Long Ridge Music Center
1068 Long Ridge Rd.
Stamford CT 06903
(203) 968-1068

Voice Lessons

At Long Ridge Music, we offer voice lessons and coaching for every level. The interaction of student and teacher is critical to mastering a musical instrument, and so each student is carefully matched with a teacher. Weekly lessons can be 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length.

Meet Our Voice Teachers


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Benjamin Steinhardt is also an accompanist, vocal coach, conductor and pedagogue who can be heard regularly in venues throughout New York City. Mr. Steinhardt works with students of all ages and abilities, striving to create a fun, positive learning environment carefully structured for the individual learning styles and needs of each student. Strong emphasis is placed upon the development of self-esteem, healthy body movements, and advanced learning skills.
As a pianist he has performed in the United States and Europe and has been heard at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. A strong proponent of new music he has premiered new works by Dag Gabrielsen, Marc Chan, Zachary Abramson, and Anthony Rosado. He can be heard on an upcoming recording of Marc Chan’s My Wounded Head to be released next year. As a accompanist and conductor Mr. Steinhardt has worked with the Connecticut Light Opera Company, New York and Fairfield Universities, among others. Mr. Steinhardt studied at Manhattan School of Music, The Boston Conservatory, and Mannes College. His teachers have included Janice Weber, Sara Crawford Drogheo and Donn-Alexandre Feder. He currently studies with Teresa Dybvig, a leading proponent of the teachings of Dorothy Taubman.
He has participated in Master Classes with Richard Goode, Peter Frankl, Amy Dissanayake, Jonathon Biss, and the Raphael Piano Trio. Mr. Steinhardt is on the faculty of the Douglaston School of Music, and City Music Schools/Joria Productions. Locally he has worked with the Center Stage and Pocket Players children’s theater companies and in the Westport Public school system.

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David Harewood David Warren Harewood was born and raised in New York City,  attended the famous high school of Music and Art, where upon he started playing the piano in his senior year.  After a year at Northwestern University, he spent the summer at the Berklee School of Music followed by the Mannes College of Music and Queens College. He then spent 10 years as a church musician and played with various jazz and pop artists during that period. In 2006, David attended the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music on full scholarship and graduated with a bachelors of music in Jazz studies, while studying classical piano with Alice Rybak.
Upon graduation, David traveled to Villard de Lans Jazz Festival in France and performed there with vocalist Heidi Schmidt. David has also performed in Sopot and Koszalin, Poland. In 2009, David was featured soloist at the Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver, CO.
David has taught music lessons to all ages since 1999 and is a sought after teacher.

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Vicky Herrera Ms. Herrera combines her active performing career with her love for teaching voice. “If you can speak, you can sing” that’s her motto. She has 11 years of experience preparing students of all ages and levels to learn, accept, develop, control and master their vocal instrument using proper vocal technique, repertoire and interpretation.
Virginia Herrera has earned a reputation as a complete artist combining effortless vocal technique with sensitive affecting interpretation.
She studied voice in México, in Italy, and in the United States at OMTI (Opera Music Theater International in NJ) with Met Bass Jerome Hines and at the Center for Opera Performance in NYC., with Franco Iglesias. She has won vocal competitions and has performed in Zarzuela, Opera, Oratorio and in Concert in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Opera Companies: Anchorage Opera, Amato Opera, Pacific Opera, Verismo Opera, Riverside Opera, Bronx Opera, Queens Opera, Il Piccolo Teatro dell’Opera among others.

Ms. Herrera has had the good fortune to perform with notable conductors such as Pablo Zinger, Anton Coppola, Gerardo González, Borislav Ivanov, Johannes Somary, Will Crutchfield, among others. She has been featured in the Tri-State area at the Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall,  Merkin Hall, Town Hall, Repertorio Español Theater, PNC Arts Center, Bergen Performing Arts Center,  Symphony Hall, Rich Forum, National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Lensik Theater in New Mexico.

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Ariadna Kryazheva Ariadna is a violinist, vocalist, composer and an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher. Born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Ariadna studied violin from the age 5 and piano from the age 7 at the Glazunov School of Music. After moving to the US in 2004, Ariadna has immersed herself in jazz music, and subsequently received a full scholarship and graduated from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, cum laude, with a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Violin and Jazz Voice Performance. 
After years of classical training, Ariadna was enticed and influenced by contemporary jazz composers and began writing her own music. In 2011 the University of Denver awarded her a grant to record her debut album of original jazz art songs titled Opaque Voices. DU is also where she joined creative forces with pianist David Harewood in a collaboration now called Whisper Knot. In January of 2014 David and Ariadna released another album of original music in Koszalin, Poland, and continue to perform, compose, and record together.

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