Socks Whitmore (they/them/theirs) is a classically trained vocalist, stage and voice actor, and lyricist-composer accomplished in a variety of performance styles with a focus on musical theatre and character. Their performance experience ranges from presenting local charity benefits to singing on prominent stages such as that of the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. Their compositional achievements include short film scoring, pieces for solo voice and for choir, and a full-length musical co-written with Evan Johnson called We Are Here.
Socks has a passion for working with and teaching others in the field of music. Specializing in musical theatre, popular, and original music, they possess four years of experience tutoring peers at the high school level in music theory and voice, as well as two years of teaching private voice lessons at the college level. They have completed study of music theory and skills through post-tonal theory.
Socks studied voice under Katherine Groh-Fitzsimmons and Kyle Weary for four years at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, where they graduated from in 2017 as a vocalist and valedictorian of their class. Socks is currently pursuing a BFA in the Performer-Composer program at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA, where they study voice with Paul Berkolds and Jacqueline Bobak, and composition with Marc Lowenstein.
Socks offers one-on-one and small group music theory tutoring, vocal coaching services (with a focus on musical theatre, contemporary, and/or Western art music), and lyric/songwriting lessons. Their aim is to provide individual attention to each student in order to cultivate a strong understanding of the essential structure of music, the ability to analyze and interpret the ideas behind a piece of music, and, for performers, a foundation in character and stage presence for a stronger overall performance.