Finding the perfect teacher for voice lessons in South Jersey is easy at the NJ School of Music in Medford. Our degreed, professional and friendly instructors teach beginning music lessons to advanced music study. Styles of study can include classical, jazz, rock and pop. Please see below to read a bit about each of our teachers and as always if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 609-654-0060.
Ildiko Rozs was born in the historic Hungarian City of Szekesfehervar. She began her music education at the age of 13. Later she moved to the Hungarian Capital of Budapest where she studied voice at the Béla Bartók Conservatory. While still a student Ildiko became a member of the Hungarian State Opera House working with many world famous conductors and coaches: Nicolas McGigan, Kobajashi Kenichiro, Lamberto Gardelli, Rico Saccani, Pier-Giorgio Morandi, and Adam Medvezcky to name a few.
As a Member of the Hungarian Opera Chorus she received the Béla Bartók prize from the Franz Liszt Academy in 1988. Ildiko sang in this chorus for 16 years. During this time Ms. Rozs was also a sought after soloist and regularly performed music from operas and operettas as well as sacred music in solo concerts. Ildiko held lead roles in operettas by famous Hungarian composers Viktor Jakoby and Albert Szirmai.
In 1995 Ildiko was invited to perform at the Ecumenical World Meeting and since then, has become a regular guest singer at the annual meeting of the European Hungarian Protestant Society. In the last 21 years Ms. Rozs has taken part in more than 30 opera productions as well as countless oratorios. These operas include; Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas", Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito", "Le Nozze di Figaro", "Don Giovanni", "Cosi fan tutte", "Die Entfuhung aus dem Serail", and " Die Zauberflote", Beethoven's "Fidelio", Donizetti's "Anna Bolena", "L'elisir d'amore", and "Don Pasquale", Wagner's "Der Fliegender Hollander", "Tannhauser", "Die Meistersinger", "Ring", and "Parsifal", Verdi's "Simone Boccanegra", "Otello", "Don Carlos", "La Traviata", "Il Trovatore", and "Aida", Puccini's "Manon Lescaut", "La Boheme", "Tosca", and "Suor Angelica", Bizet's "Carmen", and "Les pechers de perles" Musorgsky's "Boris Godunov", and "Hovanshchina", Ferenc Erkel's "Bank ban", Zoltan Kodaly's "The Transylvanian Spinning Room", Sondor Szokolay "Ecce Homo", and "Legend of St. Margaret", Janos Vajda's "Mario and the Magician".
Some of Ildiko's choral appearances include: Haydn masses, Mozart and Verdi Requiems, Kodaly's "Psalmus Hungaricus", Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana", and NJPAC's production of Mahler's 2nd Symphony performed in Newark, NJ as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In addition to performing in Hungary, she has performed in numerous concerts in Yugoslavia, Transylvania, Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Japan and in 1990 Ms. Rozs was part of a 65 city tour of the United States with the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. In 2001 Ildiko attended the Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she studied with Dr. Scott McCoy, Marvin Kenzee, Dalton Baldwin, Dr. J.J. Penna and Dr. Martin Neron. Since completing her masters degree in voice performance and pedagogy in 2003 Ildiko has continued to be active as a teacher and performer.
As a teacher Ildiko combines strong performance and technical knowledge with great patience, compassion and understanding to bring out the very best that each student has to offer. Her passion and dedication is very apparent and reflected in the passion and dedication that her students have in their music. She is known for going that extra mile to insure that each student has a complete and thorough understanding of the music that they are working on. Ildiko teaches students of all ages and abilities classical, show tunes and religious styles of music. Several of her students have and continue to win leading roles in musicals. She has even had one of her students selected to sing for the Pope in Rome. Many of Ildiko's students go on to major in music while in college.
Voice lessons with Ildiko are available Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at the NJ School of Music in Medford.
Julie Susi is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Her love of opera began at the age of 12 when she made her stage debut with Glimmerglass Opera in the children's choir for Puccini's La Boheme. Julie has performed locally and internationally to great acclaim. Recent performances include the role of Lola in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and the role of the High Priestess in Verdi 's Aida with Amici Opera in Philadelphia, understudying Desdemona in Verdi 's Otello with the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Frasquita in ConcertOpera Philadelphia's production of Bizet's Carmen, as well as a young artist in Rossini's Guillaume Tell with Caramoor Bel Canto. Julie was winner of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. She has also performed at distinguished summer music festivals, such as the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Florence Voice Seminar in Florence, Italy. Julie has had the honor of singing for several masterclasses of note including Montserrat Caballe, Gabriele Lechner, and Julian Rodescu. In the spring of 2013, Julie was in a car accident that left her unable to sing for several years. Following rehabilitation and help from fellow musicians, Julie made a return to singing solo sacred music and classical concerts. She first performed with Maestro Louis Menendez and the Old First Reformed United Church of Christ in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has since been performing at churches and small venues throughout the Northeast. As a teacher, Julie's students can be seen in roles ranging from school musicals to international movie roles. She is incredibly proud of her students, their tenacity, and flexibility that they bring to their studies and performances.
Voice lessons with Julie are available on Friday at the NJ School of Music in Medford.
Karen, voice and piano teacher at the New Jersey School of Music, obtained her Music Education Degree from Baptist Bible College. She continued her music training at the Kodaly Center of America in Boston, Massachusetts and Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.
Karen is a state certified music educator and has taught vocal and general music in several private and public schools throughout the area. She has enjoyed directing more than 30 Musical and Dramatic productions.
She also started a Mommy and Me music program called Sing & Sign which has held classes in Cherry Hill and Shamong. She has enjoyed researching the power of music to strengthen a child's mind, not just musically but also verbal skills, patterning skills, logic, mathematical and reading skills, along with analytic and creative skills. She notes that movement activities also develop fine and gross motor skills. This research has enflamed a passion to grow a preschool music program in the area.
Karen has authored a book, "Singing Without Tension", and uses the philosophy taught in that book to teach her students. She believes each lesson should be tailored to the needs and goals of the student and should always include proper breathing, diction and singing techniques.
Her experience on stage and as a director gives her a passion for musical theatre and drama. She enjoys preparing her vocal students for auditions as well as recitals, plays and special singing engagements. Other genres she specializes in are country and many styles of pop music.
Karen has been the recipient of prestigious awards, including the Award for Excellence in the MACSA Choir Competition. She has over 30 years of teaching experience.
She has also taught piano to students ranging in age from four to seventy five. She uses various methods from Alfred to Bastien and chooses the book that best fits the age and experience of the student. Karen believes learning piano can be fun, so she teaches various genres including classical, general and the latest pop or Disney hits. She mixes the students individual preferences in with technique and theory.
As beginner students learn to read music, Karen teaches different strategies from rote to mathematical to analytical, enabling each individual student to utilize their own strengths to develop into an accomplished pianist.
Karen loves working one on one with her students and watching them develop as musicians.
Voice lessons with Karen are available Tuesday and Wednesday at the NJ School of Music in Medford.