Sarah Robertson, flute,
Sarah Robertson holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Indiana University of South Bend and a Master of Music in Music Education from Wright State University. She has studied with flutists Darlene Dugan, Rebecca Hovan, and Dr. Christopher Chaffee and has been praised for her musical clarity and tone. She has over twenty years of professional experience as a performer, conductor, freelance musician, solo and ensemble adjudicator, and music educator. Sarah has worked as a pre-k-6th grade music teacher, 5-12 band director, MS choir director, and served on the adjunct faculty at Edison Community College.
Performing is a love of Sarah’s and in 2019 she founded her flute trio, Syrodesy, which has become a sought-after group in the Dayton area because of the unique style in which they present their music. She loves collaborating with fellow musicians and creating performances that captivate audiences. Sarah also plays in the Springboro Wind Symphony, maintains performance contracts with local businesses, and plays frequently in local pit orchestras.
Teaching brings incredible joy to Sarah. Whether she’s teaching a private lesson, flute choir, group class, masterclass, studio class, or workshop, her goal is to let her students take ownership of their music and musicality! She is well versed in the available flute curriculum and is known for creating a lesson environment centered on each student’s learning style, both in group classes and private lessons.
Her professional affiliations and certifications include the National Flute Association, Kinderflute, The Flute Society of Washington, Flute Play, and the Dayton Music Club. She also serves as secretary on the board of the Springboro Wind Symphony. When not teaching or performing, you can find her playing with her two boys, running, hiking the trails of Ohio, and biking with her family. Contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christin Coffee Rondeau,
Soprano and music educator Christin Coffee Rondeau holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Mercer University (Macon, GA) and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Miami University (Oxford, OH). She has completed the Level 2 Certification in Orff Schulwerk from the University of Kentucky and Estill Level 1 Figures for Voice Control at Capital University (Columbus, OH). Her writing has been featured in the 4th Edition of Dr. Robert Sataloff's "Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care," in the NATS Inter Nos Fall 2018 issue, and at The Full Voice, and she has been a guest on The Full Voice and Vocal Fri podcasts. A pioneer in the field of collaborative voice teaching, she co-presented, "With a Little Help From My Friends: Collaborative Teaching in the Voice Studio" at the 2020 National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference with Michelle Markwart Deveaux. Christin is a longtime student of mezzo-soprano Mari Opatz-Muni and remains committed to continuing her vocal study.
As a performer, Christin focuses on unusual creative collaborations with fellow musicians, including contemporary song cycles and chamber works. Whether it's art song, Great American Songbook, or something in between, she loves the collective joy that results from creating a live music experience with a captivated audience. In July 2019, she made her debut with the Cincinnati Pops under the baton of Maestro Keitaro Harada, and she can't wait to plan a full 2021 concert season in the wake of so much canceled 2020 programming.
As a teacher, Christin's heart is for her students' creative empowerment. Whether she's teaching a private lesson, a masterclass, or a workshop (she loves doing it all), she knows that there is no "right" way to sing; there's the strongest choice for each unique singer and song. Pop, opera, musical theatre, rock, jazz--doesn't matter. The technique has to serve the art, and Christin is all about the goals and growth of the singer in front of her. Always and forever.
When not teaching or singing, Christin's serving as Community Manager of The SpeakEasy Cooperative, writing someone's copy, or editing someone's book. (Oh yeah, she loves working with words!) She works out barefoot even though Sarah and Coleman tell her to please wear some dang shoes, and she lapses into a sweet Southern accent once she knows you really well. She's currently listening to Fiona Apple's "Fetch the Bolt Cutters" and doesn't plan to stop any time soon. Contact her at email@example.com.
Coleman Clark, voice and piano
Equally adept on the stage and in the studio, pianist and baritone Coleman Clark has spent his life wooing and wowing audiences through art song, musical theatre, classic rock, and more. From Bach to Billy Joel, he lives for performing and sharing joy through music...and for equipping his students to do the same. He maintains a packed performing schedule of diverse styles and genres, and his recent musical theatre credits include the roles of Perchik, Gaston, and Valjean.
In addition to his work as a vocalist, Coleman is a sought-after pianist, performing all over the midwest as both a soloist and collaborative pianist for singers of all genres. Along with soprano Christin Coffee Rondeau, he co-developed a presentation and workshop on microphone techniques for young singers called "Master the Mic!" He is a founding member, keyboardist, and lead vocalist for the band The Blue Leaf’s and wrote many of the orignal songs on their three albums, "I Just Met Her," "Shades of the Blue Leaf's," and "Rite of Passage."
Coleman holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Wright State University. He directs the contemporary worship service at Fairmont Presbyterian Church and serves as voice and piano faculty at Sand Dollar Music in Dayton, Ohio. As a pianist, he brings a strong background in jazz, pop, and rock to the studio and loves teaching young pianists to not only play the notes on the page, but also to read chord charts and lead sheets so they can be versatile, confident performers, no matter the genre.
When he's not teaching or performing, you can find Coleman spending time with friends and family, working out, kayaking, hiking, or mayyybe playing a little Rocket League or Call of Duty.