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Bettina Pohle

Chick Corea
Chick Corea

Bettina Pohle born in Berlin, started with piano lessons at age 6, later adding flute and voice to her music education. She left for the United States in 1986, where she studied literature and voice at the University of Georgia, placing 2nd at the classical student competition NATS the same year, and concentrating on oratory performances as a soprano soloist. After moving to California, she continued her studies in literature, graduating with a Ph.D. in from UC Berkeley, California in 1994. She went on to sing in classical and contemporary music ensembles, among them Anthony Pasqua’s Perfect Fifth Chamber Choir and Robert Geary’s The San Francisco Chamber Singers. After working with pianist Ellen Hoffmann and participating in a workshop with Mark Murphy, she she switched to vocal jazz and joined the UC Vocal Jazz Ensemble, with whom she went on tour to Hawaii. She was given the University of California Chorale Ensembles’ Award for Greatest Musical Achievement, 1993-1994 . Due to her vocal qualities, Bettina worked in the Bay Area as a sought-after voice-over artist for many years. From 1995-1997, she was employed as Asst. Prof. in the Humanities at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in San Francisco, California. After 12 years in the US, Bettina returned to Germany, where she has been running the Berliner Zukunftssalon (www.berlinerzukunftssalon.de) and continues to teach US-American college students. After pausing to raise her two daughters Morghan and Avril, Bettina picked up singing jazz again in 2008, this time concentrating on solo vocal jazz, and she studied for 2 years with the husband-wife jazz musicians/teachers team Connie Moore (voc) & Reggie Moore (piano) and has since been working with the renowned Swiss Jazz pianist, percussionist, and friend Ralf Ruh in Berlin.