Deirdre received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila, Philippines in 1988 and later her Master of Music Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA in 1993 and Post Graduate Diploma from the John’s Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1994. Ms. Lobo-D’Cunha is a member of the Music Teacher’s Association of California. In addition, Deirdre is a graduate of the University of Bombay in Sociology.
As a Vocal Consultant / Coach, Deirdre has been teaching voice since 1988 and with 25+ years of teaching expertise, teaches students vocal technique enabling them to sing the following genres of vocal music with ease and efficiency: Pop, Jazz, Rap, Broadway, Western Classical, Indian Classical – Hindustani / Carnatic.
In the San Francisco Bay Area Deirdre has worked with students from the age of 5 years and up. Deirdre works with students of all levels of vocal and musical development – from beginners to advanced levels, and even specializes in teaching students with special needs.
Some of her star students Online as well as in the United States, have performed on Broadway or in major productions. In the United States, Hannah Bautista who has played Ngana in SOUTH PACIFIC, Cosette in LES MISERABLES, to name a few. In India, Tara Sutaria has been host for Disney India, and has also played lead roles in musicals such as GREASE, and recently, Meher Mistry who has played lead roles in plays, and musicals, performed as Belle in India’s Disney production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
Another big part of Deirdre’s teaching career is doing voice workshops worldwide for high school, college, and university choirs, dancers, voice teachers, actors, and singers. Deirdre regularly conducts voice workshops for singers and teachers, not just in the US but worldwide, and is now expanding her work in the Far East, Middle East, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
Thanks to technology, as a follow up program to the workshops Deirdre conducts globally, she teaches students online regularly through her Online Voice Studio. She currently serves students in Germany, Hong Kong, Dubai, the UK, and India. Deirdre also builds and oversees Vocal Divisions for dance schools, theatre groups, schools of academia, etc. worldwide.
As Drama Director Deirdre has served Our Lady of Mercy School (OLM), Daly City, California where she worked with students ages 7–16 yrs. At OLM, Deirdre directed Musical Reviews that she envisioned such as DOWN BROADWAY, FROM RAGS TO RICHES, and CASCADES II among others. Ms. Lobo-D’Cunha has also directed the musical GODSPELL JUNIOR.
As Vocal Director, Deirdre’s most recent theatre project was JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (2014) where as Vocal Director, she worked with 45 singers and actors initially on Skype for 4 months, and for the first time had the honor of working with Alyque Padamsee, Shiamak Davar, Karla Singh, Merlin D’Souza and Raell Padamsee.
As a Concert & Solo Artist, Deirdre was winner of the GRAND PRIZE in the Fan Faire Foundation Messiah Soloist Competition, San Diego, California (Dec 4, 2011), and SECOND PRIZE in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, New York (Dec 19, 2011).
In her career she has worked with some of the most eminent teachers in voice such as Dr. Robert Harrison, Dr. Barbara Sable, Katherine Sternberg, Marilyn Zschau and currently with Voltaire Verzosa.
A versatile artist, Deirdre frequently performs as soloist in concert, and in recital internationally as well as in the USA performing repertoire from various genres including: Pop, Broadway, Crossover, Oratorio / Sacred Music, Opera, and Lieder.
As part of her Oratorio / Sacred Repertoire, Deirdre has been soloist for the Messiah (Handel), Creation (Haydn), Gloria (Vivaldi), Magnificat (Vivaldi), Christmas Cantata (J.S. Bach), Mass in G (Schubert), Seven Last Words of Christ (Dubois), Ceremony of Carols (Britten), Magnificat (Pergolesi), The Armed Men (Jenkins), Magnificat (J.S. Bach), Mass in C Major (Beethoven), and Requiem (Mozart), among others.
Deirdre made her operatic debut playing the role of The Fist Lady in the Magic Flute. Other roles include: The Mother in Hansel and Gretel, and the snake and ower in The Little Prince. Deirdre has also covered the role of Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera.
She has worked with stage directors, opera coaches, and conductors such as Dennis Jackson, Roger Brunyate, Carol Palca, Joann Kulesza, Kathy Cathcart, Richard Harrell, Peter Grunberg, Martin Isepp, Shulamit Hoffman, David Ramadanoff, Dr. Francisco Feliciano, Amelita Guevarra, Ernani Cuenco, just to name a few.
In 1996, Deirdre was invited to sing in Sangat an Indian International Music Festival held in Bombay, sponsored by the Mehli Mehta Foundation, and chaired by Zubin Mehta. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Deirdre has performed frequently in recital with the Rossmoor Concert Series, Noontime Concerts, Santa Rosa Concert Series, and the Community Music Center Concert Series.
In 2009, Deirdre did a solo concert tour in India with concerts in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. In Feb 2013, she was invited to do a solo recital at the Monte Music Festival, Goa, INDIA. In May 2014, Ms. Lobo-D’Cunha sang a solo recital program of mostly Pop, Broadway, Classical, and Crossover repertoire, to a packed audience and standing ovations.
It was from 1997 through 2004 that Deirdre took a sabbatical from actively performing, while she was raising her son Andre, now almost 18 years of age. Deirdre is married to Neville D'Cunha, and along with their son Andre live in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA.
As Cantor & Choral Director, Deirdre has served at local churches in the San Francisco. She is the principal cantor and choral director at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, San Mateo, California since 2000.
As Artistic Director / Founder. Deirdre envisioned and founded Ensemble Vocalis (EV) a concert company performing in the United States, and now Ms. Lobo-D’Cunha has founded the CELIA LOBO ACADEMY OF VOICE (CLAV) – A Musical Journey to carry on the legacy of her mother India’s Operatic Diva – CELIA LOBO.
A native of India, coming from an artistic background, Deirdre began her musical training under her mother, CELIA LOBO, well known opera singer, theater director, and voice teacher in India - teacher and director to many artists and personalities including Sunidhi Chauhan, Sachin Tendulkar, Shiamak Davar, Ella Castellino, Shahriyar Attai, Dalip Tahil, Sunita Rao, Shweta Shetty, etc.
In addition, her brother ASHLEY LOBO is well known choreographer in India and abroad, and artistic director of THE DANCEWORX PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY, India. Her sister, CAROLYN VINCENT is a Life Coach, and Passion Consultant, training CEOs and Executives in Australia and worldwide. Lastly her dad, LT. COL. TREVOR LOBO who passed away in 2013 and is greatly missed, was her silent listener, and support. Deirdre owes her thanks, support, and gratitude to both her parents – THE BEST, one could ever ask for!
DEIRDRE LOBO-D'CUNHA, Lirico Spinto Soprano
Vocal Consultant / Coach
Artistic Director / Founder - Celia Lobo Academy of Voice (CLAV)