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Hi,


I'M LILLA.

"Sing to Him; sing praises to Him. Tell about the amazing things He has done."
 
- Psalm 105:2

A vocal coach and music educator, passionate about helping you learn the music you love, so that you can grow and share your gift with others. 

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Lilla Heinrich Szász is a vocal coach, music educator, author, speaker and former opera singer, turned worship singer.

 

Her mission is to help raise up worshipers and give them the tools to worship in their homes and communities, transforming their lives as well as others around them. Her greatest passion is to see others grow in their gifting and purpose, flourish in freedom and confidence in their identity, and walk in the victory that has been won on the Cross.

A graduate of the Juilliard School (B.M., M.M.) and winner of the Juilliard Honor's Recital, Lilla studied vocal performance and pedagogy under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann, Dr. Virginia Allen, and Marlena Malas, vocal coach and mentor of Pavarotti.

She has enjoyed teaching individuals of various ages, levels and styles, with students ranging from the absolute beginner to the most well-advanced. Her unique and tailored approach to learning focuses on helping each student overcome their individual obstacles and discover the strengths of their unique instrument.

 

She works towards developing confidence, authenticity, healthy technique, and strives to create a friendly and supportive environment, tailoring each lesson to help students reach their individual goals.

Her students have performed and appeared at Carnegie Hall, American Idol, America's Got Talent, The Voice, Disney Channel, and has coached individuals for TV, commercials, worship, voice over, studio recording, interviews, radio, podcasting, book writing and public speaking.

Lilla's been featured in Business Insider, WQXR Radio, truTV, Alive Magazine, Opera Today, CBS News, NBC News, Seen & Heard International, and has won critical and international acclaim for her "appealing sound, agile coloratura and oversize wit." - The New York Times

She's performed on stage at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and has traveled around the globe to perform in Israel, Austria, Italy, Germany, France and Canada. 

 

She's performed with the Saint Louis Symphony, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, Juilliard415 Orchestra led by Maestro William Christie and Juilliard Orchestra led by Maestro Alan Gilbert, among others. In 2019, she judged over 2,000 performers at the Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition.

 

She has received Recognition of Excellence from the Tri-M Music Honors Society, and has won the American Prize Competition (1st Prize), Joy in Singing Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern District Competition, Giulio Gari International Competition, NJ Teachers Association Competition (1st Place), Music Teacher's National Association Competition (1st Place), among many others.

 

Previous roles include Lucinde in Gluck’s Armide in a Metropolitan Opera & Juilliard Opera co production, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera on the Avalon, Ella Burling in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Noémie in Cendrillon with Juilliard Opera under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief – all with Juilliard Opera. Additionally, she has covered Georgette in La Rondine and Costanza in Riccardo Primo (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Sophiein Der Rosenkavalier and Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore (Chautauqua), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Zhou in Kommilitonen, and Drusilla in L’Incoronazione di Poppea  (Juilliard).

AWARDS & GRANTS

WinnerJoy in Singing Competition

Winner - Juilliard Vocal Honors Recital Competition

Winner Metropolitan Opera National Competition Eastern District

Grant Winner Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant

1st Prize The American Prize Opera Competition

3rd Prize The American Prize Art Song Competition

Grant Winner Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Winner SAI Competition in Voice, Chautauqua

Recipient The Juilliard Merit Scholarships

First Prize The National Society for Arts and Letters Vocal Competition

Grant Winner Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition

Winner Amato Opera Competition

Grant Winner Lucrezia Bori Foundation Scholarship, Rome, Italy

Recipient International Vocal Arts Institute Merit Scholarship, Tel Aviv, Israel

Recipient Songfest Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship, Malibu, CA

Grant Winner Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship Vocal Competition

Recipient Academie France d'Ete de Nice Merit Scholarship

Recipient University of Miami Merit Scholarship in Salzburg, Austria

Recipient Tri-M Music Honor Society Recognition of Excellence

1st Prize NJ Teachers Association Young Musicians Voice Competition

1st Prize Music Teachers National Association Performance State Competition

4th Place (out of 1500 competitors) NJ All State Chorus in Choral Performance

1st Place (out of 1500 competitors) NJ All State Chorus in Solo Performance

RADIO, TV & FILM

  • "Big Dreams, Bigger God" iTunes and Spotify Audiobook 
  • NTS Radio Live Los Angeles
  • truTV “Russian Fall in Snow”
  •  Nokia Ad “Don’t Fence Me In”
  •  WQXR Radio “Juice Box Hero”
  • "Christian et Christine" Short Film
  •  Family ADG Vocals “Lifting the Veil”
  •  Red Bull Theater “Tis Pity”
  •  Duna TV Filmed Performance
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TESTIMONIALS

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"I OWN A PRIVATE RECORDING STUDIO WHERE I DO A LOT OF MY RECORDING WORK AND WANTED TO EXPAND MY RANGE AND FINE TUNE MY TECHNIQUE. WORKING WITH LILLA DID JUST THAT AND MUCH, MUCH MORE! I NOW HAVE MORE VOCAL FREEDOM AND CONFIDENCE THAN EVER! HANDS DOWN, IT'S WHERE I SEND EVERYONE. LILLA EASILY EXPLAINED HOW VOCAL ANATOMY WORKS AND HOW EACH COMPONENT PLAYS A ROLE IN SINGING. HER FUN AND HUMOROUS APPROACH TO TEACHING IS SO SUPPORTIVE.

