Welcome!

Voice in the Valley Music Studio is proud to embark on their our 8th year at our location in the heart of Maple Valley, WA. It is our pleasure 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!

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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 founded Voice in the Valley Music Studio in 2010 and enjoys supporting and encouraging the musical needs in the greater Maple Valley area. She is incredibly grateful that God has given her this opportunity to share her musical passion with the talented youth in Maple Valley. Her and her husband, Travis, continue to raise their two energetic boys, Jamesson and Jasper along with their four-legged child, Jax.

ABOUT MARIA

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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ABOUT MARS

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!

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 ARIEL

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!

ABOUT STEPHANIE

Pacific Northwest native, Stephanie Fiskum has been teaching voice and piano for 38 years both public and privately. She was classically trained by Kenn Wilson and Istvan Nadis. Stephanie has toured with a Christmas rock band as a lead vocalist and has done background vocals for jazz bands. She has worked with vocalists both in musical theatre and church worship. She has a passion for seeing others develop their gifts. Her and her husband raised their kids in Maple Valley. When she's not encouraging the musical gifts of others, you can find her cheering on her talented children, relaxing by her pool, gardening, and enjoying the role of "grandma" to her many grandchildren. It has been a blessing to have Stephanie on our team since 2021.

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ABOUT KARL

A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, Karl Angelo Tangco majored in Voice and minored in Piano. After graduation he was the artistic director of the Far Eastern University Chorale, the official choir of Far Eastern University, one of the leading universities in the Philippines. Under his baton, the FEU Chorale gained regional recognition at numerous choral competitions: 1st Place in the Senior Choir Category of the 2019 National Music Competition for Young Artists, 1st Runner up and ‘Best Folk Music’ at Sing Tarlac National Choir Competition, and 1st Place in the Mixed Choir Category and 2nd Place in the ‘Folk Song’ Category in the 4th annual Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival. His choir was also awarded the ‘Ani ng Dangal’ or “Harvest of Honors” Award, an organizational award given by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, an agency under the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Mr. Tangco was also the conductor of The Accountancy Chamber Singers, where under his tutelage, the ensemble won the top prize in Musica FEUROPA 2016 and UST’s Himig Tomasino in 2015, 2016, and 2019. Karl also managed the PREx Choir at St. James the Great Parish of the Ayala Alabang Village of Muntinlupa City and Vox Paul of St. Paul College, Pasig. In addition to his extensive choral directing experience, Karl has a vast experience in solo vocal performance, serving as a vocalist and performer on Holland America Cruise Line and Thomson Dream Cruise Ships. He has also performed in several operatic works, including, Rossini’s Barbiere de Seville and Strauss’ Die Fliedermaus. A critical and skilled vocal adjudicator, Mr. Tangco served as a vocal judge for ‘Alfredo M. Velayo Idol,’ a college-level solo singing contest and ‘Thomasian Idol,’ a singing competition at the University of Santo Thomas. For the past ten years Karl’s musical passions have extend far beyond the baton into the private musical setting, teaching both voice and piano lessons to students ranging from age 7 to 65! He is passionate and committed to the art of vocal and piano music, in addition to the transformative power of choral performance. He and his wife recently welcomed their first baby boy in October and are enjoying their time as first-time parents. He is excited to join the talented teaching team at Voice in the Valley Music Studio!

 

ABOUT CHRISTINE

Washington native, Christine Edvalson, grew up in a home that was always filled with music. She can trace music teaching and performing back six generations on one line of her family tree! Christine’s mother taught piano and voice in their home and from a young age, Christine can remember hiding on the stairs and eavesdropping on the lessons! She learned so much about music and technique from her mother, but also about how important teachers can be in our lives. Christine began her own teaching career in high school where she also developed her passion for performance and musical theatre. While in high school she was nominated for the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Awards for her performance as ‘Rapunzel’ in Into the Woods. She pursued classical voice as well and won the Regional Solo and Ensemble competition in the Soprano category and the State division in the Small Women’s Ensemble category. She also participated in the Oregon Bach Festival Youth Chorus for two summers and had a phenomenal experience there. In addition to musical theatre and classical genres, Christine loves vocal jazz music, especially here in the Pacific Northwest! She was awarded solos in the All-State and All-Northwest Vocal Jazz Ensembles and was honored to win the Maestro Award at the Heritage Music Festival in San Francisco for her featured jazz solo. Upon graduation, Christine embarked on her collegiate journey at Brigham Young University and pursued musical opportunities in their renowned choral programs and private vocal instruction. One of her favorite college memories was receiving extra credit in French class for winning third place at BYU French Idol! She ultimately pursued a degree in History, graduating in May 2024. Christine loves using her knowledge of history to illustrate how different historical contexts enrich our music, both past and present!As a performer, Christine has loved being a part of many community ensembles as a singer, soloist, and accompanist. She was a resident soloist for both Oratorio Northwest and the Ensign Chorus. She was an accompanist for Snoqualmie Valley Girls Choir for many years and helped lead a small children’s ensemble called Songbirds at Logan Music Academy in Utah. Church and sacred music have always been a very important source of strength and inspiration for Christine. She is always looking for new ways to include music in her life, recently exploring digital pop music production, as well as songwriting as a hobby. She loves that as a private teacher she is able to help each student on their own unique path and wants all of her students to see their incredible potential!

