I have always been in love with the song as an art form. The beauty of the human spirit and our ability to create, grow and express ourselves through music is endlessly fascinating.
Singing since I was a young girl, I studied guitar and piano, and wrote my first song at the age of 8. I was an extremely reserved and painfully self-conscious young person, and was desperate to rise above that. This has led to a life-long journey of seeking out ways to grow and deepen my understanding of human nature. The journey included vocal study, performance training, and theater improvisation. All of these focus on developing presence, authenticity, creativity and confidence. I am passionate about passing on this experience when coaching singers to reach their full joyous and artistic potential.
I earned a B.A. in music from the University of California with an emphasis on teaching, mentored by Dr. Albert J. McNeil, educator and conductor of the Jubilee Singers, a spirituals choir that toured internationally as envoys of the State Department. While at U.C, I conducted chamber choirs and orchestras, and served as vocal director for musical theater productions. After graduating, I continued with operatic vocal training, wrote and performed one-woman cabaret shows and was one-half of a Victor Borge-esqe musical comedy team that performed in Marin, Sonoma and New York. I've served as vocal director for local theater productions and was a founding member and songwriter for "TheaterNow, (Laundry Later)", Marin, which produced several original theater productions. Favorite roles include Sister Mary Amnesia in "Nunsense" and the cross-dressed Durdles in "Mystery of Edwin Drood".
The Kayla Gold Vocal Studio opened in 1994 and has enjoyed working with young people from all over the county. During the pandemic, the studio developed its zoom capabilities and now includes students from outside the area.
Gillian Eichenberger is an accomplished singer and actress, and I am excited to have her use the studio for her students. She studied at the Kayla Gold Vocal Studio during her teenage years and went on to major in theater at San Francisco State University. She plays leading roles in productions around the Bay Area including Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Roxie Hart in Chicago, Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, and Sheila in Hair. Gillian directs theater productions at Redwood HIgh School and Novato Theater Company. She has a warm, supportive presence that can help any singer to build their confidence, regardless of the genre. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.