"Building Confidence one Note at a Time!"
Dr. Jessica Saunders is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and currently teaches applied voice at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids and. Saunders has also taught diction, vocal pedagogy, song literature, and directed the opera scenes program at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa and taught Applied Voice at Grinnell College.
While working on her Doctorate at the University of Iowa, Saunders served as the Opera Research Assistant, and performed in many of the Operas. Saunders offers lessons in Coralville, Cedar Rapids, and Jesup, Iowa. Her students have won and been finalists at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state and regional auditions, won music scholarships to graduate school and undergraduate music programs, and appeared in productions with City Circle Theatre Company, Young Footlighters Theatre Company, Theatre Cedar Rapids, and Nolte Academy.
Saunders has been performing since she was seven and teaching privately for ten years. She is comfortable teaching both classical and musical theater styles to students of varying skill levels, from ages 8 to adult, and is also available to conduct masterclasses and workshops.
As a performer, Saunders is recognized for her ability to emote and sing musically. These are aspects of performance she takes pride in, and strives to foster in her students. As a teacher, Saunders has been allowed to solidify her own view of vocal technique, which is one that calls for a relaxed larynx, free resonance, and abdominal breathing.
Saunders believes in building confidence in her students and strives to work with each student to explore their individual skills and talents.