Meet Ella McGaunn: Voice instructor at Winchester Stage Music Center
Ella McGaunn (soprano) has been performing in musicals, choirs and as a soloist since she was four years old. Ms. McGaunn double majored in Music and Linguistics and minored in Speech Language Pathology at Gordon College in 2018. While at school she received the Hannay Vocal Honors Scholarship, and was the first person in Gordon College history to graduate with the distinction of Departmental Honors in Music. In 2018 she presented a lecture recital accompanying her thesis on Historical Vocal Pedagogy. In 2016 Ms. McGaunn also presented A Voyage Through Musical Theater taking her audience through the history of musical theater from late 19th century to 21st century composers such as Lin Manuel Miranda. In 2015 Ms. McGaunn understudied as Abuela Claudia for Broadway performer Christina Aranda in Innovation Academy’s production of In the Heights. Currently she can be seen (among other churches) singing for Community Congregational Church in Billerica, MA. Ms. McGaunn is also a frequent performer of improvisational comedy at Improv Boston in Cambridge.
Ella McGaunn is a passionate educator and is continually researching, investigating and using her improvisational skills to help students meet their goals. With a primary focus on vocal health she teaches in a way that is flexible for any style. However, her favorites styles to sing in herself are classical, musical theater and jazz. Her training in Linguistics allows her to coach diction in many languages (with greatest ease in Spanish, Latin, Italian, German and French). Her background in acting and love of analyzing poetry informs her ability to help students sing, act and communicate genuinely.
Always keeping a personalized approach in mind Ella McGaunn combines wisdom from the Historic Italian School of singing (bel canto) as well as current research in singing. She is continually looking into the research of voice scientists such as Ingo Titze and others at The Voice Foundation to stay up to date about new information concerning vocal health and pedagogy. She also participates in continuing education with courses such as the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Seminar at New England Conservatory 2018. Ms. McGaunn’s students leave with a better understanding of how their body is designed and how to learn music on their own. Ella McGaunn believes it is a teacher’s responsibility to teach students to self-assess their own singing and to have the basic musicianship skills to meet their goals. Ms. McGaunn loves teaching all ages and experience levels. She welcomes students with specific learning needs and styles. Whether you are looking for someone to coach you for an upcoming performance, help with vocal fatigue and difficulty or simply to help you carry a tune you can find your place in her studio family.
At Stage Music Center, we guarantee:
A tailored music education for your age, level & learning style.
Weekly one to one lessons with experienced teachers.
Possibilities to showcase your progress at recitals.
A safe learning environment.