Vocalist/Voice Teacher/Music Director
Vocalist - Bio
Vocalist and Band Leader Stacie Steinke formed Jazz Standards by Stacie & Co. to perform music that blends musical theater and jazz traditions in fresh ways. Jazz standards originated in the stage and screen musicals of Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Porter and more, and defined American popular culture from 1930 - 1950. Under the greatness of vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, and instrumentalists like Davis and Monk in the 1950s through today, these tunes gained new life as stand-alone favorites. In its heyday and still today, the aura of Jazz Standards creates the environment where people connect in meaningful and often unexpected ways. And when people come together, amazing things happen.
Stacie Steinke grew up with these songs in her ear and in her voice, performing them with family and friends in casual jam-sessions. This developed her love of ensemble performing and entertainment. In her hometown of Wilmington, DE, she was known as "the little girl with the big voice."
After receiving her Masters in Music in Vocal Pedagogy from the Catholic University of America, Stacie found her passion in musical theater performances in Washington, DC, Chicago, and Mexico City, in shows such as "Company," "The Most Happy Fella," and "The Secret Garden."
As the Founder and Artistic Director of Festive Singers in Chicago, and Make-A-Scene Music and Entertainment in Washington, DC, Stacie inspired performance ensembles that blended the jazz standard rep with theatrical presentation. She wrote and produced WWII Radio Hour to feature songs from the 40s in a format that brought to life the poignancy of a nation at war. As Bandleader for Jazz Standards by Stacie & Co. these favorites have evolved into stand-alone vocal standards that exude the full dramatic emotion of a stage presentation.
In the classical music world, Stacie has performed as a soloist with Voce Chamber Ensemble, Reston, VA, Trinity United Methodist Church and Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, McLean, VA, Union Evangelical Church, Mexico City, Mexico, and Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Md. She has performed as a soloist alongside vocalists from the Washington Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and award-winning Mexican Tenor Mauro Calderon.
Voice Teacher - Philosophy and Background
Every individual has a "voice" print as unique as their fingerprint. Helping students to discover the instrument within them is one of my life's passions. Whether you want to pursue a career as a musical theater performer, improve your stamina for long choral rehearsals, or expand your range and improve your tone and bring your character to life for that next audition, I will help you to understand how your voice works and guide you to your goals in a healthy and positive way. Lessons occur in my studio in Saint Petersburg Florida. Students of all ages learn a functional vocal technique through exercises and repertoire that trains the body, mind, and soul of the singer for performance that communicates the meaning of any type of material. Music Lessons in Saint Petersburg FL
Stacie earned a Masters in Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Catholic University of America with a firm foundation in Bel Canto style singing and performance. Her teachers included Sharon Christman for opera, Kathy Kessler Price for art song, and Sarah Beatty for oratorio. Her coaches include Thomas Reilly for opera and art song, and Carol Sparrow, Marni Nixon and Edrie Means for musical theater.
She has also received extensive training in Contemporary Commercial Music at the CCM Institute of Vocal Pedagogy at Shenandoah University, with studies in Jazz with Allison Crockett and Marcelle Gauvin.
Music Director - Process and Experience
Audiences need to believe in the life of each character in order to have empathy for their experience. Bringing a character to life on the stage is the job of all theater performers. As musical director, I guide the actors to find the nuances of emotion written in the music and lyric, and share that with the audience as a singing actor. Similarly, I develop the interpretation of the instrumental accompaniment for the musicians as conductor for any show. Music direction credits include: Sister Act , Once Upon a Mattress*, Little Women*, The Wizard of Oz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hairspray*, Footloose*, Anything Goes, and West Side Story. *Shows received CAPPIE award nominations