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DMA, University of Oklahoma, Voice (with honors)
MM, New England Conservatory, Voice Performance (with honors)
BA, Luther College, Music
Semi-finalist: McCammon Voice Competition, 2018
Pavel Lisitsian Award (Audience Choice): Lois Alba Competition, 2017
Third Place: The American Prize in Voice (men in opera – professional division), 2016
Third Prize: Benton-Schmidt Competition, 2014
Honorable Mention: Schubert Club Competition, 2014
I am a passionate teacher and performing who is primarily focussed in opera, but well versed in all vocal styles. I have been performing for 12+ years professionally since graduating with my Bachelor's degree in 2007. Since then I have also been teaching for 6+ years both privately and at accredited colleges and universities such at Luther College (alumni lecturer in voice) and the University of Oklahoma (graduate assistant). I am currently finishing my doctoral studies in voice from OU while performing and teaching in NYC and Brooklyn.
I have been singing and performing professionally for 12+ years in the opera and musical theatre world. Along the way I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing teachers and artists who have sung throughout the United States and abroad. I also taught professionally at my alma mater, Luther College, for three years as well as three years of additional teaching as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. During this time and since, I have also maintained private students. I have always sought after a healthy balance of teaching and performing. I think it is important as a performer to be inspired and learning from your students while also maintaining an active performance career to bring new ideas and experiences to your students and teaching.
My teaching is fundamentally based in the breath and comes from the Italian school of "appoggio" (to lean) and diaphragmatic breathing. Proper breath support (or management) can self-correct a number of issues when it comes to vocal technique, intonation, and quality of tone. While it isn't easy to learn a proper diaphragmatic breath, it is the essential key to any great vocalist and freedom of tone, sound, and color. I typically will spend half of the lesson working this into muscle memory through exercises and vocalisms. The second have can be devoted to songs, style and anything you bring to the table!
I would say that I am quite fungible when it comes to a particular style of teaching. I always try to bring a lot of energy and excitement to each individual student! I will teach my methods, but try to find the right language for the student to best understand. Every person is different in how they learn and I think it is important to be adaptable to see the best progress and success with students. I will expect any student to trust in my methods as well as do their due diligence by practicing regularly and having a positive attitude at each lesson.
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