ZVA’s Mary Koenig of Boca Raton, FL Releases Her Second Original Song, “June”

Zagaria Vocal Academy client, Mary Koenig officially released her second original song called “June” on February 28th, 2018.

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Singer-Songwriter Mary Koenig pauses for a recent photo opportunity in Milan, Italy

This beautiful summer melody features warm vocal tones and a gorgeous piano  accompaniment provided by song producer and vocal mentor, Jeffrey Zagaria.

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Mary Koenig sings, “June”, with Jeffrey Zagaria accompanying her on the piano in the studio.

Mary is currently an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Boca Raton, Florida. She plans to attend Florida Atlantic University this coming Fall.  Koenig will continue her pursuit of a singer/songwriting career studying music and voice at ZVA and a business degree at FAU.

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Mary Koenig performs, “June” at The Sketch Restaurant in London, England on a funky piano.

Koenig receives full credit for the song lyric and shares credit with Zagaria on the original music.

Mary enjoys playing the piano, guitar, and writing poetry on her free time.

Consider listening, liking, commenting, and sharing Mary’s new song “June” on Youtube and Soundcloud.   Click below, you won’t be disappointed!

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Michael Maroney is ZVA’s Student Of The Month, April 2018

Congratulations to Michael Maroney of Reading, Massachusetts for winning Zagaria Vocal Academy Student Of The Month for April, 2018.

Michael has been an online piano student with Jeffrey Zagaria every week for over five years. Maroney has mastered many piano pieces from different genres over that five year span including “The Entertainer”, the full version of “Fur Elise”, “Clocks” by Cold Play, “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey and many others. Michael has also excelled in his high school and is planning to attend college this fall 2018.

Maroney has been a part of his high school tennis team for the past four years, playing varsity doubles the past three years and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. Michael also volunteers teaching tennis to young kids in the summer. Michael Maroney at his keyboard where he took online lessons for 5 years with Jeffrey Zagaria.

Right now he plans to go to either UMass Amherst or UConn, and plan to major in the public health field. He is part of the Jimmy Fund Smiles club at my school, which volunteers at various Jimmy Fund events, as well as the Samantha’s Harvest Club, which provides funding to programs that enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome.

We are really exited about Michael’s overall achievements and are proud to award him the ZVA Student of The Month Award for April 2018.

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ZVA’s Marco Griesi Signs with Debbie Gibson Collaborates and Releases “Back”.

img_3409Zagaria Vocal Academy client, Marco Griesi officially released his first single called “Back” late this week on his birthday, March 15, 2018.

Marco’s first release was produced by internationally acclaimed and multi platinum award winner, Debbie Gibson. Griesi and Gibson collaborated and agreed to a one song publishing contract for Marco’s original song “Back”.img_3407

Marco Griesi is currently an eighteen year old singer-songwriter guitarist from Boca Raton, FL.img_3410

Marco enjoys playing, writing and singing music and is also a competitive surfer.

Click on the link to his new video below to listen to Marco’s new song entitled, “Back”.

Congratulations to Marco Griesi from Zagaria Vocal Academy!  We suggest you click on the link above, like and follow Marco’s Youtube page.  We look forward to hearing and seeing more from this outstanding new talent!

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Singer-Songwriter Mary Koenig is ZVA’s Student Of The Month of January 2018

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Singer-Songwriter Mary Koenig is Zagaria Vocal Academy’s Student Of The Month January 2018.

Congratulations belong to Mary Koenig, Zagaria Vocal and Music Academy’s “Student of The Month of January, 2018”. Koenig is a senior at Boca Raton Community High School in Boca Raton, FL.

Mary recently recorded and mixed her first original song, “Love Hesitation” at Zagaria Vocal Academy’s recording studio under the direction of Jeffrey Zagaria. Her new song, ”Love Hesitation” was recently registered at the U.S. Copyright Office.


Mary Koenig working on her new song, “Love Hesitation” at Zagaria Vocal Academy Studio in Boca Raton, Florida.

Koenig began studying voice with Jeffrey Zagaria in January of 2016. Since then, Mary’s voice has greatly improved in many vocal metrics including range, tone, breathing, stamina, pitch, and artistic expressiveness. She has focused on building her voice and finding her own natural singing style.

