Tess Ottinger, soprano, began her formal music training at the age of 5 with private piano lessons. She started her classical vocal training at age 14 with Metropolitan Opera soprano, Danielle Talamantes. Her passion for operatic performance flourished during her undergraduate studies. Since then, Tess has been an active member of the Virginia Commonwealth University Opera Department, a chorister and occasional soloist with the Richmond Symphony Chorus, a recent member of the Oratorio Society of Richmond, and a teaching artist at SPARC- School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. Ms. Ottinger’s passion for performing, teaching, and mentoring within the world of classical voice and piano continuously grows due to the phenomenal voice educators, therapists, musicians, and personal students that surround her. She is dedicated to passing on her enthusiasm both to the musicians in her studio and to the community around her. Tess Ottinger is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (BM Music Education: Vocal/Choral 2016, BM Music Performance: Voice 2017), studying under vocal pedagogue, Cynthia Donnell and vocal coach, Melanie Day. Ms. Ottinger recently graduated with her masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, under the instruction of Stanley Cornett.