Deborah Mayer


While Ms. Mayer still enjoys an active performing career as an operatic soprano, she is also trained in Contemporary Commercial Music, and teaches classical singers, film and theater majors, country, jazz, and musical theater performers, ranging in levels from beginners to accomplished professionals.

Ms. Mayer understands what skills are needed to become an effective singer and actor in the performing arts. She continues to help her most gifted students by connecting them with her international network of trusted experts in the performing arts industry. Some of Ms. Mayer’s  voice students have appeared on The Jimmy Fallon Show, in concert with Patti Lupone, Christine Chenoweth, and Todd Rundgren, in national tours such as The Lion King,Beautiful – The CarolKing Musical, and In the Heights. Ms. Mayer’s classical voice students have won numerous college music scholarships, including the American Spiritual Collegiate Solo Voice Competition, the Classical Singers Magazine Competition, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival’s Young Vocalist Competition, and have been finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards.

In addition to her private studio, Ms. Mayer has held faculty positions at Central Michigan University, where she was Lecturer in Voice, Goshen College, Southwestern Michigan College, The Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend, and  the University of Notre Dame, where she has been on faculty since 2006.  Ms. Mayer has worked extensively with Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theater in master classes and as vocal coach for the musical Spring Awakenings. At Opera Notre Dame, she served as vocal coach for the Candide,Sweeney Todd, The Magic Flute, and  As You Like It. She has conducted master classes for the Opera Academy at the Eugene Opera, the Young Artist Program at Opera Steamboat, New World School of the Arts,   numerous area high schools, and served on auditions committees for Classical Singer Music Vocal Competition, Kalamazoo Bach Festival’s Young Vocalists Competition, as well as for the Ezio Pinza Foundation for American Singers of Opera.