Significant teachers and mentors:
Although Ms. Izard is a singer; she began studying violin at the age of 4. Her violin teacher Linda Fiore is credited with Ms. Izard’s work ethic in the practice room and her ability to learn and memorize music quickly. Voice teachers that have greatly influenced Ms. Izard’s singing and pedagogical style include: Alexandra Walker Lobianco, Judith Haddon and Manny Perez. Other collaborative artists that have influenced Ms. Izard’s style and musicianship include: Dr. Shannon McGinnis, Ann Balt, and Caren Levine.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Ms. Izard believes in creating a safe and positive work environment that allows students to push themselves out of their comfort zones and play! As singers, there must be a strong work and practice ethic, but there must also be freedom to make mistakes and explore what our bodies are capable of. Furthermore, she believes that a healthy singing technique rooted in the proper use of air is applicable to all singing styles. She herself has performed in everything from classical performances to gospel music, pop music and heavy metal.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Ms. Izard firmly believes in giving back and therefore is a frequent volunteer with Sharing Notes. Sharing Notes brings music into hospitals throughout the city, providing the transformative power of intimate, interactive music for those who can benefit from it most. Furthermore, Ms. Izard is the co-founder of Artful Song; a Chicago based Art Song company. The mission of Artful Song is to recreate the salon experience of the 19th century for modern audiences while providing context for audience members through the historical significance of this underperformed repertoire. Ms. Izard can be heard singing around Chicago where she performs with the operatic improve company Forte Chicago and was also a chorus member with the Grant Park Chorus for their 2017 season.
Interests outside of music:
Ms. Izard believes that as a musician, you must live a fulfilling life outside of music to help inform your art! She is an avid practice of Muay Thai and loves cooking and exploring Chicago’s many restaurants.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
This is a hard one! I love singing music with folk roots. One of my favorite sets is Benjamin Britten's 8 Folk Songs for Harp and Voice.