Testimonials from Voice Students at Orange County School of the Arts

From Parents

“Ms. Bacon has been an incredible inspiration as well as mentor for my daughter. Destiny [Lofton] has made vast improvement while under Ms. Bacon’s instruction. Ms. Bacon has assisted Destiny in selecting audition music that accentuates her vocal range and talent, resulting in a vast improvement in my daughter’s auditions. Destiny has been cast in three musical theater productions and an opera while under Ms. Bacon’s instruction.

“…I have also developed a personal relationship with Ms. Bacon and find her to be an exceptional woman with a dynamic personality. Both my daughter and I are sorry to be losing an outstanding vocal coach and all-around person to Brigham Young University. Southern California is really losing a treasure and she will truly be missed…. I highly recommend Ms. Bacon as a vocal instructor. She is a professional dedicated to her field and she has been an asset to my daughter’s growth, as she pursues her career goal of becoming a professional musical theater performer.”

–Gen L Griffiths, Huntington Beach, CA

“Cherilyn has exhibited her talent and natural instinct in her teaching, staging and directing of First Act…’ She has shown both the group and the parents total professionalism. Her enthusiasm and positive interaction with the students produced a very polished and confident ensemble group….

“Her good classroom management and discipline opened the door for a strong relationship with the students, enabling her to extricate talent that the students had never before revealed… She’s been a inspiration to the students, who now have a much better idea of the professional field in which they are pursuing, and what they can achieve with hard but positive work. She will be a hard act to follow….”

–Cindy Boragno, Corona del Mar, CA

“We just wanted to thank you so much for being such a wonderful mentor and teacher to Kariann this year…. You should be very proud of the job you did with all of these kids …. I know in speaking to the other parents that we were all impressed with the bookings you promoted for your students…. Thank you for being an excellent role model for our children.”

–Karen Deshler, Yorba Linda, CA

“After I read your email and told Alexa you would not be returning [to OCHSA] next year, she cried!!! She really cares a lot for you. She also stated, ‘First Act will never be the same.’….

“Ms. Bacon has left a lasting impression on our daughter and has exhibited the highest degree of professionalism that undoubtedly will contribute to the character and theatrical development of these talented teenagers. Many of the students and parents are saddened by the news that she will not be returning but are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with her and support her career decision….

“We especially appreciated the fact that Ms. Bacon always put the students’ interests above all competing pressures or demands. The quality of the performances by First Act clearly reflected the skill, wisdom and experience of a mentor who has made a lasting impression on so many future entertainers.”

–Debra and Daniel Wildish, Yorba Linda, CA

“Cherilyn, you have left a lasting impression on our daughter… You have exhibited the highest degree of professionalism that undoubtedly will contribute to the character and theatrical development of these talented teenagers. Many of the students and parents are saddened by the news that you are not returning, but

we are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you…. Your kindness, fairness, and influence will be deeply missed.”

–Debra Wildish, Yorba Linda, CA

“Thanks for everything you’ve done and all the energy and hard work you’ve put into making this a great year for the kids. I’m sure I speak for many if not all of the First Act parents. – Theresa Heldt, Carlsbad, CA

From Students

Thank you for teaching us more than vocal technique…. It has really helped me during auditions and performance!

–Student, Ashley Lane

“Your class was my favorite! You have made me so much more comfortable with singing. My voice has gotten so much stronger. Thank you so much!” –Student, Heather Hogan

“Thank you very much for a good year in your fabulous Voice Technique class…. Your class is totally astounding… and beyond magnificent. I had the freedom to work and deeply improve my voice…. This class was my absolute favorite of all… I love you. You’re awesome!!!” –Student, Sean Collado

“You’ve been such a great teacher this year! … Your class was the most productive class we had. Thank you so much.” –10th Grade OCHSA Voice Student

“You were the first teacher who figured out that the S’s were my problem. (I knew, though.) That set you apart from other teachers for me.” –Student, OCHSA

“If I could make any suggestions for improvement at this school, it would be that we have more classes with Ms. Bacon.”–Student, OCHSA

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