Teaching


In addition to her active performing schedule Anja Strauss is equally in demand as a teacher.
Since 2013 she has been working as a voice teacher and lecturer at the McGill University, Montreal. Before relocating to Canada, she has served on the faculties of the the San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Preparatory Division and Adult Extension in California. She has also taught at Saint Mary's College of California's LEAP Program. Until 2012 she served as German diction coach at the San Francisco Opera.

Her students have appeared in various performances (e.g. the San Francisco Lyric Opera Chorus, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the California Opera Association, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, as well as at the NATS annual Singing Festival) and have continued to study at the San Francisco State University and New York's Manhattan School of Music among others.

As a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Anja Strauss offers private voice lessons to anyone above the age of 16 who is interested in learning how to sing with a good and healthy technique- regardless of past training or level of experience. She specializes in teaching proper breathing, improving vocal technique through vocalises and work on songs and arias. She also enjoys sharing her expertise in master class settings, and she has been invited as a guest teacher at Hayward University, California and at McGill University, Montreal.

She is happy to assist in choosing appropriate repertoire, with focused attention on the student's individual needs and goals: such as preparing for auditions, concerts or singing for one's own personal joy and fulfillment. She also enjoys guiding one's preparation for an operatic role and presentation of a character on stage. Additionally, she is an expert with foreign language diction, most specifically the European Romance languages: Italian, French, Spanish and German.


Review in San Francisco Classical Voice, 2008/San Francisco Opera's Merola Program-Grand Finale:
"Diction coaches [...] — Anja Strauss for German — did excellent work with the young artists."

Contact Anja for more information.

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