Katarina Nolfe (Founder) – Teaches Pop, Rock, R&B , Singer/Songwriter style
“Teaching in New York City for twelve years, I have had quite a unique experience working with professionals, aspiring pros, amateurs or beginners of all ages, including architects, lawyers, brain surgeons, ambassadors, social workers, pilots and many more. I love the diversity this provides every day and watching the joy which people share with their voices, while strengthening their inner voices. This is why I created Voice Academy NYC.”
Swedish-born Katarina Nolfe studied voice technique, song performance and music theory at New School University, and has worked as a singer, songwriter and vocal coach for the better part of the last two decades. She began performing as a child and through her teen years furthered her professional training, including at Kulturama, one of the most reputable music academies in Sweden.
Privately, Katarina studied voice under the world-renowned voice teachers Dr. William Riley and Don Lawrence (whose collective client base is a who’s who list such as, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, and Usher to name a few).
Prior to founding Voice Academy NYC in 2006, Katarina worked as a singer and songwriter and collaborated in recording studios with various musicians and producers such as Catalyst (Lady Gaga), Stargate (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Selena Gomez) and guitarist Willie Brown Jr (Alicia Keys). While coaching different singers in the studios of NYC, she discovered her gift for showing others the fundamentals of singing.
On September 27, 2017, Rachel Platten (Fight Song) joined Katarina and Rob as a surprise guest vocal coach as they jointly coached eight cancer survivors as part of Ford’s Warriors in Pink, More Good Days Tour. (see more at AMNY.com and CBSNEWS.com)
Take a Listen to Katarina’s voice and songwriting from the Harmony Sky EP
*Originally Written and produced.
Michael Longoria – Musical Theater, Rock, Pop, Stage & Vocal Performance
Michael Longoria is best known for his star turn on Broadway as Frankie Valli in the Tony Award Winning Musical Jersey Boys. Currently starring in The Midtown Men concert tour and Meet The Midtown Men (a live concert/documentary for PBS), Longoria has been crooning across the world in a rock concert celebrating the 60s. Their self-titled debut album, THE MIDTOWN MEN: Sixties Hits was met with critical acclaim and was followed by their first radio single “All Alone On Christmas” with producer Steven Van Zandt and backed by members of The E Street Band.
In 2016, Longoria’s solo debut Broadway album, Broadway Brick By Brick, reached #2 on the iTunes Vocal Album Chart. Longoria’s second solo studio album, Merry Christmas Darling, was released in November of 2018 to critical acclaim, followed by a 16 song collection of movie soundtrack hits with his third release in 2019, Like They Do In The Movies.
Michael made his Broadway debut in the smash hit musical Hairspray (2003 Tony award for Best Musical), later creating the role of Joey in the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award for Best Musical) before taking over the starring role of Frankie Valli. In 2017, Longoria created the role of Freddy in the original Off-Broadway cast of The View UpStairs and can be heard on the original cast album.
He has appeared on television as the lead vocalist for Cirque du Soleil on the Season 9 Finale of America’s Got Talent, Broadway Under The Stars: A Tribute To Harold Prince, the Opening Ceremonies at The U.S. Open and as animated characters on Dora the Explorer.
As a singer-songwriter, Longoria has performed his original songs at Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room, CB’s Gallery and Caroline’s on Broadway. Longoria was nominated for Best Male Vocalist and Best Cabaret by The Glam Awards in 2016.
Michael trained at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts followed by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Tate Chu – Classical/Opera, Musical Theater, and Pop Performance & Vocal Technique ( available on the weekends for in person classes)
Azudi Onyejekwe– Teaches Pop,Rock, R&B, Singer/Songwriter, Originals and Musical Theater
Azudi is a Brooklyn based actor, singer-songwriter and educator. As the last born of six, to two incredible Nigerian born parents who immigrated to America in the 1970’s, infectious melodies, soulful basslines, African diasporic rhythms, and a transnational consciousness have permeated his existence for as long as he can remember, leading to a lifelong love affair with music.
Azudi is an honors graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he double majored in Theatre and Africana Studies, but also trained extensively in voice and music theory. His voice teacher throughout his time at NYU was renowned vocal coach Dr. Pamelia Phillips. As an actor, Azudi has performed in dozens of productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at multiple Tony award-winning regional theatres across the country. He is a member of the original Broadway casts of the critically acclaimed Broadway musicals “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” (featuring 4 time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban) and “Violet” (featuring Grammy nominee and 2 time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster).
As a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Azudi has also performed at venues all around the city including 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Pete’s Candy Store, The Parkside Lounge, The Shrine in Harlem, and Carnegie Hall. He is currently at work on a debut EP of his original music, to be released in early 2019. He has been a member of the Faculty of Molloy College-CAP21 since the 2015-2016 school year and also teaches acting and vocal performance privately.
Fun Fact: Talented Azudi has performed 300+ in Off-Broadway and 300+ on Broadway! Impressive!
Jonna Christensen – Teaches Pop, R&B, Soul, original music
Jonna is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, dance teacher and a vocal coach from Finland. Jonna has been teaching private voice lessons since 2006 and worked as a dance teacher (commercial, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, latin) in various dance schools since 1996.
