Midcoast School Of Music offers personalized lesson plans and one-on-one instruction with some of the finest musicians in New England, focusing on mechanics, theory, and performance. Below, you’ll see the instructors available for voice lessons and have a chance to learn more about them. For more information regarding available lesson times at our Portland campus, please click on the "Contact" button.
Chas Lester has been a fixture in the Maine music scene for close to two decades as an educator and gigging musician. He attended University Of Maine At Augusta with a concentration in jazz and contemporary vocal performance. While there he also honed his skills as a drummer, percussionist, and vocal percussionist of which he last he has done a TED talk on. Chas can be heard all over New England playing with many diverse musical groups from the twenty piece big band The Fogcutters to the acoustic rock/pop band The Dapper Gents. Chas has also had the good fortune of sharing a stage with some amazing musicians from John Popper of Blues Traveler to Chris Barron of The Spin Doctors to Cyril Neville and rapper Spose. Come study with Chas. Learn and have fun doing it!
Stephanie is an experienced and versatile vocalist who has performed extensively throughout New England from festival stages to more intimate venues. She maintains an active performance schedule with her own acclaimed group ‘Stephanie Fogg (formerly Stephanie Fisher) Blues Band’, her highly sought after function band Retrospecticus or with talented pianist (and husband) Matt Fogg as well as numerous other projects. An instructor at Midcoast School of Music since 2008, She offers vocal instruction in Contemporary Music, Blues, R+B, Rock, Jazz, Gospel and many other styles. Stephanie attended the University of Maine at Augusta majoring in Music with a concentration in Education.
Beginning at 10 years old, Susie joined her church's choir and attributes much of her vocal training to the experiences learned there. Continuing through her teenage years and into her 20's Susie performed with many local function bands, musical theaters, the Portland Symphony, and the Jackson, TN. Symphony. In 2009, she won the title of Miss Maine where she was a spokesperson for young women and the State of Maine while promoting her platform of Volunteerism. She won multiple vocal talent awards during this time including "Best Vocal Performance" at Miss Maine and Miss America. Over the last four years Susie has poured her time and energy into her own function band, Susie Pepper and Mixology, as well as her husband and four children.