Soprano Tamara Bevard has been singing professionally for 30 years in a variety of styles from the opera stage to studio film work. She has appeared in both the United States and Europe as a soloist with organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Chorale bel Canto, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Junge Kammerphilharmonie Freiburg, Nova Amadeau Orchestra, and Seuddeutsche Kammer Philharmonie. Some of her favorite works as a soloist include the Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Bach St. Matthew Passion, Brahms Requiem, and Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony.
In addition to frequent solo work, Ms. Bevard loves ensemble singing and has been singing in choruses her entire career. A native Chicagoan, she sang with the Chicago Symphony Chorus for 8 seasons, and is currently entering her 11th season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Her versatility makes her a sought-after ensemble singer and soloist with local groups, and she frequently performs new works by emerging and contemporary composers.
She is also an active studio singer, and can be heard on numerous film and television soundtracks, including Wreck it Ralph, Big Hero 6, X-Men Apocolypse, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and she is the featured soloist in Carlo Carlei’s recent film adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet”.
As a voice teacher, Ms. Bevard has maintained a private studio since 2000, and has been on faculty with the Pasadena Conservatory since 2011. She teaches voice at Pomona College as a Lecturer in Applied Music, and worked with Debbie Allen on program development and teaching voice during the first year of her “Rise” program (a pre-college musical theater preparatory program). She also has worked extensively with young voices doing educational outreach in southern California high schools for several years through the LA Master Chorale’s “Voices Within” program as a member of their Chamber Singers group for several years.
She is a teaching artist with Street Symphony, an organization comprised primarily of LA Philharmonic and LA Master Chorale musicians that partner with underserved and disenfranchised populations such as those experiencing homelessness and incarceration. She provides private vocal instruction and mentorship to members of Urban Voices Project, a Skid Row based choir.
As an instructor, Ms. Bevard believes that the body in an instrument, and for sustainable and healthy singing, one needs to learn how to “play” their instrument. She believes that postural alignment, proper breathing and support, and removal of compensatory bodily tension leads to singing success, and that virtually anyone can improve in their ability to play their personal instrument. A good foundational technique enables the ability to sing any style of music from classical, musical theater, choral, to pop. She will work with you to achieve your personal vocal goals, and to provide the foundational skills needed for a lifetime of healthy singing!