Ms. Amelia Seyssel

Voice Teacher

Amelia Seyssel

SAA Member


Poughkeepsie, NY
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Amelia Seyssel is an ESA-accredited and SAA-registered Suzuki Voice Teacher and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance and Literature from Mills College, CA. She is the first Suzuki Voice teacher from the United States to have earned an ESA Diploma (full accreditation) for Suzuki Voice instruction in all five ESA Training Levels (equivalent to SAA Units 1 through 10 plus extensive Practicum & Certificate Examinations at each Level). She trained most extensively at the Talent Education Institute of Singing in Vantaa, Finland, with Suzuki Voice Founder Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki. In the course of her Suzuki Voice teacher training studies, Ms. Seyssel has additionally acquired training and teaching experience in Finland, Australia, Japan, Mexico and the USA. Her teaching experience includes Faculty positions at two international conferences focusing on the growth and development of both students and teachers (Mexico, 2015; New York, 2016). More information about her Music Studio is available at: and at: link

Ms. Seyssel’s Suzuki Voice training has included experience with Katrina Pezzimenti (PPSA/ESA/SAA) in 2008, Mary Hofer (SAA) in 2009, and after that time extensively with Suzuki Voice founder Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki (ESA/SAA) and her close associate Teacher Trainer Mette Heikkinen (ESA) from 2010 through 2014. Her ESA Level Four (equivalent to Suzuki Voice Units 4-6 plus extensive Practicum and Examination) was completed at the 16th Suzuki Method World Conference in Matsumoto, Japan, supervised by an international board of examiners including Katrina Pezzimenti (PPSA/ESA), Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki (ESA, SAA), and Martin Rüttimann (ESA Chair & ISA Board). Her ESA Level Five Diploma (equivalent to Suzuki Voice Units 7-10 plus extensive Practicum and Examination) was completed in Finland on June 27, 2014 directly following the required multiple language & style advanced level repertoire Examination Recital (60 performance minutes from memory).

Ms. Seyssel is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) and its state and local affiliates, and earned Level 1 Certification with the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA).

In addition to her graduate work, Ms. Seyssel’s varied background includes workshops, classes and coursework in Dalcroze (eurythmics), Alexander Technique, Theater Acting, Early Music Performance, Ethnomusicology, Orff-Schulwerk Applied curriculum, and Musikgarten™ Early Childhood Music curriculum.

Voice Background: Ms. Seyssel’s performing debut was in California while studying with Donna Petersen, a San Francisco Opera and Metropolitan Opera Audition Judge for the West Coast. While at Mills College, Ms. Seyssel also studied with visiting professor Jane Manning (London, BBC Recording Artist), a distinguished exponent of contemporary vocal music and author of the book ‘New Vocal Repertory’.

Subsequent to concluding her Master’s degree, Ms. Seyssel continued her vocal studies at the Manhattan School of Music Vocal Arts Institute, including workshops with Nico Castel, Cynthia Hoffman, Lou Galterio and Margaret Hoswell, at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, including a vocal master class with Dalton Baldwin, and many years of study with Joyce McLean of The Juilliard School’s Evening Division. She is a regular soloist at The Poughkeepsie Reformed Church (Hooker Ave) in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is currently active as a recitalist, specializing in Art Song repertoire of the English, Spanish and French language composers with a special focus on her work with pianist Maria Rivera White — the ‘Cantatrice Art Song Ensemble’. See her performance website:

Piano Background: Ms. Seyssel began her study of piano at eight years old and continued to study independently throughout her college and post-college years. Her background in Piano Pedagogy includes registered teacher training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and completion of the Bigler—Lloyd-Watts Complete Piano Pedagogy course, as well as many years of specializing in and developing methods of teaching the acoustic piano to the very young.

She independently authored an Early Childhood Music Program combining Musikgarten™ materials with group piano instruction for 3 and 4 year olds, subsequently also authoring the “Pre-Twinkler Piano” course which was offered at Dutchess Community College Music School from 2000 to 2007. In Fall of 2000 Ms. Seyssel was invited to create and operate the Suzuki Piano School at Dutchess Community College Music School, which she directed and coordinated until Fall of 2007.