"Angela seems to be able to achieve, in one hour, what other instructors have never been able to do."
Julia Dolan, theatre & music student
"Working with Angela has made all the difference in the world! As a dancer, I've always wanted to supplement my career with singing and never thought I could until I worked with Twin Cities Vocal Arts."
Jonathan Urla, professional dancer
" Some instructors have you listen to other people and instruments, then ask you to mimic the sounds. Angela has you work on your own personal instrument from within and that is where I have found my true voice."
Brenda Samuelson, business processor
" Angela has a game plan for each individual student and can interpret every voice individually. Therefore, her choice of exercises is very helpful in increasing the flexibility of my voice. And that's why I went to TC Vocal Arts in the first place."
Barbara Cohen, professional performer
" Twin Cities Vocal Arts' Voice/ Body Connection class has helped me for the first time to understand my body as an instrument."
Susan Stoddard, secretary
" I started working with TCVA in my 40's,...never having sung or knowing anything about my voice. Angela's patient and persistent work helped me discover I am a tenor and was able to audition and sing for 5 season's with Vocal Essence as well as take on other singing opportunities. Most of all, it helped me get in touch with both my body and my creativity in a whole new way. My speaking ability to relax in public settings greatly improved. I learned my voice is connected to my entire physical being. Sadly, I had to move out of Minnesota after 10 years of studying with Angela. But the work we did together will continue to make a difference for the rest of my life! Give it a shot for yourself...dream big... "
Dan Sola, geologist, actor, director
" TCVA allowed me to begin entering small theatres and performing. Angela teaches what singers want, the ability to sing well on their own, and to solo. If you're just beginning to learn how to sing, TCVA teaches you the basics and then slowly helps you improve to become a great voice. If you have been told in the past that you can't sing, TC Vocal Arts can prove that wrong. This is a great place to start."
Kate Murphy, credit security manager, thespian
" Twin Cities Vocal Arts offers so much to people. I have been through several studios and teachers. Ever since my first lesson I knew that there was something different here. Something better than most. I recommend TCVA to any voice...
...Male/ Female, Soprano to Bass."
Tim Lunneborg, food manager, singer
At HCA TC Vocal Arts offered all previous lessons, classes and activities. An original show, 'Only a Rose', written by Diane Murphy was presented as a Musical, Directed by Angela May and performed in the Black Box Theatre.
Activities continued to grow and the introduction of the Nightclub Showcase Class became successful with all student offerings and instructors as time progressed into the 90's. The area began to change and TC Vocal Arts had the opportunity to move into Hennepin Center for the Arts in downtown Minneapolis.
Hennepin Center for the Arts
Good vocal concepts and technique free your imagination, natural musicality and personal self-expression. The voice grows and changes as you do and needs attention, awareness and nurturing.
It's the most delicate, yet resilient and expressive instrument you create sound with. It can be challenged, 'pushed', shouted, strained, and/ or generally 'used and abused'....which is why it should be trained well, relaxed often, and always enjoyed!
A person's desire to sing is strong. Serious performers and novices at all levels need a regular place to learn and grow...to develop the physical and mental, verbal, acting and musical talents that he or she possesses. Experience with microphones, performing venues, repertoire selection, vocal technique etc., are some of the areas singers work with to develop the 'performer' in themselves. When a variety of these and other skills are accomplished, performances upon the Musical and Dramatic stage, singing for personal enjoyment or participation in community activities are a benefit to us all. Our curriculum of lessons and classes are dedicated to these objectives.
Artistic Director/ Instructor
In the fall of 1986 Twin Cities Vocal Arts began singing classes in Minneapolis, private lessons and coaching/group voice classes and workshops on a renovated historical block in the West Bank Theatre District. Many recitals, musical revues, group classes and celebratory events and activities took place over several years. A touring group called Vocal Arts Players began, which provided costumed, staged, and choreographed musical revues on a variety of themes to the Senior Communities of the Twin Cities. Casual and formal recitals were held 4 times a year for all teacher's students.
West Bank Theatre District
...is to inspire each individual to the fulfillment of their vocal dynamics and artistic aspirations by providing specialized expertise and innovative resources for attaining vocal potential.
TC Vocal Arts
Diverse Training for Your Voice !
For over thirty years Angela May has been an integral part of the music and theatrical communities of the Twin Cities, not only as a singer-performer and teacher, but as a musician, director, producer, arranger, accompanist and vocal instructor/coach.
Her early music training began at the MacPhail School of Music, later attending and studying in the Music and Theatre programs at the University of Minnesota. Angela sang in Opera Theatre, was also the Technical Assistant/Costumer for the scene shop and opera productions. While at the University she also played accordion or piano as an accompanist, and/or performance, keyboard musician for Director's one-acts, theatre classes, musicals, and participated in several theatre projects and programs.
She spent seven summers as Musical Director, vocal coach and 'show' pianist for the Stagecoach Opera House in more than a dozen shows of Melodrama and musical Olios, scoring and playing piano under the dialogue and teaching/arranging the cast's music for the director and choreographer.
Angela was always exposed to music from an early age. Her mother was an instrumentalist and her father who sang and played as a professional musician were both inspirations for her. At the age of five she began to study piano and dance, continuing and expanding into nine years of flute and many years of concert accordion playing. All of these activities included singing and performing in local and out of state competitions, both in a solo and ensemble capacity. Her love of the singing voice developed as far back as she can remember, and gradually became a continuous enjoyment, developing into a professional teaching career.
She has taught voice at the Minneapolis Technical College, Bloomington School of Music, privately, as well as coaching within her Musical Theatre Directing career, all of which eventually led to her development of TC Vocal Arts. Angela's personal vocal performing was always involved in many projects and recitals through the years and voice production/performance have always been the main focus of her teaching career.
Angela has students, past and present, who sing in dance bands, folk music ensembles, opera, compose their own music to sing with their guitar, thespians who perform here in the Twin Cities and other areas, and people who are simply on an adventure of discovering their singing voice to see where it might lead them. Her teaching experience is eclectic and open to anyone who would like to sing, or sing better. Her teaching style is healthy, patient and inviting. Beginners are especially welcome.
She has developed several voice class/workshop synopses, vocal/instrumental arrangements of music for various programs, and has also structured, directed, choreographed and produced many singing 'variety shows' for public performance, students, recitals, classes and workshops.
Angela May is a past member of the West Bank Business Association, Minnesota Music Academy, MN Citizens for the Arts, and is a member of NATS. She has held positions on the Board of Thursday Musical, Vocal Arts Players, and now with CORO!...an ensemble of vocal soloists.
Angela May, a mezzo-soprano, is singing with CORO! as a solo and ensemble member, as a section leader in MacPhail's adult chorus Sonomento, and occasionally for productions in the MN Concert Opera chorus while serving as Artistic Director/Instructor of TC Vocal Arts.
TC Vocal Arts moved into larger space as Vocal Arts Players and developed its own performance space. As the economy changed and Hennepin Ave grew more active, changing with the Downtown area, our facilities became impractical and TCVA is now located in Bloomington, MN.
TC Vocal Arts in Bloomington
Private Lessons and Coachings are held at this, and/ or other associated locations.
All group classes, recitals and activities are held in a variety of other suitable venues.
TC Vocal Arts is located on the second floor and includes a small no-cost parking lot.
MTC Bus service is within 2 blocks, and off-street parking nearby.