Adele has been my voice teacher for four years and, in that time, has played a major role in both my musical and personal development. From my first lesson, Adele has always made me feel welcome in her studio. Her personality is dynamic and engaging, and she incorporates her excellent sense of humor to create a positive learning environment that is both informative and non-threatening. She prioritizes vocal health and concerns herself with production rather than product. I have sung everything from classical opera to Broadway showpieces and jazz favourites with her, and she has always been supportive and instructive of my interpretations. Adele has never failed to prepare me for performances or auditions. She was selflessly flexible in her scheduling and made accommodations for me to have extra lesson times whenever I was feeling insecure with any of my music. During my applications to post-secondary music schools, she spent her own time with me in the recording studio. She assisted with and attended almost all of my public performances, including both of my personal recitals. I do not know of another person who dedicates as much of her life to her teaching as Adele does. …perhaps it is ultimately the student who is a teacher’s greatest testimony. I am currently in my first year of the bachelor program at the UBC School of Music and am majoring in opera. Before the school year started, I was offered the role of the Abbess in the UBC Opera production of Suor Angelica. Naturally, although I had already left her studio, I turned to Adele for guidance and, with her support, accepted the role. I was the only first year student to have a substantive role in the production, and I could not have done it without the years I spent in Adele’s studio.
Adele has been my voice teacher for four years and, in that time, has played a major role in both my musical and personal development.