You can learn to sing the songs you want to sing in a healthy and open way, without pain or strain, when you understand that your voice is an instrument to learn. Even if you have natural talent, you need to constantly explore and develop your knowledge and skills to stay at your best.
Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts (SAVA) is here to provide a home for singers of all levels, beginner to professional. We offer the training, development, and support for successful careers in music, while maintaining a safe, supportive, non-competitive environment, in a setting that fosters a lasting sense of community and professionalism.
Bettina Sheppard began teaching privately in New York City in 1992, in addition to teaching numerous classes at Ballet Arts and Broadway Dance Center. Through her interactions with her students, she became aware that many singers felt isolated and unable to find opportunities to perform, so she began small workshops to provide support for the differing genres and career needs of her students. She discovered that there was greater strength in forming communal support and resource networking than any one singer was able to create alone.
Bettina ultimately founded the Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts (SAVA) in 2012, dedicating the school to her mother, Inez Sheppard Haynes. SAVA opened up in its new home on West 57th St., New York, in 2013.