Mary auditioned for a singing position in her church choir. In a short time, she began singing solos due to her performance excellence. Now, one can find Mary regularly singing on Sundays at her church as a regularly featured soloist. Furthermore, she began writing songs under the tutelage of Zagaria. After writing and rewriting “Love Hesitation”, and other original songs, Mary has finalized her first release on January 21, 2018.


Mary Koenig playing the piano to her new song “Love Hesitation” at Zagaria Vocal Academy Studios, in Boca Raton, FL


Mary’s voice continues to impress as she has been working diligently for two years with Zagaria on her vocal studies.

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Mary Koenig has has been practicing her vocal technique in the studio. Her first demo is delighting listeners with her unique voice and style.

Mary’s plans include pursuing her singing and songwriting career beyond high school. She plans to attend Florida Atlantic University in the Fall of 2018. She is an AP student and has maintained an impressive 3.69 GPA and 4.9 HPA throughout high school. Mary has been very active in extracurricular activities including volunteer work, working as a hostess for local eateries, and being captain of her high school volleyball team two years in a row.

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Mary Koenig can be heard on her social media links found below this article.

You can check out Mary’s new song, “Love Hesitation” on Soundcloud and Youtube.

Mary’s SoundCloud link is below:

Mary’s Youtube link is below:


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Nicole Knorr is ZVA’s Student Of The Month of October 2016


Congratulations belongs to Nicole Knorr, Zagaria Vocal and Music Academy’s “Student Of The Month of October 2016”.  Knorr was recently accepted at University Of Northern Florida’s School Of Music.  She plans to study a dual major of voice and piano.  Nicole has been working with Jeffrey Zagaria at Zagaria Vocal Academy LLC since she was a young teenager.  Currently she is a senior in high school with an enormous resume filled with many awards and honors.  Knorr has been chosen for the ZVA award due to her continued dedication to her vocal and musical studies.  Nicole studies have included singing lessons, vocal performance lessons, mixed voice and classical vocal training, music theory, piano, song writing, music composition and scoring.
Nicole Knorr has an extensive resume including All State Chorus, Broward All County Honors Chorus, several “Superiors” ranking for vocals, several “Superiors” ranking for Piano, as well as Superior Plus awards, as well as many “Excellent” rankings over her high school career.  Her extensive award resume is printed below this article.  She currently attends school at Monarch High School, Coconut Creek, FL.
Nicole has collected many accolades, and it has been difficult to determine which month to award her the ZVA’s Student Of The Month Award.  This month became a milestone as Norr was accepted into UNF. She also completed her first writing and scoring of a classical piece with direction from Zagaria.  Furthermore, Nicole continues receiving team teaching within the ZVA with master teacher Jillienne Cherie Davis, who has worked with Nicole for the last few years on vocal performance online using Skype.  Zagaria currently instructs Knorr in ZVA Boca Raton studios and online on vocal technique as well as music theory and composition.

Nicole Knorr’s awards and accolades include:
Piano Guild 2012 – Intermediate Class A, District, Superior, Classification: District Citywide Circle Rating
Piano Guild 2013 – Intermediate Class B, State, Superior Plus, Classification:  IB Top Talent Circle Rating
Florida All State Chorus 2013, Conductor: Elena Sharkova
FAU High School Honors Choral Festival – November 2013
Florida All State Chorus 2014, Conductor:  Paul Rardin
Broward All County Honor Chorus 2014 – Awarded solo upon audition
BCMTA:  Musicthon January 2014 (fundraiser for 4Kids of South Florida)
Florida Vocal Association – Solo and Ensemble, District Level, March 2014,
Received Superior for vocals
Received Excellent for piano
Induction into Tri-M Music Honor Society 2014
National Federation of Music Festivals – January 2014
Level 6 – Maple Leaf Rag and Starlight – Superior
Florida Bandmasters Association – Solo and Ensemble – District Level, piano –Maple Leaf Rag – January 2014 – Superior
Pompano Beach Piano Competition – February 2014
Florida Bandsmasters Association – Solo and Ensemble – State Level – piano –2014 Excellent
Florida Vocal Association – Solo and Ensemble – State Level – April 5th, 2014 – Vocals – Excellent
Student Day – appointment for Sunday, April 13th
Piano Guild 2014 – Superior Plus
Monarch Knights Marching Band 2014-2015 season
(participation in State Marching Band competition in Tampa)
Florida All State Chorus 2015, Sight Reading Chorus
Broward All County Honor Chorus 2015
Florida Vocal Association – Solo and Ensemble – District Level
Received Superior for vocals, 2015
Received Superior for piano, 2015
Florida Bandmasters Association – Solo and Ensemble – District Level,
Piano – Superior
Florida Bandmasters Association, Solo and Ensemble – State Level,
Piano – Excellent


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Ryan Burgess is Zagaria Vocal Academy’s Student Of The Month for March 2016.

