Lessons with Jess

Jess is one the midwest's premier voice trainers, specializing in working with singers in popular and commercial genres like rock, pop, R&B, indie, and more. Each singer's unique sound is honored and celebrated. The focus is on improving muscle function so the singer experiences more ease, better stamina, more consistency, and the freedom to sing with full emotional connection to their authentic self.


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What People Have to Say

"Jess' knowledge of the anatomical workings of the vocal cords is incredible and she explains why we do the things we do as singers. I find going to my voice lessons as rewarding an experience as the actual gig performance itself. I am now able to incorporate the new correct way of singing into my shows. My vocal stamina is much better and I'm not wearing myself out like I had been. I only wished I would have met her 20 years ago. I would suggest to any singer a vocal visit with Jess. It's really changed my professional life and I will continue to go for lessons and learn to tweak my new vocal successes. Thanks so much, Jess." - Tony Alfano (Phil Dirt and The Dozers)

"Jess' knowledge of the anatomical workings of the vocal cords is incredible and she explains why we do the things we do as singers. I find going to my voice lessons as rewarding an experience as the actual gig performance itself. I am now able to incorporate the new correct way of singing into my shows. My vocal stamina is much better and I'm not wearing myself out like I had been. I only wished I would have met her 20 years ago. I would suggest to any singer a vocal visit with Jess. It's really changed my professional life and I will continue to go for lessons and learn to tweak my new vocal successes. Thanks so much, Jess." - Tony Alfano (Phil Dirt and The Dozers)

"I'm a singer who has gigs almost every weekend and some during the week. I was feeling like I was wearing my voice down. It felt physically tired. I went to Jessica to see if there was any way to preserve my voice and keep up my gigging schedule. She was able to identify the problem, and showed me stretching exercises and a warm up regimen to help prevent it. I implore any working singer to work with Jessica.  She is now an integral part of my continuing career." - Nicki Baker (Red Hot Rhythm Review, Nicki & Chaz, Hang Time)

"I'm a singer who has gigs almost every weekend and some during the week. I was feeling like I was wearing my voice down. It felt physically tired. I went to Jessica to see if there was any way to preserve my voice and keep up my gigging schedule. She was able to identify the problem, and showed me stretching exercises and a warm up regimen to help prevent it. I implore any working singer to work with Jessica.  She is now an integral part of my continuing career." - Nicki Baker (Red Hot Rhythm Review, Nicki & Chaz, Hang Time)

"Just the warm up exercises I learned from Jess, using straws, cup, and a toothpick, made a huge difference on the very first day. My accuracy and especially my range increased. Worth every minute!" - Chaz Mechenbier (Red Hot Rhythm Review, Nicki & Chaz, Hang Time)

"Just the warm up exercises I learned from Jess, using straws, cup, and a toothpick, made a huge difference on the very first day. My accuracy and especially my range increased. Worth every minute!" - Chaz Mechenbier (Red Hot Rhythm Review, Nicki & Chaz, Hang Time)

"Jessica is an excellent, encouraging voice teacher, one who individualizes each lesson to the needs of each student. I come away educated, lifted and hopeful after each meeting. Both she and her studio are welcoming; furthermore, one sees the potential for growth--and more fun--within a long-practiced but never studied field. I highly recommend her!" - Mimi Hart (Allman Brothers Band, The Local Girls)

"Jessica is an excellent, encouraging voice teacher, one who individualizes each lesson to the needs of each student. I come away educated, lifted and hopeful after each meeting. Both she and her studio are welcoming; furthermore, one sees the potential for growth--and more fun--within a long-practiced but never studied field. I highly recommend her!" - Mimi Hart (Allman Brothers Band, The Local Girls)

"I've been taking voice lessons from Jessica for about a year. As a singer-songwriter I am very cautious when it comes to my voice. The uniqueness of it what keeps me sustainable. Since working with Jessica I have been able to enhance the naturally unique qualities of my voice and improve the areas I am less confident in. Jessica is amazing because she will work with at your current level and tailors every lesson to what you want to work on. All sounds are accessible and Jessica knows how to teach them in a healthy and safe way. Since my lessons I have more vocal stamina while playing long gigs. My lessons with Jessica also helped me to vocally prepare to record my first EP this past winter." - Stephanie Allaire (singer-songwriter)

"I've been taking voice lessons from Jessica for about a year. As a singer-songwriter I am very cautious when it comes to my voice. The uniqueness of it what keeps me sustainable. Since working with Jessica I have been able to enhance the naturally unique qualities of my voice and improve the areas I am less confident in. Jessica is amazing because she will work with at your current level and tailors every lesson to what you want to work on. All sounds are accessible and Jessica knows how to teach them in a healthy and safe way. Since my lessons I have more vocal stamina while playing long gigs. My lessons with Jessica also helped me to vocally prepare to record my first EP this past winter." - Stephanie Allaire (singer-songwriter)

"Jess has a great sense of what her students need from her and she relays information in a way that makes sense but also makes me think critically about my artistry physically, technically, and emotionally. My work with Jessica has been life changing and I am by FAR a much better singer (and person) than when I first walked into a lesson with her." - Morgan Massaro (actor)

"Jess has a great sense of what her students need from her and she relays information in a way that makes sense but also makes me think critically about my artistry physically, technically, and emotionally. My work with Jessica has been life changing and I am by FAR a much better singer (and person) than when I first walked into a lesson with her." - Morgan Massaro (actor)

 

Jessica's Training and Experience

  • two music degrees
    • BA in Applied Voice from Alderson-Broaddus College (summa cum laude)
    • MM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Meredith College (summa cum laude)
  • award-winning multi-genre professional singer
    • 2017 quarterfinalist in American Traditions Competition
    • 2017 "Best Cover Song" Ohio Music Award for "El Scorcho"
    • 2015 quarterfinalist in American Traditions Competition
    • 2015 "Best Cover Song" Ohio Music Award for "One Little Song"
    • 2013 appearance on NPR's Mountain Stage with The Fields of Gettysburg
    • leader, Jess Baldwin Quintet
    • member/guest performer with Maybelogic, The Fields of Gettysburg, The Hipp-sters, River City Symphony Orchestra, Scott Kitchen Big Band, Michael Tobar Trio
  • specialization in working with CCM (pop, rock, country, soul, indie, gospel, musical theatre, etc.) singers
  • specialization in working with injured voices
  • dedication to teaching and teacher education
    • 10 years full-time teaching voice and piano to all ages and skill levels in private studio
    • 10 years part-time teaching voice and voice pedagogy at the college level
    • teaching assistant at the CCM Voice Pedagogy Institute starting 2017
    • presents workshops at state, regional, and national music educator and voice teacher conferences
    • runs Commercial Voice Resources for teachers who work with popular and commercial music singers
  • commitment to continuing professional development
    • attends classes annually to keep teaching fresh and effective
    • member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Voice Foundation, Association for Popular Music Education, and National Association for Music Education
    • certified advanced voice teacher and elementary piano teacher in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program