I NOTICED MY VOICE GAINED SO MUCH MORE FREEDOM, CLARITY, RANGE, AND CONFIDENCE! I HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER - ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO GET ON THE SPOT REAL TRAINING. LILLA'S THE REAL DEAL - I COULDN'T RECOMMEND HER MORE."

- ATHENA ADAMOPOULOS / COMPOSER / PIANIST / RECORDING ARTIST

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"LILLA'S WARM UPS WERE SO SOOTHING AND RELAXING. AFTER OUR LESSONS, I CAN TELL MY VOICE FEELS STRONGER AND MORE FLEXIBLE, EVEN THOUGH I'M DOING WAY LESS NOW. I ALSO LOVE HOW LILLA OFFERS DIFFERENT STYLES OF EXCITING REP OPTIONS FOR MY VOICE TYPE. WE'VE WORKED ON FINE TUNING MY RUNS AND I'M SO HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS! MY VOICE FEELS FREER, I DON'T HAVE TO CONCENTRATE AS MUCH. I'M ABLE TO USE MY LOWER BODY WAAAY MORE EFFICIENTLY. PLUS, LILLA'S ENCOURAGEMENT ALLOWED ME TO LET GO EVEN FURTHER. I WOULD 100% RECOMMEND HER TO ANYBODY WHO FEELS DISCOURAGED AND WANTS TO IMPROVE." ​

- KRYSTINA FRANCINE / SINGER / SONG WRITER / RECORDING ARTIST

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LILLA IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING PEOPLE I'VE KNOWN. ALWAYS NICE AND ENCOURAGING, GIVES A LOT OF USEFUL FEEDBACK AND REALLY PAYS ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL. TIME FLIES SO FAST WHEN HAVING LESSONS WITH HER. I REALLY ENJOY EVERY SINGLE EXERCISE.

- ZIQING YANG / SINGER 

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"I RECEIVED A POWER-PACKED COMPENDIUM OF PROPER SUPPORT AND POSTURE, SENSIBLE BREATHING, PROPER DICTION, CLARITY AND FREEDOM OF TONE TECHNIQUES, MENTAL TRICKS AND MUCH MORE. OVER THE COURSE OF OVER AN HOUR, I NOTICED SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT IN MY VOCAL SOUND AND AGILITY. LILLA WAS SIMULTANEOUSLY METICULOUS AND ENCOURAGING, MAKING OUR LEARNING PRODUCTIVE AND ALSO COMFORTABLE. FOR THESE REASONS, I AM PLEASED TO ENDORSE THE DYNAMO THAT IS LILLA HEINRICH SZÁSZ. WHEN YOU MEET HER, YOU WILL SEE EVERYTHING I HAVE COME TO APPRECIATE ABOUT HER OVER THE SIX-PLUS YEARS OF KNOWING HER."

- CHRIS KAPICA / COMPOSER / EDUCATOR / RECORD ARTIST

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"I AM TRULY HONORED TO RECOMMEND MS. LILLA.THANKS TO HER, I AM NOW A SOPRANO AND HAVE A 3-OCTAVE RANGE. MY ABILITY TO SPEAK AND SING WITH CORRECT DICTION, RESTS WITH HER PATIENCE IN RECORDING THE STANZAS FOR ME TO LISTEN TO. LILLA'S EXCEPTIONAL EXPERTISE AND EXTENSIVE REPERTOIRE IN HER FIELD HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO LEARN HOW TO SING. I HAD NO IDEA HOW VOCALISTS SUSTAINED BREATH SUPPORT. SHE EXPLAINED THAT TO ME IN DETAIL AND WE WORKED AND WORKED ON IT. IF I DID NOT UNDERSTAND SOMETHING, SHE'D EXPLAIN IT IN A DIFFERENT MANNER. I LEARNED HOW TO TO USE MY ENTIRE ANATOMY MORE EFFICIENTLY. THIS IS HEALTHY VOCAL TECHNIQUE. LILLA'S LOVE FOR THE ART IS EVIDENT IN HER ENTHUSIASTIC AND ENERGETIC TEACHING TECHNIQUES. SHE IS DEVOTED TO BECOMING THE BEST KIND OF EDUCATOR."

- BEV CLARK / ORGANIST / INSTRUMENTALIST / SINGER

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"I LOVE MY VOICE LESSONS WITH LILLA. SHE IS VERY PROFESSIONAL AND HELPFUL. MY VOICE HAS BEEN IMPROVING SINCE WE STARTED LESSONS A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO. THE OTHER DAY IN OUR LESSON I GOT UP TO A D5 WHICH IS GOOD FOR A MALE. I WOULD RECOMMEND HER TO MY FRIENDS AND OTHERS." 

- JORDAN HERN / SINGER