Zagaria Vocal Academy L.L.C is proud to announce the Student Of The Month Award for March 2016 recipient, Ryan Burgess.  Ryan began studying voice at the end of December 2015.  In only a three month span Ryan has improved his singing technique in an extraordinary way.  I believe Ryan’s rapid success is due directly to his high musical IQ, class attentiveness, ability to retain information taught in his weekly class, and dedication to practice the new information daily.  Ryan began his lessons with a very robust two octave range.  Two weeks ago Ryan had a nine note increase in range.  Last week he gained another two notes for a total of 11 more notes that he can now negotiate with good technique.  This week Ryan added a note to his chest voice giving him an impressive three octave range.


Ryan Burgess, ZVA’s Student of the Month, March 2016

Furthermore, Ryan’s breathing technique has greatly improved.  His tone has also developed considerably into a richer and more evenly distributed frequency response over his range.  Burgess is also improving intonation in his singing.  He is really beginning to gain consistency in his pitch while singing as well.

Ryan is from Boca Raton, FL.  He is in tenth grade and boasts an excellent GPA considering he gets mostly A’s and B’s.  He comes into my studio for lessons most weeks, while other’s he Skype’s in during his class time.  Ryan has been singing in his school choir since sixth grade and loves singing.  He has also participated in school band and school plays.  In Burgess’s own words, “Some of the activities I love to do now are song writing, singing and creating music. I hope to become a singer in the future and to change the world with my music. I would love to grow in my voice and improve as time goes on.”


Ryan Burgess has gained an octave in his vocal range.

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Joey Calderaio is ZVA’s Artist Of The Month

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ZVA’s Artist Of The Month – Joey Calderaio

Joey Calderaio and I met back in the Fall of 2015 through Skype voice lessons when he began taking lessons through Zagaria Vocal Academy’s online program.  We have worked together since then on a weekly basis through Skype. I have chosen him to the first in our “Artist Profile” Series.

Calderaio is a professional vocalist from Palm Beach County, Florida.  Based out of Jupiter Florida, Calderaio is the lead vocalist for Jahzilla, a six piece band.  He also heads up acoustic acts with some of his Jahzilla bandmates.  The group plays music genres including top 40’s, classic rock, funk, and reggae.  Jahzilla incorporates vocals, lead & rhythm guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, saxophone, and flute, creating a sound that is not only full, but dynamic and diverse.

Jahzilla frequently performs throughout South Florida at venues such as Harbourside Amphitheater, Hard Rock Casino, Seminole Casino, JB’s By The Beach in Deerfield, private parties & events, weddings, and more.

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Joey Calderaio is the lead singer of Jahzilla

Joey Calderaio is also working on an original music project.  We look forward to hearing his new recordings soon.

I find Joey to be a promising up and coming artist.  In a short time his already impressive range has expanded seven more notes.  His vocal control is much improved and he is now able to perform four hour gigs without vocal strain.

I highly recommend checking out Joey Calderaio in any group or project he is involved with.  You won’t be sorry you did.

Joey Caldeiro can be contacted through this Facebook link:

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Joey Calderaio playing a South Florida event.

This article was written by Jeffrey Zagaria.








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Gracie de Mena Recieves ZVA’s Student Of the Month Award for December 2015

Zagaria Vocal Academy L.L.C. is proud to announce Gracie de Mena as recipient of “ZVA Student Of The Month Award – December 2015”

Gracie recently improved her piano playing while learning several Christmas songs during the month of December.  Her timing has improved considerably as well as her ability to read written notes.  She improved her piano skills and began playing duets with Jeffrey Zagaria as he accompanied her on guitar in tempo.  Some of the songs that she has recently mastered are classics such as “We Three Kings Of Orient Are”,” Santa’s Workshop”, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”,” O Come Little Children”, “Up On The Housetop”, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.  Gracie continues to impress with her reading ability and musical I.Q.

