Student Testimonials

Xhenet Capani

LaGuardia High School, HS & Regional incl Annie Get Your Gun, Orpheus/Underworld, Legally Blonde, West Side Story
Tracey helped me prepare for college musical theatre auditions. I had great auditions in an extremely competitive year and I was offered admission to several top programs...

Madeleine Corliss www.MadeleineCorliss.com

Regional: Chicago (Velma Kelly), Spamalot (u/s Lady of the Lake), Hairspray (u/s Amber *Performed) Off Broadway: Urinetown (Mrs. Millennium, u/s Hope)
I recommend Tracey to anyone pursuing Musical Theatre! Tracey is a fabulous vocal coach, rep coach and is well connected in the industry. I came to Tracey as a recent college grad with a book full of songs that had been assigned to me in classes and feeling a bit unsure of where my voice wanted to live. We have since completely revamped my rep book and stretched and strengthened my vocal abilities. I feel so much more confident going into the audition room because I love what I am singing and I know we have worked on it from all sides. Tracey doesn’t let you get away with simply singing. She helps you dive into the emotional side, make smart and creative acting choices and find ways to allow your emotions to support the vocals. After just a few months of working with Tracey I started booking shows and I feel like I have grown so much as a performer. In our lessons we play with new cuts, we find new material, we do vocal exercises, we work through the acting and we have fun! Tracey really is the whole package.

Rachel Thalman

The Phantom of the Opera (Asia Pearl Tour), Oklahoma! (STAGES St. Louis)
When I first came to Tracey, I was a ballerina new to NYC and transitioning her way into the musical theater world. Singing, especially singing in an audition setting, was a new territory for me. Tracey’s dance knowledge really helped me understand certain aspects of singing technique. There were many occasions where I could be seen singing while pliéing in Tracey’s living room! Through Tracey’s coaching, I began to find a confidence in my voice and in myself. This confidence translated into the audition room and resulted in booking jobs! I am so grateful I found Tracey. She really is the catalyst that propelled my musical theater career. I greatly look forward to each lesson we have together and the fun and laughter we share!

Nicole Athill

Tuacahn Center for the Arts (The Little Mermaid, When You Wish, The Sound of Music)
Tracey has been the most incredible mentor to me throughout my first few months of living in New York City. She has given me the confidence to be truthful in my work, to own the space in the audition room, and to have fun! I was never confident in my voice and I only considered myself a dancer first before seeing Tracey. After a couple of lessons with her, she assured me that I am equally a singer as I am a dancer. She helped me revamp my book, get specific with acting choices, and find material that suited my personality. She truly changed everything for me. Tracey is exceptional at what she does and I owe it all to her for preparing me for the whirlwind that is audition season in New York City!

Rachael Scarr

Nice Work if You Can Get It (1st Natl Tour - Eileen Evergreen), Jekyll and Hyde (World Tour), Ever After (Paper Mill - World Premiere), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Argyle Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Merry-Go-Round)
Tracey is one of the smartest, most well-rounded coaches I have ever worked with. She knows exactly how and when to push you, what material showcases your voice best, and how to spruce up any audition or callback. She is a one-stop-shop for audition cuts, acting beats, breath support, and vocal choices. She really knows her stuff and how to make you feel confident!

Bradley d Gale

Chicago & National Tour: The Book Of Mormon, Regional: East Coast premiere Summer of Love (Ogunquit), Gay Bride of Frankenstein, All Shook Up (Dean), High School Musical(Ryan), Joseph... Dreamcoat (Reuben), National: Oz The Musical (Tinman/original cast recording), Off-Broadway: The Columbine Project
I was first introduced to Tracey on the heels of a four month break from auditions. Her passion for my continued growth as a vocalist and my subsequent success as a performer was nothing less than inspiring. After just two amazing lessons with Tracey, I had four auditions back under my belt and two job offers from those auditions! Walking into her studio is like walking into your biggest fan club; that is of course if that fan club is not afraid to tell you what sounds awful when it sounds awful. Her critique is nothing but constructive and her accolades are well earned. Tracey teaches by the motto that her success as a vocal coach is a direct result of our success as performers. I know that because of this Tracey will have continued growth and success. I would send anyone I know her way with the full knowledge that they would both love intensely and learn immensely from her! Tracey rocks!

