Dubravka Zubovic Voice Studio

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Basic Information

Address: Wagon Wheel Circle, Laguna Hills, CA
Phone Number: 949-707-4777
Person of Contact: Dubravka Zubovic

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Additional Information

Voice Type: all
Musical Styles: all
Program Highlights:

Summer program in Rome/Italy for singers
Please visit; www.ocava.org

Recitals: Studio Recitals throughout the year
Education/Awards: MA in Voice
Academic Teaching Experience: Voice Professor at Saddleback College
Private Teaching Experience: www.dubravkazubovicvoicestudio.com
Publications/Media: www.dubravkazubovicvoicestudio.com
Performance Credentials: Visit www.dubravkazubovicvoicestudio.com
Competitions:

www.ocava.org

Testimonials:

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STUDENTS' TESTIMONIALS:

As both colleague and student, I am deeply impressed with Dubravka’s approach to teaching voice. Her performance experience is vast, her knowledge of the voice as an instrument is unparalleled, and her teaching techniques are effective. In class, I have seen and heard instantaneous improvement in students’ voices with a few words of her advice and direction. On a personal level, with Dubravka’s help I have experienced greater improvement in my vocal performance in a mere four months than I have experienced with any other teacher; and I began formal voice study at age 15! More impressive than her experience, or her knowledge, or her approach to teaching, is Dubravka’s spirit. She is an absolute joy to have in class, and her kindness and patience with students of all levels, from first year students to professional opera singers, is inexhaustible. I cannot recommend her highly enough, both as a person and as a teacher.
A. S. Harris, Saddleback College Adjunct Faculty and Applied Music Student
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Dubravka Zubovic-Radosevic is an excellent wealth of knowledge and inspirational teacher. She has encouraged me as a singer to think more musically not only in vocal tone, but also in emotional connections furthered by increased technique. Dubravka always has the singer's best interest in mind, teaching at the most basic level that a singer should never feel pain when singing, but through proper technique, singing can become simplistically beautiful. Her knowledge of the many languages used for classical music is pivotal for beginning through advanced singers, teaching proper diction and interpretation of lyrics as they pertain to the work as a whole. Her career has taken her all over the world and her understanding of what opera companies are looking for is information that singers often need but over look.
Dubravka will transform a singer's talent by sharing with them breathing exercises, vocalized examples, and creative insights. She is an excellent teacher to work with, very clear in her directions, and extremely diligent to furthering the singers career and dreams.
I would highly recommend Dubravka to all of my classmates and fellow singers.
Amanda Strader,
VoiceStudent at Saddleback College; B.A.from The University of California, Berkeley
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Dearest Professor Zubovic,
Thank you for the best voice class I've ever had. I'm loving every minute! Many thanks for the passion, professionalism, and helps you bring to each class. I have been very blessed to take part in such a wonderful and dynamic course.
I have seen improvement in my vocal performance and in many of the others willing to do the work. I look forward to returning in Fall to take your class again and as many times as I can.
Sincerely,
Paulette Brown, Saddleback College Student
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It has been a real honor to have you in class. It has been a challenge and struggle at times. However, your commitment and devotion to us has brought growth and improvement. You are tremendously dedicated and supportive of me. I thank you for being one of the most classy, elegant, beautiful, and kind teachers I had the pleasure of studying with. I look forward to working with you again some time in a near future.
Sincerely,
Craig Tyrl, Saddleback College Student
----------------------------------------------------…I also want to thank you for all your help this semester. …..After performing so many times in front of the class, and your coaching about being in character really helped me let go. Three days after our final performance I competed in a local competition and for the first time received First Place in musical theater and classical. I know this was largely due to what I learned with you. I hope to take your class this next semester but some general education classes might make that impossible. If I am unable let me say that you have already taught me so much that I will be able to take with me. Thank you again and I will see you soon.
Lauren Graham, Saddleback College Student
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I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your class this last semester. You are a true professional and I so appreciated all your help and intense effort in making ALL the students better singers. You choosing to be a teacher is a true labor of love especially with your background and you have helped many.
Thank you.
Julie Donoho, Saddleback College Student
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First let me say Thank you, it is an honor and a privilege to be able to study under the guidance of such an accomplished performer, excellent artist, and wonderful person.
Thank you again Duba, I think I have grown quite a bit in this class.
Sincerely,
Jeff Wolff, Saddleback College Student
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This is the best class I have taken for singing (solo or chorus). I have improved techniques, pronunciation of lyrics for songs from three languages, music styles from baroque to modern. We were encouraged to research on the song authors and song's text, given enough time and assistance to memorize, and even able to apply dynamics and self expressions to them. That's a lot of accomplishment for me.
Another plus in this class is you coached and corrected each student's technique on the spot. I saw very good results in many.
Thank you very much, Duba!
Julia Hisaw, Student
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I had an extraordinary semester, studying voice with you. You are the best voice teacher I have ever had. Thank you very much for your vocal instruction. You have really helped me to develop my vocal technique. Specifically, you have helped me to clearly pronounce German, French, and Italian. So, now I have better diction. And, I have made daily use of the warm-ups and breathing exercises you have taught us. Especially, I appreciate sending us video recordings of our performances.
To me, I do not believe you are too strict in your teaching. I like the way you emphasize specific technique and you make sure we understand your point. Thank you very much.
Mei Schermer, Student

