Emily Morris, Junior, Scripps College: Renee is an incredible vocal coach. First, she has a warmth that brings even the most insecure singer out of their shell (that was me when I started). She builds you up and helps you imbue confidence in your singing which makes all of the difference.
But here's the important stuff. As you will see on her resume, Renee has been trained in some of the country's top conservatories. She just knows everything about the mechanics of your body related to your voice, and the muscle processes associated with every little bit of the singing.
She's a trained opera singer, which might sound intimidating at first if that isn't what you are looking for, but the singing behind opera is the most important foundation for all styles of singing; classical, musical theater, pop, folk etc. And that gives you the technique and ability and tone to truly be at the top of your game (and be able to out-sing alot of other people, haha). Renee has so much knowledge about all the different styles of singing but she grounds it in technique and disciplined work. The growth I have experienced with her is amazing. My voice would literally be nothing without her today and none of the other many vocal coaches I've worked with at various points, even in college, have ever compared to her. You owe it to your voice to take a lessons with her.
She's helped me achieve so much success and the latest achievement that I couldn't have done with out her was getting cast in a lead role in the all-school spring 2011 musical although it was my first time ever auditioning for the Theater department at Pomona College.
In short, please take lessons with Renee! I recommend her to everyone I know that is interested in singing and many of my friends have taken from her with fabulous results! One of my male friends had no idea he could sing and now he gets every single lead in his theater department at Tufts University! She now has quite a following at CDMHS in the music department and my mom can give you references from many CDM and Port Street families if you're still not convinced.
Jena Marie Mauldin, Sophomore, Oberlin Conservatory: I studied with Mrs. Heath from 2005-2009 (starting back when I knew her as Ms. Hoffman!) Working with her I grew so much, both as a technician and as an artist.
I am currently a sophomore at Oberlin Conservatory and College, pursuing a double degree (BM in Voice Performance and (tentatively) a BA in Linguistic Anthropology). I had to go on vocal rest the entire spring semester of my freshman year due to health issues. The following summer (2010) Mrs. Heath helped me work back into my voice as I was still working through my health issues. I don't know what I would have done without her there to help me through that time.
Her flexibility and ability to keep an open mind allows her to explore technical and artistic avenues with her students that might be overlooked by another teacher. She is not only a wonderful teacher, but also a wonderful person, and I am grateful she has been part of my life. I would recommend her as a teacher to all voice types and all levels.
Andréa Yamamoto, CSUF Vocal Major, Class 2016: Renee is a brilliant technician AND knows how to express beautifully (an unusual combination). She is a very patient and persistent teacher. She does it all from starting beginners to coaching advanced singers to rehabilitating damaged voices. Renee has coached me away from some bad technique I picked up from reckless and inconsistent teachers - literally bringing me back from the brink. I drive a half an hour to have lessons and I can honestly say I'd gladly drive three times that because she's really worth it! I would recommend Renee to everyone of every voice type!
Melanie Funsten, mother: Renee is simply the best. Our daughter Jenna has been Renee's student for five years now and under Renee's tutelage, she has grown tremendously as a singer and performer. Renee is not only a fabulous teacher of proper vocal technique, she also reminds her students to analyze lyrics and connect with them. Best of all, Renee's love for what she does is contagious and inspires Jenna to become a better singer. We couldn't ask for more!
Angie Quigley, Junior, OCHSA Opera Conservatory: I have been studying with Renee Hoffman Heath for four years now, and I can honestly say that she is the best teacher I have worked with. She is the most kind, beautiful and loving woman you will ever meet. Mrs. Heath is always there for you no matter what, supporting you 199% and that is what keeps me going on. She is always there, and I love her for that. I consider Renee Hoffman Heath part of my family. She is so kind and continues to help me through the hard times. To be honest, meeting her and having her as my teacher and my personal mentor has changed my life.
Laura Alexandra "Alex" Barajas, Notre Dame de Namur Class of 2015: Renee Hoffman Heath is a beautiful, talented, encouraging, and caring woman in every way imaginable. I am so honored to learn from such an amazing person. I feel so lucky to have her in my life because she always has then BEST intentions for everyone and in everything that she does. Not just with music, but in daily life strategies. She is a life savor, a super amazingly inspiring Maestra I've ever come across. She has so much love and motivation in her heart that's like lice spreading all around. Gracias Maestra for impacting my life in the most positive way possible. There's no way I would be la mujer que soy without you in my life.
Jeff DiLucca: MM NYU, BM Westminster Choir College, Professional Singer & Composer: Every lesson with Renee is full of good energy. She always worked with me to center myself in my body, and be aware of the rhythms of my breath. Renee was crucial in getting my education and career started. I have since toured with Andrea Bocelli and performed with world famous ensembles such as New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra. Renee is a WONDERFUL teacher!!!
Kimberly Wells, mother: My daughter began taking voice lessons when she was a shy and extremely quiet 8 year old. We thought Renee might be able to help our daughter "find her voice", and...Boy--did she ever! We soon came to find that Caleigh Rae not only had a "voice", but she could sing. After a couple of years of lessons, Caleigh was the soloist for her elementary school choir concert, she later won a regional talent contest and was named "Daily Pilot Idol" in 2009. She was accepted to both the Opera and Music and Theater Conservatories at the Orange County High School of the Arts. Caleigh currently sings with the Madrigals Choir at Corona del Mar High School.
Working with Renee has changed the course of our daughter's life. Caleigh Rae is a music lover and her ability to sing has opened countless doors for her. We credit Renee with finding that sweet inner voice in our daughter and helping her blossom into the magnificent young woman she is today.
Maggie Thompson, San Francisco Conservatory Class of 2015: Renee Hoffman Heath is the most supportive and fun person I have ever worked with. I have never felt so easy-going and comfortable when working with her, and that's definitely a good thing for singing! I have so many good memories with her and I can't wait to make more!
Joyce Lim Amposta, CSUF Class of 2015: I first met Renee in my freshman year of high school and immediately I knew her class of vocal techniques would benefit me. She is very knowledgeable in the art of music and voice, and teaches in a manner that is both comfortable and professional. As her former student, it was great being in her class knowing we can ask her questions and recieve positive and constructive feedback. She's wonderful and she is definitely one of the most approachable and caring people out there.
Sara Jane Sloves, Professional Actress, New School Graduate: Renée is extremely observant and nurturing; she will always figure out a way for you to overcome your obstacles. She spent a lot of time working on breathing and relaxation techniques with me, and I now have a lot more confidence in the power of my voice.