Marisa De Silva is a singer, voice teacher, and Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique in Orange County, California. As a singer she has been invited to numerous music festivals around the world where she has distinguished herself particularly in the Spanish, Japanese, Baroque, Ibero-American, and American New Music repertoire. Most recently, she was invited by the Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concerts at Microsoft Theater and Carnegie Hall to serve as soprano soloist. She is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and works on recording projects and session work as well as recitals.
Ms. De Silva has been an active member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and has taught voice privately and through higher education institutions for more than ten years. Her students have been accepted into many prestigious music schools including NYU, University of Michigan, UCLA, Indiana University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cal State Fullerton and Orange County High School of the Arts. She is currently on faculty at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she teaches voice and Alexander Technique and pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Southern California.
Ms. De Silva is also an AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique) Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique. She completed her 1600-hour training over four years at Alexander Technique Urbana where she studied with master teachers, Rose Bronec and Rick Carbaugh. During her training she taught the Alexander Technique through the Department of Dance of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the summer of 2009, she served as faculty member at the Barcelona Festival of Song where she taught Alexander Technique to singers and pianists. She is a frequent guest lecturer at various schools including Vanguard University, Azusa Pacific University, Cal State Fullerton, University of the Redlands, Orange County High School of the Arts, and Maple Conservatory of Dance.
Ms. De Silva is in high demand as a teacher of both Voice and the Alexander Technique. Through her specialized training in the Alexander Technique, she is keen at noticing what may be interfering with a natural functioning of the voice and is able to help students find and develop their own unique and special voices to their fullest potential. Aside from her university teaching, she teaches voice and Alexander Technique privately in Long Beach.
Being raised in Japan, Ms. De Silva is fluent in Japanese and considers herself a true international. She enjoys sharing her love of music and working with students of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities.