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Black Mountain Center for the Arts has added another teacher to give private lessons - voice teacher Timothy Wilds.

Wilds is a certified master teacher of the Estill Voice Training System (estillvoice.com), a method taught by acting teachers, voice teachers, vocal coaches, and speech-language pathologists to help speakers and singers unlock the potential of their voices.

“To those for whom Estill voice is unknown, its founder believed that everyone has a beautiful voice,” Wilds said. “This model is remarkable in its ability to reveal potential in people. I’ve seen it happen time and time again. I am excited to make it available to people in Black Mountain and the surrounding communities.”

“Timothy can teach a chair to sing,” Penny Rose, director of music at St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, said. 

Wilds is accepting new students, middle school through adult, for Thursdays at the arts center. Lessons are 45 minutes and cost of $55 each. A minimum of four lessons is required.  

Wilds is choir director at St. James Episcopal church and chorus director at Deerfield Retirement Community. He has served on the faculty of Montreat College, Mars Hill University and UNC Asheville.

Wilds holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance and earned a master of music degree with distinction from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Over a 40-year career, Wilds has served community music schools, colleges/universities, schools, churches and arts organizations in Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey and Tennessee as a specialist in voice, choir, musical theater, operetta/opera and Christian worship.

For more or to set up a lesson, contact Wilds at 828-333-1700 or the arts center at 669-0930. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St.

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