Voice Lessons

"Those who wish to sing will always find a song."

~ Swedish Proverb

Anya Newsome



Anya Newsome, a seasoned musician and dedicated educator, discovered her love for music at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts at age 16. Specializing in voice, she earned her BA in Music from George Mason University, minoring in Developmental Psychology. Anya showcased her talent at notable venues like the Kennedy Center and Workhouse Theater in productions such as "Carrie," "Mamma Mia," and "Curtains." Her musical journey later extended to opera, where she excelled in roles like the title character in "The Medium" and "Happy Prince," along with portraying Cherubino in "Le Nozze de Figaro."

During the pandemic, Anya demonstrated her commitment to musical education by writing and teaching from two music books designed for beginner piano and voice learners.


With over six years of teaching piano and voice, Anya's instructional approach, rooted in classical techniques, emphasizes vocal health and connects music theory with practical performance. Having completed her MM in Vocal Performance at NIU in December 2023, Anya brings a passion for performance and a commitment to nurturing musical talent to her role as an educator.

Abria Shaw

Abria Shaw- Voice

Abria Shaw is a current student at Northern Illinois University where she is pursuing a B.M. With an emphasis in Music Education and Vocal Performance. During her time at NIU she has studied choral conducting, has had K-12 clinical teaching experience, and has primarily studied classical singing.

She has enjoyed performing in collaborative ventures such as the New Music Festival at NIU and being a featured soloist in NIU’s Orchestra Sings concert in partnership with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. During her sophomore year, Abria was one of four winners in NIU’s concerto competition and performed two arias with the NIU Philharmonic. Also, she sung the title role of Amelia in NIU’s Opera Theatre production of “Amelia Goes to the Ball” by Menotti.

Recently, Abria received a scholarship to go to England and sing with a choir compromised of NIU students and alumni at Exeter Cathedral.

Her passion for music education has led her to be president of NIU’s student chapter of NAfME (National Association for Music Educators) as well as her participation in Uniting Voices Chicago’s Future Music Educators Program where she has received training in culturally responsive teaching and professional development.

Abria strives to create a positive learning environment for students where they can explore their voice and try new things. In her lessons she prioritizes vocal health and technique by giving students the tools they need that suit their voice and goals.

Students can begin private voice lessons at age 7. For younger children, please check out "Da Capo Kids." These classes are a great way for young children to be introduced to music in a fun and engaging environment. 

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