"Those who wish to sing will always find a song."
~ Swedish Proverb
Our voice instructor, Dezirae Maffit, uses a fully comprehensive approach to teaching. In addition to learning new and challenging music, her students will be expected to learn relevant music theory, improve their aural skills, and practice their acting. Her goal is to transform each student into well-rounded performers and knowledgeable musicians.
Dezirae Maffit holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Eastern Nazarene College, receiving the highest honors in her graduating class. While in the Boston area, Dezirae sang in various ensembles including the Chamber Singers Choir. She also served as the solo vocalist for Eastern Nazarene College’s official 4 O’Clock Jazz Band. Ms. Maffit was awarded the Outstanding Scholar Award from the Head of the ENC Music Department for her exceptional focus, dedication, and leadership, as well as her advanced skill and presentation in the performance setting.
Before moving out to Boston, Dezirae sang competitively in the Chicagoland area. She was a three-time qualifier for the Illinois Music Educators Association District IX Choir from 2011 to 2013. She ranked number one in the District IX first soprano section in 2013. She also gained musical theatre experience at that time, participating in a variety of roles and musicals–from Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera, to Sir Bedevere in Monty Python’s Spamalot.
Ms. Maffit's teaching philosophy encompasses several methods to ensure that her voice students receive the best instruction for their own personal needs. Her main focus for voice is to guide students toward using a “free” instrument, devoid of tension–both within and outside the studio. Teaching singers to release unnecessary tension produces healthy singing and speaking habits that will prove beneficial to singing in any genre for a lifetime. Dezirae also believes that performing should be built with a solid theatrical foundation. Her students learn to entertain, past simply singing the notes on a page. Instead, they are taught to captivate their audience through powerful emotion and beautiful singing.