About Me

Hello! My name is Mariam Tsimpris McFalls, and I have taught private voice and piano lessons for the last 20 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice from the University of Houston. I am originally from Wood River, IL (St. Louis area) and attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville for 2 years before relocating to Houston. I graduated from U of H in 1986. I studied voice with Ms. Jean Preston at U of H,  and with Ms. Sarah Turner at SIU. My focus of teaching is classical in nature. I believe that the purpose of a voice teacher is to master the techniques of using the voice properly.  Therefore, the first 15 minutes of a voice lesson is devoted to vocal exercise. The latter half of the lesson is devoted to learning songs. My specialties are classical art songs and arias, and Broadway tunes.  

I taught myself to play the piano by watching my older sisters play. I was able to match pitches and mimic rhythmic sequences at an early age.  Eventually, when I became a little older, I was able to take private lessons with the local teacher (Elmer Curry) in Wood River. I continued my studies by taking a year of class piano in college, and was told by the professor that I should pursue a degree in piano. I am familiar with most piano methods, however, my favorites are Faber, Carol Matz Piano Method, and Piano Pronto..

Through the years I've taken different career paths - I was a licensed Optician and Corporate Trainer for 15 years, I also managed an electronics engineering company, as well as tackling the financial world of corporate tax laws. However, music has always been my first love, my backbone, my saving grace.  My happiest moments are with a student, guiding them on their musical journey, and seeing their face light up when they have accomplished a piece that they thought they would never be able to do.


Festivals students may participate in:

  • Jazz/Pop Festival - in the Fall
  • State Theory Test (student affiliate members only) - in the Fall and Spring
  • Contemporary/Baroque Repertoire Festival - alternates in early spring
  • Gold Cup Festival - typically first Saturday in March
  • Romantic/Sonatina Repertoire Festival - alternates in late spring
  • Musicianship Repertoire Festival - late spring

Additionally, I hold two recitals a year, in December, and late spring.

Latest News

November 1, 2017

November News

Registration deadline for the Hymn Festival (Austin) is today. Hymn Festival, Sat, Dec 2 at UT Butler School of Music. Jazz/Pop Festival (Clear Lake) is Saturday, Nov 4 at Heritage Park Baptist Church. No lessons during the Thanksgiving Break, Nov 20-24. HEADS UP! December Recital - my house - Saturday, Dec 9th. Details to follow.

October 1, 2017

October News

Don't forget that payments can now be made on my website using Paypal or SquareCash. Go to http://www.operalady.com/lessons_policy.html and click on the links. Friday, Oct 6 – No school for CCISD students. Monday, Oct 9 – No school for AISD students. Jazz/Pop/Rock Festival (Austin) is Sat, Oct 14th at UT Butler School of Music. Jazz/Pop (Clear Lake) registration deadline is Oct 21. $15 per student. Recital judging only (no private judging). Location is Heritage Park Baptist Church

September 1, 2017

September News

NEW! Payments can now be made on my website using Paypal or SquareCash. Go to http://www.operalady.com/lessons_policy.html and click on the links. Mon the 4th is Labor Day–no lessons. Sep 6-22 marks Student Affiliate Open Enrollment-$15 per student. Austin students, Jazz/Pop/Rock registration deadline isSep 13-$16 per student, and the Fall Theory Test registration deadline is Sep 22.

August 1, 2017

August News

Fall schedule is upon us. Please let me know what days/times work best for you. Monday, August 21: First Day of school. Fall schedule begins that week. Recital and Festival Schedule for the upcoming school year is now updated on my calendar.

July 5, 2017

July News

Monday -Friday, July 3-7th: No Lessons -vacation. Heads Up for August: As the summer draws to a close, it's time to start thinking about back to school schedules. Please let me know what days/times work best for you. Monday, August 21: First Day of school. Fall schedule begins

June 1, 2017

June News

Summer Schedule: As there are more teachable hours during the summer, if you would like to move your lessons to earlier in the day, please let me know asap. Summer schedule begins June 1st. No Lessons June 15-16: Texas Music Teachers Convention

May 1, 2017

May News

Thu-Fri 11th-12th: No Lessons. Sat 20th: Spring Recital! Our spring recital this year will be a formal recital event, to be held at the Steinway Piano Gallery – Austin, from 4:00-6:00pm. No School/No Lessons on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day. As the end of the school year draws near, it is time to start preparing for summer lessons. Lessons are conducted year round, including summers to ensure that your child continues to grow and stay active. Much can be lost over the summer requiring material to be repeated. This can sometimes be frustrating to the student. I do work around vacations so please factor that in your summer plans.

April 2, 2017

April News

Coming into the home stretch of the school year! Sat 8th is the Romantic Festival (Clear Lake). No lessons on Good Friday 14th.

March 2, 2017

March News

No lessons spring break week, and the following week – March 13-24. That includes skype. I will be out of the country. Sat 4th is the Gold Cup Festival Clear Lake). Wed 8th is the Registration Deadline Romantic/Contemporary Festival (Austin) – Let me know if you wish to participate. Two pieces memorized, with scale & cadence. Same format as Baroque/Classical Festival. Registration fee is $16. Sat 11th is a Gold Cup Festival Make Up Day (Clear Lake). Fri 24th is the Registration Deadline Romantic Festival (Clear Lake) – Skype Students – let me know if you wish to participate. One piece memorized, recital or private format. Registration fee is $18. I am chairing this event.

January 30, 2017

February News

I will be out of town from Wednesday-Friday Feb 8-10th. Skype students, obviously that won't affect you as I am always out of town…:) Austin students – If your lesson time falls on those days, can we skype or reschedule? Here's what's happening in February... Wed, Feb 1st is the Registration Deadline for Baroque/Classical Festival (Austin). Sat 11th is the Theory Test for both Clear Lake & Austin. Mon 20th, No School for AISD. Sat 25th is the Baroque/Classical Festival for Austin students at UT Butler School of Music.

January 1, 2017

January News

Happy New Year Everyone!! I hope everyone had a wonderful time off and are refreshed and ready to go for the new year. Lessons will commence on Tuesday, Jan 3rd. We will hit the ground running with goals for the new year. Put your thinking caps on and enjoy the ride! Here's what's happening for January: Tue 3rd is the Registration Deadline Baroque Festival (Clear Lake). Fri 6th is the Registration Deadline Spring Theory Test (Austin) and Registration Deadline for the Gold Cup Festival (Clear Lake). Sat 21st - Baroque Festival (Clear Lake) at San Jacinto College Central Campus.