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Elena Tal made her debut at the Victoria International Festival in British Columbia, where she studied voice with her first teacher, Gaelyne Gabora; but voice wasn’t her first instrument: learning the violin at the age of three, Elena Tal has literally grown up with music. Mrs. Tal also began to study the piano at the age of four, and has been playing ever since. Mrs. Tal went on to attend Carnegie Mellon’s musical theater program during the summer of 1995, and continued to study Voice and earn her degree with Carol Mastrodomenico at Tufts University, where she graduated with Honors.
Interested in learning about the business side of the arts, Mrs. Tal interned at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Press Office and for Allied Advertising - a public relations firm for major motion picture corporations. After graduating from college, Mrs. Tal worked as a publicist for M.L. Falcone, Public Relations in New York, while studying with Cynthia Hoffmann, Chair of the Vocal Arts Department of The Juilliard School. During the summers, Mrs. Tal studied privately with Carol Richardson at the Hochschule für Music in Hannover, Germany, and attended and performed at the renowned Italian International Music Festival Centro Studi Italiani in Italy.
Mrs. Tal has performed in opera workshops with New York’s La Selva and the Crittenden Aquarius Opera Workshop, and acting workshops with the esteemed Sande Shurin Acting Studios. She also has extensive dance training through Aesthetics Dance Studio, Haila Strauss Dance, Steps on Broadway, and studied the Alexander Technique at Balance Arts. Mrs. Tal has performed as soloist with the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic Orchestra and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. She has performed on tour throughout the United States in solo recitals at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (AL), the Marcus JCC (TN), the Paramount Theater (TN), the Annapolis Music Festival (MD), First Night Annapolis (MD), and the Heifetz International Music Institute (NH, VA). She has also performed in Master Classes with such renowned artists as Pamela Frank, Yehuda Hanani, Ruth Laredo, and Patrick Swayze. The opera that she has sung include Pamina in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Juliette in Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” Fraulein Silberklang in Mozart’s “Impresario,” and Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.” She has also performed roles, including Annie in “Annie,” Hodel in “Fiddler On The Roof” and Liesl in “The Sound Of Music.” Mrs. Tal has performed nationally, across the US, in Canada and in Europe, and aboard England’s QE2. She was the “Voice of Space” in The Voyager Spacecraft Documentary for A&E Television Networks, and made her movie debut in a Hollywood film, with an award-winning movie star, in which she plays a young opera student.
Since becoming from, she now exclusively shares her gift of voice with women around the world through concerts, recitals and lectures, including her recent performance for a sold-out audience in New York for Ruchama Begun's Regesh premiere concert and her appearance as guest performer and judge for A Time For Talent (worldwide broadcast). She has also been busy performing and giving solo concerts for various venues, including Chazkeinu, Project Light, the Shidduch Center of Baltimore, Eitz Chaim of Toronto, Miriam Handler's One Voice Theatrical Fest (worldwide broadcast), Camp Rena Performing Arts' Rena Talent Club show, The Dobby Show, Here: Happenings for Jewish Women, Voices For Meir Panim, Elite and Rise, and the Baltimore Women's Orchestra, to name a few. One of her programs she performs that sets her apart (most recently for the Yeshiva of Greater Washington) is singing and speaking about her journey of leaving a professional singing career in the secular world and discovering the beauty of Torah and choosing to live a frum life, while still fulfilling her love of singing, but now with kedusha. Elena Tal is highly regarded as one of the foremost voice teachers in the Jewish world today. She is an official member and awardee of the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) , which certifies her as teaching and encouraging the "highest standards of the vocal art." Her professional vocal education and experience teaching in music schools, institutes, festivals and private voice lessons sets her apart and allows her to share her expertise nationally and worldwide. With a Master's degree in Vocal Performance, Elena Tal heads the Tal Voice Studio of Baltimore, open to all voice types. Her packed voice studio is not only limited to Baltimore, but she also has online students she teaches in different states and in other countries. She regularly gives Voice master classes, including her new heralded virtual Elena Tal Master Class Series for Singers and workshops at schools and summer programs, including Shira Girls Talent Camp, Tizmoret Shoshana, and ATARA Association for Torah and the Arts. She is also on the faculty of Bais Yaakov of Baltimore, where she teaches their first-ever professional Voice Classes.