Any faculty that handles administrative work.
Studio Owner & Music Instructor (Voice & Multi-Instrument)
Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo, Sitar, Drums, & Trombone
Justin Morrison is an experienced teacher, performer, and multi-instrumentalist. Holding a degree in Voice and Opera Performance from Duquesne University as well as minors in French and German Language, Justin has the vocal and stage knowledge to make his lessons incredible. Justin has a certificate from the highly-proclaimed Middlebury Language School in Middlebury, Vermont for German Language and German Music Performance. He has performed lead roles all over the country and with many local companies including the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orlando Light Opera, Opera Orlando, Tampa Opera, Central Florida Vocal Arts, and the University of Central Florida Opera. He proficiently plays over ten different instruments and regularly performs with a band on guitar, keyboard, mandolin, bass, and melodica.
Justin has over twelve years of teaching experience to students of all ages and abilities. He has a passion for sharing music with others and discovering the intricacies of each piece of music that he studies. He also sings and accompanies at local churches and synagogues. In his spare time, Justin enjoys writing novels, short stories, and stage works, sound recording, picking up new instruments, and eating far too much ice cream.
Studio Owner & Music Instructor (Voice & Piano)
Jillian Marini has always had a passion for music, teaching, and the arts. A Florida district winner of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition in 2017, Jillian has the talent, experience, and expertise to make her teaching incredible. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Opera Performance from Northwestern University and has performed all across the United States. In addition to her Bachelor of Music degree, she also holds a certificate from the Middlebury Language School for German Language and German Music Performance, and an Animation and Visual Effects certificate from The Digital Animation and Visual Effects School. Ms. Marini has been seen portraying Adele in ‘Die Fledermaus’, Frasquita in ‘Carmen’, and Rosina in ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’. In 2013, Ms. Marini created the role of Judy, for the world premiere of ‘Night of the Living Dead’, an opera by Todd Goodman based after the 1968 classic horror film. Other past operatic roles include Papagena (The Magic Flute), Sister Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Princess Nekaya (Utopia Limited), Young Lizzie in Thomas Albert’s ‘Lizbeth’, and Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro).
Jillian is a also certified Music Together instructor and a kid’s paint night instructor. She is passionate about spreading the joy of making music and creating art to even the youngest of students.
Jillian created Songbirds Music, Art, and Dance Center to create a safe and positive environment where students, professional artists, and artists of every level in between are able to grow, experiment, and collaborate to bring life to their art and passion. Before opening Songbirds, Jillian maintained a full voice and piano studio. She has over eight years of teaching experience and loves to see her students grow and bring their musical talents to fruition. When not at Songbirds Music, Art, and Dance Center, Jillian enjoys singing at both local churches and synagogues, performing with local opera companies, and spending time with her feisty dog, Mr. Feeny.