Nevada Jones has been actively studying and practicing voice since 2007 and has taught vocal technique in private lessons and group class settings since 2010. As both a classically and holistically trained voice teacher, he believes that good technique and healthy vocalization are one and the same.
Nevada is a countertenor (male mezzo-soprano). As a voice teacher he loves working with singers of all stripes and voice types. His own vocal interests have lately taken him to Baroque opera, Schubert lieder, and French and English art song. He has studied voice for eight years with Linda Brice, founder of Transformational Voice, and is, himself, a Transformational Voice Certified voice teacher. Using the very same methodologies that helped him to free his own voice, he feels privileged to witness profound vocal growth in his own students.
He serves on the faculty of Vox Academy, a unique nonprofit arts organization in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to giving everyone access to healthy vocal development in a safe and nurturing environment.
He is also a composer, and has created original music for various film, dance, and theatrical productions in cities from coast to coast. His first full-length opera, Stranger From Paradise, premieres in Omaha, Nebraska in May, 2017.
Nevada has a background in theater, having performed in community theater productions and short films. In New York City, he studied acting, improvisation, movement awareness techniques (Alexander and Feldenkrais) and voice and speech at the New Actor's Workshop with George Morrison, Mike Nichols, and several other amazing teachers.
Nevada believes that music emanates from the heart and spirit more than it does from the mind. He studied music in academia, and while that experience was useful on many technical levels, he never found a sense of belonging in that environment. Luckily for him, certain brilliant individuals have appeared in his life as mentors, teachers, collaborators and advocates, and from whom he continues to learn about the mysteries of music and of life. That said, some of his greatest teachers have been his students! He is passionate about sharing what he has learned, and feels honored to be able to help singers, actors, and public speakers discover their voices and refine their technique.