Karen Nimereala has been a fervent believer that a vocal technique based on the classical bel canto technique, is a vital tool in all genres of music; from opera, musical theatre, to pop, jazz and r&b as well. Being a singer in life herself, the work of such a technique has been proven time and again from Puccini to Sondheim on to Arlen and to the "belt" of Broadway through her own performance experience. |
The voice is a magical and spiritual expression of each individual and that is the basis of the foundation for every artist in the world of theatre.
Karen in her latest and most recent experiences in vocal coaching and mentoring in performance have included Sting, in his rock-opera debut in Paris, France at the Chatelet Theatre. It was then followed by "Winter" a musical winter voyage in music performed and filmed at the Durham Cathedral in England.
It is a mix of classical winter carols, songs and modern melodies written by Sting and others for the winter holiday of 2010.
She is the vocal coach of Mylene Farmer as well, who is the major female pop singer of France and toured with her on her French and European tour of 2010. Karen is now working on the 2013 tour "Timeless" with Ms Farmer.
Her many other young artist clients are performing on Broadway, the London West End, the Moulin Rouge, the Lido and theatres in Germany and France. She was recently asked to be the voice coach of the French equivalent of "American Idol" for French television.
Karen with her varied experiences as a performing artist in musical theatre, jazz, pop and as an opera singer herself, have given that extra knowledge and edge so often lacking in vocal teaching today.
This experience adds so much to help a student go from the early beginning of study onward on the path of a professional artist. She is one who believes the teaching and mentoring of an artist is a life - long commitment.
A firm vocal and solid vocal technique and proper body alignment and breathing are the foundation of the singing artist. She uses various breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and vocal exercises that cover the whole range of the voice. Karen has a strong desire that every student should have dance and movement study in their development. Nutrition and physical sport are a major element in the study of musical, vocal theatre. Acting and scene study are as well another part of the whole in the art of vocal study.
Karen has colleagues who are professionals and are part of her studio network. There are dance instructors, acting teachers from the Actors Studio, coach pianists for repertoire and audition preparation, a professional gym coach who is a nutritionist and total body workout expert to develop the singing actor in the necessary steps to complete fitness. These extraordinary friends and mentors who are a part of her life as a performer and teacher are always at the ready for her students.
The "complete artist" is the goal in life for Karen in her studio. One must be able to use all the skills of music, singing, speech, movement, health, and fitness to become the artist of today. It is not a study of quick results or stardom in a second....it is the work of a lifetime.
Karen has studios in New York and Paris, where she works as well for Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Department and as well she is an adjunct professor at Hunter College in Manhattan. She gives vocal seminars in Paris and New York. There are summer theatre, opera and singing workshops in Normandy, France with intense study over two week periods. Her young singers and performers are presented in concert in New York as work-shop performing experience and in Paris as well.
As a singer, teacher, mentor, coach and believer in the complete immersion of the artist in the skills through study, Karen will help you develop into the extraordinary artist that the world is searching and so needs....