You take great care to find songs that are a little challenging but a good fit for each person.
The work on expressiveness and actual performance is great
You pay great attention to language and other details…

Jon Korbonski, Student
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Duba,
As I reflect back on this wonderful semester, I wanted to send you a quick email to tell you what a wonderful time I had watching your advanced Voice Class Recital. I was impressed with the professional training these students are receiving form you. Please pass along my congratulations to your students from me for a job well done.
Thank you for bringing excellence to the arts at Saddleback College.
Bart

Bart McHenry
Dean
Division of Fine Arts and Media Technology
Saddleback College
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Thanks again for the wonderful lesson today. You give so much of yourself to others and I really appreciate your gift of singing. I have learned so much from you and will continue to practice what you have taught me. I hope one of these days that my singing will inspire others as you have inspired me.
Lyne Friedland
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Hi Duba:
I just want to tell you how much I have enjoyed your class.

You are one of the best voice instructors. You engage singers with enthusiasm and you are very helpful and extremely knowledgeable. My performance abilities have greatly improved, since studying with you. You clearly demonstrate and model correct singing technique and artistic interpretation. You possess excellent foreign language skills. For example, when repertoire is assigned, we have always received sheet music, an accompaniment, and recorded pronunciation by email. We have been exposed to a wide variety of vocal literature and the focus is to always obtain the best performance possible.
I will always remember, “think” when ever I sing, and I will always remember “support” when ever I sing…

At this time, I would like to say, you have inspired me to continue studying voice again with you in the fall semester and maybe further my education in voice.

I hope you have a wonderful summer.
Thank you very, very much!
Mei Young

I wanted to convey how very happy Layla is working with you. I see a fire in her that has been gone for quite sometime. She loves the structure, and loves your personality, as well as your genuine caring nature. I want to personally thank you for that. I know Layla will be one of your hardest working students.
Jeannine W.

My voice teacher is the best...where I see a musical mountain, she turns it into a mere vocal speed bump...Thanks Duba!
Amanda Harris, Student

Additional Information:
Dubravka Zubovic, the critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano has performed on numerous operatic and concert stages in Europe, Australia, and the U.S.A. As the principal mezzo-soprano of the Belgrade Opera for a number of years, Ms. Zubovic frequently performed the roles of Adalgisa, Charlotte, Carmen, Rosina, Amneris, and Azucena, among others.
Born in Zagreb, Croatia, she received her BA and MA degrees from the Zagreb and Belgrade Music Academies, respectively.
Upon the suggestion of Zinka Milanov, her long time adviser, she continued her advanced training at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. A prizewinner of a number of competitions in Geneva, Ostende, Vienna, and Rio de Janeiro, she also received the prestigious "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" award in 1985 at the "F. Vinas" competition in Barcelona.
Ms. Zubovic made her Carnegie Hall debut in the 1987 Wagner Gala and subsequently in a production of Andrea Chenier. Thereafter, she appeared as Amneris in Opera Pacific's 1988 production of Aida. Since 1990, she appeared as Dalila and Carmen in numerous performances in Melbourne and Adelaide, Australia. She has frequently appeared in all of Yugoslavia's opera houses and major symphony orchestras as well as many Yugoslavian music festivals and television programs. A versatile artist, she has also performed oratorios, lieds, and folk songs. Ms. Zubovic has recorded three albums featuring Spanish selections by Granados, de Falla, and Lorca, works by Handel, Purcell, Gluck, and Scarlatti, as well as selections by Yugoslavian composers.
Since 1991 she has been living in Orange County, California. In January of 2010 she joined the Saddleback College Music Department as an adjunct professor of Applied Voice and language coach.
D. Zubovic owns her private voice studio in Laguna Hills and is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), and MTAC (Music Teachers' Association of California), USA
Web site:
www.dubravkazubovicvoicestudio.com
In 2012 D. Zubovic founded a nonprofit organization OC Ars Vocalis Academy/OCAVA, which will present a summer program for singers in Rome/Italy, in 2013. For more information please visit:
www.ocava.org

STUDENTS' TESTIMONIALS:

As both colleague and student, I am deeply impressed with Dubravka’s approach to teaching voice. Her performance experience is vast, her knowledge of the voice as an instrument is unparalleled, and her teaching techniques are effective. In class, I have seen and heard instantaneous improvement in students’ voices with a few words of her advice and direction. On a personal level, with Dubravka’s help I have experienced greater improvement in my vocal performance in a mere four months than I have experienced with any other teacher; and I began formal voice study at age 15! More impressive than her experience, or her knowledge, or her approach to teaching, is Dubravka’s spirit. She is an absolute joy to have in class, and her kindness and patience with students of all levels, from first year students to professional opera singers, is inexhaustible. I cannot recommend her highly enough, both as a person and as a teacher.
A. S. Harris, Saddleback College Adjunct Faculty and Applied Music Student
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Dubravka Zubovic-Radosevic is an excellent wealth of knowledge and inspirational teacher. She has encouraged me as a singer to think more musically not only in vocal tone, but also in emotional connections furthered by increased technique. Dubravka always has the singer's best interest in mind, teaching at the most basic level that a singer should never feel pain when singing, but through proper technique, singing can become simplistically beautiful. Her knowledge of the many languages used for classical music is pivotal for beginning through advanced singers, teaching proper diction and interpretation of lyrics as they pertain to the work as a whole. Her career has taken her all over the world and her understanding of what opera companies are looking for is information that singers often need but over look.
Dubravka will transform a singer's talent by sharing with them breathing exercises, vocalized examples, and creative insights. She is an excellent teacher to work with, very clear in her directions, and extremely diligent to furthering the singers career and dreams.
I would highly recommend Dubravka to all of my classmates and fellow singers.
Amanda Strader,
VoiceStudent at Saddleback College; B.A.from The University of California, Berkeley
---------------------------------------------------
Dearest Professor Zubovic,
Thank you for the best voice class I've ever had. I'm loving every minute! Many thanks for the passion, professionalism, and helps you bring to each class. I have been very blessed to take part in such a wonderful and dynamic course.
I have seen improvement in my vocal performance and in many of the others willing to do the work. I look forward to returning in Fall to take your class again and as many times as I can.
Sincerely,
Paulette Brown, Saddleback College Student
----------------------------------------------------
It has been a real honor to have you in class. It has been a challenge and struggle at times. However, your commitment and devotion to us has brought growth and improvement. You are tremendously dedicated and supportive of me. I thank you for being one of the most classy, elegant, beautiful, and kind teachers I had the pleasure of studying with. I look forward to working with you again some time in a near future.
Sincerely,
Craig Tyrl, Saddleback College Student
----------------------------------------------------…I also want to thank you for all your help this semester. …..After performing so many times in front of the class, and your coaching about being in character really helped me let go. Three days after our final performance I competed in a local competition and for the first time received First Place in musical theater and classical. I know this was largely due to what I learned with you. I hope to take your class this next semester but some general education classes might make that impossible. If I am unable let me say that you have already taught me so much that I will be able to take with me. Thank you again and I will see you soon.

