Lauren Frick – Piano/Voice Instructor

Lauren Frick, a native of Central Pennsylvania, is our newest piano and voice teacher at Miami Dance and Music Academy. She comes to us from Boston, MA with a Master’s Degree in Opera from The Longy School of Music of Bard College. Her teaching philosophies are to offer strong fundamentals of singing and piano, instill a passion of music in her students, and develop a new appreciative and receptive audience for these art forms. It has been proven that music enhances many aspects of learning, and she wants to enrich the educational and cultural lives of her new community. Lauren is comfortable and qualified with all age levels, skill levels, and styles.

Matthew Maness – Piano/Voice Instructor

Tenor Matthew Maness recently began this season performing with Opera Naples as Pong in Puccini’s Turandot. Maness is currently a member of Opera Naples resident artist program where he will sing Dr. Baglioni in La Hija de Rappaccini and The First man in Armor in The Magic Flute. Mr. Maness has recently been seen returning to perform with the Miami Summer Music Festival singing Quint in The Turn of the Screw conducted by Caren Levine and directed by Alan Hicks to great success. Previously Matthew was seen as the title role in Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten in great company conducted by Steven Gathman and directed by Alan Hicks. Matthew has sung two wonderful seasons with the Opera on the Avalon singing Quint in the Turn of the Screw after his triumph as Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by the Metropolitan Opera’s Vlad Iftinca and directed by Tom Diamond . Mr. Maness has been seen with The Light Opera of New York in the Concert “Operetta on the Silver Screen” with Gerald Martin Moore. Matthew performed with the Florida Grand Opera as a member of their Studio Young Artist Program where his roles included Gastone de letorieres in La Traviata and Monostatos in Die Zauberfloete as well as covering Rodolfo in La Boheme and Alfredo in La Traviata. Aside from performing, Matthew has taught voice, beginning piano, and percussion for over 10 years and enjoys teaching all ages and abilities. Mr. Maness has a Bachelors degree in Music with a focus in Operatic performance, from the New World School of the Arts, The Conservatory of the University of Florida.