Thank you for visiting my website devoted to singing, vocal study, and how music can make our lives better.

We are born with the ability to sing.  Sometimes we take our self-contained instrument for granted.  We abuse it without even knowing it.  Or maybe we know we’re abusing it but we don’t know how to change our technique.  Perhaps certain notes of the range elude us and we can’t seem to make them happen.  There are a million reasons why a little knowledge about the voice will go a long way in your singing.  Mastery of the voice takes a lifetime, but there are a number of techniques and tools that can help you progress faster.

I have been teaching voice in Austin for 20 years.  When I was getting my masters and doctorate at the University of Texas, I specialized in avant garde /modern music and learned how to use classic techniques to serve the modern singer.  From 1998 to 2003, I worked closely with Professor Darlene Wiley to develop the Vocal Arts Lab, where we conducted research on the voice and applied technology to teaching.  I completed my doctorate in performance in 2004 and I have been exploring the opportunities that Austin has to offer.

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Larisa Montanaro Jazz

The Great American Songbook is considered the bread and butter of the jazz singer’s repertoire and the epitome of the art form. These “standards” have wafted through our lives, our parents’ lives, and in some cases, our grandparents’ lives. But so many other songs have made their way into the repertoire – and the collective unconscious – that I think it’s time to enter a new era. The songs of A New Era are snapshots of an earlier time interlaced with the music of today. Buy A NEW ERA today!

Larisa Montanaro, soprano

UT New Music Ensemble / Texas Early Music Project / Premiering the works of modern composers

Larisa Montanaro, composer

Larisa is an award-winning composer of electro-acoustic music. She uses found sounds as source material to create works of musique concrete. This material is manipulated to varying degrees in order to form sound sculptures.

Larisa Montanaro, band member

Larisa performs with Buzz and the Blue Cats and the Austin Jazz Workshop. Sometimes you might also hear her with The Rust Tones, The Dime Store Poets, Walter Tragert or Seela