"Matthew is the universe’s gift to singers. I came to Matthew a scared college student with numerous bad habits and vocal problems. Matthew taught me the most efficient and healthy ways to use MY voice. Not only is his knowledge of the voice UNREAL, his knowledge of the Chicago entertainment market rises to the top as well. He helped coach me through many an audition cut and helped me to formulate my goals for what I wanted to achieve within the Chicago acting community. One of my favorite things about Matthew is that he has created a studio that is a space of true collaboration and artistry. Matthew is not only my voice teacher… he is also my therapist, my biggest cheerleader, and ultimately my friend. I owe Matthew my voice. He saved it. MATTHEW IS THE BEST.” - Jake Morrissy, Actor

“Matthew took something I already had confidence in, and perhaps took for granted, and shaped it into something that’s even more resonant, more sustainable, more flexible, and more precise. I came to Matthew almost six years ago to build my audition book for the first time, and since then I’ve not only rebuilt my book several times over, I’ve built my career and practically rebuilt my voice, experiencing significant improvement and resilience in my instrument. I’ve gained a much better understanding of how to care for it and how to get the most out of it. I’ve gained realistic confidence that my voice can actually take me where I’ve dreamed of going in my career. Matthew is a master of both the technical and artistic aspects of singing. His background and training allow him to approach every song and every exercise holistically. I am often able to immediately apply our work in studio to make my craft richer, and eventually with less effort. He’s made me appreciate the high demands I place on my voice. Despite my best efforts, sometimes illness and fatigue set in, and Matthew has given me the confidence and comfort to address these issues through practical and effective vocal habilitation techniques. He’s also taught me when I can and should call out so that I can fully heal. On top of all this, as many others have said, Matthew is an incredible listener, cheerleader, counselor, and friend. I routinely rely on his expertise and support to navigate this business and landscape. I would not be where I am today without Matthew, and I cannot recommend him enough.” - Jonathan Schwart, Jeff Award winning actor

“In Matthew, I feel that I have found a teacher who is completely on my side: genuine, knowledgeable, and inspiring. He's helped me access new colors in my voice in an encouraging and vocally healthy way, and I leave each lesson feeling more confident. Since working with Matthew I feel that I've really sharpened my auditioning skills, and he's helped me discover different tools to help me connect to my work in both performance and audition settings. It is important and rare to find a role model and mentor who can help you realistically accomplish your professional goals, and still build you positively as a person so that you are whole both on and off stage. I highly recommend working with Matthew Ellenwood.” Elizabeth Lanza, Actor and SLP, and Chicago AwardJeff Award Nominee

“Although I've been singing for as long as I remember, I haven't sounded as good as since I've taken lessons with Matthew. He is teaching me the most efficient, safest way to use my voice, and as a result I am singing with greater confidence and freedom, and it is incredible. Matthew is an endless source of vocal wisdom and advice: I never hesitate to go to him when I need help. Not only is he a great teacher, he is also a fantastic cheerleader. I am truly grateful for his support for my music career. He's the best. Period.”
- Aaron Benham, Music Director, Singer

"Matthew is the best. He is supportive and kind while pushing you just enough to get you to where you want to be. I have never understood my voice better. Since being with Matthew, people have come up to me and asked me what I've been doing differently because I sound so much better! I cannot recommend him enough!!!" -Miriam Plotkin, Comedian, Cabaret Artist

"When I reached out to Matthew about starting up singing lessons I think it's safe to say I was a zero on the skill set- a 100% beginner. I was so nervous when we had our first lesson I was near tears, but he immediately put me at ease. Matthew is a gentle soul with a knack for reading people and how best to work with each person as an individual. Since working with Matthew, my skills and confidence have soared!”- Kate Black, Actress

“Matthew is a welcoming, passionate, and positive voice teacher who knows the mechanics of vocal production and can diagnose on the spot. He delivers strong vocal technique and exercises designed for each persons individual voice type. Matthew also has an amazing knowledge of repertoire and will help build your book. Along with great personal and communication skills, he is open to every person's schedule and pocketbook. I highly endorse Matthew's teaching!”- Darrelyn Marx, Actress, Theatre educator