Wesley Faucher www.wesleyfaucher.com

Matilda (Broadway & 1st Natl Tour), Rock of Ages (nat’l tour & Vegas), Broadway Bares, Glee, America’s Best Dance Crew, NFL ProBowl Halftime Show
Tracey is the full package every performer needs for auditions. She is a true coach and technician all in one. She has the best song choices and cuts for any audition. Tracey gave me the confidence to nail my final callback for the Matilda tour, and I would recommend her to any performer!

Rosie Lani Fiedelman

Broadway: The Lion King, In The Heights (orig. cast member), Off-Bway: Jennifer Muller/The Works (company member 7 yrs)
Tracey has given me the confidence to walk into an audition and sing with passion and a strong technical base. I have improved so much in my breath control, vowel placement and overall range growth. Tracey inspires me to be a singer. I have been dancing my whole life, now I feel that with her help I, have the skills to become a better vocalist. She captures the essence of technique while inspiring you with her passion for music and encouraging you to put your individual spirit into the music. You walk away feeling stronger, more inspired and excited to pursue your music!

Corey John Snide www.coreyjohnsnide.com

Cats (Bway - Coreycopat) Bandstand the Musical (Papermill), 13 (Evan, Bway), Billy Elliot (Billy, West End & Aust), ABC's Cupid (ABC), One Life to Live (ABC), Juilliard,
Singing is not something I ever felt confident doing more publicly than the seclusion of my own shower. The first lesson I had with Tracey was in 2008 when I was a teenager and the moment I walked in, I knew she would be the one to help me overcome the fear. Her ability to translate technique into a language that you will instantly respond to is one of my favorite things about her. Tracey has a unique way of bringing out your personality through your voice, which is really what you need in an audition to seal the deal. Tracy is also interested in all of the details that matter when you present yourself in an audition and making sure you walk in looking as professional and ideal for the job as possible.

Clifton Davis www.cliftondavis.com

Actor/Singer/Songwriter, Broadway: Aladdin, Wicked
Tracey Grimaldi is an excellent vocal coach. She is a talented professional who knows how to listen, assess and assist her clients, from beginners to experienced artists like me. I heartily recommend her services.

Genny Lis Padilla www.gennylispadilla.com

1st Nat'l Tour: In The Heights (Nina, Carla), Regional/National/Off-bway: Rent, Junie B. Jones, Frida Liberada
Tracey Grimaldi is the coach you want on your team if you are an aspiring musical theater performer. Tracey helped me build a strong book for auditions that showcased my talent at its best. It is with her help that I have booked professional work. I am thankful for her professionalism and her passion for music and musical theater. I highly recommend her! She will find the right material you need to land jobs and build your career.

Charlie Williams www.iamcharliewilliams.com

Broadway: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, LA: Leap of Faith
Tracey's coaching has helped me gain confidence in my voice and feel 100% prepared for auditions. She knows what works and knows how to get your singing voice to it's fullest potential. She's awesome!

Xhenet Capani

Temple U student (current), Annie Get Your Gun, Orpheus/Underworld, Legally Blonde, West Side Story
Auditioning for a BFA Musical Theater program is the most challenging process because schools accept only 7-20 people in each program. It's a nerve-wracking experience, with thousands of kids auditioning for the same schools. Tracey helped me feel so confident in my material that I got into several schools. I am 1 of only 9 at Temple University’s BFA Musical Theater. I could have not been as successful in my college audition process or in other auditions without her and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great teacher!

Katya Preiser www.katyapreiser.com

Guys & Dolls (Goodspeed), (The Metropolitan Opera)
Working with Tracey has completely changed my career for the better. I started working with her upon my agent's request, as soon as I arrived from LA to NYC. I was a dancer who only sang because I "had to". Tracey has changed all of that. She challenges me and gives me the tools and training I need to go in and book the job. She highlights my strengths and helps me work through the areas that need improving. Her ability to "speak dancer" has helped me transition from being a silent dancer to an actress with a voice and something to say. I can proudly say that through consistent work with Tracey, I now love singing and the power to express myself in a whole new genre. She truly cares about her students. She even Skypes lessons with me when I'm out of town working! Tracey has made me feel at home in this industry. I look forward to working with her and seeing where the road leads us next. Thank you Tracey!

