I met Margee Wheeler while she and I were cofacillitating a management class for the City of San Jose. In passing she made a comment during class one day, "that everyone is born with a natural voice, but that in our society, we don't typically encourage its development". A few years after that, when planning for my younger son's wedding, I thought about that idea, and went to her (because I knew that she was also a trained opera singer) to see if there was any possibility that I might be able to sing at my son's wedding. You have to realize that I was a 58 year old man, who had never done any singing. Much to my surprise Margee was extremely supportive, and after reviewing the songs I had selected, said that she was sure that she could get me ready. I worked with her about 2-3 times a month for over a year; learning breathing skills, articulation, phrasing, and other things for making a song come alive as a story. After successfully fulfilling my goal of singing at my son's wedding, Margee said "you have a big voice, and it should be heard. I think that you should audition in the local area for some of the musical productions." As I told her, I didn't have a clue about what to do in the theater, let alone in an audition. She told me that she would help me get ready. Relying on her experience, I prepared and went to five auditions. Much to my surprise, I was cast in four of the productions, and asked back for further consideration (call back) on the fifth. That was 1997. Now less than seven years later, I have just completed my 25th production, and am slated to perform in four other productions. I have sung a season with Opera San Jose in their opera chorus, performing in "Falstaff", "Cosi Fan Tutte", and "Manon". I have also performed throughout Northern California in musicals such as "South Pacific", "Follies", "Show Boat", "Flower Drum Song", "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "Mame", "Camelot", "Brigadoon", "Carousel", "Ragtime", "Sweeney Todd", and many others. Margee has opened the door for me to a love of performance.
I sought Margee as a singing teacher because she's both an expert and a healer. I wanted to learn how to sing and I wanted to use my voice to express myself with more confidence. The singing lessons were fascinating. Margee selected songs that were both interesting to me and fit my voice. Margee listened well. She not only instructed me in technique but also created a comfortable healing space for me to express myself. She even challenged me to perform when I felt shy. With Margee's strength and love I developed a part of me that I had never explored before."
Margee Wheeler has coached my students for honor choir auditions for years now. She is well prepared, uses her time efficiently and effectively and the students like her. In the end the proof is in the pudding, Lynbrook is one of the very few schools to have about 15 students accepted into the regional state honor choirs every year. Margee does a good job.
I have interacted with Margee Wheeler over the past several years in several different musical venues. She is a talented singer and vocal teacher who has a good rapport with young people and a strong desire to help them excel vocally. She is very reliable and always puts her whole heart into her work. Under her coaching, students strengthen their own skills, develop new ones, and become more comfortable performing.
Nancy Godfrey, Music Director, Starstruck Musical Theater, Fremont