- Musical Theatre
Wed: 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Thu: 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Victoria Stephens is a classically trained mezzo-soprano with her Bachelor’s of Music from Middle Tennessee State University.
Though she loves classical music, her roots are in musical theatre. Victoria spent the last four years in Redding, California, while attending Bethel School of Ministry. During her time in California, she directed various productions at The Redding Theatre Company where she also taught voice, music theory, and led a children’s show choir.
While Victoria loves teaching students of all levels and interests, she has a special place in her heart for students who love Musical Theatre. She says, “A student who really loves Musical Theatre and is or is wanting to perform regularly will definitely find a great cheerleader/coach in me. I have a lot of experience both on stage and behind the scenes and can offer unique perspectives to get them ready for auditions, shows, etc. And if it’s show week, I’m your biggest cheerleader! Your work has paid off, and now it’s time to celebrate!”
Along with teaching, Victoria also has a Life Coaching business and recently published her first book.
Victoria’s Teaching Philosophy: “I teach the musician not the age level. I see potential in my students and want to pull that out of them. But at the end of the day, I care more about them as a person than their performance. I create a safe environment where tears are allowed and honesty is better than perfection. Really passionate gifted students are usually extremely hard on themselves. I want to help them harness that passion into a solid work ethic but teach them how to celebrate themselves regardless of their performance.”
Questions & Answers
Where do you look for creative inspiration?
“Michael Jackson, just forever and always.”
How did you come to be a mentor at ROOTS?
“I love the ROOTS philosophy and mission. After moving back to Nashville, I wanted to get back into teaching and was inspired by the positive atmosphere ROOTS has cultivated for their students. ”
What is your favorite down-time activity to reduce stress?
What type of music did you grow up listening to?
“I grew up on The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Sting. Personally, I’m also obsessed with John Mayer and have been for year. But I have a deep love for classical music that I developed in college.”
If you could meet one author, performer who would it be and what would you ask them?
“Maya Angelou. I would ask her where she found and learned to harness the strength to embrace all of her imperfections? She did so with so much humility and understanding of mankind.”
What is your favorite quote?
“Perfection is life chasing the horizon. At some point you have to say it’s good enough for jazz.” -Neil Gaiman