Sílvia gives singing lessons for classical music at Music For Life. She was born in Aveiro,Portugal. Her musical studies were initiated in Conservatório de Música de Aveiro de Calouste Gulbenkian, first with piano and afterwards singing. Between 1992/95 she developped her musical ans vocal skills inESML (School for Superior Musical Studies of Lisbon) were she got the Bachelor degree in singing. From 1995 till 1998 she worked as avoice teacher in differentportuguese music schools and places such as in Almada, Leiria, Setúbalen Lisbon.During this period, she also worked as a freelance singer by the Opera Choir from S. Carlos and by different theater productions for the prestigious Gulbenkian Foundation and D. Maria II Theater in Lisbon. In 2003 Silvia da Silva Martinho got her diplomas in singing and voice instruction from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Holland). In this conservatory she worked with Lenie van den Heuvel, Maria Acda-Maas and Barbara Pearson. Besides vocal and artistical subjects, the studies included Pedagogy of Teaching, Methodology, Anatomy and Phonetics, Probationary Teaching Work Experience. She worked as a voice teacher in different Music Schools in The Netherlands such as Koorenhuis (The Hague), in Barendrecht and Dordrecht. She has been teaching regularly at The American School of The Hague since 2003. She is experienced preparing students on a high level for IB Music recitals and Trinity College examinations. As a soloist she performs in chamber music concerts, recitals, opera productions and works with different orchestras and ensembles in Portugal, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands. “Colla Voce” is the trio she forms with soprano Liat Alkan and pianist Marie Searles. In Summer 2006 she was invited to work with Jean Sébastien Béreau during the 3rd International Orchestra Summer Academy, interpreting the role of Madame Silberklang from Der Schauspieldirektor by W. A. Mozart. She used to be singing regularly in choirs like Bachkoor Holland, Bach Choir of The Netherlands and Pa’dam (Project Choir Amsterdam). Silvia worked with the American Opera singer and vocal coach James McCray.