The Bainbridge Island Signing Academy Vocal Studio offers Vocal Coaching, Voice Lessons and Performance Services on Bainbridge Island. In our student-led studio, vocal health and believable performance regardless of music genre are top priorities in our studio. All private classes range from 30 minutes to an hour and are held in the instructor's home.

Vocal Coaching for kids under the age of 10 focuses on the fundamentals of rhythm and reading music, repertoire, interpretation and audition/performance preparation and costs $40/half hour lesson.

Voice Lessons for adults and kids (10+) focus on vocal technique & performance. Streamlined to the goals of each student, sessions may consist of vocal exercises, intermediate to advanced interpretation of written music, audition preparation (slating, resume creation and review, monologue coaching), ear training, sight singing, harmonization training, reading/writing musical notation and composition. Voice lessons cost $50/half hour lesson and $65/45 minute lesson. Hour long sessions are at a reduced rate of $80/hour.

All sessions begin with a physical warm up, a vocal warm up, and vocal exercises.

Contact us here or email our instructor directly at shannon@bisigningacademy.com with any questions or to make an appointment!

About the Instructor:
Shannon got her first solo in her elementary school’s holiday program at the age of 8, singing the first verse of “So the Sheep May Safely Graze” and has performed music ever since. Her parents raised her on Big Band jazz and frequent trips to the theatre. After she and her brother received a bass guitar for Christmas when she was 10, she moved away from singing to instrumental music starting with the clarinet at the age of 11. After being selected to play in the California Band Directors Association Honor Band while in junior high school, she switched to alto saxophone at age 14, then to tenor saxophone at age 15 to play as a soloist in her high school jazz band. During this time, she taught herself how to play the piano and the flute.
She went on to study Music Performance at Humboldt State University with Voice as her primary instrument and piano and flute as her secondary instruments and gave voice lessons in Arcata, CA. There she performed in the Mad River Transit Singers, the Madrigal Choir, the University Singers (where she had the opportunity to conduct as well), and in operatic, musical theatre and stage play productions at HSU, Humboldt Light Opera Company and Pacific Arts Center Theatre. She continued to do musicals and stage plays in Tustin, CA and later in Seattle, Bellevue, Renton and currently performs on Bainbridge Island, WA. From college until now, she has regularly performed as a lead singer with jazz, funk and rock bands, and also played that bass guitar and sang with Seattle bands Shelix and Plains of Abraham. These days, she can be found performing locally in many different genres: the Cuban Heels (Latin Jazz), Redshift Dance Party (social dance tunes) and various duos with local musicians like Alan Simcoe (Latin Jazz, Jazz, & Blues), Will Sanders (Musical Theatre, Jazz Standards), Jordan Pitre (Blues & Jazz Standards), Steve Newton (Rock), and Mark Soltys (Rock). Contact us at shannon@bisigningacademy.com to book her for your next event!
 
Offstage, she has worked as a Producer/Director/Music Director of BISA Vocal Studio’s collaborative Suicide Awareness and Prevention cabaret Unmasked, 13 the Musical at Rolling Bay Hall, Director (inD Theatre’s The Last 5 Years), Music Director (A Day on Mount Olympus) and Vocal Director (Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood) at Bainbridge Island School District's Odyssey Multiage Program, as a Music Director (Willy Wonka Jr.), Vocal Director (The Full Monty) and Theatre School Teaching Artist at Bainbridge Performing Arts.  She is also a producer at Cosmic Egg Creative, in development for a three film slate that includes a documentary about Brazilian Choro music in the US, a feature film of Closed for Maintenance, and a narrative feature called Ingress.  Learn more about Cosmic Egg Creative here.
 
Her theatre credits include Myra in inD Theatre’s inaugural production of Closed for Maintenance, Mrs. Banks in BPA's production of Mary Poppins, for which she was recognized by BroadwayWorld Seattle's 2014 Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Local) for her role as Lucy in BPA's production of Avenue Q. Other local credits include Paul Lewis' plays One Night at the Hotel Barbary (Mrs. Maxwell) and My Beautiful Voyage (Agnes/Gladys) in Island Theatre's 10 Minute Play Festival , Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), Keiko Green's Experience Points in BPA's 2014 One Act Fest (Sailor Moon), Hansel & Gretel (Hansel), Cats (Bombalurina & Dance Captain) and Chicago (Go To Hell Kitty). She currently works as a professional actor with MAM Artists (http://www.wearemam.com/portfolio/shannon-dowling/).

About Our Students
BISA Vocal Studio Students range in ages from 7 years old to senior citizens and work on a wide range of music. Some students have performed professionally, others in Mainstage and theatre school productions at Bainbridge Performing Arts, Ovation Performing Arts Northwest, Lesser Known Players, school productions, talent shows, local events, and Seattle School of Rock & Rain City Rock Camp for Girls performances. Some are lead singers in bands, some have their own solo acts, while others are members of community and school choirs. Some study with us to gain confidence enough to sing in the car or to their significant other as a special surprise. We are incredibly proud to be a part of our students' lives, watching them grow and foster a love of music and performance.

How To Schedule

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Questions or comments? Get in touch with us at:

shannon@bisigningacademy.com

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