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About Sarah and Verismo Voice

Biography

Sarah Altman-Kopko headshotSarah M. Altman-Kopko, soprano, is an adjunct professor of voice at York College of Pennsylvania and an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. Additionally, she teaches private voice in the Elizabethtown-Hershey/Hummelstown area and works as a speech-pathologist with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit. Sarah received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance and Master of Arts degree in vocal pedagogy at The Ohio State University. There she completed an interdisciplinary certificate program in Singing Health, taking coursework in laryngology, voice science, and singing voice rehabilitation. She received her Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology at Ohio University where she researched neurologic disorders. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Sarah taught as a guest lecturer for the graduate program at The Ohio State University in singing health and vocal pedagogy and has given several lectures on vocal pedagogy and voice disorders at the University of Florida. Her current research interests include singing health and the benefits of voice study for individuals with neurologic disorders. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing adjudicating regional competitions in addition to being a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. In addition to her teaching, therapy, and research interests, she has performed roles in several productions including Susanna, in Le Nozze di Figaro and Papagena, in Die Zauberflüte.

“To the Tower’s Themselves” from Race for the Sky


Composer: Richard Pearson Thomas
Poet: Anonymous
Pianist: Stanley Wolfersberger
Violinist: Maura Brown

“Cheveux de bois” from Ariettes oubliées


Compser: Claude Debussy
Poet: Paul Verlaine
Pianist: Stanley Wolfersberger

Я җдү тебя , op. 14, no.1 (I wait for thee)


Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Pianist: Brenda Curie

“Sull’aria” from Le Nozze di Figaro


Composer: Mozart
Soprano Singing Countess: Diana Cataldi
Soprano Singing Susanna: Sarah Altman-Kopko
Pianist: Edward Bak

La Jeune Patre Breton


Composer: Hector Berlioz
Pianist: Brenda Curie
French Horn: Matthew Brahm

Joy Alone


Composer: Jake Heggie
Pianist: Brenda Curie

Gretchen Am Spinnrade


Composer: Franz Schubert
Pianist: Brenda Curie

Animal Passion


Composer: Jake Heggie
Pianist: Brenda Curie

Commitment to Teaching

Sarah Altman Kopko on stage

I am committed to teaching students, of all musical interests, to sing with healthy and efficient laryngeal production, utilizing traditional and research-based pedagogical methods. Study of music fundamentals, basic anatomy and acoustics are essential to the evolution of a singer regardless of age or musical interest. Learning how your instrument works and how to take care of it is essential to promoting a lifetime of singing.

Voice study should be enjoyable for the learner at all stages of development. I affirm that learning to sing is a challenging and incredibly rewarding process. I believe in self-empowerment through music and strive to assist my students in achieving their goals and support their personal growth throughout their musical development.

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