Who I Am...
I have been blessed to blend my love of learning, teaching & encouraging others with my passion for music. 

Freedom has been an ongoing theme...

Freedom of the Breath to flow easily through the body, allowing us to flow with the events of our lives with grace and ease.  (Essential Breathing training)
Freedom of the Voice to express our feelings and thoughts through our speaking and singing.  (private lessons, classes, stage training, concerts)

Freedom of the Spirit to expand beyond the fearful limitations we experience that cause us to struggle and hold back from authentically expressing ourselves on stage and in life. (Essential Breathing training to manage stress/fear, performance workshops and student concerts to overcome anxiety)

Whether one focuses on the BREATH, the VOICE or the SPIRIT, my personal desire for myself and everyone I coach is that we all experience and express greater Freedom--with every breath, every song, and every courageous step we take towards our goals.  

Considering that change is the rule and nature of life, and that all of us deal with fear on some level each day,  we need to find ways to shift from fear to freedom in order to breathe deeply of life, authentically express who we are, envision and create the life we want to experience for ourselves,  and to expand our awareness and abilities to move beyond the limitations we see in our path.

Overcoming Fear: 
I was born into a musical family and have been singing and performing since the age of three.  In high school, I  won numerous vocal competitions at the state and regional levels.  At the age of 16, I performed in an honest to gosh beauty pageant  before an audience of 5,000 and received the award for Best Talent with my 
vocal/piano arrangement of Edgar Winter's rock ballad, Autumn...singing for a crowd more familiar with Julie Andrews.  

In college, I sang at the campus coffeehouses, countless weddings & other  special events as I completed my schooling with a masters degree in education, and  traversed a 30+ year career  of teaching in a variety of educational settings from early childhood programs to an adjunct faculty position at a community college.  

Finally, I took the risk of making music a full time career by transitioning into private teaching and coaching.  I have enjoyed supporting singers at all levels for nearly 19 years now.

I also understands many hard issues that professional singers and speakers can face.  Being 'hard of hearing' since birth (deaf in one ear) and having experienced vocal cord paresis caused by a viral infection (for you curious types, that would be: Superior Laryngeal Nerve Paresis, right side, which resulted in stiffness & compensatory functional dysphonia).  This was all complicated with  a diagnosis of GERD (reflux), hypothyroidism and vocal fold hemorrhages.  

That was a time of great fear that my voice might be gone, so I persisted in following a rigid plan of daily exercises for over three years to regain my vocal function.  Throughout this process, I continued to teach and perform full time.

 

My lengthy personal journey of healing my own voice to bring it back to full function with more range and better tonal quality than existed prior to the injuries,  honed my skills as a teacher to quickly assess what is going on in a singer's voice and assist him or her to resolve difficulties fast.  


You don't need years of lessons-you need to know & understand your voice to take charge of your singing, develop good breathing and vocal technique, and learn healthy vocal practices to keep your voice healthy and strong.

 
More About BREATHING:

In 2004, after observing unusual breathing patterns in a number of my student singers, I pursued an Advanced Certification in Breath Therapy with Carol Lampman of Integration Concepts. This invaluable training, along with continued study of the breath, ever deepens my awareness of the vital and intimate connection between the breath and the body, emotions and our thoughts.
When we restore our natural, free, full-body breath, we FREE ourselves to experience  increased well-being on every level of our being.  

In the years since this training, I have had the opportunity to deepen my understanding and faith in the power of the breath by 'breathing through'  several life-altering events!  It works---your breath will always give you what you need!  

Each of us has our times of reckoning and our moments of choice.  Whether fear holds you back from  speaking up, singing out, getting up on a stage to strut your stuff,  saying 'no' to your best friend or spouse or boss,  or from even taking a deep breath when you feel stressed out...you can choose a new way and say 'yes' to your Essential Breath.  AND, allow it to center your body, calm  your emotions, clear your mind, and open you to intuitive insight---all as it neutralizes your stress response and activates your relaxation response.

EDUCATION
Connie holds a BA in Social Work, a MS degree in Education; Advanced Certification in Breath Therapy; a Certificate of Voiceworks Method & Pedagogy of Styles Training; college-level coursework in Piano Pedagogy; 10 years of private piano study, including  study with Master Teacher, Sara McDaniel, in Colorado Springs.
  
Member: Nat'l Association of Teachers of Singing, Pikes Peak Music Teacher Assoc.,
Colo State Music Teacher Assoc., Music Teacher's Nat'l Assoc
EXPERIENCE
Over 30 years of individual and group teaching in both child and adult education settings.  I have been teaching music in Colorado Springs since 2000 and Essential Breathing since 2004. 
 
In addition to my teaching schedule, classes, workshops and keynotes, I occasionally perform solo vocal/piano & love to 'mix it up' with other local musicians.  I have also served as the Music Director for Unity Spiritual Center since 2001.
 
As a Speaker and Workshop Facilitator.... 
I have organized and facilitated inspiring and innovative workshops, conferences and classes for over 30 years in a variety of settings (community college, corporate, non-profit, churches). Current public workshops include:

Awaken Your Voice
A Crash Course in Good Singing
Singing 101
Essential Breathing for Optimal Well-Being

Essential Breathing Workshops have been offered to a variety of businesses and community groups....  
Center for Creative Leadership
PILLAR Senior Learning Programs
Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies
Pikes Peak Threshold Singers
 
As a Songwriter..... My MUSIC is available for purchase at cdbaby! (see sidebar link)
Awaken Your Voice: Meditation for Singers, 2001 
Surrender, 2003 Original Positive Pop Tunes Surrender, 2003 Original Positive Pop
The Glory of Love, Live Concert, 2004
Inspirare, Chants to Heal Uplift and Inspire, 2007
Fully Alive (and almost LIVE!), 2010
You Are the One, 2014
Sweet Blessings Flow, 2014
 

As a Musician-for-Hire..... I am AVAILABLE to provide SPECIAL MUSIC for your SPECIAL OCCASION:


        Weddings ~ Receptions ~ Memorial and Funeral Services ~ Private Parties ~ Special Events ~  Conferences 

 


Notable Venues:

Black Rose Acoustic Society, Open Stage

Springspree, Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Hospice, Major Donor Receptions, Colorado Springs

The Famous, Steakhouse, Colorado Springs

Better Business Bureau, Special Event w/ Wally Amos, Colorado Springs

Mill Dog Rescue, Concert Fund-Raiser,  Colorado Springs

The Glory of Love, Concert Fund-Raiser, Colorado Springs

 Music on the Mesa,  Concert Fund-Raiser, Colorado Springs

 SCUCA Conference, GlenEyrie, Colorado Springs

 SpiritWoman Conference, Center for Spiritual Living, Colorado Springs