Welcome!

Voice in the Valley Music Studio is proud to embark on their our fifth year at our location in the heart of Maple Valley, WA. We are excited to serve your musical needs both online and in-person. Our highly educated and passionate teaching faculty boasts three doctorate degree's, six master's degrees, nine bachelor's degrees, and a combined teaching experience spanning over 100 years! Voice in the Valley Music Studio is a fun, energetic, family-based studio where classic education meets modern, musical instruction. No matter your age or experience level, we can help you reach your full musical potential! Voice in the Valley Music Studio has been encouraging the musical talents in the greater Maple Valley area since 2010. We are excited to serve the musical needs of our local community offering private Voice, Piano, Viola, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele Lessons, as well as Group Voice Classes for beginner singers!

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ABOUT JESSI

Owner and Instructor, Dr. Jessica Jumper completed her Doctorate of Arts in Music and Vocal Performance from Ball State University in 2011. She began teaching in 2004 and thrives on a career that includes solo performance, as well as student education. Jessi has served as an Adjunct Music Instructor at Indiana Wesleyan University and Sweet Briar College, as well as Assistant Professor of Music at Lynchburg College before moving to Washington in 2010 to marry the love of her life. Wanting to serve the musical needs of her local community, Jessi embarked on her entrepreneurial journey in 2011 when she opened Voice in the Valley Music Studio. In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, and "CEO in training," Dr. Jumper currently serves as Adjunct Music Faculty at Green River College where she teaches History of American Popular Music and Music Appreciation. In addition to teaching and performing, Jessi enjoys serving her local community by assisting area schools and Art Centers with Musical Theatre productions, Talent Shows, and Vocal Performance workshops. Her most prized role, however, has been that of “Mom” to her two energetic boys, Jamesson and Jasper.

ABOUT DAN

Internationally acclaimed composer, producer, pianist, and vocal coach, Dan Hegelund has enjoyed a teaching career spanning over twenty-five years. His private students include notable voices on televised talent shows, such as “Denmark’s Got Talent” and “True Talent” Sweden. At ease teaching all genres, including classical, jazz, gospel, and pop/rock, Dan’s unparalleled, professional, and masterful approach compliments all students beginner to advanced. An experienced and sought after performer, Dan has performed in over thirty countries and on four continents. Dan has had the honor of performing in such prestigious venues as the Presidential Palace of Ukraine, before the Latvian government, and on the nationally televised talent production, “Clash of the Choirs.” Hegelund holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Political Science from Uppsala University (Sweden) and speaks six languages. In addition to his radio and TV broadcasts, Dan’s original studio recordings can be found on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon. After moving to the United States from Sweden with his wife and kids in 2014, Dan continues to serve his local community through music at his local church. Dan has been teaching our talented voice and piano students for over three years!

 

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ABOUT JAN

Praised for her mellow voice and gorgeously sung performances, mezzo-soprano Dr. Janene Nelson, is an affecting interpreter of opera, oratorio, and art song. Jan has been teaching voice in the Pacific Northwest since 2006. She works with students from diverse backgrounds, ages, and levels of experience. Jan enjoys sharing her musical passion and creativity with students to help them develop their natural voice with confidence. Jan holds a doctorate of musical arts in vocal performance from the University of Oregon.  She also earned a Level III Certificate in the Lovetri Method Somatic Voicework™ and a teaching fellowship from the International Performing Arts Institute (IPAI) in Germany. Jan has previously taught at several colleges, including Seattle Pacific University and Western Oregon University, and is currently on the music faculty at Highline College. Dr. Nelson has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest, collaborating with a variety of established music ensembles. Her professional engagements range from opera and oratorio to early music, contemporary premieres, and musical theater. Dr. Nelson has been instructing our talented vocal students for four years! 

ABOUT MARIA

New to the Seattle area, Maria Ritzenthaler is an accomplished violist, with extensive experience in performance and education. She received degrees in viola performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Roosevelt University in Chicago, and completed two years of a Doctoral degree in performance at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has held positions in many orchestras including principal of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, assistant principal of the South Bend Symphony, and recently won the position of principal violist of the Great Falls Symphony and violist of the Cascade Quartet. Ms. Ritzenthaler has taught students of all ages through her experience at the Merit School of Music in Chicago, as Professor of Viola and Chamber Music Coordinator at Harper College, and has been teaching privately out of her home for over ten years. She has also been fortunate to participate in many outreach programs, including the Chicago Symphony’s Citizen Musicianship Initiative, and has seen first hand how music can change lives and build communities.  She strives to cultivate an active and inclusive musical environment in all of the places she has lived. Maria joined our team in 2019 is thrilled to be the first violist/violin instructor at Voice in the Valley Music Studio!

