Jazz & Creative Institute

Voice Faculty

Voice Faculty


Each of our voice teachers have unique strengths and special qualities that create supportive and encouraging learning environments. To study jazz voice specifically, join our Jazz Academy. For all other genres, Tiny Voice Box has you covered.

Voice teacher Ashley Daneman

Ashley Daneman

Ashley Daneman is a singer and songwriter who goes deep with her blend of jazz and modern folk. Daneman grew up in Toledo, Ohio studying classical voice and performing in musicals before turning to jazz and songwriting. Her latest release, critically acclaimed “Beauty Indestructible,” is available on iTunes and Bandcamp. Selected by DownBeat Magazine as “Editor’s Pick,” her music draws comparisons to Becca Stevens, Laura Nyro, and even Stephen Sondheim. Daneman has been performing around the US for the last 15 years in several large cities, including her old hometown of New York City. She earned her master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Peter Eldridge, Kate McGarry, and Theo Bleckman. Daneman also was a resident artist at The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter’s JazzAhead and The Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Workshop in Alberta, Canada. She's Level II Certified in Somatic Voicework(tm) - The Lovetri Method and has been teaching voice for over 10 years.

Ashley Daneman's vocal and cello (Jordan Hamilton) jazz version of this beautiful song written in the mid-1800's by American songwriter Stephen Foster. Recorded at Overneath Creative Collective in Kalamazoo, MI in June 2018.
Carmen Bell voice teacher

Carmen Bell

Carmen Bell, soprano, is a professional singer and voice teacher based in Battle Creek, Michigan. She received a Master of Music degree in voice from Eastern Michigan University, where she studied with Dr. Emory Stephens. She also received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Western Michigan University, where her primary instructor was Dr. Carl J. Ratner. She was accepted into and attended the Davidson College Vocal Symposium. Ms. Bell’s operatic experience includes the roles of Miss Todd in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, as well as scene performances in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Tender Land, Cosi fan tutte and La Traviata. She is currently studying the roles of Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Lucy in Menotti’s L'Amour à trois. As a soprano soloist, she has been featured in Handel’s Messiah, among other major works. Ms. Bell has also served as a guest artist and lecturer where she has performed specialized programs of art songs and spirituals associated with well-known African American composers. Carmen’s students have successfully competed at MSVMA District and State Solo and Ensemble competitions receiving high ratings and placing among Michigan’s top ten soloists. Current students have auditioned and were featured in several leading roles in area musical theatre productions. Furthering their passion for music, former students have received music degrees from Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Grand Valley, and Roosevelt College.

Elizabeth Bayer, voice teacher

Elizabeth Bayer

Elizabeth Bayer has a degree from Grand Valley State University in Elementary Education and is working on earning her second bachelors in music education at Western Michigan University with a focus in choral education. She has worked as a Kindergarten and First grade teacher of all subjects, including music, and as Camp Counselor and Unit Director at Blue Lake Fine Arts camp. Her experiences as a teacher and mentor to students have taught her to work with students of all ages. Elizabeth has studied with multiple voice teachers, including Elizabeth Cowan and Nicholas Loren, has been a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, and is currently a member of Western Michigan University's flagship chorus, University Chorale. She will also be joining the West Michigan Opera project for their upcoming season. Elizabeth teaches basic piano and guitar alongside voice lessons.

Voice Faculty, Liz Townsend

Liz Townsend

Bio forthcoming. Liz has Estill Voice Training and a bachelors degree in Choral Music Education.