"Building Confidence one Note at a Time!"
Dr. Jessica Saunders is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) currently serving as the assistant audition coordinator for the Upper Midwest region. Saunders 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.
Saunders is also a member of the Speakeasy Cooperative (SECO) a think tank for private voice teachers and business owners.
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.
Saunders believes in building confidence in her students and strives to work with each student to explore their individual skills and talents.