Swedish-American of the Year Award

Emily Tepe – Swedish American of the Year 2015 from Tommy Hellström on Vimeo. This summer I had a great surprise, and a great honor. The Vasa Order of America gave me the Swedish American of the Year Award. It came as a true lift and I am quite grateful to...
WXPN and WSTW are on with IVA!

WXPN and WSTW are on with IVA!

We’re super psyched ’cause these past weeks we’ve been heard on two excellent radio stations in our area. WSTW’s Hometown Heros on 93.7 has played new music from LEAP and we’ll be in for a visit with the station on July 5th. And WXPN 88.5 has been playing...

Interview with Jared Morris!

Hello all!! Had the pleasure this week to do a fun interview with Jared Morris from Delaware 1059 about the new album and about music itself. He also asked me a lot about my back story which I haven’t really shared that much. It aired earlier today but you can...
At long last LEAP is on the way!!!

At long last LEAP is on the way!!!

It is finally time … we are coming out of the mystical musical woods with the new IVA album, LEAP. Its title is meant to represent a leap of faith, a leap into an important change in life, or taking a chance on something you love. It also represents a change in...

More from the Student Showcase

Phew! It’s been quite a few months with students preparing for end of the school performances, plus recording the new IVA album and giving summer concerts with both IVA and my students. Today is a throwback to March when Ariana showed us her stuff singing...

Videos from the IVA student showcase at the Queen

On Saturday, March 15th, the World Café Live and I hosted the IVA student showcase. About 25 of my students performed upstairs at the Queen on Market Street. It was an inspiring afternoon hearing each student share their unique sound. Everyone remarked on the...
Student success stories! John Perkis, choir director

Student success stories! John Perkis, choir director

John Perkis came to me for voice lessons about two years ago. He is a choir director (and jazz band director) at Timber Creek Regional High School in Erial, New Jersey. He is a percussionist by training, and wanted to know about vocal technique so he could better help...