TwinCities Vocal Arts, a private studio, began in the fall of 1986 in the West Bank Theatre District of Minneapolis. The curriculum included private lessons, coaching, all group classes, recitals, small and original musical revue student performances, engagement of other instructors and the development of Vocal Arts Players began.
As time progressed the opportunity to move into Hennepin Center for the Arts began in the early nineties where the same activities continued until 2004. With changes in the downtown area, Hennepin Center and the economy, our space changed and TC Vocal Arts is now located in Bloomington MN.
All group classes, recitals, and other activities or performances are held in other suitable venues with invited instructors with the appropriate expertise. The current space is upstairs in large comfortable space, and includes a small no-cost parking lot. It is 5 minutes off 35W, has two Metro Bus lines within two blocks and also off-street parking.
For over thirty five years, Angela May has been an integral part of the music and theatrical communities of the Twin Cities, not only as a singer-performer and instructor, but as a musician, arranger, accompanist, vocal coach, staging/choreography, and Musical Director.
Her early music training, at the age of five, began at the MacPhail School of Music in dance and piano, always singing with her father, and later attending and studying voice and piano in the Music and Theatre programs at the University of Minnesota.
Angela sang in the Opera Theatre, and was also the Technical Assistant/Costumer for the scene shop and opera performances. She performed on the original UofM Showboat and served as music director, playing keyboard for the season's musical melodrama.
While at the University she played accordion and piano for director one-acts, theatre classes, musicals, and participated in several theatre projects and programs, as a musician or singer.
She spent seven summers as a performer, Music Director, vocal coach and 'show' pianist at the Stagecoach Opera House for more than a dozen shows of Melodrama and musical Olios, scoring and playing piano under the dialogue, and teaching/arranging the cast's music for the director and choreographer.
She has worked in a musical capacity at the Phipps Center for the Arts, Theatre in a Nutshell, Diamond Jim's, Normandale College, Theatre in the Round and Apple Valley High School, among others.
She has taught voice at the Minneapolis Technical College, Bloomington School of Music, her private studio, as well as coaching within her musical theatre career, all of which eventually led her to development of TwinCities Vocal Arts.
Angela's personal vocal performing was always involved in many recitals and projects through the years, as well as performing with her father, who was a professional musician.
Angela has students, past and present, who sing in dance bands, folk music ensembles, opera companies, compose their own music to sing with their guitar, amateur and professional thespians who have performed here in the Twin Cities and other areas, and people who are simply on an adventure of discovering their singing voice to see where it might lead them.
Her teaching experience is eclectic and open to anyone who would like to sing, or sing better. Her teaching style is healthy, patient and inviting.
Angela May is a past member of the West Bank Business Association, Minnesota Music Academy, the local Musician's Union, MN Citizens for the Arts and a member of NATS. She has held positions on the boards of Thursday Musical, Vocal Arts Players, and CORO!...an ensemble of vocal soloists
Angela May, a mezzo-soprano, has sung with with Coro as a solo and ensemble member, has been a section leader in MacPhail's adult chorus Sonomento, past productions in the MN Concert Opera chorus, sung and performed with Vocal Arts Players, while serving as Instructor and Artistic Director for TC Vocal Arts.