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ABOUT EMERALD

Highly sought after performer, instructor, and clinician, Dr. Emerald Lessley, soprano, began performing and studying music at a young age. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington in 2017. Emerald favorite operatic roles have included, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Belisa in the U.S. premiere of Maderna’s opera Don Perlimplìn. In addition to traditional operatic repertoire, Emerald is an active performer of new music, premiering new works in both the U.S. and Europe. A passionate music educator, Dr.Lessley has enjoyed a teaching career spanning more than ten years, specializing in classical, musical theatre, contemporary styles, and voice for transgender singers. Emerald holds a Level I certification in Somatic Voicework, with the LoVetri Method of Contemporary Commercial Music. A modern-day renaissance woman, Emerald not only enjoys performing and teaching, but also researching aspects of vocal pedagogy and music history. She has been an invited speaker at the Northwest Voice Conference, the Vocology in Practice Conference in London, the London-based BAST webinar series, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing web-chat. Dr. Lessley is a full-time music faculty member at Olympic college. Emerald has been coaching our talented singers since 2019.

ABOUT JOSEPH

Illinois native and lyric tenor, Joseph Muriello received his Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance with a minor in Piano Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2012. Upon graduation, Joseph relocated to Seattle to pursue his graduate studies at the University of Washington. Muriello completed his Master’s in Vocal Performance in 2014 and will begin his doctoral studies in 2019. A passionate music educator and avid performer, Joseph continues to perform in the greater Puget Sound area, and has made appearances with Seattle Modern Opera CompanyNorthwest Opera In Schools, Etc.Operamuse, and Pacific Musicworks. An eternal learner, Joseph actively studies modern vocal pedagogy techniques and enjoys helping students understand their instrument through a tailored instructional approach. A voracious music lover, Muriello enjoys teaching all genres from opera and musical theatre to jazz and pop. Joseph is currently completing his doctoral studies at the University of Washington. He is thrilled to work with our talented voice and piano students since 2019.

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ABOUT ROSIE

Hailing from the suburbs of Washington, DC, Rosie Barry, relocated to the pacific northwest to pursue her career in music therapy. Rosie graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy, her primary emphasis in voice and secondary emphasis in guitar. An avid singer, guitarist, and pianist, Rosie employs her talents as a music therapist by facilitating group and individual music therapy sessions in adult family homes, focusing on topics of mental health and symptoms of progressive diseases. Rosie often performs indie and folk styles of music, but frequently takes requests from clients wanting to hear many other styles and genres, such as classic rock, and R&B. In addition to working with seniors, Rosie also enjoys working with kids of all ages. She has been helping young vocal, guitar, and piano students find their own unique sound since 2019. 

ABOUT SERENA

Soprano SERENA EDULJEE’s effortless high notes and full, beautiful tone has earned her much praise. Her recent performances include leading roles with Seattle Opera, Northwest Opera, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Pacific Northwest Opera, Opera Bend, Opera Mariposa in Vancouver BC, and Pacific Northwest Opera. With Seattle Opera, Serena also completed a season as Princess Gilda in the touring production of Laitman’s “The Three Feathers.” Serena continues to book concerts, recitals, and gala events on behalf of Seattle Opera around the greater Seattle area. Serena has been an honored singer of the Seattle Opera Guild and received their Opera Plus Artist Scholarship of 2015/2016 for her work.

Serena’s education and training include OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where she studied under world renowned opera star, Carol Vaness. She currently resides in Issaquah, WA. Serena has been teaching our talented voice and piano students since 2019. 

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ABOUT ANDREW

Kansas native, Andrew Etherington, completed his undergraduate studies at Ole Miss and honed his singing and stage skills with Bill Hall’s American Opera Studio. Etherington completed his master’s degree at The Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University in Baltimore, studying both vocal performance and vocal pedagogy. While at Peabody, he conducted a volunteer choir at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and performed regularly in the professional choruses of Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, and Washington National Opera. He currently serves as an Adjunct Voice Instructor at Olympic College in Bremerton, WA where he teaches applied voice and assists the opera productions. A regular member of Seattle Opera chorus, Andrew recently was proud to be a part of The ®evolution of Steve Jobsat Seattle Opera. Etherington was also the tenor soloist for Bremerton Symphony's December concert series and tenor soloist for Willy & Fred– a new Opera by Linda Kitchen. Andrew has been working with our talented vocalists at Voice in the Valley Music Studio since 2019!

 

ABOUT KAITIE

Washington native, Kaitie Wade is a country/pop recording artist, songwriter, and active performer. She moved to Nashville right out of high school and graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Commercial/Contemporary Music in 2016 from Belmont University. Along with performing in some of Nashville’s most famous showcase venues and honkey-tonks, Kaitie completed a nation wide radio tour and opened for notable artists such as Russel Dickerson, Adam Craig, and Riley Green. A sought after entertainer, Kaitie consistently performs at fairs, festivals, rodeos, casinos, pubs, and private parties. Kaitie boasts numerous original songs on Spotify and iTunes and is currently cutting her second studio album. A sought after instructor and vocal coach, Kaitie has been working with our talented vocalists since 2018. 

