Christie Rotarius - your creative partner

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I am here to work WITH you and to learn WITH you. I am a vocal technician with experience in many styles of music - musical theatre, classical, pop, rock, jazz, R&B...we will work on creating a mind/body connection that will allow you to make the choices you want, vocally, time and time again. 

I will also work with you on your musicianship, performance techniques, audition skills and so much more!

WHO ARE MY CURRENT STUDENTS? Broadway Artists, Touring and Regional/Local Theatre Artists, Touring Rock/Pop Musicians, Singer-Songwriters, Recording Artists, Elementary, Middle, and High School Students, College Students accepted into top university programs like NYU, Baldwin Wallace, Syracuse, Shenandoah, and more. My students have been seen on TV, in film, and have won 1st place in NATS competitions and more!

MY SPECIALTIES? While I work with MANY different kinds of students, the areas I specialize in that make me uniquely qualified to meet your needs:

  • VOCAL HEALTH AND REHAB - I have specialized training to work with injured or disordered voices. I do so as part of a voice care team. Meaning, you will be under the care of a Laryngologist and SLP while working with me to recover. I have worked with many kinds of singers recovering from injury, including teachers, children, and high level performers who require signing an NDA. We have recovered from cysts, nodules, polyps, MTD, and other types of vocal injuries and disorders. Ask me if you need a recommendation for a Laryngologist and/or SLP.

  • MUSICAL THEATRE - I have been a working actor for 20 years and have experience professionally in the NYC, Seattle, Philadelphia, and DC area markets. I am also an MT music director and have worked in equity houses (including Broadway) as a teaching artist, MD, and performer. I combine detailed vocal technique work with acting through song training and musicianship skills when working with musical theatre performers to help create complete performers who have healthy voices and know how to navigate the business. 

  • SINGER-SONGWRITER PARTNERSHIPS - I LOVE working with singer-songwriters! I will never try to change your sound from whatever it is that makes you YOU, but I WILL help you find a healthy way to sustain your unique sound while out on the road. 

  • INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING AND CARE - I believe everyone is unique and while you will see common themes in my lessons, they will not look the same for every person. I have successfully partnered with neuro-diverse students - including those with autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, selective mutism, and various anxiety disorders. I have experience working with  deaf and hearing impaired singers  as well as blind singers and students with long-term illnesses. My studio is a safe space for all, including transgender students, LGBTQ+ students, BIPOC students, ESL students, and differently-abled students. 

 

MY FORMAL EDUCATION?

  • Certified Vocal Health First Aider - Vocal Health Education United Kingdom

  • Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy - NYU Steinhardt

  • Master of Music in Musical Theatre Voice Performance, NYU Steinhardt

  • Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance, Montclair State University

  • Vocal and Instrumental Music Education: Voice Major; Piano Minor, Asbury University 

SOME OTHER RELEVANT THINGS:

  • My ties to the Broadway Community are strong. I own another small business that provides affordable master classes with Broadway Artists to the local community as well as other performing arts education opportunities. www.playthepartseattle.com

  • I have studied acting, both film and TV, with many teachers but was most privileged to study with the late Gene Frankel, a true master of his craft.

  • I attend at least 2 Workshops, Symposiums, or Master Classes related to Voice Science, Vocal Pedagogy, Anatomy and Physiology, and/or practical applications of these things in the voice studio every year in order to remain as current as I can in my understanding of the rapidly developing science. 

  • I attend professional development trainings in the field of arts education every few months, including equity, diversity, and inclusion training, working with neuro-diverse populations, trauma-informed classroom strategies, inclusive classroom management, etc.

  • I am a member of The Voice Foundation and NATS, both national and local chapters and attend regular meetings.

  • I like to hang out on voice forums online with a global community of voice teachers discussing leading topics of today.

  • I HAVE TWO PROFESSIONAL NAMES! I perform under my maiden name, Christie Lynn Devoe, but I teach and music direct under Christie Rotarius. It is a bit of a long story, but I am the same person, promise!

HIGHLIGHTED RECENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE THE PRIVATE VOICE STUDIO?

  • Adjunct Instructor of Voice, NYU Steinhardt 2013-2017

  • Music Director and Teaching Artist, Village Theatre 2018-current

  • Music Director and Master Teaching Artist, Seattle Children's Theatre, 2017-current

 

christie@rotariusvoice.com