Singing Lessons

“You were with me on Yom Kippur. I breathed; I remembered your teachings; I let go-and it all flowed…and then the joy carried me through and left me with a voice the next day—and with a true feeling of gratitude. Thank you, thank you.”- Lorel Zar-Kessler, Cantor of Congregation Beth El

Elizabeth Anker is a dynamic voice teacher who enjoys working with professionals, avid amateurs, and enthusiastic beginners. She has an active private studio and many students who sing professionally. Equally comfortable in classical and non-classical styles, Elizabeth knows how to bring out each student’s strengths. With extensive experience as both a soloist and ensemble singer, she can help students develop skills to excel in the genre they prefer.  She accompanies students in their lessons.

This is what Elizabeth has to say about her teaching philosophy:

“All my students sound different, and none sound like me. The consistency among them is that they each produce a free, clean, authentic tone.

We start with the student’s strengths and build upon them. Usually, that involves comparing speech to singing and developing a sense of how it feels to use the breath freely.”

Elizabeth’s teaching style reflects her own education. Students are encouraged to:

  • learn by doing;
  • follow their passion;
  • practice creatively;
  • explore new repertoire; and
  • think outside the box.
Photograph of Elizabeth Anker conducting The Platinum Singers

Elizabeth Anker conducts The Platinum Singers

She has created many voice classes and workshops on topics including Baroque improvisation; sacred song through the ages; American art song; Bach; Handel and his influences; improvisation using popular songs; vocal health; creative practicing; taking auditions; and how to work with older singers. These classes and seminars have been presented at the New England Conservatory of Music School of Continuing Education, Longy School of Music, a NATS regional conference, and local colleges and choruses. She is Cantor for the High Holidays at Congregation Am HaYam on Cape Cod and conducts two voice class/choruses of senior adults: the Platinum Singers and JP Jubilee.

Experience and Education


  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley.
  • Voice with Robert Honeysucker, Edward Zambara, Jessica Cash, James Schwabacher, Lillian Loran.
  • Master classes and further studies with Max van Egmond, Judith Nelson, Ian Partridge, Rene Jacobs, William Parker
  • Improvisation studies with Rhiannon, Eugene Friesen,  and Bobby McFerrin.

Additional training

  • Theater training at American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco
  • Alexander Technique, San Francisco and London
  • Body Mapping
  • Sound Healing with Dr. Molly Scott
  • Jazz piano with Ben Schwendener
  • Creative Aging Through the Arts with the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts

Faculty Positions

New England Conservatory of Music, School of Continuing Education (1990-present)
Longy School of Music (1987-2013)
San Francisco Community Music Center (1977-1985)

Member, National Association of Teachers of Singing, ASCAP.

Classes Taught (Selected Sample)

Graduate Level
  • Baroque Oratorio and Sacred Song
  • Improvisation for the Classical Singer (Baroque Arias and Popular Song)
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Voice Class for Instrumentalists
  • Performing Bach Arias
  • Handel and His World
Continuing Education
  • Beginning and Intermediate Voice Classes
  • Vocal Chamber Music
  • Tools for Singing (Musicianship)
  • Taking a Chorus Audition
  • Singing for Seniors

Seminars, Workshops and Master Classes

  • Improvisation (Presenter at National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Conference)
  • Baroque Ornamentation (New England Conservatory of Music)
  • Singing and Imagination
  • Taking an Audition
  • Teaching Beginners
  • How to Teach Singing to Seniors (Teacher Training at ABCD Boston)
  • What Singers Need from Speech Language Pathologists (Emerson College)
  • Singing in English
  • Pretending It’s Your Language

Elizabeth is available for private lessons, seminars, workshops, master classes, group coachings, and ensemble training. Private lessons can be conducted either in person or via Skype.

Private lesson rates:

  • $95 for a 45-minute lesson
  • $120 for a one-hour lesson
  • Price breaks available for regular commitments.

Group and ensemble sessions are also available. Please inquire about rates.


Contact Elizabeth now to inquire about her availability

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