Jonna’s music career took of in 2002 when she was selected to be in the first Popstars band in Finland (a reality TV-format which was the inspiration for the Idols franchise). Jonna stayed in the band for only a short time before becoming the first singer and songwriter to combine American R&B sounds with Finnish lyrics and paving the way for a new era of pop music in Finland. Jonna released 3 solo albums with Sony Music, received multiple nominations at the Finnish Music Awards, booming radio play and top hits on the Finnish charts.
Jonna has been a TV host (Voice Out!, TV2), is a three-time Finnish “show dance” champion, has worked as a dancer in 2 different dance companies (StepUp dancers, Cat People show dance company) and she was a Finnish National semifinalist for the Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Puppets” in 2011.
Jonna has performed in musicals such as “Hair“, “Grease” and “Hello Dolly!” and she recorded the theme song for Disney’s Kim Possible in Finnish, among other voice over and studio work that she has done over the years.
Jonna got her Bachelor’s degree in pop and jazz vocal performance from Metropolia University in Helsinki, Finland and she also studied jazz vocals for 1 year at the Royal College of Music (Kungliga Musikhögskolan) in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jonna crowdfunded, produced and released an independent album “Sound Mind” in 2015 and after touring with the album in Europe, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. After 2 years in California and touring the west coast, Jonna moved to NYC in 2017. For the past year, she has been performing her music regularly at different music venues in NYC and while continuing to write new music and pursuing her own music career, she is very excited to start teaching voice lessons at the Voice Academy NYC.
Jonna’s over 20 years of experience as a performer gives her a unique set of tools in coaching new talent not only in singing but also in the art of performing.
Melanie Scholtz – Teaches voice, song performance, songwriting and music production and piano.
I am excited to have joined the amazing team at Voice Academy NYC and to be working with all the wonderfully diverse voices this city brings.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE :
Melanie Scholtz is a South African born, Multi Award winning jazz singer and composer. Melanie started playing the piano from the age of 5 and went on to study Opera at The University of Cape Town Opera School where she graduated Cum Laude with a Performer’s Diploma in Opera in 2000. Melanie has released five successful solo albums and has been a featured artist and guest songwriter on many albums nationally and internationally. She has been a professional musician for over 20 years and has performed all over the world including her native country, South Africa, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Poland and the United States. Her most recent performances include touring with Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra in their 2019/2020 season, with shows in New York, Chicago, South Africa and Vienna. She released a new album called “Kindred” on a very successful tour in Czech Republic and Poland in Nov 2021.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE :
Melanie has been involved in the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa from 2008 – 2014 as a performer and teacher as well as part of the mentor-ship program with the Artscape Youth Jazz program from 2006- 2013. She also went on to teach at the University of Cape Town from 2004-2005. She has taught Internationally at annual Jazz Camps in The Czech Republic, where she lived for 2 years.
She currently resides in East Village, New York and gives workshops and develops Songwriting, Music Production and Visual Arts curriculum for the 92Y Centre for Arts Learning and Leadership. She is also frequently invited by Jazz at Lincoln Centre as a featured singer/musician giving workshops for conferences and events.
Melanie is also working for The Leadership Program, a New York based Teaching Artist DOE approved organization, for the past 3 years as a music and visual artist teaching artist, teaching across the board from Kindergarten to High School. She has also hosted workshops showcasing Music Production, Electronic Looping , Visual Art , Improvisation at CUNY, University of Pennsylvania and Smith College. Melanie is also a South African Junior Champion in Ballroom and danced Latin and Ballroom for more than 10 years.
Taking classes with Kat was a great experience! She is so patient, calm, and friendly. Kat is so knowledgeable and really cares about you and your future career as a singer, which really inspired me. I felt Kat's love for what she is doing through the lessons, which made the lessons more exciting.I have definitely improved dramatically. Kat taught me so much, from breathing correctly to singing with power to rhythm and dynamics. From the first lesson i took with her, i already gained so much.
I learned a lot. Rob is a friendly person so it's easy to be comfortable around him. He fits the vocal exercises to your voice and gradually builds up. He also isn't afraid to push you a little so you reach your full potential. He can also give you songs that fit your voice better. Not only does one learn to sing properly here, they can also learn to build their confidence while singing in front of an audience even if it's just one person. Rob cares about your career as a singer whether it's just a hobby or something you would like to pursue professionally.
I came to New York City from Holland and took a intensive course 3 times a week at Voice Academy. Singing with Kat was really nice and I learned a lot. My head voice is already getting stronger! And also my singing teacher here in Holland thinks I improved! Kat has a great personality, that's also why it is so much fun working with her! Thanks so much,
Working with Kat has been an amazing experience! She is patient, honest, and she is very kind. She doesn't push you to do anything you're not comfortable with, like showcases. I've been in one showcase so far and it was really nice to learn from other people's performances. I've also had a recording session, which was really fun to do! I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for an amazing and professional vocal coach.
I did a lot of looking around and research before I decided upon taking lessons from Rob at Voice Academy. He was more than willing to sit down with me before we started with the lessons so that I could really see what he was like as a person and teacher and if Voice Academy would be a good fit. It absolutely is and Rob is a fantastic teacher. He is very professional and makes you feel immediately comfortable.