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Please join us in welcoming the newest member of our faculty, voice teacher Adele Berg-Layton!

Adele Berg-Layton – Voice


Adele Berg-Layton grew up in a musical family on Bainbridge Island, and caught the stage bug at Bainbridge Light Opera Association (BLOA), renamed Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) in the 1980’s, and started performing at the age of 4. Upon completion of her graduate studies, she returned to her home town, and played leading roles at theaters in Seattle, Bremerton and at BPA. She ran a successful voice studio for 25 years on Bainbridge, and was the founding Artistic Director of Young Voices and Renaissance Jazz, community choral groups on Bainbridge for 15 years. Most recently she has been teaching as an Elementary Music Teacher, retiring from Ordway in the Bainbridge Island School District.

It is with great pleasure, that Adele returns to her first passion of connecting to students who wish to explore their vocal potential through individual instruction, and to be a teacher at the Island Music Guild. She understands the child’s voice, and vocal changes during adolescent years. She has prepared high school students for solo and ensemble contests, and for vocal study at the college level. She has assisted adult students with choral singing, vocal solos, auditions and performances for musical theater. She coaches in the major European languages, and also Latin, Hebrew, and a variety of other world languages. She has an extensive knowledge of Classical, Theater and Traditional Folk Music literature.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, The Evergreen State College
Fifth Year Studies in Music and Drama, University of Washington
Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Boston Conservatory

Experience: 25 years teaching Voice in Private Studio
12 years as Music Specialist in Public Schools
Choral Conductor for school, community and church choirs
Performance in Musical Theater, Opera, Concert and Recital

Languages: German, French, Italian & Spanish

Adele Berg-Layton
(206) 842-0262