Luis Villabon

Performer: A Chorus Line (NY, nat’l, int’l), Peter Pan (w/Cathy Rigby), Reefer Madness, Naked Boys Singing!, Cooper Savage, Twist. Readings: The Curse of Batvia, Mean, Sharknado. Film/TV Pan Am, 30 Rock, Julia & Julia, Wolf of Wall St. Fashion show & theatre director, choreographer, voice-over artist.
Having a lesson with Tracey is like condensing a vocal master class, an audition workshop and an acting lesson through song coaching, all in one of the most productive hours of my week! When I have a session with Tracey, I know I'm going to nail my audition! I've gotten a last-minute call for an audition and emailed her the sheet music and mp3. By the time I walk into her studio, she has the sheet music on her computer monitor at the piano, ready to go. Hers is a very techno-friendly environment. I've even been able to film things at her studio for submissions. As a repertoire coach, she ROCKS! Take advantage of Tracey's extensive knowledge of musical theatre/pop/rock to build your book and keep your chops up.

AJ Meijer about.me/ajmeijer

Heathers the Musical, Inside Acting podcasts
Having trained privately with vocal coaches since college, I have never had anyone be so conscious of the full picture as Tracey. Talk about someone who just 'gets it'! When you're working with Tracey, you're not just working on your vocal technique - though she excels at that, as well - you're also working on acting, auditioning, and your career as a whole. My confidence in the audition room has skyrocketed since working with Tracey!

Becca Lee

The Prom (Alliance Theatre), Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Other Regional: Wedding Singer (Holly), HS Musical (Gabriella), Music Man (Zaneeta), Ogunquit Playhouse, N.Carolina Theatre, Knicks City Dancer, MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew", NBA AllStar Game 2015
Working with Tracey the past several months has truly helped me to get my career back on track. I especially love working with her for my musical theater audition preparation because not only does she ensure that I am comfortable with the notes I am singing, but she pushes me to make smart acting choices and really tell a clear and honest story through my song. A session with Tracey is like a voice lesson and acting lesson all in one and it has helped me immensely. I am now more confident than ever in an audition room and because of this I recently booked a show in NYC! I have no doubt that training with Tracey has put me in the best position for success. And I must mention that Tracey goes above and beyond for her students and has done so for me on multiple occasions. There are times when I get e-mails from her on a Saturday because she just heard a song that she thinks would be perfect for me. How lucky am I to have found someone so caring and dedicated to her students! I cannot recommend Tracey enough.

David Artavia www.davidartaviaactor.com

Regional/Tours: Junie B. Jones (Sheldon, Theatreworks 2015 national tour), Mary Poppins (Robertson Aye), RENT (Angel), Silversea Cruises, Homo: The Musical, Pippin, Sweet Charity, Seussical
I've booked multiple gigs thanks to Tracey's input. Her intuition is spot-on when sculpting audition pieces that it's changed my whole outlook on what I have to offer. She helps me with video submissions, last minute callbacks and general auditions. Our work together is incredibly honest, and she never holds back on minor details that are easy to miss. Tracey is more than just a coach. She's a serious investment on my career. Her goal is for me to book, and she's done a great job.

Jenny Hickman

Regional: Witches of Eastwick (Ogunquit), Mary Poppins (WV Public Theater), CCM: Carrie, Parade, Chess. Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Tracey has been the biggest source of professional support for me in my first year in the city. She has been an invaluable resource in helping me revamp my book and craft a memorable and professional audition, as well as helping me find myself and zero in on the performer I have always wanted to be. It is rare that you find a teacher in the city who cares so deeply about her students’ success and does whatever is within her power to help them succeed and book the job. I cannot recommend her enough.

Brittany Velotta www.brittanyvelotta.info

Are You There Morgan Freeman?
I originally came to Tracey to focus on musical theatre audition prep, but as my focus shifted to writing and performing in my own works, she adjusted her teaching to support my new goals.Tracey has been extremely supportive with my artistic endeavors since day one. She has even helped me master the ukulele whilst singing. I always feel relaxed and encouraged because she offers a safe environment to work on your skills.Tracey has definitely helped me break out of my shell and find my confidence with singing. She reminds me that it’s ok to enjoy myself and not take things so seriously. I’ve been taking lessons with Tracey for almost two years and continue to strive for vocal excellence as I take my One-Woman Show Are You There, Morgan Freeman? to the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival.Tracey is a true believer and supporter for all great artists honing their craft!

