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MM, University of Denver, Voice Performance BM, University of Mississippi, Choral Music Education
May 2015 - Performed as a soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
May 2015 - Performed as a soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana with the Lone Tree Symphony
March 2015 - Advanced to the final round of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild's Annual Competition for Young Singers
October 2015 - Performed the role of Lt. Cable in Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific with the Lamont Opera
September 2014 - Performed as a soloist in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with the Evans Choir
I am an experienced teacher, performer, and coach for all types of vocal music. In May 2015, I completed my Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. I have experience performing both operatic and musical theater roles; recently, I have been performing as a concert soloist with orchestras around the Denver area. I also premiered the role of King Xerxes in the workshop premiere of Oscar Sladek's new musical Far Beyond Rubies. Since graduating, I have been growing my voice studio so that I can share my love of music and knowledge of the voice with new people.
While at the University of Denver, I greatly enjoyed teaching non-major voice lessons through the University. Teaching for two years at the university level gave me a chance to develop a curriculum and method which is adaptable to students of all experience levels. I want each student to be able to perform in public successfully, and I have found that having regular group recitals helps students to become a rounded performer. As the head of the non-major voice lessons, I organized recitals and helped students to successfully perform for their peers; I believe that public performance is often overlooked in private studios, so I do my best to provide perfoming opportunities for my students. I love teaching all genres of singing: classical, musical theater, pop, country, soul, R&B, and many others. As long as we can find good quality music, we can work on any singing style that you want!
In a first lesson, I evaluate the student's skill level and discuss what kinds of music we would like to study. After this initial evaluation, I develop a personalized plan which addresses healthy vocal production and practice techniques which address the needs of the student. I tailor my instruction to each student's needs, accounting for various vocal needs, temperaments, and learning styles; therefore, I do not have a generic method. The instruction should fit the student, not the other way around! My most important goal is to create healthy vocal habits so that we can take care of our instruments. Too often students are forced into inappropriate repertoire which can be damaging; I firmly believe that fun and engaging music is readily available in any genre for any age or skill level.
My teaching style has been described by students as such: "Natural, with a focus on healthy singing," "concentrating on developing techniques specific to each genre of music," and "always fun but still really helpful!" I emphasize becoming self-sufficient as a musician so that my students can become great musicians outside of the lesson environment. We work together during each lesson to safely develop the voice and learn techniques appropriate to each style of music. I like for my lessons to flow naturally from one point of emphasis to another, and I pride myself on being able to subtly control the direction without having to stop and reset every few minutes. If my students are comfortable, they will obviously be more receptive to instruction.
Kevin was such a fun, smart and innovative voice teacher to work with. I had the pleasure of taking lessons with him for over a year and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time under his training. In just a few weeks I noticed my voice was stronger and I was able to apply his teaching and see the results. He explains his techniques in a way that the student is able to actually hear and feel the changes he is referring to. This allows the student to efficiently practice outside of lessons. Even further, he believed in me and truly cared about my progress. He was always energetic and focused in lessons and was continually surprised how far a song could come in just one hour of his time. Under his teaching I developed a stronger belt in my higher range, learned how to color my voice for different sounds and improved my stage presence. I wholeheartedly trust Kevin’s musical insight and was grateful that he challenged me with a wide variety of songs and styles that I hadn’t considered trying before.
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