Our Associate Voice Teachers completed our Teacher Training Program and continue to be trained by Matt on his methodology on a weekly basis. They all play piano, are great with repertoire and are available for in person or Skype lessons.
Mike is an accomplished singer, musician, and arranger based in New York City. His passion for performing, honed over a decade as a singer and actor culminated in the discovery of an innate gift for teaching, and he has been helping singers find their own voices ever since. Students can be seen in Broadway productions such as Wicked, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Come From Away, Beautiful, Anastasia, The Cher Show, Be More Chill, SpongeBob, Something Rotten, Matilda, Evita, Hairspray, West Side Story and more. His style revolves around stripping away bad habits and tension to uncover the natural voice, uninhibited by artificiality. As a musician, Mike has worked as an accompanist, jazz pianist and arranger, preparing music for students as well as for full-length musicals. His musical knowledge has also made him a sought-after song coach, with whom students can learn songs quickly and efficiently. Mike earned his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Oklahoma and has been working in the industry for close to ten years, garnering experience both as a performer and as a valued member of a creative team. Mike has studied with Matt for 9 years as a student and has trained extensively with Matt on his methodology and philosophy having completed our Associate Voice Teacher Training Program. His diverse skills make him an incredibly well rounded teacher/coach, and his enthusiasm for teaching make him an exciting addition to Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studios.
Dan has been an MFVS associate for almost a decade and has worked alongside Matt for literally thousands of hours learning and implementing the MFVS methodology. In recent seasons, Dan’s students have played some of Broadways’ most iconic roles both on Broadway and on National Tours including Evan Hansen, Roxie Hart, Regina George, Janis Ian, Pippin, Eva Peron, Anastasia, and Jerry Mulligan. His students can be seen in many of the major current and recent Broadway shows including Hadestown, Hamilton, Beautiful, Dear EvanHansen, Tootsie, Mean Girls, Chicago and the upcoming Once Upon A One More Time and 1776, A trained opera singer, Dan has made a specialty of helping classical singers either transition into a music theater career, or help them expand their own classical training to include more contemporary options in their classical career. In addition, with his understanding of the necessary full body mechanism needed for singing, Dan has helped dancers not only discover their voices, but also to add singing to their professional tool kit. Dan has worked with dancers from many of the world’s great companies such as NYC Ballet,Boston Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey, Netherlands DanceTheater, and the ROCKETTES! Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in New York City musical life to his work in the voice studio including performing many roles in opera and music theater across the county, producing, music directing, and teaching music in NYC public and private schools. Dan is credentialed in Baptiste Power Yoga and is a practitioner of TranscendentalMeditation and has studied with Matt for 8 years as a student and has trained extensively with Matt on his methodology and philosophy having completed our Associate Voice Teacher Training Program.
Bridget is a professional singer, songwriter, actor and voice teacher living in New York City. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Bridget holds a BS in Vocal Music Education from Towson University, and has taught in both Baltimore and New York City Public Schools (K-12). Upon moving to NYC, Bridget earned her MA degree from the Gallatin School at New York University, where she studied Women in Music, Songwriting and Social Change, and studied with top songwriters including Grammy Award Winning writer, Phil Galdston. As a performer, Bridget is co-writer, co-producer and co-front woman of the indie pop band, HEROINE, which plans to release its debut EP later this year. In addition to her band, Bridget writes songs for her own solo project, gigs as a wedding singer, performs background vocals for multiple other NYC pop artists, and has performed background vocals for musical theatre artists such as Kristin Chenoweth. Through her work as a performer, Bridget has received extensive training in the Alexander Technique, which influences her teaching style to incorporate objectives of working to undo habits and release physical tension. Bridget has studied with Matt for 3 years as a student and has trained extensively with Matt on his methodology and philosophy having completed our Associate Voice Teacher Training Program.
Grace Chermak is a professional actor and music educator born and raised in Wayzata, MN and based in New York City. Grace received her BA in Vocal Music Education with a minor in Performing Arts from Iowa State University and studied musical theater performance at the Open Jar Institute in NYC. Grace began her acting career in the Twin Cities and performed regionally in roles ranging from Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music to Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical. As an educator, Grace uses her extensive training at Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studio and experience in musical theater, opera and choral performance to influence her practices as a voice teacher. Along with her performance career and private voice teaching, Grace finds enjoyment in working with young performers by directing and music directing various productions for youth theater companies and public school programs. Grace strives to provide a safe space for students to explore their capabilities, discover their authentic voice, and help them reach their full potential as singers. Grace has studied and trained with Matt on his methodology and philosophy since she moved to NY and has completed our Associate Voice Teacher Training Program. We are so excited to have her in the Studio and we can't wait for you to experience a lesson with her.
Nora Palka is a singer, songwriter, musician and Helen Hayes Award winning actress turned voice teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Catholic University with a concentration in Musical Theatre and has completed a program abroad studying classical acting through Fordham University's London Dramatic Academy. Nora has also been a student of Matt Farnsworth for the last 5 years. Before moving to NYC, Nora had a successful career in DC as an equity actor performing on stages at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre and Studio Theatre. As an NYC performing artist, she has made her rounds in the cabaret and comedy scene and has performed alongside some of the most notable talent in the city. You might’ve seen her at Joe’s Pub, The Bell House, Union Hall, The Duplex, Caveat, or Club Cumming to name a few. As a recording artist and professional singer, Nora has released music with her solo project under her own name and is also the lead singer and co-writer of the pandemic formed Indie R&B duo Wild Idol. She also gigs around the city and is a singer for weddings and other private events. In the teaching world, she has had the pleasure of teaching students of all ages from all over the country thanks to the virtual “new normal” that came from the pandemic. Nora believes that singing is the easiest way to access your natural joy. Her goal as a voice teacher is to help you get into your body and onto your voice, leading you to "sing for joy" with comfort and ease. Through breath work, vocal exercises and technique, she will guide you to your natural sound and strengthen your instrument to its highest potential. She has studied with Matt since 2016 and continues to train with Matt on his methodology and philosophy having completed our thorough Associate Voice Teacher Training Program.
Andre joined our Studio 6 years ago and is currently managing our 5 locations in NYC. He is in touch with all our new and current students being available for scheduling or any business related purposes. He coordinates our events and manages the content of our website, social media accounts and MF VOICE App. He earned his Economics degree in Portugal and is thrilled to live in NY and be surrounded by all the amazing talent in the Studio.