Over the years, our students have earned voice degrees, presented leading roles in operas and shows, obtained church soloist positions, recorded CDs and moved from our studio to prestigious graduate and undergraduate voice programs. All in all, these individuals have found much greater freedom, beauty, expression and health in their singing and speech.
AURELIUS GORI, D.M.A., BARITONE is an acclaimed soloist and recitalist based in Washington, DC whose singing has been hailed as “splendidly lyrical” by the Washington Post. A 1990-91 Fulbright scholar, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and was a 1991 semifinalist in the International Belvedere Competition in Vienna. Two years later, he was awarded a scholarship to study Lieder with Ian Partridge at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in England. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1995 where he studied with James McDonald. After completing his doctorate, he was awarded an internship with the National Association of Teachers of Singing at Penn State. Dr. Gori has appeared as a concert soloist with the Fairfax Symphony, the Amherst (New York) Symphony and the North York Symphony in Toronto, Canada. He is a celebrated soloist with many Washington area choral societies in both concert and oratorio. He has been a frequent guest artist with the NOVA Community Chorus and the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, where his appearances include Mozart’s Requiem, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, Ralph Vaughan William’s magnificent Sea Symphony, Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, and Frederick Delius' Songs of Sunset. Operatic performances include the title role in Don Giovanni with the Bethesda Summer Music Festival ). He premiered several compositions by American composer, Marshall Ocker (1926-2004), including Trilogy for Baritone on the Vienna Modern Masters label (VMM 2030).
Dr. Gori’s approach to teaching singing is simple, clear and scientific, emphasizing vocal health, beauty and expressive communication. His specialties include helping young singers as their voices change and improving freedom, clarity and agility in older voices. He conditions his students to cultivate their best habits in both singing and speaking. He is a master teacher and mentor to many successful performers in choral, operatic, oratorio, contemporary commercial and musical theater venues throughout the Greater Washington DC area. His students include professional singers, NATS Regionals award winners and college scholarship award recipients.
GRACE GORI, M. M. MEZZO-SOPRANO is well-known in the Washington DC area as an acclaimed performer in both the concert and operatic repertoire. She has been praised by The Washington Post for her "fine sense of style" and "strong dramatic impact" in works that range from the Renaissance to world and American premieres. She holds the Bachelor of Music with High Distinction from the prestigious Indiana University School of Music and the Master of Music from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she was a member of the Maryland Opera Studio. Her post-graduate work includes Apprentice and/or Young Artist programs at the Sarasota, Des Moines, and Natchez Opera companies, as well as private study in New York City and Munich, Germany. Ms. Gori's concert credits include featured featured appearances with the North York Symphony of Toronto, Canada, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, the Cathedral Choral Society, the Washington Bach Consort, the New Dominion Chorale, and the Maryland Handel Festival. Ms. Gori's opera credits include the Second and Third Madrigales in Puccini's Manon Lescaut with the Washington National Opera, the title role in Carmen with the Eldbrooke Artists Series, and Tessa in The Gondoliers with the Washington Savoyards, and numerous roles with the innovative "In Series" of Washington DC. [For more on Ms. Gori's credits, please visit her personal website at www.GraceGori.com.]
Ms. Gori has brought her years of study and expertise to bear as a teacher for over 21 years. Her students regularly perform roles in school and community music theater productions, and are invited to sing in select choral ensembles. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Gori has continued to develop her knowledge of the voice in order to better serve her students. In addition to her college and post-graduate studies, she studied the Alexander Technique privately with Diana Bradley, has attended seminars on the Richard Miller, David Blair McClosky and Estill Voice Training methods, and has studied Iyengar yoga since April 2015. She says, "My goal is to help each and every one of my students develop a healthy vocal technique which will allow that student to transcend vocal mechanics and instead experience the joy of pure artistic expression in whatever style he or she chooses."
"I started voice lessons with Aurelius Gori in January 2016, thinking I would just do one semester so I would be able to sing with enough technique and confidence to sing non-classical music in small settings. As we were working on that, I fell in love with the process. My range increased significantly and I am slowly learning to let the tension melt away, and to sing in an organic, natural breath-supported way. I also love the studio classes that he organizes with his wife which gives the chance to get another perspective on your singing. Aurelius' way of teaching is incredibly encouraging and now I can't get enough of the lessons. Kudos and big thanks again for all you do." - Jo H., Student of Dr. Gori.
"Grace is a joy to work with. She excels at imparting her vast knowledge of vocal technique to her students and focuses not only on the "hows" but also on the "whys." She uses a variety of exercises that will increase your range, improve your breathing, and clarify your diction. Lessons with her are fun and stimulating -- and ultimately very rewarding. " Hope M., Student of Ms. Gori.
"Aurelius Gori has a gift for developing true excellence in his voice students. Not only does he provide them with exceptional technical training to make the most of their talents, but--perhaps even more important--he does so in a way that always positive and encouraging so that students are actually capable of finding their best singing selves. Thanks to Dr. Gori's training and teaching style, both of my sons have improved their singing, developed greater skill in using their voices in acting, and found greater confidence in performing" - Elise B.H., parent of N. and E.
"Dr. Gori knows how to bring the best out of your voice -- and you. He teaches not only the techniques of fine singing, but also how to express the emotions underlying a piece through your voice. He gently leads you down the path of self-discovery as you learn to liberate your true voice, sing high notes you never thought possible and relax – all at the same time." - Lon M., Student of Dr. Gori.
"Our daughter profited greatly from both Aurelius and Grace Gori’s combined talents as vocalists, educators, and mentors. Aurelius and Grace both offer an extremely high level of instruction in advanced vocal techniques as well as insights and strategies that develop musical sensitivity and depth of interpretation. With their encouragement, support, and kindness, our daughter achieved new levels of ability and competence, and will always look back on her time at GVS with the greatest of appreciation and affection.” Janice M., parent of Sarah.
"My son started taking lessons with Aurelius two years ago, and it has been a deeply enriching experience for him. I remember him coming home from his first lesson, bouncing with excitement at what he had already learned, and anticipation of what was to come. His experience with Gori Voice Studios did not disappoint. My son improved his technique immensely, learned a lot about the anatomy of the voice, and sounds wonderful! Thank you, Aurelius, for your expertise, humor and patience with a teenager who needs a healthy dose of all these things." - Jane M., parent of Ray.
"Gori Voice Studios is absolutely the best place to learn how to sing or improve your skills! Both instructors are professional singers and have a wide range of knowledge in many of the voice styles and genres. They provide lessons in a comfortable, caring environment that nurtures not only your love of singing but your overall health. The instructors are constantly attending different seminars and applying the knowledge they receive to their practice. Oftentimes lessons have taken longer then scheduled, but I was never pushed out the door or asked to pay more. I can honestly say I learned more about music, technique, and performance in three months with Gori Voice Studios than I have in my previous vocal lessons. I would highly recommend them, and have recommended them, to anyone looking to advance their vocal studies!" J.H., Student of Ms. Gori.
"Aurelius guides each student in finding the way her/his particular voice works, using sound principles of voice production in a positive, supportive manner. While offering guidance from his own rich experience as a singer and teacher, he respects his student's own musical instincts"- William, student of Aurelius for 6+ years.
"...you have shown me how to lighten up - both in vocal production and in finding the methods to obtaining results - not pushing for them!" M.K., student of Ms. Gori.
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