OUR TEAM

 

AMY LITTLE
OWNER/VOICE TEACHER/COACH/VOCAL PRODUCER

American soprano and entertainment entrepreneur, Amy Little, integrates extensive performance and production experience under the auspices of United Music Studios. The North Atlanta-based entity is a full-service performing arts facility with four fully-equipped studios for voice, keyboard, and instrumental study.

For over eighteen years, Amy has offered individualized vocal instruction to students in the southeast United States. Her comprehensive knowledge in the genres of classical, jazz, pop, R&B, musical theatre, cabaret, art song, gospel, choral, and opera informs her instruction and coaching in style, musicality, and character. Her proven track record is demonstrated both in her many successes and in the myriad success stories of her students.

On the opera stage, Amy sings leading and supporting roles in traditional operas and contemporary works. She is regularly engaged by symphony orchestras as a soloist for choral masterworks and highly specialized roles. From Inez in Verdi's Il Trovatore or Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme to Brahms' Requiem or Handel's Messiah to Rob Kapilow's setting of Green Eggs and Ham, her solid vocal technique traverses a diverse musical terrain.

In the recording studio, Amy's outstanding reputation for vocal production is rapidly receiving notice. Her partnerships with Hewlett Studios and Atlanta Independent label BSE exemplify her skills in coaching and producing for vocal solo and background tracks. Her ears are impeccable and honed for style and accuracy. Her artistry spans to rock and pop as demonstrated in her recordings and performances for Psychedelic Ensemble and The Legend of Zelda symphony concerts. Recent ventures for Amy include demo and background vocals for hip hop and rap.

Amy's voice students are consistently among the winners of NATS at the state and regional levels and can be heard on popular soundtracks and stages throughout the Southeast. She has successfully prepped vocalists for All-State Chorus auditions, stage and screen tests, and highly competitive college entrance auditions. Her students are often nominees in the categories of best actor/actress and best supporting actor/actress for the coveted Shuler Georgia Musical Theater Awards. Many of her students are pursuing music and theater studies with scholarships at major universities throughout the United States, including Florida State University, New York University, Belmont University, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Oklahoma City University, The New School NYC, Northwestern University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Alabama, Samford University, and Mercer University.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Shorter College. In addition, she continues her own studies with master teacher Sharon Stephenson in Atlanta, and Amy is also a current member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

 

jonathan pilkington
vocal coach

Tenor, Dr. Jonathan Pilkington, is a highly engaged performer and teacher. With degrees
from Shorter College (B.M.), Westminster Choir College (M.M.), and the University of
Georgia (D.MA.), Jonathan teaches voice at Piedmont College, the Lovett Conservatory
of Music, and United Music Studios. He is the National Association of Teachers of
Singing District Governor for Georgia. Jonathan has completed training at the LoVetri
Institute for Somatic Voicework™ at Baldwin Wallace University. While he went to
further his knowledge in teaching musical theatre and pop singers, the training was
transformational to all of his teaching, as well as his singing. Somatic
Voicework™ focuses on vocal function, registration, and the experience of each unique
student.

As a performer, recent solo engagements include Verdi’s Requiem,
Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn's Creation, Handel's Israel in Egypt, Mozart's Requiem,
Handel's Messiah, and Orff's Carmina Burana. He sang the tenor solo in the New York
premiere of Mendelson's Humboldt Cantata and was the tenor soloist for Elliott Carter’s The Defense of Corinth with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall. He was a
guest soloist at the 2014 Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing
Symposium in Robbiate, Italy. Additional performances include concerts with Lyric
Intermezzo in Augusta, GA, a recital appearance at Reinhardt University, and solo
recitals at Piedmont College and Winthrop University. In early 2017, he completed a tour
of concerts with Karen Sigers, piano, featuring the songs of Samuel Barber, including a
performance at Spivey Hall in Atlanta. Pilkington regularly collaborates with guitarist,
Nicolas Deuson. They will be releasing an album this Fall, followed by tour of the West
Coast . Pilkington has performed many major choral works with the New York
Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and others,
and has been guest lecturer in vocal pedagogy for University of Wisconsin - Stevens
Point, the Sautee Chorale, and St. Bartholomew's Church in Atlanta. He also serves as a
staff singer at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. In his free time, he enjoys travel and
sharing meals with friends and family.

 

Sandra barker
piano teacher

An Atlanta native, Sandra Barker has been teaching piano professionally since 1982. She has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Bob Jones University and a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education. Sandra believes passionately in music education and is thrilled to teach her students both through the lens of technical merit and the love and appreciation of music. She values music education to its fullest. She has pioneered many of her own methods of training including a proprietary (and painless!) method for learning scales. Sandra lives with her husband Randy and they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.