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Gracie de Mena is ZVA’s Student of the Month for December 2015

Gracie takes piano lessons weekly with Jeffrey Zagaria in person as well as on Skype. She is in third grade and loves Boca Raton, Florida.   She always makes honor roll at her school.  Dance and tennis lessons are also part of her weekly agenda.  Her hobbies include reading, playing Minecraft, and hanging out with her friends.




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ZVA’s November 2015 Student Of the Month Award – Michael Maroney

Zagaria Vocal Academy L.L.C.is pleased to announce it’s November 2015, Student Of The Month Award winner – Michael Maroney of Reading MA.  Michael is an online piano student from the metropolitan Boston area who has been studying for almost three years exclusively with Jeffrey Zagaria.  Michael and Jeffrey have been meeting online using Skype once a week for a private lesson since Michael was 13 years old.  Michael is being awarded the student of the month for his continued commitment to excellent piano playing.

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Michael Maroney – ZVA’s November 2015 Student Of The Month Award

Michael has recently been studying professional sheet music including “Fur Elise”, “The Entertainer”, “Sleigh Ride”, “Santa Claus is Coming To Town”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “The Little Drummer Boy”, as well as other popular songs.  He has considerably increased his playing accuracy with a metronome at several tempos, improved his dynamic control, as well as an improved ability to articulate difficult phrases in songs such as “The Entertainer”, “Fur Elise” and “Sleigh Ride”.  Furthermore his finger speed, flexibility, stamina and strength have recently improved through several professional level exercises.

Michael has also displayed excellence outside his piano studies.  He has earned High Honors academically both last year and this year. Furthermore, Mike is on the track team and is a shot putter, plays on an indoor tennis team at Woburn Racquet Club, and plays on the Reading High School tennis team.  Michael rounds out his activities volunteering at Reading Elementary School mentoring young children with the supervision of a teacher.

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Shawn Malaney receives ZVA’s Student Of the Month Award, (Pro Singer of 50 Years Regains His Voice! Performs Friday With “The Earl Trio” at “Pompano Under The Stars”, Pompano Beach, FL)

Shawn Malaney of South Florida has officially accepted Zagaria Vocal Academy’s, “Student Of the Month” award for July 2015.  ZVA is proud to present the award due to the remarkable improvement of Shawn’s vocal performance ability after losing his voice.

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Shawn Malaney: Professional vocalist who recently regained his voice through vocal coaching and therapy wins monthly award and performs this Friday night with The Earl Trio at “Pompano Under The Stars”, Pompano Beach, FL

After fifty years of professional and semi-professional singing, Malaney lost his singing voice due to both vocal strain and a long bout with Sinusitis.  Shawn came to ZVA for vocal therapy to help him restore his voice.  Malaney’s voice came back strong, after several weekly lessons and the help of Zagaria’s book and video tutorials.  In Malaney’s words, “Earlier this year I basically “lost” my singing voice due to 4-5 months of Sinusitis, and vocal strain.”  – quote from Shawn Malaney’s post on the “Know Your Voice”, Video tutorial Lessons on demand page, https://vimeo.com/ondemand/kyv

Shawn came to ZVA with the hopes of healing and strengthening his voice to perform summer concerts that he and his band had committed to, as well as in the hopes that he could continue to sing professionally for many years.  We at the ZVA are extremely proud of his accomplishment and are grateful that his voice is both healthy and robust in professional tone.

Malaney is a talented lead vocalist and lead guitarist.  He headlines the classic rock band, Malaney concert“The Earl Trio”.  Malaney also performs professional as a soloist and is diversely trained both in opera/classical as well as popular singing.  “Music Under The Stars” is presented by “Vista Motor Company” and is a free concert this Friday evening at 7:00 on the Pompano Beach Great Lawn.  Get there early, the event is known to attract approximately six hundred people.  A concert event promo is included in this article below and to the right for further details.

Congratulations to Shawn.  Please consider the Pompano outdoor free concert this Friday  I personally plan to be at the show Friday night with my lawn chair!

You can also find information about Shawn Malaney and The Earl Trio in the links below.

Shawn Malaney’s Personal Info:
Website: http://www.shawnmalaney.com
FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/smalaney
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/musician/shawnmalaney

Shawn Malaney’s Band Sites:

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