Shane Killen

LaGuardia HS student
I went to Tracey Grimaldi to prepare for the Laguardia High School Audition for Vocal Music. I had no voice training whatsoever going into this experience, and had only sung while playing guitar or for fun. Tracey was a very patient teacher and also improved my voice technique immensely. She helped me prepare a song for the audition, taught me how to match pitch while learning basic music Theory, and we worked on rhythm exercises. Tracey gave me the confidence and determination to succeed so I felt prepared walking into the audition and I was accepted into the Vocal Studio. Today I am part of two ensembles, Mixed Chorus, and Show Choir and have performed with the Elementary Chorus last June. I feel I would not have done as well if it were not for Tracey's help.

Charley Tiernan www.charleytiernan.com

Cinderella, Annie, (title roles), The Whitney Players, Ivoryton Players, Alliance Children's Theater, Winner/Finalist - Southington Icon, Nexstar, Onstage NY, soloist at sporting events
Tracey is so much fun! Whenever I walk in the door she always has a song ready for me to learn. Whenever I have an audition I already know the song. One time when I was doing an audition the guy even said "You know more songs than I do." I am so glad I know all those songs. Thank you Tracey!

Erin Wegner Brooks www.erinwegner.com

Regional - Legally Blonde (Vivienne Kensington), 1st Nat'l Tour - Young Frankenstein, Cirque Dreams, Jubilee, Walt Disney World
Tracey Grimaldi is wonderful! She pushed me vocally to do things I thought were not possible. After just a few sessions with her, my belt completely opened up. As a classically trained soprano, I am belting higher than ever before! She not only believed in me but opened up her personal network and helped me secure new representation. She's amazing!

Barton Cowperthwaite

An American In Paris (1st Natl Tour), The Lar Lubovich Dance Company, Pontus Lidberg Dance, Bad Boys of Ballet, Center Stage 3 (Damon, feature role, upcoming film)
Boy oh boy, where would I be without Tracey Grimaldi? I started classes with Tracey at the beginning of the year. In two months I had my first ever Broadway tour contract offer. Tracey has an inviting teaching style that really engaged me. I enjoyed our lessons and felt that I had an educated and passionate teacher. I would recommend Tracey to new and professional singers alike. She can bring a song to life within her students. I appreciate her involvement in my development as a singer and artist, greatly.

Samantha Zack

Broadway: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Wicked (B'way & Nat'l)
Invest in a sturdy backpack when you start coaching with Tracey, because soon youʼll be carrying around a huge binder full of new music thatʼs appropriate for you, in every genre, and what do ya know?.... youʼll actually enjoy singing it. She knows exactly what to say to a dancer to make you understand how to fix, tweak, breathe, etc. I first went to Tracey as a dancer with almost no previous vocal training. Now I'm a dancer who can sing and feel confident about what I bring into the room.

Workshop Testimonials

Tayliz Rodriguez

Tracey and Lori are the secret weapon any NYC auditioning actor needs to be a fierce competitor in the audition room. The beauty about Tracey and Lori's training is their focus on enhancing your natural talents versus trying to change you into copies of current stars of the industry. For these teachers, it is all about telling a story and highlighting relationships. Since my training with Tracey and Lori, I have received rave reviews in the audition room. I am more comfortable in my own skin and the spaces I walk into. Most of all, they truly care about you as a person. Tracey and Lori are the best cheerleaders and coaches you could ask for!

Katya Preiser

Private coaching has changed my ability, but group classes with Tracey and Lori have changed my game. Vocalizing in front of your extremely talented peers can be daunting, but it has made singing in front of an audition panel a breeze. In group class I can see what really works in a performance. I've learned to be vulnerable in front of an audience and how to play with my performance. The class is a supportive group with a wide range of experience. I learn from every single participant and have a whole new community of artist friends. The class has taught me to dive deeper into the stories I tell, which has given me the confidence to audition and perform from a more authentic and giving place. Tracey and Lori make a fantastic team. I couldn't ask for better support. I recommend the class to all of my friends and can't wait for our next session to start.

David Artavia

After taking Tracey and Lori's workshop, I've never felt more confident in what I have to offer. It's not a regular class where all you do is perform for each other; you're encouraged to self-investigate in a supportive environment. Their input is heartfelt, encouraging, helpful, and above all, honest. They wanted to see me blossom as an original rather than be a copy of someone else. I took their advice with me to auditions and instantly started getting callbacks. This workshop elevated my confidence to personal and professional heights.

