Lilla Szász is an American born, Transylvanian blooded vocal coach, music educator, author, speaker, youth leader, worship singer, and founder of NXT LEVEL VOCALS. Her greatest passion is encouraging and empowering others to unlock + unleash their full potential, transforming their lives as well as others around them.
Lilla's been featured in Business Insider, WQXR Radio, truTV, Alive Magazine, Opera Today, Seen & Heard International, and has won critical and international acclaim for her "appealing sound, agile coloratura and oversize wit."
- The New York Times
A graduate of The Juilliard School with honors, she has studied vocal performance and pedagogy under the tutelage of Marlena Malas, vocal coach and mentor of Pavarotti.
She's performed on stage at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and has traveled around the globe to perform in Italy, Germany, France, Israel, Canada, and Austria.
She's performed with the Saint Louis Symphony, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, Israeli Chamber Orchestra and Juilliard Orchestra led by Maestro Alan Gilbert and has been a judge on panel for over 2,000 performers at the 2019 Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition.
She received Recognition of Excellence from the Tri-M Music Honors Society, and has won the American Prize Competition (1st Prize), Joy in Singing Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern District Competition, Giulio Gari International Competition, NJ Teachers Association Competition (1st Place), Music Teacher's National Association Competition (1st Place), among many others.
Previous roles include Lucinde in Gluck’s Armide in a Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard Opera co production, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera on the Avalon, Ella Burling in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Noémie in Cendrillon with Juilliard Opera under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief – all with Juilliard Opera. Additionally, she has covered Georgettein La Rondine and Costanza in Riccardo Primo (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Sophiein Der Rosenkavalier and Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore (Chautauqua), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Zhou in Kommilitonen, and Drusilla in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Juilliard).
AWARDS & GRANTS
Winner - Joy in Singing Competition | 2015
Winner - Juilliard Vocal Honors Recital Competition | 2013
Winner - Metropolitan Opera National Competition Eastern District | 2013
Grant Winner - Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant | 2013
1st Prize - The American Prize Opera Competition | 2013
3rd Prize - The American Prize Art Song Competition | 2013
Grant Winner - Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans | 2011 - 2013
Winner - SAI Competition in Voice, Chautauqua | 2012
Recipient - The Juilliard Merit Scholarships | 2007 - 2011
First Prize - The National Society for Arts and Letters Vocal Competition | 2011
First Prize - The National Society for Arts and Letters Vocal Competition | 2010
Grant Winner - Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition | 2010
Winner - Amato Opera Competition | 2010
Grant Winner - Lucrezia Bori Foundation Scholarship, Rome, Italy | 2010
Recipient - International Vocal Arts Institute Merit Scholarship, Tel Aviv, Israel | 2010
Recipient - Songfest Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship, Malibu, CA | 2009
Grant Winner - Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship Vocal Competition | 2009
Recipient - Académie France d'Eté de Nice Merit Scholarship | 2008
Recipient - University of Miami Merit Scholarship in Salzburg, Austria | 2007
Recipient - Tri-M Music Honor Society Recognition of Excellence | 2007 - Current
1st Prize - NJ Teachers Association Young Musicians Voice Competition | 2005
1st Prize - Music Teachers National Association Performance State Competition | 2006
4th Place (out of 1500 competitors) - NJ All State Chorus in Choral Performance | 2005
1st Place (out of 1500 competitors) - NJ All State Chorus in Solo Performance | 2005
RADIO, TV & FILM
"Big Dreams, Bigger God" iTunes and Spotify Audiobook
NTS Radio Live Los Angeles
truTV “Russian Girls Fall in Snow”
Nokia Ad “Don’t Fence Me In”
WQXR Radio “Juice Box Hero”
"Christian et Christine" Short Film
Family ADG Vocals “Lifting the Veil”
Red Bull Theater “Tis Pity”
Duna TV Filmed Performance
Hungarian Hour at WRSU 88.7 FM Radio
"I OWN A PRIVATE RECORDING STUDIO WHERE I DO A LOT OF MY RECORDING WORK AND WANTED TO EXPAND MY RANGE AND FINE TUNE MY TECHNIQUE. WORKING WITH LILLA DID JUST THAT AND MUCH, MUCH MORE! I NOW HAVE MORE VOCAL FREEDOM AND CONFIDENCE THAN EVER! HANDS DOWN, IT'S WHERE I SEND EVERYONE. LILLA EASILY EXPLAINED HOW VOCAL ANATOMY WORKS AND HOW EACH COMPONENT PLAYS A ROLE IN SINGING. HER FUN AND HUMOROUS APPROACH TO TEACHING IS SO SUPPORTIVE.
