Gloria Hodes

Gloria Hodes

"My work with Jane Kennedy throughout the years has given me a foundation on which I've grown technically and artistically. She is an incredibly insightful, creative and compassionate teacher with beautiful gifts of communication. Her abilities span not only the area of technique, but the vast creative process itself. I would say she is a most holistic teacher of voice, and anyone working with her will be receiving a whole world of gifts."

Gloria Hodes has sung principal roles on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the New York City, Seattle, and other regional opera companies. She was the ballet mistress Madame Giry in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in all three National touring companies throughout the U. S. On Broadway she appeared in the original Tony Award winning ME AND MY GIRL and played Duchess Maria in subsequent regional theater productions. Off-Broadway she won the coveted OBIE and THEATER WORLD AWARD for her creation of Mr. Bertie in THE CLUB, directed by Tommy Tune. Her Julie in SHOW BOAT and Mother Abbess in THE SOUND OF MUSIC have received critical acclaim throughout the country, including the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. Among a variety of other roles, she has played Maria in LEND ME A TENOR, and was chosen by Pulitzer Prize winner William Bolcom to create the role of Buffy Buffington in his CASINO PARADISE. The renowned jazz-harpist and composer Deborah Henson-Conant has created several chamber orchestra and cabaret works for Ms. Hodes. She has appeared in clubs on the West Coast and Caribbean Islands. She is the founder and executive director of MUSIC AND MASQUE, a concert company based in New York City.

Jane Kennedy was a vocal prodigy. She spent her teen years doing recitals, performing concerts and appearing in a variety of other venues as an operatic mezzo soprano. She was the winner of several regional and national competitions in recognition of her unusually mature and sophisticated vocal and artistic gifts. At sixteen Jane entered the field of professional theater appearing as Lady Thiang in the King and I with an equity stock company in her home state of New Jersey. At eighteen she was the vocal winner of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Auditions and subsequently received significant acknowledgement from George Schick of the Metropolitan Opera Company as possessing an instrument of unique beauty and power with enormous potential. Study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts was followed by solo appearances at Radio City Music Hall and engagements as a principal artist with regional theaters and opera companies throughout the United States.

Jane Kennedy's teaching experience was initiated when some of her colleagues asked her for vocal advice. Complying, she realized that she also had a gift to discern the nature and cause of vocal problems in others and the capacity to communicate information which would guide the singer to resolution of the issues creating their distress and transcending their assumed inadequacies. This skill has expanded and continued in development for many years as a New York City singing teacher. Her clientele consists of career level singers on Broadway and in Opera Companies as well as those aspiring such careers and individuals who use singing as a form of enjoyment and therapeutic release. Her vocal studio is conveniently located on West 72nd Street in New York City. Professional recording equipment is used to tape lessons. This allows the student to hear the change in result that application of a specific suggestion facilitates. The recording is also a helpful tool and study aid to advance their practice outside the context of the studio experience.