Kathy Vandereedt

Tracey and Lori's workshop class provides a safe and supportive environment for artists of many different backgrounds and levels to experiment and push personal boundaries. Unlike other similar workshop where each person in the class waits their turn and simply observes, Tracey and Lori have members of the class work off of one another in acting exercises, and stay involved in the process of unlocking each individual's deepest layer of authenticity that they can bring into the audition room. Their experience and knowledge of the industry paired with their passion for helping each student they meet makes this a truly unique and special experience to be a part of. In the short time I have worked with them I have felt an immense difference in my confidence and ability to bring my authentic self into every audition.

Jenny Hickman

Lori and Tracey’s masterclass series is an amazing way to work on new material or breathe new life back into old pieces in a comfortable, friendly environment. They are knowledgeable and patient teachers and I always come out of there with a fresh perspective on whatever audition piece I am working on.

Professional Testimonials

Ryan Daniel Beck

Choreographer/Dancer
As many of you know, one reason that I started sending out this email blast was to make the lives of NYC dancers just a bit easier...cuz we all know it ain't a walk in Central Park!! So whenever I come across something that makes me go "WOW, that could really benefit a lot of people" I get really excited and can't wait to share it with everyone. One thing that strikes the fear of hell into the hearts of many dancers...is the dreaded singing call-back (Holy crap, I just time stepped and kicked my face off for them...and now they want me to SING?!?!?) Well, its part of the biz, but the fortunate thing is that it doesn't necessarily HAVE to be negative...be pro-active and make it one of your strengths. And that is where my newest discovery comes in...the fabulous Tracey Grimaldi. This lady is the singing wizard of the Upper West Side. I have studied with different vocal teachers throughout the years, but this woman "gets us"...and by "us" I mean the hoofers, turners, tumblers, jumpers...dancers. And instead of copping a supercilious attitude and acting like your dancing is a liability in terms of singing...she embraces it and incorporates it into your lesson. She is also one of the most practical, pragmatic instructors I've ever come across...she will NOT take your money and waste your time. In fact, one of the things that she specializes in is LAST minute audition preparation. Let's say you get caught a bit off-guard and suddenly the casting agent for Mamma Mia wants to see you tomorrow, and bring your best 16 bars of a 70's pop song...AKKKKK, don't freak out...just call Tracey, this lady has your back and will whip you into shape. Plus, if you decide to study with her on a regular basis, she has a comprehensive check-list of all the types of songs you will ever be asked for, will work through all of them with you and build a strong audition book that works for everything. In addition, she works very closely with a number of top agencies, and her recommendation is GOLD. She will regularly communicate with your agent, get feedback from recent auditions and then incorporate that information into your next lesson. Most importantly, Tracey is in the business of getting you the job...she is on your side and WANTS you to succeed.

Todd Etelson www.actorstechniqueny.com

President, Actors Technique New York
I learned of Tracey through an agent who raved about her success rate in helping students chose repertoire and polish their audition skills for Broadway casting. I have since hired her to teach musical theatre and public speaking classes at my program, Actor's Technique, NY. Actors Technique, NY specializes in kids, teen and adult acting classes for stage, television, and film. We work extensively with New York Agents, Managers and Casting Directors to improve audition technique. The feedback from students after Tracey's classes has been tremendous. They feel engaged and encouraged during class, and prepared when they leave. I have observed Tracey in action, where she improved students' performances within minutes. I have also referred students to Tracey who are seeking private instruction. I have little doubt that Tracey will be an asset to any program she works for or enrolls in.

Tracy Silver

Dance Faculty, AMDA/ LOS ANGELES
When my students tell me they want to go to NY to pursue their dream I have no hesitation in supporting them with huge enthusiasm because I am going to send them directly to Ms Grimaldi. I know first hand that she will enrich them as artists, and prepare them for what it takes to actually book a job in this business!

Byron Singleton

Singer- Metropolitan Opera, Caramoor Opera Voice Faculty-AMDA, Brooklyn Conservatory
Tracey's knowledge of musical theater repertoire combined with her unique ability to help her clients achieve the perfect balance of music, text and dramatic presentation makes her a wonderful resource for both students and professionals. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is serious about moving their career to the next level.