Voice in the Valley Music Studio is proud to embark on their our 6th 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 a combined teaching experience spanning over 150 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, Group Voice Classes for young beginners, Summer Camps, and year-round performance opportunities!



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.


Soprano SERENA EDULJEE’s effortless high notes and full, beautiful tone has earned her much praise. Serena has a full performance schedule of operas, concerts, recitals, and gala events as one of the most sought after singers in the greater Seattle area. Her recent performances include leading roles with Seattle Opera, Northwest Opera, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Pacific Northwest Opera, and Opera Bend. Serena has been an honored singer of the Seattle Opera Guild and received their Opera Plus Artist Scholarship for her work, as well as the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and National Finalist for NATSAA. 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.

Serena has been teaching since 2005! Her education includes the study of music history, music theory, conducting, movement training, ballet, Alexander Technique, acting, yoga, stage craft, songwriting, improvisation, other languages, diction and the International Phonetic Alphabet, voice science and anatomy, vocal pedagogy, and piano education since 1996. Serena provides a fun and focused learning experience where there are no "wrong" questions, and everybody's unique voice is celebrated! Many of her students have gone on to study music in college, have co-written and recorded albums, have landed lead roles in musical theatre, choir solos, All State and All Northwest choirs, and won awards in singing competitions. She teaches all genres: opera/classical, musical theatre, pop, rock, jazz, and more! She also teaches beginner-intermediate piano lessons.

Serena's teaching philosophy is to provide an environment where learning and solid technique are the foundations upon which we build authentic expression, creativity, and artistry. She currently resides in Issaquah, WA with her fiance, Kellen; and their sweet corgi, Koda. Serena has been teaching our talented voice and piano students since 2019.



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. 


A recent transport 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, principal violist of the Great Falls Symphony as well as violist of the Cascade Quartet. Since moving to the area she has enjoyed performing with the Seattle Modern Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, and Symphony Tacoma. 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 fifteen 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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Hailing from the greater Chicago area, guitarist, Mars Licciardi, boasts a professional career spanning over 25 years. Mars began his musical journey at William Rainey Harper College, in Palatine, Illinois where he studied theory, composition, and jazz guitar. A driven musician and passionate educator, his hunger for performance and music education grew, allowing him the opportunity to work in the US and abroad, including collaborations with multi-platinum/Grammy award winning producers, Johnny K and Warren Riker, as well as performances with dozens of national acts at some of the Midwest’s premier venues. In partnership with Consolidated Music of Barrington Illinois, Mars co-founded Rockstar 101, one of the most successful independent rock schools in the Chicago area. A passionate musical philanthropist, Mars has been highly active in non-profit Arts organizations fronting music marathons for non-profit entities such as: United Way, American Heart Association, American Cancer Association, Make a Wish Foundation and Harmony Hope and Healing. Equally at home on the contemporary worship stage, Mars has served as Music Director and Worship Leader at several churches, including Advent Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC and Mathews United Methodist in Mathews, NC. A versatile musician now based in the Seattle/Tacoma area, Mars specializes in contemporary worship music, rock, blues, country, R&B, indie/alternative, country, and acoustic genres. His musical collaborations can be found on iTunes with  bands, Elston and The Last of the Showmen. An active volunteer in his field, Mars currently serves as a music and arts performing practitioner for SINGRLY, a Seattle based arts engagement platform, offering musical therapy for dementia patients. A sought-after guitarist, vocalist, and music educator, Mars excels at creative songwriting and arranging, as well as inspiring and mentoring players and singers of all ages. Mars’ vibrant energy and unwavering work ethic are his trademark characteristics. He understands that each student is unique and works hard to adapt his teaching style to the strengths and needs of the individual. In his spare time Mars loves to cook! He enjoys whipping up new and old Italian dishes for his girlfriend, family, and friends. He is excited to join our teaching team and work with our talented guitarist and aspiring vocalist at Voice in the Valley Music Studio!


