June 30, 2016
Tracey Eaton's Recommendation - Evolutions A Voice Studio
I wanted to take a moment to give a sincere thank you to Dennis… I’ve had 2 surgeries on my vocal chords and they are very scarred… My business requires me to do many speaking engagements… from 10 people to 10,000 people… my voice was constantly going out on me… I could not continue doing what I was doing. I then met Dennis… in the last year he has taught me how to speak properly… How to build good habits that take pressure off my vocal chords… Not only am I back doing speaking engagements but I can actually talk to my wife and kids the next day!!! Dennis has really changed my life and i so appreciate his knowledge and wisdom!!!
April 2, 2015
Kitt Bradley's Recommendation - Evolutions A Voice Studio
I came to Dennis as an untrained middle-aged adult who long ago sang in 5th grade choir as an alto. Within a few lessons, he found a way to unlock a light opera soprano that had languished unknown for decades. The sound that comes out of me now sometimes makes me stop and peer around to see who else is singing—that lush voice couldn’t possibly be me! In addition, his friendly but professional demeanor and willingness to take you ‘as you are’ on any given day has made it easy for this intimidated non-singer to find her voice. My ability to breathe, relax, and let beauty flow out of me amazes me, and the process has been very enjoyable. I can recommend him for anyone from utter beginner to seasoned performer, as I’ve watched his advanced students improve and evolve. Also, the Woodinville studio is so airy, light, and lovely that it makes it a pleasure to come do my lesson. (I commute from Renton, and am glad to do so.) Take a chance and find your voice, with the best instructor and cheering section you could hope to find.
March 5, 2015
Jacob Bernado's Recommendation - Evolutions A Voice Studio
I studied with Dennis for two years and he helped me to unlock the full potential of my voice. Under his instruction, I found success in competitions such as the NATs Competition (1st place 2013,) Eastshore Region Solo & Ensemble (1st alternate to state 2013 & 2014,) and state Solo & Ensemble (received superior scores 2014). In addition, Dennis helped me gain entrance into multiple university music programs, from some of which I was offered scholarship money for music. In my continued singing, I constantly return to the skills that Dennis taught me, which have provided me with a strong foundation for college level singing. Dennis is a fantastic teacher - I would not be the singer I am today without him.
March 4, 2015
Gary D. Cannon's Recommendation - Evolutions A Voice Studio
"I am a professional classical singer and choral conductor. A few years ago, I felt in need of a check-up to review my knowledge and implementation of basic vocal technique. Dennis has provided this perfectly. My voice feels more relaxed, reliable, and capable thanks to Dennis's efforts. I also observed as he coached my mother (who is very much a beginner), and can attest that he works effectively with singers of all skill levels. Singers around the Seattle area often ask me for recommendations of voice teachers, and Dennis is always at the top of my list. -- Gary D. Cannon"
March 1, 2015
Phyllis Rust's Recommendation - Evolutions A Voice Studio
Dennis came recommended to me by someone who sings in the east-side musical community. Having been drawn to music for a long time, I was eager to join a singing group, but knew nothing about voice or how to read music. Through weekly lessons over about a years' time, Dennis helped ready me physically and mentally to become a singer, which has been a fabulous experience.
His teaching style is gentle, direct and cerebral. I highly recommend him.
February 27, 2015
Amber Zielinski’s Recommendation - Evolutions A Voice Studio
My 13 yr old daughter says that she recommends Dennis as a voice teacher because she felt much more confident and saw immediate improvements during the very first lesson. After months of focusing on her breathing technique, she landed her dream role in her school musical. Many have remarked what huge improvements she's made in very little time. Dennis gives his students the tools needed to be a strong singer in any context. I highly recommend him.
February 27, 2015
Moira Gunsul’s Recommendation - Evolutions A Voice Studio
My son, Corey Fujimoto, was coached by Dennis for over 10 years. Dennis developed a shy teenager (15) who wouldn't sing out into a strong first tenor soloist, with an extensive range, who sings with poise and joy. Dennis also, by example, helped that young fellow develop into a responsible adult. I will forever be grateful for Dennis's coaching. My son would still be working with Dennis, but Corey decided that he needed to concentrate on his university (responsible!) I cannot recommend Dennis highly enough.
February 26, 2015
Paul Gee’s Recommendations - Evolutions A Voice Studio
I had not sang in 30 years and cannot thank "coach Dennis" enough. The training, techniques and tricks to help me gain some confidence have been amazing. Cannot imagine a better mentor, coach or teacher!
Dennis is an experienced and effective instructor. His technique is excellent, and he is both fluent and flexible in his teaching. He has taught both my sons, one of whom is now a vocal performance major at USC's Thornton School of Music. Both boys have successfully competed at State Solo and Ensemble, and at the National Association of Teachers of Singing adjudication (NATS). Dennis organizes regular recitals for his students, providing an opportunity to learn performance as well as vocal technique. He also records the recitals and provides CDs of the performances. He routinely provides accompaniment tracks to his students, and can record audition CDs in his studio. He has three convenient studio locations, and is always gracious about accommodating his students' schedules. While I feel he is especially good at teaching young men the fundamentals of good vocal production, he has both male and female students of all ages, all of whom benefit from his skill and experience.
July 30, 2007
David's Recommendation - Evolutions A Voice Studio
To Whom It May Concern: This is a letter of recommendation for singing teacher Dennis Kruse.
I have sung professionally and as a hobby for over forty years. Before meeting Mr. Kruse I had two extended periods of training with other teachers. I am convinced the success I have had under Dennis’ tutelage is remarkable, particularly considering my age and previous experience. Vocal training is, by necessity, a mentoring process. As I have discovered, close attention to anatomical details and personal attitudes is inescapable. Mr. Kruse has the almost uncanny ability to identify problems and opportunities to maximize the benefits of his lessons.
Before I began with Dennis, I had recently finished several years of training with another teacher, and I had come away convinced that the limitations I perceived in my singing voice were permanent. Dennis was immediately able to identify several problem areas; after two months I was on my way to a different voice.
In my life I have learned many things by myself and with self-teaching aids. Learning to sing, however, requires a very good teacher. It is an art, and its application to an individual’s body, mind and voice require someone who has the training, talent and sensitivity to meet the student where the student is. Mr. Kruse is such a teacher.