A lifelong entertainer, Deanna Maio teaches vocalists strategies for giving your best performance consistently.

Coaching with Deanna you’ll:

  • Feel more confident about your voice through strengthening your vocal technique

  • Clearly communicate the message of your songs and truly entertain your audience

  • Choose repertoire perfect for your auditions, performances, and developing your skills

  • Work toward your goals with a teacher who understands your learning style, strengths, and success principles

Blending the 3 pillars of the performance, Deanna helps students find their own unique vocal expression in any genre, healthfully and with humor and fun.

Vocal Quality – Students will learn a system of vocal exercises (the Thomas Blaylock method) that will increase range, endurance, and strength, build an even color line through the voice, and improve breath control.

Interpretation – Through working with exercises and songs, students change their understanding of what is vocally possible. Old vocal patterns start to shift, allowing for new creativity to emerge.

Presence – Singing can stir up old emotional patterns, and with Deanna guidance, you will look at them with compassion. Students find more freedom to be present to the music, recognizing judgments without being stuck in them. Then singing can be done “with emotion” as an actor), but not “emotionally”.

All musical styles, skill levels and ages are welcome. From “Shower Singer” to “Gigging Performer” Deanna partner with you to help you reach your goals faster and easier than if you continue on your own. Contact us today for more information.


Deanna Maio Teaching Bio

Deanna Maio is a Voice, Piano and Ukulele Teacher and Performance Coach specializing in vocal function for singers and speakers, fun piano and ukulele for all ages. She teaches private voice instructions, workshops, classes and to kids and adults in Portland, Oregon and with remote students around the world. She is the Founder of Confident Voice Studio.

Ms. Maio has an extensive background in performing on concert, theater, nightclub and event stages. As a versatile Lyric Character Soprano with a 3+ octave range, Deanna most often sings solo swing and classic Deanna Maio ~ Teacher and Performance Coach 2240 SE Hawthorne Studio #3, Portland OR 97214 503-714-1198

pop and musical theatre repertoire. She is the founder, artistic director and a principal performer at Portland Musical Theater Company. She has also coached countless singers in audition techniques, competition preparation, solo club gigs, working with a big band, and much more. Over the past 39 years, Ms. Maio has been performing on stages, big and small, all over the country, including with the Oregon Symphony.

Deanna started dancing at 2 years old and just hasn’t stopped enjoying the stage. She grew up performing and has continued on in that tradition, taking lessons for dance, voice, piano, ukulele, stage presence, and acting. She has also completed a 25 hour course in vocal pedagogy through the NW Institute of Voice where she was certified the Blaylock Vocal Method for teens and adults. She is a Wunderkeys for Preschool Piano teacher. She scored her first professional (aka lived on the salary and didn’t have a side job) singing/acting job in 1998 with American Cabaret Theater after having completed numerous acting roles in middle school, high school and college.

She has taught privately, at summer music camps, afterschool programs in voice and ukulele, and speciality workshops like “Your Knock ‘Em Dead Vocal Audition.” She has performed with several local music groups including The Bureau of Standards Big Band, Girls., Swing Sisters, Tony Moretti and the Ray Sands Orchestra, and her own band, Deanna & the Downbeats and is a sought-after guest artist.

Ms. Maio is a certified associate teacher of the Blaylock Vocal Method. Developed at the Northwest Institute of Voice by Thomas Blaylock, it is a systematic approach to vocal development and you will work with an exercise booklet and CD. This technique is revolutionary. It can teach you how to find and maintain a clear and fully resonant sound every day (either speaking or singing). When your voice is “under the weather”, you will learn how to work with it so you don’t have to stop using it to let it heal.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Portland Musical Theater Company (PMTC). She has written and produced 5 original musical shows, directs and performs in many PMTC shows. She’s completed film, television, and industrial acting roles in Portland since moving there in 1999.

Deanna completed her debut CD titled” Deanna & the Downbeats” in 2008. She is a sought after voice over artist with over 100 voice over recordings to her name including the audio book version of Amazon bestseller “The Stolen Twin” by Michele Pariza-Wacek. Her own book, “GPS for Success” with Dr. Steven Covey and Dr. John Gray was published in 2010.

Other than music, Deanna loves to direct, dance and act. She just loves to perform. When she’s not doing those things she’s probably watching vintage makeup and hair tutorial videos, playing board and card games, or daydreaming of cheesecake.