Tom Huelsmann, Trombone, French Horn, Trumpet, Tuba, Oboe teacher, private music lessons


Teaching Since

‘Conservatoire de Musique’ in Tarbes, 1990
‘Escuela Superior de Canto’ in Madrid, Spain, 1998
‘Musikhochschule’ in Vienna, Austria, 1998

Faculty Bio
Cécile Crozat-Zawisza began her vocal training in the south of France at the ‘Conservatoire de Musique’ in Tarbes with Guy Chauvet in 1990 and respectively, in Toulouse with Madame Cahn in1995. Cécile completed her vocal studies at the ‘Escuela Superior de Canto’ in Madrid, Spain with Jose Rodriquez Valverde in 1998 and later at the ‘Musikhochschule’ in Vienna, Austria with Ralf Döring in 2000.

In 2003, Cécile was engaged professionally as a chorus member with ‘Théâtre du Capitole’ in Toulouse, France where she worked for five seasons year-round, guesting at the Paris Châtelet Opera and at the renowned summer opera arena in Orange, France. Cécile has appeared with the Radio-television Symphony of Madrid and ‘Theater an der Wien’ in Austria. She has sung professionally as a church soloist in the Twin-Cities since 2010 recently as lead-cantor at ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ in Minneapolis until 2016.

Since 2011, she has been employed by the Minnesota Opera as a chorus member and as their French diction coach for Romeo et Juliette in 2016 and with their young artist program. Cécile currently is working as a French diction coach and substitute voice instructor at the University of Minnesota School of Music.

  • Professional Recording of French children songs in St Paul, MN.
  • Thursday Musical All Fauré song recital with Jenya Trubnikava.

In 2015, Cécile sang Fauré’s song cycle “La bonne Chanson” at the University of Minnesota and she performed the alto solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Minnesota Chorale and Youth Orchestra lead by Maestro Mark Russell Smith.

  • 2017 Recording of Doug Weatherhead Requiem Alto solo

Teaching Philosophy
My array of experiences helps me to understand the need of a new student and to give them necessary tools to develop a beautiful and unique instrument that one calls ‘the voice’. My goal is to make a student aware he or she doesn’t sing with just the throat but with the whole body. To be able to produce quality sounds and to acquire power, we need to understand how to work with our instrument.

I use tools and give practical exercises for the students to develop their breath and teach them to engage their core. I like to create a stress-free environment where one can let go of any unnecessary tension in order to open up, release the voice and discover their full vocal potential. I work also with the natural speaking voice finding better efficiency and enabling free vocal production. One should be able to speak and sing for hours without fatigue. Once we understand how to use our instrument we can sing any style with composure, develop confidence and become musically and dramatically expressive. I believe anyone can learn at any age as it is just a question of will.