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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Atlanta, Georgia native, Alex Stokes, began studying the piano when he was just four years old with Russian piano master, Aza Boguslavskiy. From a very young age Alex showed promise as a budding pianist and began to compete in state-wide piano competitions, receiving top ratings from the Georgia Teachers Association and Georgia Music Educators Association. Alex continued his piano studies at the collegiate level at Georgia State University studying under Dr. Robert Scott Thompson, world renowned composer of ambient, instrumental, and electroacoustic music. He also had the honor of studying under music industry legend, Ike Stubblefield, modern master of the Hammond B3 organ, and keyboardist for famous acts including the Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, The Jerry Garcia Band, George Benson, B.B. King, and Ike and Tina Turner. Alex completed his Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies in Media Entrepreneurship in 2019 with an emphasis in Music Technology. An accomplished vocalist as well as pianist, Alex has performed in over sixty choral ensembles, including quartets, chamber choruses, and a cappella groups. Alex is the founder and lead keyboardist/vocalists for the progressive, ambient rock band, Sumilan. The infectious psychedelic-pop band toured the US for seven years performing over seventy-five shows a year and released two full-length studio albums. Alex also performed at the 20th Annual electronic Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL with the band, Kevens and currently resides as their lead touring keyboardist. When not performing, Alex enjoys DJ-ing, hosting a monthly radio show, DreamChaser Radio, on the leading worldwide Electronic Music Internet Radio Broadcast, AfterHours FM. A multifaceted musician and gifted instructor, Alex enjoys sharing his passion and expertise with students of all ages. His vast musical knowledge in all genres provide the rare opportunity for individualized instruction for students of all levels from beginner to advanced. When not performing or teaching, Alex enjoys spending quality time with his wife and their 8-month old son. Alex is excited to join the instructional team at Voice in the Valley Music Studio and looks forward to working with our talented online voice and piano students!


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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We are thrilled to welcome the newest member of our Voice In the Valley family, Mauro Bonfanti. Mauro and his wife just recently moved to the Pacific Northwest with their two beautiful children from Italy! Baritone and singing teacher, Mr. Bonfanti graduated with honors from the II Level Biennium in Singing at the Equalized Music Institute of the Aosta Valley in Aosta. Mauro graduated with honors in Discipline of the Arts in Musical Entertainment from the State University of Turin, with a thesis on 'Religiosity in the Works of Giuseppe Verdi.' He graduated from the Academy of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and from the Professional Training Course of the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma. He has had the privilege to study voice under Bianca Berini, Giampiero Mastromei and Alessandra Rossi. He also had the honor of being one of the last pupils of Luciano Pavarotti for whom he sang in two operas and a concert. Mauro was the recipient of the Absolute Second Prize at the XI Edition of the “Domenico Alaleona” International Opera Competition in Fermo. In his 20-year career Mauro has performed almost 40 opera roles all over the world. He also sang with Renato Bruson and collaborated with Josè Carrares and many others. He also has had the privilege of performing with Andrea Bocelli in a concert in the Vatican. For 10 years Mr. Bonfanti has been passionately dedicated to teaching singing to students of all ages. He believes that vocal technique is unique to all musical genres. He particularly enjoys teaching cross over, pop, and traditional styles. In Italy he taught at the famous TV talent show “Amici,” leading one of his students to the final victory! Mauro is President and Founder of the “Santa Gianna Beretta Molla” International Opera Competition. He is excited to embark on this new adventure in America and looks forward to sharing his musical passion with our voice and piano students!


