Aurelius’ approach to teaching singing is simple, clear, and scientific, emphasizing vocal health, beauty, and expressive communication. His specialties include helping young singers as their voices change and improving freedom, clarity, and agility in older voices. He helps his students to cultivate their best habits in both singing and speaking. He is a master teacher and mentor to many successful performers in choral, operatic, oratorio, contemporary commercial and musical theater venues throughout the Greater Washington DC area. His students include professional singers, NATS Regionals award winners and college scholarship award recipients.
Aurelius' performance background is as an acclaimed concert soloist and recitalist whose singing has been hailed as “splendidly lyrical” by the Washington Post. A 1990-91 Fulbright scholar at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1995. He was also selected as a 1997 teaching intern with the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Grace has shared her experience and expertise with students for over 25 years. Her students regularly perform roles in school and community musical theater productions and are invited to sing in select choral ensembles. A dedicated life-long learner, she continues to develop her knowledge of the voice in order to better serve her students, with credits including study of the Alexander Technique, Iyengar yoga, and Estill Voice Training methods. In August 2021, she became certified in Neuro-Vocal Method, a developmentally appropriate approach to teaching popular singing styles based on brain science.
Grace's goal is to help each and every one of her students develop a healthy vocal technique that will allow the student to transcend vocal mechanics and instead experience the joy of pure artistic expression in whatever style he or she chooses.
As a performer, Grace is well-known in the Washington DC area in both the concert and operatic repertoire. She has been praised by The Washington Post for her "fine sense of style" and "strong dramatic impact" in works that range from the Renaissance to world and American premieres. She holds the Bachelor of Music with High Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and the Master of Music from the University of Maryland at College Park/ Maryland Opera Studio. For more on Ms. Gori's credits, please visit her personal website at www.GraceGori.com.