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This profile was last updated on 11/5/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Ms. Jane Steele

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Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
International Vocal Arts Institute
119 West 72Nd Street # 313
New York , New York 10023
United States


Employment History


  • BA , music
    Wellesley College
  • MM degree , vocal accompanying and chamber music
    Manhattan School of Music
Web References
Faculty - IVAI - International Vocal Arts Institute, 5 Nov 2015 [cached]
Jane Steele Coach New Jersey State Opera, Opera Colorado, International Institute of Vocal Arts, Chiari Italy
Jane Steele, Vocal Coach, is ... [cached]
Jane Steele, Vocal Coach, is a freelance vocal coach and accompanist based in New York City. She earned her BA in music from Wellesley College while pursuing her other interests in languages and literature. She received her MM degree in vocal accompanying and chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Steele has been a coach/accompanist at the Lidalnorth Festival in Oslo, Norway; the VOICExperience Foundation in New York; the International Institute of Vocal Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and IVAI in Tel Aviv. In 2002, she was a guest coach at the National Opera of China in Beijing. Ms. Steele was head of the coaching staff at IIVA in Chiari, Italy, from 1998 to 2008. She also held the position of Administrative Director of IIVA in Chiari and was the American liaison with the local Italian government. She has been the rehearsal pianist for numerous American companies, including New Jersey State Opera, DiCapo Opera, Opera Colorado, Natchez Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera and worked as a vocal accompanist at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. .She was also a guest artist at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico in San Juan.
Summer Program in New York City - IVAI - International Vocal Arts Institute, 8 Oct 2015 [cached]
Jane Steele New Jersey State Opera, Opera Colorado
Comments on Summer Programs, 29 Sept 2000 [cached]
What was so unique was that many of the coaches (Lucy Arner, Liora Maurer, Louis Menedez, Jane Steele, and many more) were professionals both nationally and internationally with a wealth of knowledge to share.
I first learned about the IIVA program through one of my coaches, Ms. Jane Steele, whilst a Young Artist with Opera Colorado.Although I was initially hesitant (as I had heard a few horror stories about summer programs), I decided to try out this program with my goals being to improve my understanding of Italian and its idiosyncrasies as well as improve both my performance and rehearsal skills.As the date to leave got closer, I was notified of what roles I would be expected to have prepared (some of which I was allowed to suggest).I was a bit surprised at the amount of music I was given (ah, the problems of being a tenor, eh?) I arrived knowing 60 % of my music well and the other 40 % was known, but would need more coaching.We were all met at Malpensa Airport, in Milan, by Ms. Steele and bussed up to Chiari.From there we were separated to meet our host families and to get settled in our new digs.I was very fortunate to be housed at Anna-Maria Alborghetti's house with her son and one other IIVA participant (who spoke much better Italian than I did).She was the most wonderful woman who I am still in contact with, and is considered to be my Italian Mum.Not only did she house us, but she fed us, did our LAUNDRY (even though we asked her not to) and helped us get around both the town and Italy as a whole.The program started the next day and from that day on I was busier than I had ever been.I was constantly in either coachings or rehearsals or in Italian class.Although I felt a bit overloaded, upon looking back, I would trade that for any temping that I am now doing.The coachings were with such world class coaches from theatre's such as the Met, New York City Opera and Opera Colorado, to name but a few, as well as coachings from Maestro Rigacci and Maestro Boemi (both very active conductors in and around Italy).
Jane Steele (administrative director) made a definite attempt to ensure that singers had an opportunity to do top-priority scenes e.g. in instances where singers were double-cast, singers were granted additional afternoon performances Attempt to tailor scene assignments to individual role requests : I submitted 4 potential roles to work on and was able to perform major chunks of two roles (Adina, Norina) in addition to scenes from 3 other operas! Voice Lessons : I worked 1-2 times/week with Mignon Dunn.Mignon helped me make several technical & interpretive strides.She made many insightful suggestions about stage movement/acting based on her extensive operatic career.Italian : Living with an Italian family is a great way to boost your Italian skills.There are daily Italian classes (although when schedules get crowded, attendance drops).CHALLENGES Money!!! Tuition, travel, spending money, phone bills add up.Some scholarship money (more for men, as usual), Others found sponsors or raised money through recitals etc.Prioritizing/Juggling a Very Full Schedule : -- The staff deliberately assigns a large number of scenes at the outset, knowing that some will fall to the side.Sometimes the schedule can become slightly overwhelming.
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