Christina Farris
(2005 – 2009)

Aims Program, Graz, Austria (student, 2008)
Little Red Riding Hood (Into the Woods, Celeste Tavera, 2008)
Concerto soloist (Westmont College Orchestra, 2009)

“Celeste’s passion for music extends far beyond her own instrument: Celeste embodies a true teacher. She nurtures and cares for her students, at the same time pushing them. She encourages her students to strive for perfection through practice and constant exposure. Her top priority is her students!”

Brian Jensen
(2007 – present)

Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro, Casa Italiana Opera Company, 2010)
Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods, Celeste Tavera, 2008)
Bass section leader (Tosca, Intimate Opera Company, 2010)

“Celeste is a dedicated and caring instructor who gently and patiently guides her students in her unrelenting pursuit of musical excellence. She is well-informed on the vocal mechanism and desired auditory impression of both women and men. Celeste continues to be an indispensable resource in my operatic career.”

Kylie Castro
(2008 – present)

STJS Traditional Jazz Camp (scholarship recipient, 2005-2009)
Sonia (Godspell, Westmont College, 2010)
Westmont College Choir (member, 2009-present)

“Celeste has a beautiful voice and a lovely heart. She knows not only how to treat each individual with respect, but also how to change things that need fixing. She is inspirational.”

Bryan Lane
(2008 – 2009)

John the Baptist (Godspell, Westmont College, 2010)
Tenor section leader (Carmen, Opera Santa Barbara, 2009)

“Celeste’s love of singing is palpable and it transfers into the instruction of her students. Celeste always demands the most from her students, and this standard of excellence and performance produces the greatest improvement in her students.”

Mary Patterson
(2008 – present)

Alms Sister (Suor Angelica, California Opera Association, 2009)
Chorus soprano (Pagliacci, California Opera Association, 2009)
Local educational recitals (organizer and participant, 2010)

“Celeste has helped me develop a more fluid connection between my upper and lower registers, without any strain or pushing. I am much more aware of how to use my whole body mechanics to sing properly. She is extremely focused in her work but very patient and respectful of her students musically and personally.”

Nicholas Carrillo
(2009 – present)

“Celeste is such a great vocal instructor. Her students will feel like they’re getting better and better with every lesson. Celeste’s vocal advice is great for anyone who is an aspiring vocalist because she knows exactly what she is doing.”

Soprano / Voice Teacher / Coach