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.
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.