Voice teacher has world-renowned resume


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Viera resident and world-renowned soprano Julie Kinzey is teaching others what she has learned in her career. Photo courtesy of Julie KinzeyJulie Kinzey is used to the spotlight and wants to share that experience with others.

A classically trained soprano, Kinzey has appeared with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Intermezzo Opera, Opera New Jersey and more. 

Speaking of Kinzey, Metropolitan Opera conductor Steven Crawford said “in this day of ‘cookie-cutter’ voices, hers is a breath of fresh air. It possesses all the necessary ingredients of a world-class voice.”

As a voice teacher in Viera, Kinzey strives to translate the career lessons she has learned to every type of singer. She wants to meet singers wherever they are musically, and take them to that next step.

“Every voice is different. I teach students from age 5 to 100,” she said.

“For children especially, singing can be very much a self-esteem builder. Learning music at a young age affects their self-confidence. I love watching them blossom as they grow. It is very rewarding.”

Kinzey has lived in Viera for three years and has about 10 regular voice students. She still maintains a performance schedule as well. 

She holds a master’s degree in voice performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. Before that, she earned a bachelor’s degree in music, voice performance from Westminster Choir College. She actually started her voice degree at Florida State but transferred to the small conservatory to have more direct instruction. When her degrees were complete, she studied at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Brescia, Italy. 

Kinzey was the 2004 winner of the prestigious Jenny Lind Competition and sang throughout Sweden, including performances in Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg. She has numerous other awards to her credit from competitions all over the world. 

Eventually, Kinzey hopes to become a faculty member at a local college or university and impart her vast musical knowledge to the next generation of performers.

“I think I have a lot to offer that caliber of singer,” she said. 

Her own daughter, Cailyn, in elementary school, has shown a lot of interest in vocal performance already.

“She has a beautiful voice. I look forward to seeing how it grows,” Kinzey said. 

If you are interested in studying voice performance with Kinzey, email her at juliekinzey@gmail.com.