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“Sally's singing technique is so wonderful! The pieces she chose for me are gorgeous. She is very interested in helping the student to sing the best she can with her own unique instrument, not trying to make her sound like something she is not. Her technique works!”
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“She always answered any questions I had and always provided exercises to help with specific problems or show me how to break something down to practice.”
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“Sally is top notch! Very helpful in terms of style and speed of teaching/learning music. Covers a lot of ground in a short time with incredible results.”
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Teaching at the Bach Workshop,
Tokai University, Japan

Sally Sanford has a holistic approach to singing and tailors her teaching to each student, depending on their goals, musicianship, and experience. With over four decades of teaching experience, she has guided students to overcome a variety of technical challenges. The basic technique she teaches adapts itself easily to different musical styles and genres. She has developed an efficient and effective method of teaching a technique rooted in the real bel canto. Her teacher, former Metropolitan Opera mezzo soprano Herta Glaz, studied with Rosa Papier Paumgartner, who studied with Marthilde Marchesi, who studied with Manuel Garcia, Jr. A noted scholar in the historical vocal styles of the 17th- and 18- centuries, Miss Sanford also teaches these specialized vocal techniques. She studied belting technique with Jo Estill. She is also active as a vocal coach in baroque style and as a choral clinician. A highly respected master teacher, she has given master classes at numerous colleges across the U.S. She offers private lessons both in her studio in Concord, Massachusetts as well as online via Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype. She teaches online lessons around the world and has taught students in India, Hong Kong, Great Britain, and Japan, as well as in various locales in the U.S.

Online teaching a student in Hong Kong

Online teaching a student in Connecticut

Students from Hong Kong giving a house concert at the studio in Concord, MA

Students from around the Globe doing a Zoom Sing-In

In action at the Bach Workshop