Hailing from the great state of Idaho, pianist Ariel Faith Candies began her musical journey at a very young age. Raised in an artistically inclined family,Ariel was afforded the opportunity to begin formal Suzuki piano lessons when she was just four years old, studying sight-reading, music theory, and history, in addition to classical piano techniques. When she was ten years old Ariel had the honor of studying under Danny Wayne Beal, a well-known piano icon who toured the west coast for several decades. Growing up, Ariel and her talented family frequently performed together throughout Idaho, Montana, California, Oregon, and Washington, participating in Sonatina festivals, recitals, concerts, weddings, conventions, and competitions; she even recorded an album with her violinist brother entitled, “The Potter’s Hand.” Ariel began her formal academic career at Gem State Adventist Academy in Caldwell, Idaho, acting as lead accompanist for the choir program, where she also sang in an elite vocal octet that toured the west coast and Canada in 2006. After high school, Ariel continued to study music at the collegiate level enrolling as a music major at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Wanting to return to her roots, Ariel returned to Idaho where she served as Musical Director at both Nampa Seventh Day Adventist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Caldwell.Ariel officially launched her teaching career in 2009 at St. Luke’s Elks Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, Idaho, offering lessons to children transitioning out of therapy; a position that fostered her love for piano and while supporting her desire to serve others, especially children. Her passion for early childhood education continued to grow and the following year Ariel began teaching at both New Way Montessori and Five Mile Montessori schoolswhere she served as an instructor from 2010 to 2013. Ariel’s unique teaching style provides tailored instruction for all ages and skill levels, from beginner-to-advanced. Her collaborative approach respects the individual interests, skill-level, and goals for each student, while upholding high musicianship standards. Ariel is excited to work with the skilled piano students at Voice in the Valley Music Studio and looks forward to nurturing and empowering their musical talent!

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Recognized for her commanding stage presence and rich timbre, American
soprano Kelly Lynn Ferguson embraces the operatic scene.  In 2018 Ms. Ferguson attended Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices and the American Wagner Project. Ms. Ferguson studied at the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti di Lucca and the Berlin Opera Academy In 2017, where she performed the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss. Previous season highlights include performances of Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Aunt Norris in the West Coast premiere of Mansfield Park. Ms. Ferguson attended the Advanced Artist Program at OperaWorks, the International Vocal Arts Institute, Patricia Racette’s Integrative Artistry Workshop and the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute.  In addition to performing at the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute, she was the 1st Prize and Audience Choice recipient at the first annual Aria Competition. She also received 1st prize at the East Bay Opera League Opera Competition, was a grand semifinalist for the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Aspiring Dramatic Sopranos in Zurich and was the winner of the WA district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2016 and 2017. Ms. Ferguson holds a Bachelor, Masters and Post Graduate degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the guidance of Cesar Ulloa. In addition to performing, she is also an active music educator and is excited to join the teaching team at Voice in the Valley Music Studio.


Alia Uffenorde is a Maple Valley local with a deep love for music. She began studying piano at the age of eight, and fell in love with it. Her passion for music expanded to violin studies starting at age 11. Since then, she has participated and placed in several competitions, she has become a first violinist of the Tacoma Youth Symphony and concertmaster of the Tahoma High School Orchestra. Several of her music mentors include Lisa Hogg, Julie Swienty, Dr. Paul-Elliot Cobbs, and Dr. Maria Sampen. She knows firsthand of the many benefits that come with quality music education and that finding the right learning environment is key to musical success. In her spare time, Alia enjoys spending time with her younger siblings and family, reading, camping, and making art. She is excited to teach our violin and piano students!




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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.


We are thrilled to have talented pianist/harpist and budding instructor, Ms. Courtney Crawford join our team! Courtney has been playing piano for 11 years as her primary instrument. Music has always been very important to Courtney and she loves to expand her horizons. During the pandemic, she began to learn the harp. She has now been playing for 3 years and is a member of the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. She played flute in middle and high school band for 4 years before switching gears and joining choir at Tahoma High School. When not practicing, Courtney can be found knitting, reading, baking, and spending time with her family. Courtney is so excited to teach beginner through intermediate piano students at Voice in the Valley!

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Adena Pasibe is a smart, friendly, highly-organized, master-juggler, and local super-mom that helps keep us sane and keep our music lessons on track! You will often find Adena helping onboard students, prepping for recitals, and basically keeping families and teachers' happy and balanced; and for that we are truly grateful! What a blessing it is to have her on board!