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Instructor: Yvonne Iversen

A professional singer since the days of TEEN BEAT MAGAZINE, Yvonne has taught both private and group voice performance classes since 1996. Chances are, you have seen her students in the finals of “The Voice” or “American Idol.” Many have graced the Broadway stage, toured throughout the world in shows like Cirque du Soleil, or landed a title role on a Netflix sit-com!

Whether in-studio or online, Yvonne’s approach is one that is unique to each individual. “A student brings their innate talents – with or without super-star aspirations. Together, we add technique and experience to their commitment. A student’s vocal dedication to freely and correctly express themselves offers exponential growth, both vocally and psychologically.”

Yvonne’s vocal repertoire encompasses everything from jazz, blues, rock-n-roll, classical arias, country western to musical theatre. In addition to public speaking engagements, she is also recognized for her fundraising efforts – MC/writing/directing/producing many musical events. Yvonne has studied ballet, jazz, latin and modern dance. With a flair for character voices, she has provided vocal acrobatics for many tv and radio commercial voice-overs.

As Penelope, in ULYSSES THE GREEK SUITE, she performed opposite Ted Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar fame) on the 20th Century Fox Recording, touring and promoting the release throughout the nation and network television. Recipient of many awards and recognitions, Yvonne has performed the female lead in countless musical theater productions, some of which include:

  • MY FAIR LADY, Eliza Dolittle
  • INTO THE WOODS, The Witch
  • SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Dot
  • FALSETTOS, Trina
  • A CHORUS LINE, Diana
  • SONG OF SINGAPORE, Rose
  • SIDE SHOW, Daisy
  • HAIR, Sheila
  • GREASE, Sandy
  • JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT, Narrator
  • OLIVER, Nancy
  • DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, Muriel
  • THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, The Drowsy Chaperone

Yvonne has performed with symphonies and big bands throughout Hawaii and the west coast…. opening for many celebrity artists and supporting a myriad of fundraising efforts. From 2011 to 2016, she has volunteered to produce, direct and/or perform for the Hawaii Chapter of the American Heart Association’s HEART BALL – the most elegant and profitable fundraising event in all of Hawaii. In addition to her masterful vocal performances, she is often asked to MC events or produce elaborate musical experiences. Most recently, Yvonne was the featured entertainer for the annual VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA fundraiser, in Portland, Oregon. She has raised two wonderful children and is now a full-fledged, genuine grandmother – TWICE!

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A message to our community about Covid-19

We Are Temporarily Closed

In light of the developments regarding COVID-19, I’d like to first say that our thoughts are with those affected by the virus in the U.S. and around the globe. At The Academy, the well-being and safety of our students, clients, and communities are our top priority. For this reason, we are suspending all classes until it is deemed safe to return by our local government.