Classically Trained Studio

Amanda Santos, owner

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My Background

A Florida native, I first made my operatic debut as Frugola in Il Tabarro with the Lyric Orchestra, following with performances in the operas Tosca, Suor Angelica, and Der fliegende Holländer, among others. Considered a soprano assoluta, I've performed both Suzuki and the title role in Madame Butterfly, as well as both Princess Eboli and Leonora in Il Trovatore. I have sung with the New York Philharmonic and Dresden Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Encompass New Opera, and Princeton Festival. I've also served as artistic director for two grassroots opera companies- Opera Forza and Operallora, and am currently devoting my time to my students at Classically Trained Studio in Lawrence, NJ.

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Career Details

Studied at:

  • Westminster Choir College of Rider University (B.A. in Music, M.A in Vocal Pedagogy, 2006 & 2017)
  • American Public University (M.A. in Political Science, 2022)

Worked for:

  • Mercer County Community College (Music Appreciation)
  • ArtSmart (Mentor)
  • Georgian Court University (Private Voice and Music Appreciation)

My Teaching Philosophy

Registration based technique

I work with students to strengthen each register of the voice independently, allowing for greater flexibility throughout the whole voice

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utilize flexible teaching terms

Not everyone learns the same way, and not all concepts are interpreted consistently. I use a flexible teaching language to make sure my process is understood clearly.

Creating independent singers

I want my students to be able to address and correct vocal challenges on their own, without relying on my ears to hear issues. My teaching style encourages students to be self-aware and responsible for the sounds they create.

Encourage singing in public

I actively work to find audition and performance opportunities for my students. If a student is interested in pursuing singing more seriously, I also offer career and college coaching.

Microphone voice speaker in business seminar, speech presentation, town hall meeting, lecture hall or conference room in corporate or community event for host or townhall public hearing


check out my student lizzy legregin, who is currently touring with the nationalproduction of aladdin!

in quelle trine morbide

from the opera, "Manon Lescaut” by Puccini


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Per lesson rates:

30 minutes- $40

60 minutes- $80

Reach Out


240 Fieldboro Dr.

Lawrence, NJ 08648


(609) 306 2970


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