Waconia Choirs | Voice Lessons
Waconia Choirs is a group of curriculum and extra-curricular choirs that include Waconia High School's Power Company of Show Choirs, Power Company, The Current, Illuminations, Shockwave and The Pulse. It also includes The Waconia High School Chamber Choir, and the spectacular Show Choir event, Star Power.
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Voice Lessons

Are you interested in studying voice privately?

Whether you are an advanced voice student or a young singer just discovering your voice, private voice instruction is the best way to improve your singing. Would you like to gain confidence and poise? How about strengthening your voice and increasing your musicianship? Would you like to prepare for solo and ensemble contest or for All State Choir auditions. Maybe you are looking for some additional help in preparing for show choir or chamber choir or you want to sing a solo in choir or church. If the answer is yes to any of these questions, private voice lessons are for you.


All voice teachers have degrees in Vocal Performance or Vocal Music Education and most have many years experience working with adolescent voices. All of them love to give lessons. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing group of professionals.

To schedule your lessons, simply contact the voice teacher that you are interested in working with to set up your lesson.   Your voice teacher should get back to you shortly to find a lesson time that will work for both of you.

Meet Our Amazing Voice Staff

Chris Starr – Retired Choral Director – Howard Lake

Studio Space is Full – Not accepting new students


To Contact Chris: castarr814@yahoo.com

Chris Starr is a graduate of Bemidji State University with a major in Vocal Music Education and Piano performance. She taught Elementary music for 7 years and then transitioned to teaching 6-12 choirs for 34 years, all in the Howard Lake – Waverly – Winsted School District. The HLWW concert choir received Superior Ratings all 34 years under her direction. Her choirs have performed at MENC, MMEA, and ACDA conventions. In 1997 she was honored to receive the MMEA Music Educator of the year award. That same year HLWW Music Department was chosen as the Outstanding Small School music Program by MMEA. Chris is active as a contest judge, guest conductor for choral festivals and also as an accompanist for the All-State Women’s Choir. She plays for church services in Norwood and Glencoe and also Directs the Children’s Choir at her church in Norwood.

Anna Christofaro – Freelance Vocal Instructor/ Performer

Studio Space is Full – Not accepting new students

To Contact Anna: anna.christofaro@gmail.com

Anna Christofaro has been recognized for her vocal agility and natural stage presence.  She recently appeared as the soprano soloist in Benjamin Britten’s Return of the Lamb, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Bach’s Cantata BWV 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen.”

Anna sings with the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble, Conspirare, based in Austin, TX, as well as Vox Humana in Dallas.  She also has performed with the Univ. of North Texas A Cappella Choir and Collegium Singers as well as toured with the St. Olaf Choir.

Her operatic appearances include the role of Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Perdona, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Gianetta in The Gondoliers and Nella in Gianni Schicchi.  Other productions include Le nozze di Figaro, Suor Angelica, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Hansel and Gretel, and Trial By Jury.

In 2011 and 2007, Anna won first place in the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition.  In addition, she won first place in the Minnesota State NATS Competition in 2007 and won second place in 2006.

Anna holds a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas.  She has studied with Carol Wilson, Janis Hardy and Geneva Eschweiler and worked with conductors, Jerry McCoy, Craig Hella Johnson, David Childs, Richard Sparks and Anton Armstrong.

Matthew Tintes – Freelance Vocal Instructor / Performer



To Contact Mathew:matttintes@gmail.com



Matthew Tintes is excited to be teaching voice in the greater Twin Cities area.From 2009-2016, Tintes was part of the nationally and internationally acclaimed men’s vocal ensemble, Cantus. While with Cantus, Tintes performed hundreds of concerts, both domestically and abroad, appearing at world renowned venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Lied Center, The National Gallery of Art, and The Royal Opera House of Oman, and was broadcast to millions of listeners and viewers on programs such as A Prairie Home Companion, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Prior to his time with Cantus, Tintes earned his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University in Vocal Music Education, and taught 7-12th grade choir. He then earned hisMasters in Music in the area of Vocal Performance, with an emphasis in Opera, from theUniversity of WisconsinMadison. While in Madison, Tintes sang with the early music ensemble Madison Ba ch Musicians, toured Wisconsin and Minnesota with Opera F or The Young, and taught voice at Beloit College.

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Harrison Hintzsche – Freelance Vocal Instructor / Performer



To Contact Harrison: harrison.hintz@gmail.com


Harrison Hintzsche is a baritone based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He is gaining recognition as an avid recitalist and concert singer and has been praised for his light lyric tone, musical subtlety, and dedication to text. He is also a sought-after ensemble singer and regularly performs with Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, as well as MPLS (imPulse), The Northstar Consort, and the Minnesota Chorale.


Hintzsche has appeared as a soloist with the Augsburg Masterworks Chorale, The Northstar Consort, and The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers. This past season, he gave a duet recital with soprano Anna Christofaro and pianist Matthew Harikian entitled “Mostly Minnesotan,” a program that featured the songs of Minnesotan composers. He made his Schubert Club debut in April of 2017 in a duet lecture recital entitled Sing, Poet! Songs of Celius Dougherty with mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski and pianist Mark Bilyeu. Hintzsche also appeared as a soloist in performances of the Fauré Requiem, Bach’s BWV 21”Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis” and Magnificat, and Antonio Caldara’s Stabat Mater.


This season, he will be singing his first Ein Deutsches Requiem with The Northstar Consort, as well as Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus. He will be making his Wigmore Hall debut in January 2018 in a collaborative recital on the songs of Franz Schubert with pianist Graham Johnson.


Hintzsche attended St. Olaf College, graduating cum laude with a B.M. in Vocal Performance in 2016. At St. Olaf, he toured with the St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Dr. Anton Armstrong, and studied voice with Dr. Robert C. Smith. He also sang the roles of Sid (Albert Herring) and Maximilian (Candide) with the St. Olaf Lyric Theater and was a co-founder of the a cappella quartet Krossmen. Other educational credits include Source Song Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota; SongFest in Los Angeles; and The Sankt Goar International Music Festival and Academy in Sankt Goar, Germany. Hintzsche has had the immense pleasure of working with several notable musicians such as Graham Johnson, Sanford Sylvan, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, and Patricia Caicedo.

Kari Werdahl – Elementary Music Specialist, Bayview Elem

To Contact Miss Werdahl: Kwerdahl@isd110.org


Kari Werdahl has been helping our young musicians in Waconia to learn to love singing for “a number of years”. She is a leader in both the American Choral Directors Association as well as the Music Educators National Conference. Kari enjoys working with young and emerging singers helping them to truly find their voice. She specializes in building confidence and strength as a singer and musician. Kari is looking for eager singers willing to grow and work at improving.