Our Story

Adrienne Osborn
Owner and Lead Instructor
Adrienne Osborn
Owner and Lead Instructor
“When our daughter began working with Adrienne over a year ago, her range was limited and her stage confidence was also in need of a major boost.  Adrienne set manageable expectations and together they worked every week to meet specific goals.  We feel very lucky to have found such a professional, knowledgeable and encouraging vocal coach.  In addition, to teaching, Adrienne is also a truly gifted performer.  Oftentimes teachers are unable to actually show their students how hard work can pay off, but in the case of Adrienne it’s the exact opposite.  We have been able to take our daughter to watch Adrienne perform on several occasions.  Watching these performances has encouraged our daughter to dig deeper and work harder to make Adrienne proud.   The growth we have seen in our daughter, both vocally and on the stage, is very impressive.  Adrienne also provides opportunities for her students to perform in public and she even goes out of her way to come watch our daughter perform even if it’s not a Performance High show.  The bond our daughter has with Adrienne and the experiences she has gained working with her are invaluable.  Her coaching has enabled our child to be a member of a top choir at her High School as well as an annual soloist in her school shows.  But more important than being able to sing, Adrienne has boosted our daughter’s confidence and given her the courage to take on new challenges above and beyond the stage.“
- Tai Beldock, mother of Penn Beldock
“When our daughter began working with Adrienne over a year ago, her range was limited and her stage confidence was also in need of a major boost. Adrienne set manageable expectations and together they worked every week to meet specific goals. We feel very lucky to have found such a professional, knowledgeable and encouraging vocal coach. In addition, to teaching, Adrienne is also a truly gifted performer. Oftentimes teachers are unable to actually show their students how hard work can pay off, but in the case of Adrienne it’s the exact opposite. We have been able to take our daughter to watch Adrienne perform on several occasions. Watching these performances has encouraged our daughter to dig deeper and work harder to make Adrienne proud. The growth we have seen in our daughter, both vocally and on the stage, is very impressive. Adrienne also provides opportunities for her students to perform in public and she even goes out of her way to come watch our daughter perform even if it’s not a Performance High show. The bond our daughter has with Adrienne and the experiences she has gained working with her are invaluable. Her coaching has enabled our child to be a member of a top choir at her High School as well as an annual soloist in her school shows. But more important than being able to sing, Adrienne has boosted our daughter’s confidence and given her the courage to take on new challenges above and beyond the stage.“ – Tai Beldock, mother of Penn Beldock
Hi, I’m Adrienne, the founder and owner of Performance High.
 
I started the studio in 2009 in the unfinished basement of my unfinished house on the outskirts of Boulder.  I wanted to create a place where popular vocal styles were respected and nurtured, and where every lesson was worth more than the money paid for it.  
 
Those goals seemed to resonate with people.  By 2010 my schedule was maxed out, and it was time to expand.  But I didn’t want to add just any teachers to the staff, as I had a clear vision of the kind of culture and quality that I wanted to maintain for all voice lessons offered at Performance High.  
 
One day, I joined my friend Kristin – along with other current and past female lead singers of a certain long-lived Boulder band – at a girls’ afternoon out at a salon in Boulder.  Kristin and I sat next to each other letting our nails dry while we caught up on life since I had left the band.  As we talked, we realized that Kristin was the teacher who needed to help expand Performance High.  We moved from my basement to a retail location next to the Ultimate Frisbee Association in South Boulder.
 
Since then, Performance High has grown to include two more teachers for a total of four; two commercial locations in Denver and Lafayette, both with access to full stages; and over 2000 students taught.   We have also expanded from just voice lessons to all kinds of services for vocalists – from songwriting to production, from stage performance skills to artist development, from instrument music lessons to several products for sale.
 
 

Who are we?

We are active musicians in the Colorado music scene.  We are in bands.  We write songs.  We play shows.  We have done national tours, and we have played countless bars and parties until 1:30 in the morning.  We’re in it with you, so we know the ups and downs of the industry intimately.  Across our team we have skills that include pop vocals, hard rock vocals, musical theatre, band coaching, songwriting, song production, audio engineering/recording, mixing, mastering, live sound, artist development, stage skills for solo artists and bands, and several instruments.  We often team up so that a given student can work with whatever combination of teachers best fits their needs.
 

What do we do?

We help people grow into their potential, using voice and stage performance as the vehicle.
 
Yes – we do teach vocal technique, stage performance skills, songwriting, early artist development, and even advanced guitar.  But mainly, we teach growth.  We teach belief in self.  We teach possibility.  We teach opportunity.
 
