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STUDIO POLICY Payments by check, cash and Venmo are all accepted ·    Payment is due the 1 st  lesson of the month  (Unless you pay l...

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Voice Co-op Participation

As a teacher, I am a member of the Voice Co-op here in Savannah.  We meet once a month to have students perform for one another.  At the end of the semester we also have a final recital for the students to showcase their singing.  The dates are generally set up at the beginning of each semester and I publicize the dates on the Facebook Page for the Voice Co-op.  We will be setting up the Spring list in the next month or two so be on the look out for it!

What happens in studio class?
IN the studio classes each student will sing their song for the studio teachers and students. (Usually a musical theater or classical piece).  Each teacher will provide comments and helpful hints on technique and performance practice.  The teacher will collect the comment cards from the rest of the coop teachers and share the comments with the student in the following lesson.

Accompanist (Collaborative artist).  We bring in a professional pianist for each class as well as the recital.  This enables the students to work with a highly skilled pianist.  All of our accompanists hold multiple degrees in piano performance and are actively performing in the area or elsewhere. The fee of $20 per class or recital goes towards compensating the pianist. 

The requirements for the studio class are:
Students must have a song learned and almost memorized
Students must own the particular song - I can help with this (most music books are very reasonable - we want to be sure we are compliant with copy right laws)
Student brings a copy of the music for the accompanist (collaborative artist)
The fee per class is $20 to pay the accompanist  (collaborative artist)
Attire for the class should be performance wear and appropriate shoes (please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification)

I highly recommend attending a studio class prior to participating to be absolutely sure you or your student is mentally prepared.  It’s an incredible experience to sing for peers and other teachers and I want to be sure that each student gets the most out of it.

Final recital 
If your student wants to perform on the final recital we have a few guidelines:
1 The student must sing at least one time prior to the recital so they have experience.  This often happens in the studio class immediately before the recital (one month prior)
2 The song selection must must be memorized
3 The student will have sung and prepared the song during lessons
4 Appropriate attire will be discussed so the student feels and looks confident
5 There is a fun gathering following the recital and parents are encouraged to bring something to small to celebrate (cookies, etc)
6 A modest fee of $20 will be asked of each performer to pay the accompanist (collaborative artist)

Studio class is NOT mandatory!  It is merely a way for the students to further their singing and performing skills. Even simply attending is a fantastic opportunity to learn and meet peers.  There is no fee for attending any or all studio classes. If you, or your student, has an interest in performing at a Studio class, please let me know at least two weeks prior to the class.  I post the dates in my studio. 

Voice Co-op Studio dates:


Sunday 9/8 Wesley oaks
Sunday 10/13 Wesley Oaks
Sunday 11/7 Trinity United Methodist

Fall Recital 

Saturday 12/7
Rehearsal 1pm
Recital 2:30pm
Trinity United Methodist

  • Attire - Dressy
  • Music - have a copy for pianist
  • Memorize music
  • Inform teacher at least one week prior
  • You must participate in the November class to be able to perform in the recital 

Updated Studio Policy


Payments by check, cash and Venmo are all accepted

·  Payment is due the 1st lesson of the month  (Unless you pay lesson by lesson)

·  My fees are currently $120 month for four 30 minute lessons (mailing is fine, if you would like to be billed, please let me know) 

·  If I need to cancel for any reason I WILL make up the time with the student

·  If a make-up lesson is scheduled and the student cancels there will be no additional make – up lesson for that missed time.

·  If the student hoarse or sick – they should NOT sing, but please call, text or email as soon as possible (24 hours notice preferred) if you need to cancel

·  Students will be asked to purchase music (photocopying music is against copyright laws) but I will make every effort to keep to a select few books. There is also a website IMSLP which has music in the public domain and can be printed at no cost.

·  Students, depending on their level of study, will be asked to practice 30-60 minutes daily.    Although piano study is not required, it would be helpful for all students to have basic knowledge of music theory and the ability to play their own melody (if possible).  I am happy to aid students in developing these skills as well!

·  If a student is experiencing excessive absences or tardiness, I will encourage the student to take time off from attending lessons until they have resolved the issue.  

·  Please be on time when dropping or picking up your student :)

Students are encouraged to bring a recording device to all lessons. 

If you have ANY questions regarding voice lessons or my policies, feel free to contact me!

