As a classically trained vocalist, I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Voice, graduating Summa cum Laude at Lebanon Valley College in 2007 and my Master of Arts in Musicology at University of Pittsburgh in 2009 with the publication of my thesis, Claiming Voice: Madalena Casulana and the Sixteenth-Century Italian Madrigal.
Over the years, I've taught voice lessons at several reputable music institutions, such as:
Community Music Institute at Lebanon Valley College
Menchey Music Stores in York, PA
Maryland Conservatory of Music in Bel Air, MD
Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD
State Street Academy of Music in Harrisburg, PA
Additionally, I taught as Adjunct Music Faculty at Lebanon Valley College, teaching History and Literature of Music, and was a Resident Artist with Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, teaching music, vocal techniques, choir and music theory for PACyber students.
I have performed with several ensembles, including the Concert and Chamber choirs at Lebanon Valley College, the Renaissance Music Ensemble at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Susquehanna Chorale.
As a soloist, I perform across the Harrisburg area, specializing in music theater and jazz.
WHAT I OFFER
Love to sing? Sing what you love!
Success in learning frequently depends on finding the right Voice Instructor; someone who knows the subject well and understands how to inspire others. My teaching style focuses on skills training, but also emphasizes self-exploration and creative expression.
I accept students of all ability and experience levels, from beginners to music professionals, and I teach students as young as 8 years old through teens, adults, and senior singers!
"Extremely professional, while at the same time adding fun to the singing and coaching environment. My daughter has grown so much in the time she has been with Samantha, both in her voice and her music reading skills." - Kimberly F.
"My daughter began working with Samantha when she was in fifth grade. Six years later, she has grown tremendously in talent and confidence. Singing lessons are something that my daughter looks forward to each week. Samantha is an exceptional teacher." - Shannon K.
"I originally sought out Sam as a teacher because her online website look organized and well laid out. Since reaching out to her she has been equally responsive and organized. From the first lesson we had, she has made me feel comfortable with my vocal insecurities and has helped me push my boundaries. Her lessons give me the freedom to choose what songs I want to work on or open it up to suggestions from her. We have worked on a great balance of music in different genres ranging from purely fun songs to pieces that push my vocal range beyond what I originally thought I could reach. She is encouraging and a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her to anyone of any age looking to work on their singing voice." - Robyn S.
"Lessons are relaxed but productive and Mrs. Blaisse is well versed in both the physical techniques of singing and their translation into music theory." - Jake G.
"Having been away from choral music for several decades, and with an audition for the Hershey Symphony Chorus' Beethoven's 9th symphony looming, I needed a serious musical re-education. After a thorough search, I had the extreme good fortune to engage Samantha with the goal of preparing me for the audition. And prepare me she did. We studied pitch, intonation, dynamics, meter, phrasing and a host of intangibles that ultimately resulted in a successful audition and performance. After the Beethoven, I continued to study with Samantha and, thanks largely to her skill and encouragement, have joined several choral organizations and made music-making an important part of my life. I would recommend that anyone, any age, who desires to study the choral arts do so with Samantha." - Ray H.