“My 13 year old daughter, Alexandra, has studied voice with “Mr. Ellis” for the past 8 years. She always looks forward to her lessons and is disappointed when family scheduling conflicts arise. We’ve enjoyed watching her stage presence blossom, her confidence grow & of course her voice mature in beauty & range.” -Dr. Chris Stewart
“I started from scratch at the age of 32. I’d never sung in school or in a church choir nor taken a vocal lesson in my life. My only experience singing was in the shower and in the car, where no one could hear me but me. One day I finally set out on the path to discover my true voice, and was so fortunate to find the best possible guide in Ken Ellis. With his excellent teaching and wonderful support, I’ve now sung on stage in front of an audience three different times, I’ve sung in public on the Downtown Mall in the middle of the day, and I’m now preparing to play a main role in a local community musical. My work with Ken has not only helped me learn the skills I need to perform, but build the confidence necessary to break out of my shell and really sing!” -Nico Scopelliti
“Until recently, I was behind the scenes. Speaking in public was OK, but it still made me nervous. Singing? Not a chance. Happy Birthday was what you could get out of me. My wife has excellent pitch, has performed in choruses since she was young and is accomplished. We joined our church choir as an activity we could do together. They did not kick me out, but I was a “leaner” requiring someone near me singing my part. More recently, I tried Barbershop and now I want to try being a member of a quartet which means I have to hold my own.
I found Ken through a friend and have stayed with him for the following reasons. First and foremost, he provides an anxiety-free safe space to learn. I cannot emphasize enough how important this has been to my development as a singer. Almost as important – I see steady improvement and I look forward to my weekly lessons. Ken’s instruction has helped not only my vocal production and presentation but also my overall confidence.” -Craig Scott
“I have been Ken Ellis’ student for approximately 5 years and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. When I began, I had no roadmap on how I would develop my singing talent and which songs would work best with my voice. Thankfully, Ken Ellis is an expert who knows his craft extremely well. Because you are working with someone who is a performer in both singing and dance, you have someone who is deeply passionate to the craft and celebrates your work with real enthusiasm. In the early stages of my tutelage, Mr. Ellis understood the pace that I required to feel comfortable. His relaxed approached allowed me to pick songs that could be used to gauge improvements and he assisted me in feeling confident in singing them. (more…)
I LOVE your website, Ken. It is TOP OF THE LINE – just like you!
Charlottesville is lucky to have you.
All the best,