“In her teaching, Nancy Olson Chatalas draws upon on a lifetime of pedagogical knowledge of the voice, a deep familiarity with vocal repertoire, decades of practical teaching experience, a loving heart and a deeply intuitive mind. This makes her a very powerful voice teacher, advisor and champion. The path to truly authentic, exquisite singing is not a straight or simple one; it requires a depth of understanding and at the same time, an ability to totally let go of understanding. With hard work on all sides, I have seen Nancy’s students soar and grow in so many ways, and I know that she had transformed my singing self and my creative life. I am so grateful!!”
“Nancy Chatalas is a mentor, coach, leader and guru in the world of singing. She seeks out her student’s goals. Honors their special gifts and understands where they need guidance. She adds her extensive experience and insight that inspires her proteges’ to be the best they can be. In addition, she supports and promotes their hard work in every way. Plus, she’s really fun! One just gets a lift from being around her. Oh! Did I mention? She can SING!”
Dan McGraw, Tenor and Management Consultant
“I had a lesson with NOC today, and I am reminded of all the reasons she is a Master Teacher. We all come to our teachers with baggage – some more than others. In my case I have many years of instruction and many years as a voice teacher myself. It takes a very dedicated teacher to be willing to sort through long-standing habits and misconceptions with a student who is the opposite of a clean slate! In these cases a teachable student is required, but also a patient, confident, generous and very knowledgeable teacher.
Nancy does not shy away from deep engagement. She has the confidence to understand that my relentless questions are not a challenge to her expertise, but a need to integrate her understanding with my own. Nancy addresses the entire singer, not just the voice. Under her guidance I have gained both insight and technical skill; joy of expression as well as a healthier technique. Artistry and skill-building are both processes that require patience and encouragement. I could not be in better hands.”
Laure Hungerford Flint, Soprano
“Nancy Olson Chatalas shares with her students expansive gifts of intuitive teaching, pedagogical expertise, limitless creativity, and a deep knowledge of repertoire from a variety of genres. She is a life long learner herself, and is continually researching new techniques and repertoire to enhance her work with students. In her teaching, she employs an approach that combines the mind, body, and spirit which allows the singer to fully and freely engage with the music. Her studio is extremely active with many master classes and performance opportunities to help the singers cultivate the repertoire they are working on in a warm, supportive environment. I’ve had the pleasure of studying with Nancy for nearly 14 years and consider her a true mentor in my life. I’m grateful for all she has done to encourage, and support my personal creative endeavors as well as aiding the Portland musical community as a whole with her gifts and enthusiasm.”