And we provide opportunity, too.  We put on showcases (not “recitals”, because our showcases are way cooler than recitals).  We have students sit in on gigs.  We make introductions and connections.  We set up auditions.  We help you find your feet in the music scene.  We can do this because we’re in the scene ourselves.
 
 

Why do we do what we do?

Because we love to!
 
We feel lucky to help enable and foster the transformations that we see in so many of our students.  We’ve seen pre-teens grow up to have their own full bands, we’ve seen teenagers graduate and move to Nashville and LA, we’ve seen twenty-somethings spread wings and pursue dreams, we’ve seen adults return to a music career after a long hiatus.  But the most rewarding changes are internal:  We see confidence grow, happiness increase, and we see boundaries pushed.  There is nothing more meaningful than being able to help these things happen.  We often end up becoming mentors, cheerleaders, or long-term friends of our students.
 
 

Who do we work with?

We work with all ages starting with pre-teens, and all levels starting from beginning singers.  Our students have dreams, and are motivated to reach them.  Some people are trying voice lessons for the first time; others come to us because they feel like they’re not making the progress they want elsewhere, and they’re ready to level up.
 
We have worked with lead singers of many of Denver’s bands, national touring acts, and American Idol finalists… and we have also worked with singers who have never had a lesson or played a show in their lives.  If you aren’t sure whether there’s a fit for your needs, just call!  We know many of the other schools and voice teachers in the area, and if we think someone else would be a better fit, we’ll happily refer you to them.
 
 

What next?

If you’re interested in learning more, you can:
 
  • Poke around the website to see what kinds of classes and lessons we are currently offering
  • Download our free guides (on the home page) on selecting a teacher and overcoming stage fright, or just…
  • Contact us.
 
Let us help you find your inner rockstar!
 
- Adrienne
 
“Adrienne is amazing! On my first voice lesson, I learned more from her within an hour than I ever did with my old voice teacher for over a year. She is very knowledgable and is always encouraging! I have already progressed so much in a month and half’s time. I highly recommend voice lessons with Adrienne!” – Amanda Morelli, EDM vocalist
“Adrienne is amazing! On my first voice lesson, I learned more from her within an hour than I ever did with my old voice teacher for over a year. She is very knowledgable and is always encouraging! I have already progressed so much in a month and half’s time. I highly recommend voice lessons with Adrienne!” – Amanda Morelli, EDM vocalist
"Working with Adrienne over the last few months has been a revelation. I was a guitar player who aspired to sing but my material was limited due to the limitations of my vocal range. Once Adrienne knew what I was looking for, in terms of extending my range, she very quickly got to grips with my vocal issues and within a few lessons had me going places I had never been any where near with my singing voice. If you could hear the difference in my voice a few months ago and now, you would understand why I called Adrienne “a miracle worker” after our last lesson. As a result of working with Adrienne my confidence is much greater and the range of songs I cover has increased hugely. The warm up exercises provided by Adrienne ensure that I am no longer straining when I reach for those higher notes and I am much more prepared both physically and mentally when I perform.” – Al Perry, guitarist and vocalist, Leeds, UK
“Working with Adrienne over the last few months has been a revelation. I was a guitar player who aspired to sing but my material was limited due to the limitations of my vocal range. Once Adrienne knew what I was looking for, in terms of extending my range, she very quickly got to grips with my vocal issues and within a few lessons had me going places I had never been any where near with my singing voice. If you could hear the difference in my voice a few months ago and now, you would understand why I called Adrienne “a miracle worker” after our last lesson. As a result of working with Adrienne my confidence is much greater and the range of songs I cover has increased hugely. The warm up exercises provided by Adrienne ensure that I am no longer straining when I reach for those higher notes and I am much more prepared both physically and mentally when I perform.” – Al Perry, guitarist and vocalist, Leeds, UK
“I have taken only a few lessons with Adrienne, but already she has changed my singing style for the better!  I have been studying classical singing for around five years, and as a result had a very operatic sound.  I wanted to mellow that sound out and add more of a chest/mixed voice element.  Adrienne had some excellent ideas to help me achieve the sound I wanted.  After only one lesson, my band noticed a big difference in the sound and control I had over my voice, and now I am much happier with the way I sound!” 
- Amanda Farrell, lead vocalist of melodic metal band Neverlight
“I have taken only a few lessons with Adrienne, but already she has changed my singing style for the better! I have been studying classical singing for around five years, and as a result had a very operatic sound. I wanted to mellow that sound out and add more of a chest/mixed voice element. Adrienne had some excellent ideas to help me achieve the sound I wanted. After only one lesson, my band noticed a big difference in the sound and control I had over my voice, and now I am much happier with the way I sound!” – Amanda Farrell, lead vocalist of melodic metal band Neverlight