Marissa Richardson received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University in 2019, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Wesley College in 2015.
Marissa’s teaching experience began before she even completed her Bachelor’s degree, as a music theory tutor at the Wesley College Academic Resource Center. She went on to serve as a voice instructor, choral director and choral coach with various groups, including a music camp, high school ensemble and synagogue. She has taught private voice and piano since 2015, and worked as a pianist at Georgia State University and a vocal coach at Stage Right Theater Company. She has served as a staff singer at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newnan, Georgia since 2017.
One of Marissa’s most memorable roles was Meg in Little Women, a modern operatic setting of Louisa May Alcott’s novel. “I loved that role,” Marissa says.
Marissa currently teaches both voice and piano—primarily more classical literature, but she has worked with her students on a wide variety of styles. “The focus of my experience has been opera and musical theater, but I’ve coached everything from jazz to K-pop,” Marissa explains.
As a private instructor, Marissa’s goal is to facilitate her students’ growth in healthy technique as a springboard for achieving their musical goals, whether that be for a performance, college auditions or just for fun. “I am very sensitive to my students, whether they need a challenge, encouragement, or more structure,” Marissa shares. “I really try to tailor my teaching to be most effective for each student. “
Marissa has some tried and true advice for her students: “Practice! You have no idea what you’re capable of until you give your talent the attention it needs to grow.”
When Marissa isn’t singing or playing the piano, she likes to cook and watch movies.