She was endorsed by
"I am retiring from teaching in May of 2016, and when Tammy approached me about teaching in the area, we met for several hours and I asked her to continue my studio, The Studio for Vocal Excellence, and its history of beautiful, free singing. I have every confidence as I retire that Tammy will carry on a great tradition in this area," Gamelin-Osenbach, 64, said Wednesday.
"It was very important to me that she was OK with my wanting to teach in the area. She said that she was happy that I was interested in teaching, and we had a few meetings to discuss things. Eventually, when she does retire, we will be teaching from a similar mode and style and if her students would choose to, they could continue their studies with me, knowing that they would be continuing on the same path and style of singing," Mancini, 37, said Monday.
Mancini has rented office space on the second floor of the SCCA headquarters,
"She will be teaching in the same studio where she began lessons with me," Gamelin-Osenbach said.
"I believe that I began my studies with Cora my sophomore year of high school in 1992 through my senior year of high school in 1995. I had weekly lessons at the
"I taught there for 18 years, from 1983 to 2000," Gamelin-Osenbach said.
SCCA hasn't had a vocal instructor renting space at its headquarters since then,
"We do have vocal classes in summer camps now and children's choirs practice here but not somebody renting office space," Coyle said.
And she was excited that Mancini was going to be that teacher.
Mancini has come a long way. Many remember her singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" traditionally at local and state basketball games in the 1990s. In
"She's wonderful. She has a beautiful voice," Coyle said.
Mancini graduated from
People interested in learning more about Mancini's classes can call SCCA at 570-622-2788.
"As for my students, I welcome all from beginners to advanced. My goal is get the students to understand how the voice works and how they can use it optimally. Technique is essential, and we focus on a lot of exercises and then we apply them to music. Students are exposed to multiple genres of music. At the moment, I have a few students that have a great deal of talent. We are having fun and making progress at our weekly sessions," Mancini said.
Meanwhile, Mancini is still an active performer.
"My most immediate performance will be in August in
Gamelin-Osenbach has been the leading soprano with
She's been giving private lessons for more than 30 years, starting in
Gamelin-Osenbach said she will be singing at a special event
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