Arden Sugarman

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Voice Lessons with Arden Sugarman

I’ve taught private voice for over forty years, including nine years on the Preparatory and Adult Extension Faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Following a Bachelor of Arts in Music from CSU Chico, I received an MA in Music/Vocal Performance from SFSU. I completed my studies at Dominican University, with a Graduate Certificate in Education, a teaching credential, and a CLAD certification for second language learners.

Teacher Bio

Early in my career, I conducted with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, having studied choral conducting in college, another facet of professional music making that I enjoy immensely. I also mentor young teachers new to the field.
I sang with West Coast opera companies, including Pocket Opera and Marin Opera, was an Apprentice Artist at the Santa Fe Opera, performed solo and ensemble vocal recitals in many venues, and won numerous vocal competition awards, including Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera Council Awards and Finalist Merola Opera Program. I’ve been a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) both nationally and locally since 1984.


Teacher Process

The Initial Lesson includes an assessment of your speaking voice, posture, and personal goals. You will learn a few speech and singing exercises. Students say that this first session offers a clear idea of what lessons at SVS offer. Breath management, music theory, and choosing repertoire that challenges and inspires you, are integral to our ongoing work. Commitment to weekly lessons and daily practice will help you meet your goals.


My goals for each student:

  • Healthy and expressive speech and singing that is consistent and reliable
  • An intimate knowledge of one’s voice and vocal production
  • Confidence with music theory; fluency in reading music


 Arden Sugarman Eliopoulos, M.A., teaches professional and avocational singers and speakers of all ages. Precise instruction helps you achieve realistic goals.

Private lessons are currently virtual.
As soon as it is deemed safe, in-person lessons will resume.