“CAA was instrumental in revitalizing my concept of operatic acting. Previously, I would largely treat acting as a spur of the moment event. Now, I use text and context as the springboard for everything involved in my performance, allowing my musicality to be inspired by each character’s individual personae. This approach will help you to embrace the vulnerability of simple, decisive dramatic actions.”
-- Joe Eletto, Masters Degree Candidate in Vocal Performance, The Juilliard School
"I worked with Charis and Debbie at their week-long summer institute, and I credit training with them as a major factor in securing professional artist management in New York City. They both have an extraordinary ability to impart their vast knowledge of musical style while freeing you to express your individual artistry."
-- Marie Masters, Professional Operatic Soprano in NYC, B.M. from Oberlin, M.M from Indiana University
"I feel fortunate to have participated in a summer program with Deborah and Charis. They are insightful, passionate teachers, and the lessons I learned while coaching with them will last a lifetime!'
-- Amanda Matson, Professional Operatic Soprano, M.M. - Eastman School of Music
“Deborah Lifton’s expertise and knowledge of the voice made me the singer that I am today. Her talent as a performer is incredibly inspirational and greatly informs her dynamic teaching ability. Deborah is one of the most encouraging and trustworthy teachers that I have had the pleasure of working with.”
-- Michael Haller, "Lumiere", Beauty and the Beast National Tour
"College Audition Advantage helped our daughter attain admission to her first choice vocal performance program. Their years of experience and network allow for great insight and solid advice on "right fit" programs. We were impressed with their advice on music selection, technique, professional behavior, dress and so much more. Our daughter left each coaching session making great gains and auditioned for college programs with a great sense of confidence as she was very well prepared." -- Jerry and Betty D.
“Deborah is an amazing teacher and performer. She has an incredible gift for bringing characters to life, something I had particular trouble with, and by the end of my four years with her I was a totally different actress, comfortable on the stage and confident in all of my auditions. I consider it a real honor to have been one of her students.” -- Laura Intravia, Lead Vocalist, Video Games Live
"Thank you again for preparing me for my YoungArts and college auditions! I look forward to seeing you In December. I have some more exciting news! Today I was informed that I have been selected as one of the 2015 National YoungArts Merit winners! I am extremely excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity."
-- Jessica G, Senior, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts
"I credit much of my vocal technique to studying with Deborah. I still use my recorded vocal warm up before every performance. Not only did she help me achieve a vocal range that I did not even know I had, but she gave me the tools to use it in a healthy way that will sustain a long and hopefully successful career."
-- Andrew Hendrick, National Tour, Jekyll and Hyde
"I have had the pleasure of working with both Ms. Lifton and Dr. Dimaras in a professional opera program. They are both amazing individuals, and I can only encourage anyone who is serious about music to take the time to learn what you can from this extraordinary team."
-- Aaron Halevy, Tenor