Vocal Coaching

Find Your Voice! Explore your vocal range and develop your skills in one-on-one sessions – Susie offers coaching in vocal performance and song development, all online via Zoom!

“A flat out superb vocalist… Glaze delivers warm, amber-toned vocals that explore the psychic depth of a lyric with deft acuity and technical perfection.”

LA Weekly

Award-winning recording artist, Broadway singer and actress, journalist, educator and critically-acclaimed powerhouse vocalist, Susie Glaze has been called by Bluegrass Unlimited “…an important voice on the California Bluegrass scene” and by Roz Larman of KPFK’s Folkscene “…one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today.”  

Study voice production essentials via the Zoom platform from a world-class voice coach/technique instructor.  Topics of study include the basics of technique along with coaching on performance, genre style, and personal connection.  Private voice students will also receive a weekly newsletter from Susie, options to video your lesson for instant viewing afterwards, and invitations to perform at a monthly open mic night hosted by Susie via Zoom.  Lesson scheduling is flexible, and pricing is $60 per one-hour session.  

As an educator, Susie has led singing workshops at major Southern California festivals and in private instruction, specializing in the production of a capella singing she calls “The Art of the Unaccompanied Voice.”  Susie has also presented lecture demonstrations at USC Thornton School of Music and at Cal State Northridge on “Balladry to Bluegrass,” illuminating the historical path of ancient folk forms from Britain to the United States via immigration into the mountains of Appalachia, and oral tradition through the generations.  A current specialist in performance and historian on the work of Jean Ritchie, Susie’s new blog on FolkWorks.com, “Song Notes: A Folk Diva’s Guide to the Galaxy” begins in January 2021.   Her past articles for FolkWorks.org have also been cross-published in part at No Depression.com.

What Students are saying…..

“Susie Glaze is a natural teacher [who] has helped me to transform my songs. She is easy to work with and not only has the skills of an excellent vocalist but has helped me to raise the bar of my own voice.”

Gail Dreifus

“Susie is the real deal: a consummate performer, true vocal musician, and experienced teacher. She’s been helping me expand my repertoire from jazz to Americana/folk and country and showing me ways to dig deeper into the stories behind the songs. Her teaching style is always gentle and positive, making me feel supported and inspired. Not only that, but she sends out student newsletters packed with information and ideas, and also gives us an opportunity to share our work on virtual student open mics. I feel so fortunate to have found her!”

Diane Hubka

“Susie’s a wonderful teacher – She’ll listen to you and your goals, devise lessons that begin right where you are, and then gently guide you to learn new material and acquire new skills. You’ll enjoy your lessons and you’ll love the progress you make.”

Lise Swedberg

“Susie is a genuine ‘God-send’ to me. Not only is she a skilled vocalist and a beautiful person with an angelic voice, she is helping me to ‘feel the songs I write and sing.’ She is teaching me how to be a true storyteller of song. Susie listens to her students and fine-tunes each lesson to meet their specific needs and goals as a performer. I am grateful to be studying with this amazing artist.”

Pat Cronin

“I have been studying voice with Susie for about seven years…Many of my friends have commented to me that my singing has improved markedly since I began…About a year ago, our in-person lessons had to end due to the pandemic. Soon, Susie decided that we could give a shot at continuing our lessons using the Zoom platform. I consider this a great success, and can very honestly say that the quality of Susie’s instruction on Zoom is easily equal to her in-person teaching. I strongly recommend Susie as a vocal teacher and coach.”

Curt Johnson

Susie as Performer:

“…does something with a song that only great singers can do…”

KCSN, Northridge, CA

“…with people like this to trust, my music will go on living, and soaring.  And, so will I.”

Jean Ritchie

“Susie Glaze combines a unique blend of talent, skill and experience that allows her to explain, and powerfully demonstrate musical style and content…She is a musical treasure and a wonderful educational resource.”

Ken Lopez, Clinical Professor of Music Industry, Thornton School of Music

Phone:  818-437-4039

More about Susie Glaze:
A native Tennessean, Susie grew up in the shadow of the Grand Ole Opry, learning the craft of country and bluegrass from a short distance by regular immersion of Flatt & Scruggs, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn among others. When just 16 she sang for her brother Rick’s writer’s night song showcases in Nashville. New York audiences saw Susie’s Broadway debut when she played the role of the young Southern matriarch Mary Jane Wilkes in the original Broadway company of Roger Miller’s musical play Big River. During her two years with that company, Susie began researching the works of the pioneering artists who developed country, folk and bluegrass music from the early years in America and was led inevitably to the work of The Stanley Brothers, The Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Jean Ritchie among many others. After relocating to Southern California and joining the bluegrass group The Eight Hand String Band, Susie debuted as a recording artist with the group’s 2000 release “The Simple Truth” and was the winner of the Los Angeles 1999 Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival for Traditional Singing. In 2002, Susie’s debut solo CD “Home On the Hill” reaped praise from Sing Out! and Bluegrass Unlimited magazines. The following year Susie appeared alongside Jean Ritchie at the Conner Prairie Living History Museum’s White River Folk Festival, and in 2004 Susie premiered her new concert piece “The Appalachian Songs of Jean Ritchie” at Southern California music festivals. The CD “Blue Eyed Darlin'” was released in July 2005 to praise from Bluegrass Unlimited and Folkworks magazines (their top Bluegrass Album of 2005), and won her the Just Plain Folks 2006 Music Award for Best Roots Album. Her concert/theatre piece: “Singing the Moon Up: The Voice of Jean Ritchie” was a critical success in its debut at The Pennsylvania Centre Stage Company at Penn State University in September 2005, and the live soundtrack album of that piece was released in 2007.  Since 2008, her Hilonesome Band released “Green Kentucky Blues” produced by Bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis, “Live at the Freight & Salvage” in March 2011, “White Swan” in 2013 and “Not That Kind of Girl” in 2015 produced by Herb Pedersen.  Susie was honored to be included on the 2015 Compass Records tribute album “Dear Jean – Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie” alongside such artists as Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Tim O’Brien, John McCutcheon, Robin and Linda Williams and many more.  In 2016 saw the formation of the newest version of this critically acclaimed Americana folk fusion, The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble.