Sam Gibson is the lyrical voice behind Sam Whitehouse music, a Saratoga Springs voice studio with a long waiting list and an edgy agenda.
The Boston native is a formally trained contemporary singer and pianist with extensive performance experience and an impressive resume. She’s collaborated with bands such as The Verdict, Built for Comfort and The Mighty Bad Habits.
Specializing in jazz, rock and pop, Gibson’s private lessons and performance classes prepare aspiring singers for the stage. Singers of all ages and levels enroll in the studio to increase their range, learn how to control their breathing, find their own unique sound and, most importantly, build confidence.
“We coach singers in contemporary singing, which makes us a little different from your average voice studio because a lot of voice coaches are classically trained,” Gibson said. ”We teach everything that is not classical or musical theater.”
Gibson opened the studio at the beginning of 2009 and quickly found a great demand for her services, so much that she needed to hire more instructors. With two more vocal coaches on board, White House Music now offers four-week performance classes to help students learn to control their stage-fright and polish their stage presence, a harmony class and private enhanced lessons.
Over the past few years in business, Whitehouse Music studio has grown into a safe, comfortable environment for students to explore and develop their talents as singers; where students are exposed to new musical opportunities and experiences; where they can build their confidence and push their limits.
“There are many people who are far more capable than they think – in music and life,” Gibson said. ”My job is to help students discover their true capacity.”
Lessons and coaching programs differ from student to student – their musical inspiration, performance level and goals; however, most Whitehouse Music students share a common interest: they are looking to explore the “singer” side of themselves.
According to Gibson, each and every Whitehouse Music student has an interesting and unique story about finding themselves as a singer, and about getting to the point of feeling comfortable enough to perform.
Conquering one’s fears is an important part of becoming a singer, which is why Gibson’s coaching classes place an emphasis on the actual live performance. Fourteen of the studio’s 30 students took the stage on Wednesday, October 27th at Caffe Lena for their Student Showcase. ”Singing is a little different from playing an instrument, because you have nothing to hide behind. Standing on stage is like being exposed, it makes people feel really vulnerable.”