Deanna Pond, mezzo-soprano loves to teach private voice lessons! Classical and Contemporary styles are her favorites. She also directs choirs, teaches workshops and sings with Critical Mass, a local group of professional musicians. Major contributors to her Classical style of teaching are Richard Miller, Dale Moore, Betty Jeanne Chipman, and Clayne Robison, then more recently, Gayle Lockwood, Melissa Cross and Matt Edwards in the Contemporary styles.
She especially focuses on enabling injured, inactive, or emerging voices to find a fluid, functional coordination for singing in multiple styles, and balanced speech for vocations and daily life applications.
Having been a Registered Nurse, her interest in the anatomy, physiology and acoustics of the speaking and singing voice has led her to belong to the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Voice Foundation, The Acoustical Society of America, and the Pan American Vocology Association. She energetically attends their professional meetings and symposia as well as presents as opportunity allows. Science informs the art, musicality, efficiency and health of the voice.
Her students sing in multiple venues across the valley and state, and have successfully auditioned as performance majors at various colleges and universities. Treefort Music Festival in Boise has included some of her students writing, creating electronic accompaniments, and singing performances. Others have sung leads and supporting roles for Boise Music Week and other local venues.
Deanna holds an AS-Nursing from Ricks College, an undergraduate degree and master’s from Boise State University, and a Certificate of Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech at University of Utah. She also has certified in The Pumphrey Method of Music Training and Amusia Therapy.