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MM, Westminster Choir College, Voice Pedagogy and Performance BM, Eastman School of Music, Voice Performance
2017 - Performed in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos in Berlin, Germany 2017 - Performed baritone solos in Orff's Carmina Burana with Princeton Pro Musica 2015 - Artist with Natchez Festival of Music in Natchez, MS 2013 - Recipient of Merit Scholarship from Westminster Choir College 2012 - Winner of New Jersey NATS, Advanced Lower Division
I'm a classically trained operatic baritone who loves to work with students of all ages and levels. I apply my healthy approach to singing to all styles and can help you sing with ease and expression no matter what your goals are. I have just begun pursuing my Doctor of Music degree at Rutgers in voice. I graduated with my Master of Music in voice from Westminster Choir College in 2013, where I studied with Sharon Sweet. Since I graduated I have maintained a busy performing and teaching schedule that has taken me all around the United States and even to Germany. I would love the chance to join you in your process of becoming the singer you want to be and share my firsthand experience.
My teaching experience dates back to high school, when I began mentoring students that studied with my voice teacher at the time, Dr. Andrea Saposnik. My teachers have instilled in me the importance of healthy singing that is sustainable and can last you a lifetime. It's a marathon, not a sprint! In lessons we will work with exercises to show you the full potential of your instrument. I place a lot of importance on my students knowing HOW to make the sound they want to make, not merely on imitation. I want you to sing with your own voice, which is strong and impressive without any manipulation. My training comes from my experience as an opera singer, but you'll find that this technique is applicable to healthy singing in all styles and genres.
My method of working with the voice is to first get a sense of what the student's goals are. These include both vocal goals and career/performance goals. We will then work together to form a plan to achieve them. This will include exercises tailored directly to the student's vocal needs and desires and guiding the student to repertoire that will both be fun for them to sing and will teach them more about the concepts we are working on. It is my hope that our lessons can provide tools for the student to leave my studio feeling empowered to sing in whatever capacity they desire.
My teaching style is very thorough and patient. I welcome mistakes! Please make mistakes! It is not about how often you fall down, but about how you get up again. If you want to work hard, I will work hard as well. My students know the importance of regular practice in order to build dependable muscle memory in their singing. In a lesson we will spend half the amount of time working on technical building exercises and half the time working on repertoire. When we work on music, it is for the purpose of unlocking the student's ability to sing it with the technique we are working on. Perfection is not as important to me as work ethic, understanding, and the process of how to get to the next level.
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