She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the tutelage of some of the opera industry’s most renowned educators. Danielle has had the privilege of studying under teacher Dawn Harris, in addition to such notable educators as Baritone operatic sensation Nathan Gunn, Maestro Eduardo Diazmunoz, and Tenor Jerold Siena to name a few. A recipient of several vocal achievement awards, including a 1st place honor in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (or NATS) vocal competition, and honorable mention in the prestigious Thomas J. Smith memorial scholarship, Danielle excelled as a vocalist and performer at Illinois.
A dynamic performer in all arenas, Danielle shines as a performer of the stage. Favorite roles include Yum-Yum in Gilbert & Sullivan’s comedic operetta, “The Mikado”, Polly Potter in the Marx Brothers’ hilarious comedy, “The Cocoanuts” and La Princessa in “El Gato con Botas”. In addition to her work on the stage, Ms. Floberg is an accomplished recital singer, having been the soloist for the Illinois debut of “Angels in the Architecture”, a contemporary piece by composer Frank Ticheli. Danielle performs regularly throughout the Chicagoland area, and serves as a vocalist on her church worship team.
In addition to singing, Danielle is also an accomplished classical violist and contemporary violinist. She has studied and played strings for nearly 15 years, under the tutelage of violist Karen Summerville. She currently plays in local church orchestras, and serves as a violinist/violist on her church worship team.
One of Danielle’s true musical joys is teaching – from beginners to seasoned professionals, she feels truly at home in the teaching studio! Danielle’s goal for her students is to develop healthy and effective technique that transcends musical genre – all while engaging in an environment and repertoire that is fun, relevant, and interesting to the student. She believes that hard work, attention to technique, and artistry are essential in learning an instrument, or to sing, but that fun is the other key component to successful learning!
Music teacher who inspired me the most: My high school choir director, Steve Sivak. He pushed me to be my very best and not only taught me the technical side of music, but taught me all of the other non-musical skills that go along with being a musician! His teaching style and the results he got from his students were so inspirational to me. I also feel as though he has most influenced me as a teacher!
How I am making the world a better place: I am making this world a better place through encouraging students to explore music and helping them to feel the unique way that each person experiences music!
Favorite quote about music: “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo