adults who come from all over northern Virginia and suburban Maryland—from Chantilly to Alexandria to Fairfax to Springfield. One observer described Ms. Halick's studio as a family, rather than a business. Her students sing arias, art songs, jazz, musical theatre, and folk & popular songs. She sponsors two recitals a year and coaches students for auditions to colleges, Governor’s School, District Chorus, All-State Chorus, and summer programs. In addition to being recognized for excellence at singing competitions, many of her students sing in choirs and on stage in the DC Metro area.
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In addition to teaching in her private voice studio, Ms. Halick currently teaches voice at Center Stage for the Performing Arts in Fairfax, where she and her partner Cristina Cayere have developed a musical theatre workshop to train young performers in Broadway song and dance.


The National Capital Area Cappies have recognized her students for years. Performers she coached for The Music Man at Annandale High School were awarded the Cappie award for Best Ensemble in a Musical in 2014. In that same year, she had students nominated for Lead Actor in a Musical, Best Song, Best Critics Team, and Best Musical.  In 2010 her student won the Cappie for Lead Actress in a Play, and another had the honor of singing a solo (as the nominee for Best Song) at the Kennedy Center Gala. Her students have sung with summer singing and acting programs at Virginia’s Governor’s School, The Washington Opera Summer Institute, Shenandoah Conservatory, Boston University, The Theater Lab of DC, and the Fairfax Institute of the Arts. Several have chosen to pursue music and acting in college—at Marymount Manhattan, University of the Arts, James Madison University, Emerson College, the College of Wooster, University of Virginia, Syracuse University, Ithaca University, Greensboro College, Christopher Newport University and Northwestern University.

 

In 2001, Ms. Halick graduated from The Catholic University of America’s master of music program in vocal performance. A full lyric soprano, she has studied with Martha Randall, Elizabeth Daniels, Carla Rae Cook and Jeannette LoVetri. Ms. Halick continues to refine her own vocal technique as she pursues her own professional singing goals. Ms. Halick is an active member of three vocal associations: the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, & the Somatic Voicework™ Teachers Association.

Ms. Halick has worked as the music director for Annandale High School's 2014 & 2015 productions of Lin Manuel-Miranda's In The Heights & Willson's The Music Man. She has been on the applied voice faculty at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus and taught chorus at Bishop O’Connell High School from 2001-2004, where she founded the a capella group, The O’Connell Singers. In 2002, she was the vocal director for O’Connell’s production, Singin’ in the Rain. She also was the vocal coach for Firebelly Productions until 2010.  

A committed pedagogue, Ms. Halick avidly studies the latest research about the function of the voice. She attends the Voice Foundation's annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice.  In 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 she attended the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. This is the first and only vocal pedagogy program offering graduate and doctoral credit for courses on CCM. In addition to being a certified Level III graduate of the summer institute, Ms. Halick has taken post certification courses on Country Singing Styles, Gospel Singing Styles, Bodywork for Singers with Peter Schor, Technology in the Voice Studio, Assessing and Training the Injured Voice and Speaking and Singing with One Voice.

Prior to her graduate studies in music, Ms. Halick earned her B.A. in international studies at The American University. She worked extensively with teenagers in the international education field, where she traveled to western Europe, Russia, Japan & Korea. Her skill set includes conference planning and management, marketing and program development. She co-developed The Future World Leaders Summit, an international program for teens that still takes place at Presidential Classroom in Washington, DC every year. She speaks Italian, French and German proficiently.

Ms. Halick has an active family life in Burke, Virginia. Her mission statement is to create beauty through singing and connecting people through voice and song.