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Bruce Walton - Voice Teacher/Coach

Bruce is the owner of Sac Valley Vocals a Voice Studio in the Elk Grove Area. He has Taught voice part time for over 25 years in the Sacramento area and the North Bay area. 

Bruce believes that students that want to perform should do just that, Perform! He finds Performance opportunities for his students through Festivals and contests in the Greater Sacramento area. 

Many of Bruce’s students have competed in and won several competitions locally, nationally and internationally. Including Elk Grove Teen Idol, Sacramento County’s “Most Talented Kid”; PBS’ “Celebration of Music”.  

Bruce’s students have also performed the National Anthem for the Sacramento River Cats, the Sacramento Republic, Stanford University Baseball & the Sacramento Kings.

Bruce has performed in and directed `many musicals, stage plays and operas in college and community theater groups since the mid 80’s. He has also sung with and led several worship teams over the last 30 years including most recently at SunGrove Church’ Celebrate Recovery

Shawn Walton - Tutor

Shawn has over 10 years of experience as a para-educator in the Elk Grove School District; 5 years with middle school students and 5 years with primary students.  

She also has over 13 years of hands-on experience with her own developmentally delayed child who is on the Autism spectrum and has a severe speech disorder.  In working with her child, she has learned behavior therapy techniques that she incorporates into  tutoring sessions when needed.  

Shawn currently works with students who are on the autism spectrum, struggle with ADD, anxiety, developmental delays and hearing impairment.   

She recently had the opportunity  to use some of the speech techniques she uses with her daughter to tutor a 10 year old hearing impaired child to help her vocalize in support with her speech therapist. 


Lauren Gates - Voice Teacher/Coach

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy and a background in the Performing Arts, Lauren Gates is a skilled educator who enjoys work with both children and adults. Positions she’s held throughout her 16-year teaching career include: Musical Theater Instructor, Vocal Instructor, and Director of Performing Arts Camps at VIBE Performing Arts Studio in Valencia, CA, Vocal Director and Vocal Instructor at Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center in Portland, OR, and Musical Director at MYACT (Mountain Youth And Community Theater) in Sonora, CA.

Lauren is classically trained, but very much enjoys teaching towards popular vocal technique. Some of her favorite work has been coaching singers in their audition for popular shows like American Idol and The Voice! With her extensive knowledge of the vocal mechanism, Lauren enables her students to “safely” create a popular sound without fear of damage to the vocal tract. Some of her students have even gone on to enjoy performance careers, of which she is especially proud.

Personally, Lauren most enjoys singing Worship music of all types. She has formerly served on both Gospel and Rock worship teams, and will soon be joining the Contemporary worship team at Bayside Midtown. Lauren is thrilled to bring her expertise to the Sac Valley Vocals team, and can’t wait to help you reach your vocal goals!

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