Meet the Director
Loretta Haskell , an accomplished singer and voice teacher is the Owner of More Music Please, offering private voice instruction for children, teenagers and adults since 1994. Her professional training began at Furman University and continued in Chicago at Northwestern University and in New York City with Trish McCaffrey, Benton Hess, Robert Cowart and John Norris. She holds a B.M. in Voice Performance from Furman University and a M.M. from Northwestern University in Voice Performance. An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she is currently serving as Treasurer of the South Carolina Chapter of NATS and is a frequent adjudicator at the NATS State and Mid-Atlantic Regional Vocal Auditions. In July 2007 she was certified through the Institute for Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy at Shenandoah University in Virginia in Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri Method. Additionally she has had specialized training in vocology, the diagnosis and rehabilitation of vocal injuries and disorders in singers. She has trained hundreds of aspiring musicians, ages 7 to seniors in her private studio, including numerous state and regional performance and scholarship winners
As a soprano soloist Ms. Haskell most recently performed on the 2009 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Series at Bishop Gadsden with Bob Gant and Friends. In July of 2007 she presented a program of contemporary American art song and musical theater works for the Emily Remington Concert Series. In 2006 she was a Lowcountry Arts Council Grant Recipient and was a Piccolo Spoleto Artist in 2002. She was selected as an International Artist for the 1998 Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel and appeared locally in recital performances of Bellini, Rossini, Wolf and Rachmaninoff.
Other local solo appearances include performances with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Chamber Music Society and the Charleston Southern University Second Sunday Series. Additionally, she has performed and recorded with the Grammy Award-winning Chicago Symphony Chorus under the batons of Sir George Solti, James Levine, Claudio Abaddo and other internationally recognized conductors in Chicago, Washington’s Kennedy Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall. While living in Chicago she performed with Light Opera Works, was selected as a Bel Canto Foundation Semi-Finalist and was the recipient of an award from the Margaret Hillis Fellowship Fund. While living in New York she performed recitals at the Mussavi Arts Center and CAMI Hall.
Additionally, Ms. Haskell is a member of the American Guild of Organists and is currently serving as Dean for the Charleston Chapter. She has also trained with Robert Abramson in Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Julliard Dalcroze Institute and is a free-lance music critic for the Charleston Post and Courier. Ms. Haskell was selected by the National Association of Teachers of Singing as a 2010 Independent Teacher Fellow.