A student of The Hummingbird Conservatory since October 2015, Ting has the distinction of being official "Hummingbird #2", our second voice student after Giselle Fox.  She has been seen with The Hummingbird Puppet Theatre in live performance AND on our Youtube Channel and she has performed with the Hummingbird Scare-olers and Carolers.  In her time at Hummingbird, Ting was the youngest soprano chosen to perform with the National Honors Choir at Carnegie Hall AND has performed for two seasons with the LA Opera Summer Camp as a featured soloist! Here is what she has to say, in her own words, about studying at the Hummingbird Conservatory! 

Meet our Featured Hummingbird of the Month for April 2019 -

Kirsten "Ting" Lan Perlis! 

The Hummingbird Conservatory 

Full name: 

Kirsten "Ting" Lan Perlis



What year in school?

10th grade

Other interests: 

If sleeping is a sport, I reign supreme! I am also an avid reader.  I read at least three books a week. 

When and why did you start singing lessons?

I've always liked singing. I first started when I was six, but met Ms. Tara when I was 12. (Tara's a much better teacher!)

How do you think singing lessons at Hummingbird Conservatory have helped you to grow musically or in your performing? 

I've definitely gotten much better thanks to Ms. Tara's teaching. That is a fact. 

Have singing lessons helped you to grow in other ways? 

I admit when I started I was a brat and didn't take it seriously. Let's just say Ms. Tara fixed my attitude real quick. 

What do you love the most about singing lessons? 

Ms. Tara! She's fun. 

What are your future plans, musical or otherwise?

I am going to be an opera singer.  I am planning on going to undergraduate and graduate schools to study music and also want to study singing in Europe at some point.

Anything else fun, special or awesome you want to share? 

If you are looking for a music teacher, Hummingbird is the best choice. However, if you come you have to be serious. Ms. Tara can be hard, but that's because she expects the best of all of her students. And believe me, it's worth it.