Voice, Piano, Children’s Music Academy, Kindermusik,
Sydney holds a degree in Vocal Performance from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music near Chicago, Illinois. After living in the Chicago area for five years, she moved back to her hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska in order to begin working at Harris Academy of the Arts.
As a vocalist and instrumentalist, Sydney enjoys a wide variety of musical genres and styles, including music theater, opera, and art song. She has performed in musicals such as Little Women and Rogers and Hart: A Celebration!, and operas such as The Tender Land, Pirates of Penzance, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Orfeo ed Euridice. In addition to singing, she plays piano and cello, both in ensembles and as a soloist. Having a foundation in instrumental music has proven to be invaluable as a vocalist, and she believes that every vocalist should also play an instrument. Sydney values the one-on-one connections she is able to make with her students, and strives to instill a life-long love of music in every one of her students. Sydney enjoys working with students with special needs, especially those with dyslexia and on the autism spectrum.
In her spare time, Sydney enjoys crafting, watching hockey, and playing with her crazy cat Ringo.
Sydney is a gifted teacher, and I feel fortunate to have her. She shows great patience and kindness to me, and is always encouraging. She has a great breadth and depth of knowledge about piano, and is especially helpful in suggesting creative approaches to any piano challenges I may have. – Elaine G. (2016)
I feel fortunate to have Sydney as my piano teacher. Here’s why: she is encouraging; she has high but realistic expectations; she is very knowledgable about music theory; and she is patient beyond measure! – Elaine G. (2017)
Enjoy time with Sydney. She’s so helpful in identifying steps to help with difficult parts. She’s patient and keeps me moving forward. It helps that she focuses on a few measures. – Dottie S. (2016)
She is understanding of my learning style and needs. I appreciate the way we work together! – Dottie S. (2017)
My daughter loves Sydney!! She is great!!! – Angela K. (Parent)
Gabe has loved lessons with Sydney! She keeps challenging him and he loves a challenge! – Stefanie D. (Parent)
We absolutely love lessons with Miss Sydney. Cadence has learned so much in the short time she has been taking lessons, and we were immediately impressed with the way Miss Sydney connected with her and made learning the piano fun. Miss Sydney challenges Cadence, but still finds ways to keep her engaged and enjoying music. Cadence also loves to sing, so we are looking forward to also signing up for voice lessons with Miss Sydney soon! Thank you so much for all you do, and for sharing your gift of music! – Parents of Cadence
Estes absolutely loves Sydney! We are so grateful to have her for Estes’ teacher! – Amanda S. (Parent)
We are thankful for Sydney! – Vanessa S. (Aunt of student)
I love the book she helped me choose! Irene loves it too. I am learning piano for the pleasure of it and it helps to have fun songs to practice. – Edith
She is very nice and helpful, and makes my piano experience very amazing! – Gannon
She is a very good singer. And makes learning fun! She is the best music teacher ever. – Katy W.