Celeste Tavera has had the great pleasure of performing and teaching Classical, Broadway, Pop, and Jazz Music for many years. Celeste’s own vocal career has spanned the realm of musical expression from the National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions NYC, to nationally touring with the New York City Opera and San Francisco Opera companies, to recording movie music, such as “The Land Before Time II”. She also soloed with the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, and Michigan Opera Theater. She sang with famous tenor José Carreras while studying in Bologna, Italy as part of the Coltura Italinia Language Studies Program. Her recordings of original music include: the Academy Awards, “Their Thought and Back Again”, “Ivory Joe”, and others. She also recorded three music compilations for the Yamaha PianoSoft Library.
While she has collected many accolades for her vocal performance, Celeste’s real passion is teaching. She’s taught students of all ages and abilities. At Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, she taught Voice and Musical Theater for many years. She enjoyed teaching Music Camps with students ages 7-12, directing and producing shows such as “Annie” and “The Sound of Music” among others. As a voice teacher, she finds great reward in offering students a lasting vocal technique that can help them through many vocal experiences.