I currently work as an education apprentice at the Hartford Stage company, where I teach a variety of theatre/music classes, and assist in other educational ventures. In addition, I teach privately, and sing professionally in a number of ensembles. I currently teach at a number of community arts organizations, as a private piano/guitar/voice teacher, a general music teacher, and music director/chorus director for productions and shows. In addition to this, I have also worked in administration at organizations such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Kaufman Music Center. For more information, check out my LinkedIn! https://www.linkedin.com/in/ishaar-gupta-9776a8b7
I aim to emphasize creativity and the use of music as an outlet for unique expression, as opposed to a medium where rules and structure are rigid. While I believe form and structure has its place in much of the study of music and I emphasize a strong foundation in theory and fundamentals, I also encourage all of my students to write their own music, to transcribe their favorite songs and pieces by ear, and blend the different techniques they use to create their own style.
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I graduated from UConn with a degree in music in 2016. I have been studying private piano for 15 years, guitar for 9, and voice for 7, and am experienced in playing classical, jazz, popular/contemporary, and writing original compositions. During my time at UConn, I participated and held leadership roles in a number of organizations, clubs, and ensembles. Studying private voice with Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Rod Nelman, I was the bass section leader in the Concert Choir, Collegium Musicum, Collegiate Choir and Men's Glee Club. With the UConn Choirs program, under the direction of Dr. Jamie Spillane, I performed at various venues - Carnegie Hall to name one, with choirs that collaborated with ensembles such as the Manhattan Chorale, VOCE, and the UCD Choral Scholars. My singing didn't end there - I performed both on-campus and off-campus with A Completely Different Note, UConn's oldest men's a capella group (cdnuconn.com), and I performed regularly with the UConn Opera Theater and UConn Opera Outreach Program. I also played mellophone in the UConn Marching Band for two years.
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