I have worked with students from the most beginning singer to Broadway veterans.  I have had or currently have students in most of the
performing arts middle school, high schools and universities in New York City.
 If you are a dancer or actor who is not confident with their
singing abilities, I can bring you the confidence in your voice you need.  If you are an accomplished singer, I can help you increase your
range and repertoire as well as expand the styles you are familiar with.  I teach belters how to use their head voice and sopranos how to
belt.  I will push you to your limits increasing your abilities in classical, belt and other styles.  We will use strong basic techniques and then
customize your voice lessons to your wants and needs as a singer.
My students get roles!
Truly you have always been and will always be the reason I grew to love theatre and I'm endlessly grateful to you.
                                                                                                                                         --Daniel Yearwood,
                                                                                                             Broadway Companies of Once on This Island
                                                                                                                                 and Philip Hamilton in Hamilton

I know I say this all the time, but I really could never thank you enough for everything you've given me. I know that if I
were never given the opportunity to learn from you, I wouldn't be the performer (or really, the person) that I am today.
You truly have taught me so much and I will always be grateful for it. I used to have limits, and you pushed me far beyond
them and now I can do things that I never thought I could do.
                                                                                                                                         --Aury Krebs, Pace Graduate
                                                                                                                                                            Musical Theatre

My friend Sahmahrah took my advice and went to you for voice, and she is currently raving via messenger about how
wonderful you are, and how much fun she had, and how much she's learned, and how excited she is to keep learning!
You're so wonderful, and I hope that I can take a lesson with you in January when I get back! If it wasn't for you, I
wouldn't be able to belt, and I wouldn't have had the job where I met her in the first place. You're really terrific, and I
just wanted to say so, in case I haven't said it enough. I will continue sending my friends to you whenever I can, and I
am so glad to know you, because I know that my friends are in good hands. Because I know I'm in good hands. I'm so
thankful to have met you, and I look forward to my next lesson with you. Thanks for taking care of my friend!
                                                                                                                                                --Catherine Greenfield
                                                                                                                                         Professional Singer/Actress

When I first saw you ... I was intimidated. Here you are this woman who has a successful career and been on Broadway,
and here I am this guy from little ol' Arizona. However after that day I never felt intimidated again. You always pushed me
but to only become better. You are one of the best teachers I have ever had the pleasure of having.
                                                                                                                                                          --Philip Amerine
                                                                                                                                               Arizona State University

Colleen Hawks is a brilliant teacher and person. I will admit in the beginning, I was scared because she began addressing
how to belt the very first day, and the only belting advice I had was to not do it. However, I quickly realized how much of
an expert on musical theater singing she is. I don't easily give my trust away to vocal teachers because a voice is fragile and
can be damaged permanently if not used correctly. However, I completely and totally trust her with my voice. She also
answered all my questions about real world musical theater; she has so much musical theater experience that all the
questions no one else knew the answers to, she answered in half a second. Not only is she ridiculously knowledgeable,
but she is the most genuinely positive person I have ever met. She always makes me happy. I wish I could go to her
evening musical theater workshops all year round.  

Sometimes, people who do musical theater are criticized for not being able to act as well as people who do purely straight
plays. Colleen constantly reminded us that musical theater is an advantage, not a handicap. Singing and dancing are two
extra things I can do that some other actors can't. We concentrated on learning to sing, act, and dance at the same time.
Before, I always used to concentrate on my voice and how I sounded when I was singing. She taught me to act while I
sing; to concentrate on acting and let my singing come naturally.
                                                                                                                                   -- Caitlin Kaczmarek,
                                                                                                                         at Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory
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