Voice Lessons – Youth Theatre Northwest

Voice Lessons

Just like any instrument, the voice must be regularly trained. For advanced and personal voice training, below are a few fabulous artists we recommend to our students.

Laura Shepherd

Laura Shepherd is a proud voice teacher with a lively studio comprised of young people and adults studying musical theater, pop, jazz and classical music. She enjoys helping students at all levels discover and share their voices, focusing on healthy technique across registers and using acting choices to influence singing choices. Laura is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Puget Sound and Tahoma Chapters, and the South King County Music Teachers Association. She holds degrees in Theatre and Music Education from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, and a Master’s degree in Educational Theatre from New York University.

Laura’s students have earned recognition through the NATS Student Auditions, Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, Schmidt Vocal Competition, and Performing Arts Festival Eastside, among others. They have performed locally at the 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-it Repertory Theatre, SecondStory Repertory, Renton Civic Theater, and many others. Laura’s love of learning has led her to attend numerous workshops and conferences, including the Bel Canto Can Belto Voice Pedagogy Intensive through Penn State University. Before deciding to teach singing full time, she taught, directed, and managed youth theater programs at Studio East. Laura joyfully sings soprano with the Seattle Symphony Chorale and is a former member of BlueStreet Jazz Voices and StoryBook Theater. Laura teaches voice lessons online and in Renton, WA.


Nikki Delmarter

Nikki is a teaching artist, music director, and actor in the Seattle area. She graduated from Central Washington University with her BFA in Musical Theatre. She has been playing piano since the age of three and has been teaching private voice lessons and piano lessons for the past 3 year. As a Musical Director, Nikki has worked on Seussical Jr., Willy Wonka, Jungle Book, Broadway Meets Hollywood, What a Knight, Peter Pan in Neverland, along with various camps and classes. Previous acting credit include: Eponine in Les Miserables, Thing 2 in Cat in the Hat, Amy in Little Women, and Rhonda in Fancy Nancy. Nikki teaches classes and camps at Youth Theatre Northwest as well as Studio East. She loves teaching and empowering the next generation. For more information and contact info: http://www.nikkidelmarter.com/

Jenny Shotwell

Jenny performs regularly with the leading theater's in the northwest - most notably the 5th Avenue Theatre where she is featured frequently as a guest artist for special events and outreach programs. She also has performed supporting roles for them, most recently as Kate Mullins in the acclaimed Titanic: In Concert, featuring a cast of Seattle and Broadway veterans. She also performs as a cabaret and operatic soloist with companies such as The Inverse Opera and Opera on Tap. Jenny is also featured on the original cast album of A Christmas Story: The Musical! which made it's world premiere at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater in 2010. This spring, Jenny will be featured in her operatic debut at the 5th Avenue Theater as Ragazza in the new musical, A Room with a View. She has also had the honor to sing the National Anthem for The Seahawks, Mariners and Seattle Storm. While not performing, Jenny runs a very successful private voice and piano studio out of her now home base of Federal Way with her husband, Dalton.

Jenny offers online vocal lessons. More information and how to contact Jenny please visit her website at: http://www.jennyshotwell.com/

Jeannette d'Armand

Jeannette d’Armand is a voice teacher with a thriving studio and a founding member of the sassy vocal trio The Riveting Rosies. Credits include: Cirque du Soleil's Mystère, Fifth Avenue Theatre’s productions of Oliver! (Rose Seller)Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, Sound of Music and Beautiful Poison (workshop), Showtunes Theatre’s productions of Nine at Benaroya Hall (Our Lady of the Spa) and George M at the Paramount, as well as guest appearances with The Seattle Men’s Chorus and many of her own solo cabarets or jazz quartet performances throughout the region. Her educational voiceover work with McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin can be heard nationwide and her album Stage Road can be found on cdbaby.com and iTunes. Her focus as a teacher is to help her students find their own authentic voices by giving them a strong foundation in healthy vocal technique. This allows them to sing with an open, full, free, supported and controlled tone and, ultimately, puts them in the creative driver’s seat! BFA/NYU/Tisch.


Candice Donehoo

Candice Donehoo is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and specializes in teaching musical theater ranging in style from traditional to pop. She enjoys teaching sound singing fundamentals, healthy vocal technique, musicianship, and interpretation but has a special fondness for teaching healthy belting and mixes. Finding the appropriate repertoire for her students to shine is also a delight! Many of Ms. Donehoo’s students have gone onto highly selective colleges of their choice in performing arts such as Boston Conservatory, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), and Roosevelt College in Chicago. She has been a member of Actors Equity Association since 1995 and has performed in the 1st National Tours of the Tony Award nominated The King and I as well as Jekyll and Hyde. Some of her many regional theater credits include Ellen in Miss Saigon at the 5th Avenue Theater and more recently in the world premier of A Christmas Story the Musical where she can be heard on the original cast recording as the soprano in the Radio Quartet

For questions and to schedule lessons please email Candice at candicesong@icloud.com

Megan Renae Parker

Megan Renae Parker is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Eastside Vocal Federated Music Club (EVFMC) and Northwest Chapter of the Voice Foundation (NWCVF). A "cross-over" artist, Megan performs in opera and musical theatre in such roles as: Violetta- La Traviata with Vashon Opera, Musetta- La Boheme and Lucia- Lucia di Lammermoor with Pacific Northwest Opera, Alice in the Broadway bound revival of the Secret Garden at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Guenevere- Camelot, Marian Paroo- The Music Man and Fiona-Brigadoon with Lyric Light Opera of the Northwest, Magnolia-Showboat with the Village Theatre as well as Sarah Brown- Guys & Dolls with Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. A 2014 Gregory Award, Gypsy Rose Lee & BroadwayWorld.com Best Supporting Actress Nominee, Megan operates a teaching studio in Bellevue, Washington.  

For more information and how to contact Megan, please visit her website at  vocalpath@gmail.com