(B.M., M.M. Honors)
50,000+ Coachings Given
A vocal coach and music educator, passionate about helping you unlock + unleash your God given talent and get you to the » next level.
Lilla Szász is an American born, Transylvanian blooded vocal coach, music educator, author, speaker, worship singer, and founder of NXT LEVEL VOCALS. She has enjoyed teaching individuals of all ages, levels and styles, with students ranging from the absolute beginner to the most well-advanced.
Her greatest passion is encouraging and empowering others to unlock + unleash their full potential, transforming their lives as well as others around them.
She works towards developing confidence, authenticity, healthy technique and helping each student develop strong musicianship and confidence in their craft, while instilling a love for music and the arts.
Her unique and tailored approach focuses on helping students overcome their individual obstacles and discover the strengths of their unique instrument, maximizing them to their full potential.
Her students have performed and appeared on America's Got Talent, The Voice, The Disney Channel, Carnegie Hall, and has coached individuals for TV, Commercials, Voice Over, Studio Recording, Interviews, Radio, Podcasting, Book Writing and Public Speaking.
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 (Masters of Music and Bachelors of Music) and winner of the prestigious Juilliard Honor's Recital, she studied vocal performance and pedagogy under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann, Dr. Virginia Allen, and 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 Israel, Austria, Italy, Germany, France and Canada.
She's performed with the Saint Louis Symphony, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, Juilliard415 Orchestra led by Maestro William Christie and Juilliard Orchestra led by Maestro Alan Gilbert among others. She was also a judge for over 2,000 performers at the 2019 Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition.
She has 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
Winner - Juilliard Vocal Honors Recital Competition
Winner - Metropolitan Opera National Competition Eastern District
Grant Winner - Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant
1st Prize - The American Prize Opera Competition
3rd Prize - The American Prize Art Song Competition
Grant Winner - Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Winner - SAI Competition in Voice, Chautauqua
Recipient - The Juilliard Merit Scholarships
First Prize - The National Society for Arts and Letters Vocal Competition
First Prize - The National Society for Arts and Letters Vocal Competition
Grant Winner - Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition
Winner - Amato Opera Competition
Grant Winner - Lucrezia Bori Foundation Scholarship, Rome, Italy
Recipient - International Vocal Arts Institute Merit Scholarship, Tel Aviv, Israel
Recipient - Songfest Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship, Malibu, CA
Grant Winner - Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship Vocal Competition
Recipient - Académie France d'Eté de Nice Merit Scholarship
Recipient - University of Miami Merit Scholarship in Salzburg, Austria
Recipient - Tri-M Music Honor Society Recognition of Excellence
1st Prize - NJ Teachers Association Young Musicians Voice Competition
1st Prize - Music Teachers National Association Performance State Competition
4th Place (out of 1500 competitors) - NJ All State Chorus in Choral Performance
1st Place (out of 1500 competitors) - NJ All State Chorus in Solo Performance
RADIO, TV & FILM
"Big Dreams, Bigger God" iTunes and Spotify Audiobook
NTS Radio Live Los Angeles
truTV “Russian 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
"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