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ABOUT AIZHANA

Tahoma High School senior, Aizhana Jones is an avid musician who loves both vocal and instrumental expressions of music. Aizhana has been studying piano and performing since she was nine. Aizhana takes private vocal lessons at Voice in the Valley with Dr. Emerald Lessley and regularly performs in two top high school choirs. In addition to singing, she also greatly enjoys performing on various piano recitals. Aizhana enjoys playing many genres of music and hopes to continue pursuing her musical interests at the collegiate level. Aizhana loves working and engaging with children and also speaks fluent Russian. Aizhana will be attending the University of California Irvine beginning in the fall of 2021. Aizhana has been sharing her passion and knowledge with beginning piano students at Voice in the Valley since 2019. 

 

ABOUT FERDI

Internationally recognized guitarist, Ferdinand Liauwardo is excited to join our teaching team at Voice in the Valley Music Studio. Born and raised in Indonesia, Ferdinand has been playing the guitar for over forty years, studying under the guidance of master instructor Arthur Sahelangi. “Ferd,” as he likes to be called, is an active performer and teacher. While in Indonesia served as the head musician and manager of the training department at Bethel Church in Banten and also performed at Alaydrus Church in Jakarta. Ferdinand was a member of a spiritual revival band that performed in Jerusalem, Hongkong, and China. Ferdi currently serves as the lead guitarist for Calvary Chapel South Church in Kent, WA. He also performs regularly with a local contemporary Christian band as vocalist and guitarist. A master of the acoustic, electric, and bass guitar, Ferdi feels at home playing and teaching just about any genre. In his spare time, Ferdi enjoys working on computers, playing chess, and badminton. He currently enjoys spending time with his wife of over thirty years, their daughter, and three dogs in Bonney Lake, WA. Ferdi has been working with our talented guitar students since 2019.

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ABOUT STEPHANIE

Maple Valley local, Stephanie Fiskum is excited to join the instructional team at Voice in the Valley Music Studio. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in piano, voice, and woodwinds from Judson Baptist College in Oregon. Stephanie has been the director for a nonprofit music school called “M-Power Youth” in Kent, soon to be renamed “Kent Youth Orchestra.” This special program offers lessons for those who could not afford them. A passionate musician and educator, Stephanie tailors every lesson to the specific needs and goals for each student, illuminating their unique musical strengths. She is comfortable teaching all styles and genres from classical to pop and everything in between. When she is not teaching music, Stephanie loves doing artwork, visiting with family and friends, and being a mom to her five children and grandma to her six grandchildren. A sought after instructor, Stephanie has been working with the talented voice and piano students at Voice in the Valley since 2019!

ABOUT ELIN

Elin, a Montana native received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Montana. Elin has been a featured soloist with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, the University of Montana Chamber Chorale, The Missoula Mendelssohn Club, The Ed Norton Big Band, The Missoula JazzoulaFestival, and the Zootown Cabaret. While in Montana, she served as the Musical Director for On Center Performing Arts, teaching private voice and musical theater. Though Elin specializes in the jazz idiom, she also enjoys musical theatre and classical genres. She has coordinated and directed local and regional musical theatre performances including camps, competition preparations, and recitals. After moving to the Seattle area to continue her musical journey as a teacher, Elin joined the Music Leader Team with Musically Minded serving as a music educator for kids ages birth – five. Elin was the first instructor we hired! She has been with Voice in the Valley since 2015.

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ABOUT RUTHIE

Soprano, actress, and model, Ruthie Lipshulch is excited to join the Voice in the Valley instructional team. A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance, Ruthie’s golden voice has graced the Disney stage performing such roles as Jasmine, Pocahontas, Nala, and Magnificent to name a few. Ruthie has been a featured soloist in the Seattle area as a member of Seattle’s ‘Opera On Tap,’ as well as a soloist for the Seattle Sounders games. Equally at home on the sacred stage, Ruthie has served a Cantorial soloist for the Temple Di Hirsch Sinai in Seattle since 2008, leading communal services and organizing musical sets. An energetic and passionate educator, Ruthie specializes in the development of young musicians, currently serving as a music educator for the Maple Valley based program, ‘Musically Minded,’ and previously a lead teacher at Do Re Me Academy in Bellevue, WA. In addition to her acting and musical skill set, Ruthie is a trained jazz, ballet, and contemporary dancer. Ruthie believes in bringing out the truest vocal expression out of her students as she encourages and guides them through vocal instruction, artistic creation, and honest expression to find their truest expression of who they are with confidence! Ruthie joined our team in 2021 and is looking forward to working with the talented youth in our local community!