Katie Burke started taking lessons from Stevie in July of 2014. Throughout high school she participated in many different theatrical productions including both musicals and straight plays. She is currently studying as a theatre major at the University of Arizona. She has also played major roles in productions with the Arizona Youth Chamber Ensemble (AYCE), which were directed by Stevie.
Since she began taking lessons from Stevie, Katie has not stopped growing in her abilities as a singer, and has discovered that singing is not only something fun that she can enjoy, but also something she can become passionate about.
Aliyah Douglas is thirteen years old and recently completed 8th grade at Wilson K-8 in Oro Valley. Aliyah was a first place winner in the junior high division of the New York Lyric Opera Vocal Competition. After winning this competition, Aliyah was invited back to New York to perform on Broadway. Aliyah is also a multi-first place winner in the American Protege Vocal competition and sang at Carnegie Hall. Aliyah has also placed first in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition in the Art Song and Musical Theatre categories, the Marni Nixon International Vocal Competition and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions in the Musical Theatre and Classical categories. Aliyah was also the Talent of the Year in the America's Amateur Model & Talent Competition (AAMTC) as well as the overall talent winner and first alternate in the International Cinderella Scholarship Pageant. On weekends, Aliyah performs around Tucson for veterans, retirement communities and hospital patients as a member of Kids Unlimited. Aliyah is also an active participant in local theatre productions. Her favorite roles include Elle in Legally Blonde, Fern in Charlotte’s Web, and the King in Big River with Arts Express. In addition to singing, Aliyah plays the piano and takes tap, jazz, acro, hip hop, ballet, pointe, lyrical and contemporary classes.
She has earned numerous awards including: overall winner in the Arts Express Vocal Competition, multi-gold winner at the national AAMTC Talent Competition, and 2nd place winner in the International Hal Leonard Vocal Competition in the musical theatre and art song categories for ages 12 and under.
Aliyah has sung/hummed before she could talk. At six, she was ready for vocal lessons. Unfortunately, there weren't any instructors in Tucson who were willing to take on a six year old. Luckily, we found the Magic Voice Studio. Stevie is one of those rare teachers who not only has a strong academic background, but extensive performing experience as well. From her very first lesson, it was clear that Stevie would be able to provide Aliyah with the tools, knowledge and guidance she needed to become successful. Stevie has also provided Aliyah with many opportunities to do what she loves most, to perform. From voice recitals, competitions, musicals, workshops and numerous events around the city, Stevie is constantly looking out for her students. Without a doubt, Aliyah would not be the performer she is today without Stevie.
Greylyn Zurita is 14 years old and started lessons with Stevie June 2014. Her voice has dramatically improved and her confidence has soared. Greylyn wanted to take lessons from Stevie as several several kids she looks up to in CYT are also students. Greylyn hopes to continue to improve vocally and maybe one day perform on Broadway.