"Deanna Peden has a great deal of dedication, is extremely organized, and is wonderfully thorough and creative in her lessons. She has an absolute authority over what she is teaching. Her gorgeous voice is, in fact, an inspiration to her students and her discipline helps structure and focus their creativity. She leads by example and also has a very innovative essence - a great combination for a teacher in the arts. Sometimes when we are very lucky, those that CAN - teach!"
Susan Egan, Broadway Star (Beauty and the Beast; Cabaret; Thoroughly Modern Millie
"I had the great pleasure of performing in a season of summer stock with Deanna years ago. With her glorious voice and cover girl looks, she was always an audience favorite, and what I particularly loved about working with her was her fiery sense of humor and fun."
Jeff Blumenkrantz, songwriter, Broadway performer, Songwriter
I studied with Ms. Peden for 3 years, and in that time, I developed a deep passion for singing and opera. Her teaching style is one-of-a-kind: while she encouraged me to sharpen my ear to be able to critique myself, she also guided my voice with her keen sense of style and technique. Thanks to my time with her, I am currently pursuing a masters degree and career in vocal performance. Ms. Peden was not only an inspiration, but one of the nicest, most caring people I've met. Her nurturing teaching style, coupled with her technical and dramatic knowledge, was the perfect springboard for my early vocal development.
Maya Kherani, Soprano, made her professional operatic debut with Ensemble Parallèle in San Francisco, A graduate of San Francisco Conservatory, she has sung regionally all over the United States and is presently holding an audition tour in Europe.
Deanna Peden is one of the most outstanding students I have taught during these 51 years in the college/University teaching field. She has wonderful flair for performing and from all I hear, she has developed into a fine teacher. I am very proud of her."
The late Dale Moore, Retired Professor of Music (Voice), Indiana University Professor Emeritus, Eastman School of Music Past President, National Association of Teachers of Singing American Academy of Teachers of Singing
"I met Deanna ten years ago while we were both apprentice artists at Des Moines Metro Opera. She was a powerful and magnetic performer with an incredibly beautiful voice. Her performance of Norina in a scene from Donizetti's Don Pasquale was one of the highlights of the summer. She has since translated her talents for the stage into teaching and directing - no easy task. She is one of the most tenacious and dedicated people I have ever known, and she approaches all she undertakes with elegance and class. I have sung in opera houses all over the country and have yet to encounter anyone who brings more to the table in this business. She is a rare gem - someone who understands the art of performing from every aspect."
Dana Beth Miller, Professional Opera Singer Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Dallas Opera, Arizona Opera
"I started taking lessons from Ms. Peden during my sophomore year in high school after a close friend of mine told me that she was a dedicated and wonderful teacher. And you know what--SHE WAS! During the first few minutes of my very first lesson with her, I knew that we were a match. She knows so much about the voice and professional world many singers try and want to have. With her guidance, Deanna Peden helped me grow as a singer, musician, performer, and, more importantly, a person. Thanks Ms. Peden for getting me where I am today!"
Ian Jose Ramirez, Staatsoper Stuttgardt, and world -wide performer, graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music,
"Deanna was awesome. She prepared me not only with my vocals, but with the performance itself, preparing me completely for the biggest performance of my life at Miss America."
Callee Bauman, former Miss South Dakota
After working with Ms. Peden, this was the most important thing I learned. The true art of teaching music comes not in being able to teach the notes on the page, but how to make them come to life, how to interpret their meaning and how to connect one's heart and mind to a stream of thought and emotion. Thank you Ms. Peden for bringing the best out of me and showing me the magic behind the notes."
Sannya Hede, graduate, Yale University