Simone Vigilante

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Simone Vigilante began her musical studies on piano at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY at the age of five. Through the guidance and encouragement of her teachers she started seriously studying the voice at age thirteen. Although she took fifteen years of private piano lessons she fell in love with vocal performance. She graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts (BM in Vocal Performance), Indiana University (MM in Vocal Performance), and started her doctorate while at Indiana University.

Simone has performed opera and art song throughout the United States and Western Europe. Locally, you may have seen Simone perform leading roles with Asheville Lyric Opera or as a solo concert artist with The Brevard Chamber Orchestra, ECHO (Early Music Festival), Blue Ridge Community College Concert Series, The UNC Asheville University Singers, and Reuter Singers. Simone’s performance background consists of various vocal genres including: musical theater, spirituals, opera, American Art Song, Italian Art Song, German Lied, and French Mélodie.

While attending IU Simone taught private voice lessons. Teaching was found to be challenging and she realized her own technique became stronger by instructing someone else. She also found the voice fascinating because no two are alike, therefore, her teaching technique must be custom designed for each student. Since leaving IU in 2000 she has been teaching private voice and piano students throughout Western NC. Simone has found teaching so rewarding that in June 2007 she joined NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). This organization gives seminars to teachers of singing and offers various résumé building opportunities for their students including: summer programs, competitions and scholarships.