I NOTICED MY VOICE GAINED SO MUCH MORE FREEDOM, CLARITY, RANGE, AND CONFIDENCE! I HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER - ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO GET ON THE SPOT REAL TRAINING. LILLA'S THE REAL DEAL - I COULDN'T RECOMMEND HER MORE."
- ATHENA ADAMOPOULOS / COMPOSER / PIANIST / RECORDING ARTIST
"LILLA'S WARM UPS WERE SO SOOTHING AND RELAXING. AFTER OUR LESSONS, I CAN TELL MY VOICE FEELS STRONGER AND MORE FLEXIBLE, EVEN THOUGH I'M DOING WAY LESS NOW. I ALSO LOVE HOW LILLA OFFERS DIFFERENT STYLES OF EXCITING REP OPTIONS FOR MY VOICE TYPE. WE'VE WORKED ON FINE TUNING MY RUNS AND I'M SO HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS! MY VOICE FEELS FREER, I DON'T HAVE TO CONCENTRATE AS MUCH. I'M ABLE TO USE MY LOWER BODY WAAAY MORE EFFICIENTLY. PLUS, LILLA'S ENCOURAGEMENT ALLOWED ME TO LET GO EVEN FURTHER. I WOULD 100% RECOMMEND HER TO ANYBODY WHO FEELS DISCOURAGED AND WANTS TO IMPROVE."
- KRYSTINA FRANCINE / SINGER / SONG WRITER / RECORDING ARTIST
LILLA IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING PEOPLE I'VE KNOWN. ALWAYS NICE AND ENCOURAGING, GIVES A LOT OF USEFUL FEEDBACK AND REALLY PAYS ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL. TIME FLIES SO FAST WHEN HAVING LESSONS WITH HER. I REALLY ENJOY EVERY SINGLE EXERCISE.
- ZIQING YANG / SINGER
"I RECEIVED A POWER-PACKED COMPENDIUM OF PROPER SUPPORT AND POSTURE, SENSIBLE BREATHING, PROPER DICTION, CLARITY AND FREEDOM OF TONE TECHNIQUES, MENTAL TRICKS AND MUCH MORE. OVER THE COURSE OF OVER AN HOUR, I NOTICED SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT IN MY VOCAL SOUND AND AGILITY. LILLA WAS SIMULTANEOUSLY METICULOUS AND ENCOURAGING, MAKING OUR LEARNING PRODUCTIVE AND ALSO COMFORTABLE. FOR THESE REASONS, I AM PLEASED TO ENDORSE THE DYNAMO THAT IS LILLA HEINRICH SZÁSZ. WHEN YOU MEET HER, YOU WILL SEE EVERYTHING I HAVE COME TO APPRECIATE ABOUT HER OVER THE SIX-PLUS YEARS OF KNOWING HER."
- CHRIS KAPICA / COMPOSER / EDUCATOR / RECORD ARTIST
"I AM TRULY HONORED TO RECOMMEND MS. LILLA.THANKS TO HER, I AM NOW A SOPRANO AND HAVE A 3-OCTAVE RANGE. MY ABILITY TO SPEAK AND SING WITH CORRECT DICTION, RESTS WITH HER PATIENCE IN RECORDING THE STANZAS FOR ME TO LISTEN TO. LILLA'S EXCEPTIONAL EXPERTISE AND EXTENSIVE REPERTOIRE IN HER FIELD HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO LEARN HOW TO SING. I HAD NO IDEA HOW VOCALISTS SUSTAINED BREATH SUPPORT. SHE EXPLAINED THAT TO ME IN DETAIL AND WE WORKED AND WORKED ON IT. IF I DID NOT UNDERSTAND SOMETHING, SHE'D EXPLAIN IT IN A DIFFERENT MANNER. I LEARNED HOW TO TO USE MY ENTIRE ANATOMY MORE EFFICIENTLY. THIS IS HEALTHY VOCAL TECHNIQUE. LILLA'S LOVE FOR THE ART IS EVIDENT IN HER ENTHUSIASTIC AND ENERGETIC TEACHING TECHNIQUES. SHE IS DEVOTED TO BECOMING THE BEST KIND OF EDUCATOR."
- BEV CLARK / ORGANIST / INSTRUMENTALIST / SINGER
"I LOVE MY VOICE LESSONS WITH LILLA. SHE IS VERY PROFESSIONAL AND HELPFUL. MY VOICE HAS BEEN IMPROVING SINCE WE STARTED LESSONS A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO. THE OTHER DAY IN OUR LESSON I GOT UP TO A D5 WHICH IS GOOD FOR A MALE. I WOULD RECOMMEND HER TO MY FRIENDS AND OTHERS."
- JORDAN HERN / SINGER