"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.
Passionate about working with young singers,
Dr. Saunders was recently feature on The Full Voice
Podcast with Nikki Loney about her innovative virtual recital offerings in her voice studio. She is also an active member of the Voice Teachers for Young Singers Facebook group.
Saunders is also a member of the Speakeasy Cooperative (SECO) a think tank for private voice teachers and business owners. She is available for presentations about best practices related to opening private voice and music studios.
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.
Want to work with Jess? Contact her below!