Please remember to PRACTICE daily!  
You will succeed because YOU have worked 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Important article on Vocal Damage


Thursday, May 12, 2016


   Voice Studio of Heidi Bindhammer
604 E 48th St

M.M. Vocal Performance Georgia Southern University
B.S. Vocal Pedagogy Roberts Wesleyan College

I am a professional classically trained soprano with degrees in Voice Performance as well as Vocal Pedagogy.  In addition to performing with groups in the southeastern United States, I have also performed with members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. I have been a member of NATS (the National Association of Teachers of Singing) since 2001.

My 20 years of teaching experience includes stints at Georgia Southern University, Armstrong State University, and Savannah State University.  

While at Savannah State University and Armstrong I have taught the following classes:
  • Music History I and II
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Diction - International Phonetic Alphabet, Italian, German and French diction
  • Music Appreciation
  • Voice Performance
  • Applied Voice
I specialise in teaching a Classical Method, however, I have found that any singer has success with the Bel Canto method as it can be applied to any style of singing. All that is required is a regular practice regimen.

In addition to teaching vocal studies, I also have several years in the following skills:
aria coaching, foreign language preparation, musicianship, how to practice, audition preparation, portfolio assembling.

Some of my other skills include dance ensemble experience, German language study, piano study, as well acting.


   Messiah soloist, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
   Soprano soloist Beethoven 9th Masterworks with Savannah Phil.
   Savannah Sinfonietta Chamber Series - soloist

   Savannah Sinfonietta Knoxville Summer of 1915
   Schubert Mass, Symphony Cathedral Concert
   Southern Georgia Symphony GA

   Savannah Sinfonietta Soloist, performances in Savannah and Richmond HIll

   Messiah, Hilton Head Choral Arts 
   The Rescue of Penelope – Hilton Head Orchestra SC
   Opera Gala, Savannah GA

   Exsultate Jubilate – Orchestra Players of Savannah
   Bach Cantata 21 – Collegium Vocale Atlanta GA

   Pops Concert Series, Savannah Symph Pops Concert GA

   Christmas Concert Series, Savannah Symph Pops Concert GA

   Coffee Cantata, Savannah Symphony GA
   Messiah, soprano Savannah GA I Cantori

   Soprano soloist Children’s Mass Rutter  1st Presbyterian Concert Series

May 2010
   Holiday Harmonies – singing ensemble

   Music Alive! 15 performances Live Oak Public Libraries, Savannah

May 2009
   Faculty Recital SSU (organizer and Performer Arts Faculty)

   Faculty Recital SSU Joint, Georgia Southern Univ and First Pres

   German Lieder Benefit Concert Savannah

   Poetry Festival Concert (organizer and performer) SSU

April 2008
   Master Class at SCAD - Facilitator

Dec 2010
   Musical Director of “Tell Pharaoh” SSU

Feb 2006
   Coach Skylarks at Savannah Arts Academy

Feb 2009
   Benefit Concert Savannah Country Day School Orchestral

Feb 2007
   Coaching various students vocally for auditions

   Faculty Recital at Georgia Southern University with Dr. Ricks

   Night of Opera at Georgia Southern University

   Southern Georgia Symphony Masterworks Concert

   L’ameró saró costante, Georgia Southern Statesboro Symp Masterworks concert
   Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra – guest performer


   Barnum, Asbury Theater, Savannah GA
Jenny Lind
March 2015
   The Magic Flute  - Integrative Medicine with Savannah Philharmonic
First Lady, Papagana, Third Lady
   Into the Woods, Asbury Theater
Cinderella’s Mother
   The Telephone – Savannah GA
   The Telephone – Georgia Southern University
   The Mikado – Georgia Southern University
   Dido and Aeneas – I Cantori, Savannah GA
   Trial By Jury – Pensacola Opera Company Pensacola FL
   Gilbert and Sullivan Gala -Pensacola Opera Company Pensacola FL
Yum-Yum, Mabel
   HMS Pinafore – Norfolk Savoyards, Norfolk VA
   The Telephone- Pensacola Opera Company Pensacola FL
   The Impresario – Southern Light Opera, Hattiesburg, MS
Mlle Warblewell
   Pirates of Penzance - Pensacola Opera Company Pensacola FL