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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 online voice and piano students since 2019.

ABOUT ALIA

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. Alia will be gradating from THS this year and at the end of the summer she will attend Peabody Conservatory on a music scholarship. In her spare time, Alia enjoys spending time with her younger siblings and family, reading, camping, and making art.

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ABOUT CHLOE

Chloe Kim is excited to join the teaching team at Voice in the Valley Music Studio! Ms. Kim is currently finishing up her sophomore year at Tahoma High School where she has played in the 1st Violin section of the school symphony orchestra since 2019. She also served as the President of the Korean Club, ASB Class Secretary, and was recently awarded student of the Quarter in her English class. Equally passionate about serving the needs at her church, Chloe serves on the Worship Team as a singer with the band helping lead their worship services. Ms. Kim also serves as a Teacher’s Assistant for her church’s Vacation Bible School each summer. Ms. Kim’s musical skills are quite exceptional for her age. In addition to her vocal skills, her primary instrument is the violin, which she has been studying for over 10 years, as well as playing the piano for four years. Chloe loves working with kids and is excited to share her musical passions with young musicians at Voice in the Valley Music Studio!

 

ABOUT SKYLER

Skyler Milburn, a young and enthusiastic pianist, is eagerly embarking on a new chapter as he joins the Voice of the Valley team. His lifelong passion for music has been evident since he was just 6 years old, dedicating countless hours to refine his skills in musical composition and piano performance. Beyond his musical talents, Skyler has demonstrated a deep sense of community and altruism by dedicating his time to volunteer work at his local church. Through his engagement with young children, he imparts not only musical knowledge but also invaluable life lessons, fostering a positive and nurturing environment for these young minds to thrive. While the piano has been his primary medium of artistic expression, music's significance in Skyler's life extends far beyond its melodic notes. Throughout his academic journey, he encountered challenges that he triumphantly overcame, graduating with straight A’s at the age of 15. His secret? The peace and resilience he derived from playing the piano, which provided him with the mental fortitude and emotional support needed to excel academically. Skyler's aspiration reaches beyond his personal accomplishments; he ardently desires to share his insight into the transformative power of music. He firmly believes that music is not a diversion, but a potent avenue to discover inner peace and resilience, a message he wishes to convey to fellow students and aspiring pianists. At Voice in the Valley, Skyler's distinctive mission is to establish authentic connections with each pianist he encounters. With an empathetic approach, he seeks to understand the individual journeys of his students, fostering an environment of mentorship and guidance that extends beyond musical technique. Looking towards his future, Skyler envisions an academic pursuit that parallels his passion for music. He harbors a deep fascination with the dynamics that shape our world, fueling his ambition to study political sciences at Harvard. Through this path, he aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of the complex factors that influence our global affairs. As Skyler Milburn forges ahead, his trajectory is one characterized by unwavering dedication to both music and academia. His impact on those around him, whether through his piano melodies or his sincere commitment to supporting growth, is a testament to his remarkable potential and his ability to enrich the lives of others.

 

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ABOUT KARISSA, Assistant Manager

Local super-mom, Karissa Davydov, was raised in Hobart and now enjoys raising her two beautiful children in the same neighborhood she was grew up in! Having an innate passion for service and people, she began her career as a nurse. After several years in the nursing field, Karissa left nursing to focus on her family. A skilled and gifted home renovator, Karissa currently enjoys flipping houses. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, mountain biking, hiking, camping, traveling, and pretty much anything outdoors with her kids and hubby Ryan!

ABOUT ADENA, Manager

Adena Pasibe is a smart, friendly, highly-organized, master-juggler, and 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!

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