Samantha Loomis received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at Ohio Northern University and her Master’s in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Southern Maine where she studied under internationally acclaimed opera singer Dr. Malinda Haslett. She has studied and performed classical, musical theater and jazz. Samantha has also augmented her studies on teaching voice as a member of the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, attending numerous conferences for vocal instructors. In her studies she has delved particularly in how to train the voices of children 12 and under, as these ages require a different type of vocal training to preserve the health of their voice. As well she has significant experience teaching these younger ages. For this age group Samantha focuses on developing technique and musicianship through games, movement, and fun exercises aimed towards ear training, diction, release of tension, breath management and breath support, all to be applied to repertoire. Samantha also has wide-ranging experience all ages and teaches adults as well as children at Westlake Music Academy.
In addition to private lessons, Samantha teaches a musical theater class at Westlake Music Academy for children ages of 7 to 12. She has performed in numerous musical theatre productions herself as well as trained children for singing in musical theatre, with students winning numerous lead roles in various stage productions.
MARY KRASON WIKER
Mary Krason Wiker is a dedicated voice instructor with over ten years of teaching experience. She holds a B.A. in Music from Franciscan University of Steubenville and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from Cleveland State University, where she studied under Alanna Keenan (FUS) and Elizabeth Unis Chesko (CSU). Mary is currently a part-time member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and has contributed as a soloist in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and greater Tri-State area. As a church musician, she has sung for services and events in the Steubenville, Pittsburgh, Lexington/Richmond, and Cleveland Diocese.
Mary enjoys sharing the challenges and endless joys of studying music with her students. She teaches a variety of styles of singing, including classical, musical theater, and popular music genres. Her approach to teaching is to help students discover their unique, natural voice in a healthy and supportive way through the practice of solid vocal technique. Mary is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and has prepared students for OMEA competitions and evaluations, where her students have received Superior ratings. She has prepared students for auditions for the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus and Cleveland Youth Chorus, as well as many auditions for a variety of school performances, shows, and choral solos. Mary enjoys working with students of all levels and from all walks of life.