Professional, Practical, Personal
Rachel Arneson, 11-year-old student, says, "I'm very comfortable with Mrs. Cathy. She lets us goof around and she goofs around with us. We laugh a lot in class. She's very encouraging. She's a talented singer and piano player. I've been taking her class for several years and hope to continue to keep learning from her."
Tabitha Arneson, 12-year-old student, says, "Mrs. Cathy is very nice. She'll let you pick your own songs to sing. She'll laugh at your jokes even when they're horrible and she makes us all laugh. She's a wonderful teacher."
Linda Rand, adult student, says, "I have had the opportunityto study voice with many people over my professional career. Most of the time I left saying, "Is that all there is?" or I would lose my voice. Yes...that is possible with the wrong coach and technique. There is nothing more scary for a student than to lose their voice and it happened to me.
I have admired Cathy's talent as vocalist/performer/recording artist for many years. I had no idea her teaching talents were beyond spectacular.
I was in the process of making a CD and hadn't sung for many years. She hand-designed my lessons and my rehearsal CDs, to my voice and my individual needs. NO ONE ever did that for me in my whole career. As a result...my tone, quality, endurance, pitch, and phrasing improved so much we had to re-record many songs in the original demo. That's good news in case you're confused.
I'm no spring chicken who is just starting out. She took care of me, my emotions and my voice with the tender loving care of a newborn babe coupled with professionalism and flexibility and...above all else...CARE.
A word to the wise, when you are looking for a vocal coach, don't go to an automaton that treats everyone the same way with the same exercises. It doesn't work. You'll get by. But if you want to soar, choose Cathy Riso. Her experience in performing, and her master skills in vocal technique and physiology will take you to the moon and back!
Besides, she's a really nice person!"
Carolyn Goedike - Mom of Dylan Goedike, teenage Musical Theater/Acting Student - "My son has been taking voice lessons from Cathy Riso for several years. We feel so very fortunate to have Cathy in our lives! She is an amazingly dedicated and talented individual. She treats her students with such respect and gives them her undivided attention. She goes above and beyond just teaching them during their lessons. She's done so many 'extra' things for my son, outside of his lesson time. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Cathy, and she has the most beautiful singing voice! We love Cathy Riso and highly recommend her for voice and/or piano lessons. She is not only a teacher; she is a mentor,"