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Singing is sweet music to Lisa Rowe’s ears

Lisa Rowe gives a glance at voice lessons outlines to high school sophomore Natiana Leverich and her mother Angel as part of her private singing and instrumental classes.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED March 19, 2012 12:05 a.m.

Give Every Child a Chance special events and marketing director Lisa Rowe is returning to her private voice and instrumental tutoring practice with plans of opening a performing arts center in Lathrop within the year.

Rowe met with former student Natiana Leverich who she taught for some eight years while teaching at the Manteca Christian School. Natiana’s mother Angel said her daughter sought Rowe out again crediting her for her early-on instruction in voice and flute.

Private classes are being scheduled at the GK Music Studio at 572 Commerce Court south of the Social Security building near Highway 99 on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Natiana is excited about taking voice lessons from Rowe again after her early elementary school days.  

Rowe said she hopes to further motivate Natiana even more to keep her on the right track.  It’s all about giving her a lot of self-confidence and striving to help her find her most important goal in life.

“I know she has always had a passion for performing.  I want to put her in different venues where she can perform.  She’s in a concert this (past) Saturday at the Empire Theater in Stockton along with professionals on a big stage,” Rowe said.

Natiana, who is home schooled through the Connecting Waters Charter School, said she also has two friends in their late 20s who have served as mentors to her in both dance and music as well as in her spirituality.

“I dance ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hula and pretty much anything under the sun and some modeling,” the high school sophomore said.  In addition to the flute, she also plays the Irish Pennywhistle.  The teenager has also taken many acting lessons as well and has performed at St. Stanislaus Church in Modesto as well as the Manteca Pumpkin Festival

Natiana also sings contemporary Christian, performing at the Grace Christian Center in Tracy.  She belongs to the Illumination Dance group that travels to other communities when the singers are requested to perform.

She plans to attend Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.

Rowe plans to launch her private half-hour lessons starting today with a maximum of 15 students per day with individual lessons from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Appointments may be made by calling GK Music at 923-4121.

The cost is $25 a week or $100 per month even when there are five weeks in the month.  Voice lessons and instrumentals including woodwind and brass: flute, clarinet, and trumpet but with her main focus on the voice lessons from beginning through advanced, Rowe said.

Rowe holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Biblical Studies with a minor in music.

She is going to continue working at GECAC for a couple of weeks, she said, until the tutoring organization can hire her replacement.

“What I want to do is eventually to open a performing arts academy in Lathrop where I want to offer dance, music, movement and art classes – that’s my goal hopefully within the year,” Rowe said.

She said that while teaching private lessons, she can focus on obtaining the financing she needs to provide for the performing arts center.  Her email is

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