Lauren Graham, Saddleback College Student
----------------------------------------------------
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your class this last semester. You are a true professional and I so appreciated all your help and intense effort in making ALL the students better singers. You choosing to be a teacher is a true labor of love especially with your background and you have helped many.
Thank you.
Julie Donoho, Saddleback College Student
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First let me say Thank you, it is an honor and a privilege to be able to study under the guidance of such an accomplished performer, excellent artist, and wonderful person.
Thank you again Duba, I think I have grown quite a bit in this class.
Sincerely,
Jeff Wolff, Saddleback College Student
----------------------------------------------------
This is the best class I have taken for singing (solo or chorus). I have improved techniques, pronunciation of lyrics for songs from three languages, music styles from baroque to modern. We were encouraged to research on the song authors and song's text, given enough time and assistance to memorize, and even able to apply dynamics and self expressions to them. That's a lot of accomplishment for me.
Another plus in this class is you coached and corrected each student's technique on the spot. I saw very good results in many.
Thank you very much, Duba!

Julia Hisaw, Student
----------------------------------------------------
I had an extraordinary semester, studying voice with you. You are the best voice teacher I have ever had. Thank you very much for your vocal instruction. You have really helped me to develop my vocal technique. Specifically, you have helped me to clearly pronounce German, French, and Italian. So, now I have better diction. And, I have made daily use of the warm-ups and breathing exercises you have taught us. Especially, I appreciate sending us video recordings of our performances.
To me, I do not believe you are too strict in your teaching. I like the way you emphasize specific technique and you make sure we understand your point. Thank you very much.

Mei Schermer, Student
----------------------------------------------------
You take great care to find songs that are a little challenging but a good fit for each person.
The work on expressiveness and actual performance is great
You pay great attention to language and other details…

Jon Korbonski, Student
----------------------------------------------------
Duba,
As I reflect back on this wonderful semester, I wanted to send you a quick email to tell you what a wonderful time I had watching your advanced Voice Class Recital. I was impressed with the professional training these students are receiving form you. Please pass along my congratulations to your students from me for a job well done.
Thank you for bringing excellence to the arts at Saddleback College.
Bart

Bart McHenry
Dean
Division of Fine Arts and Media Technology
Saddleback College
----------------------------------------------------
Thanks again for the wonderful lesson today. You give so much of yourself to others and I really appreciate your gift of singing. I have learned so much from you and will continue to practice what you have taught me. I hope one of these days that my singing will inspire others as you have inspired me.
Lyne Friedland
----------------------------------------------------
Hi Duba:
I just want to tell you how much I have enjoyed your class.

You are one of the best voice instructors. You engage singers with enthusiasm and you are very helpful and extremely knowledgeable. My performance abilities have greatly improved, since studying with you. You clearly demonstrate and model correct singing technique and artistic interpretation. You possess excellent foreign language skills. For example, when repertoire is assigned, we have always received sheet music, an accompaniment, and recorded pronunciation by email. We have been exposed to a wide variety of vocal literature and the focus is to always obtain the best performance possible.
I will always remember, “think” when ever I sing, and I will always remember “support” when ever I sing…

At this time, I would like to say, you have inspired me to continue studying voice again with you in the fall semester and maybe further my education in voice.

I hope you have a wonderful summer.
Thank you very, very much!
Mei Young
---------------------------------------------------
I wanted to convey how very happy Layla is working with you. I see a fire in her that has been gone for quite sometime. She loves the structure, and loves your personality, as well as your genuine caring nature. I want to personally thank you for that. I know Layla will be one of your hardest working students.
Jeannine W.
----------------------------------------------------
My voice teacher is the best...where I see a musical mountain, she turns it into a mere vocal speed bump...Thanks Duba!
Amanda Harris, Student