This teacher is a NYSTA Distinguished Voice Professional, having completed the Oren L Brown Professional Development Program core curriculum of Vocal Anatomy, Voice Acoustics, Developmental Repertoire, Vocal Health, and Comparative Voice Pedagogy.
âA voice of surprising and unusual beautyâ, and âmesmerizing performanceâ have been used to describe Josephine Mongiardoâs vocal and musical talent. Ms. Mongiardoâs credits include the New York stage premieres of several eighteenth-century operas, including Handel's Acis and Galatea, Esther and Susanna, as well as Lully's Acis et GalateÃ© and virtuosic pieces by Antonio Vivaldi as part of the Vivaldiâs Venice series at Lincoln Centerâs Tully Hall. An accomplished actress, she has commanded attention in such roles as Lucia, Violetta and Rosina, and as she speaks four languages, she has become a renowned recitalist and chamber music artist. Her chamber music and orchestral appearances have taken her throughout the United States, Europe and South America. She has collaborated with such renowned artists as YoYo Ma, Ani Kavafian, Gerard Schwarz and Kenneth Cooper. Her festival appearances include Santa Fe, Waterloo, Chamber Music Northwest, Arcady, Grand Canyon and Mohawk Trail Concerts. Ms. Mongiardo's diverse repertoire includes orchestral works such as Mahler's Symphony No.4, Berlioz' Les Nuits d'EtÃ© and Strauss' Brentano Lieder as well as premieres of pieces by Seymour Barab and Wendy Chambers; she has also been featured as the narrator in Walton's FaÃ§ade and as the Devil in Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat as well as works by AndrÃ© Caplet and Douglas Moore. She can be heard on the CD Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot (Musical Heritage Society). Ms. Mongiardo has a thriving teaching practice in New York City and her students have been featured at Chautauqua Opera, Seattle Opera, Lake George Opera, Opera Delaware, Center City Opera and in chamber and orchestral appearances throughout the United States. She has taught master classes and been a guest instructor at festivals and colleges throughout the United States. She teaches a course at Barnard College on Vocal Repertoire, Expression and Technique. She received her BA from Barnard College and her MA from Columbia University.
In 2006 Ms. Mongiardo completed a Vocology Internship at The Grabscheid Voice Center, Mount Sinai Hospital Center under the supervision of Otolaryngologist, Dr. Peak Woo and Speech Pathologist, Linda Carroll.
Ms. Mongiardo starts with the teaching of efficient vocal function emphasizing a free and easy flow of breath combined with optimum use of the vocal resonators. Elements of Alexander technique, yoga and strength training are incorporated into the work. Basic anatomy, physiology and acoustics, as they apply to singing, are explored to give the student a clear understanding of the consequences of vocal behavior. Examining how different repertoire makes different demands on the vocal mechanism and how to prepare the voice for such variety is an important aspect of the work. Elements of musical style and dramatic intention are also treated as integral to production. Though process oriented, the goal is to have a technique which allows the singer to respond readily to the myriad nuances evoked by a broad range of repertoire.
Consideration for both the student's and teacher's time is fundamental to good work in the studio. Timely cancellations and rescheduling of lessons is expected except in emergencies.