Welcome to my "Voice" Page!
Requirements for Voice Lessons (The serious part)
I have changed my requirements for students who would like to take lessons with me because I feel it important that the student be clear as to what I expect of them when they come to take from me.
- Understand that I teach voice for singers interested in singing classical music.
- I believe that studying in this way is the healthiest.
- Classical Voice is what I have always done so it is what I know the most about.
- If you wish to study for other types of music that is fine but know that I don't teach other styles.
- If you do not, or cannot, or don't have time to practice then it isn't worth doing...
- it wastes my time and your money.
- I charge a flat rate of $50 per hour.
- I don't accompany because I want to concentrate on your voice.
- You are welcome to bring an accompanist with you to the lessons of your choice.
- I can arrange for an accompanist to be present at appropriate lessons.
- Accompanists must be paid for their time in lessons.
- I require a minimum commitment of 3 months of weekly lessons, or 12 lessons.
- If paid in one payment, or at the beginning of each month, then there is a $100 rebate or $500 for 12 lessons.
- When lessons must be cancelled I require to be told 1 day before the lesson.
- Lessons can be cancelled on the day of a lesson due to illness. Please don't bring illness with you to your lessons.
- Make up lessons can occur within the 3 month period or within a month after.
- Payment will not be refunded without a reasonable cause.
My philosophy of payment comes from taking lessons myself for many years. If I made different prices due to personal circumstances, age, or any other consideration it wouldn't be fair to those who pay full price. They would be essentially paying for my time with you. I have to put a price on my time.
What I offer
- 20+ years experience as a professional opera singer singing leading tenor roles in operas mostly in German Theaters.
- Sang 70+ operas, mostly leading roles, as well in operetta and musicals.
- Worked with outstanding...
- Voice teachers
- Coaches: Musical and Languages
- I am fluent in German
- Have a good working knowledge and experience with French, Italian, Latin.
- Masters Degree in Music Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music
- Bachelor Degree in Music Education and Performance from Western Kentucky University
- Member of the AGMA Apprenticeship Program of the Chautauqua Opera
- Member of the International Opera Studio of the Zürich Opera in Switzerland.
What to expect
- We will sit down and set up a plan for your development so you know where you are going.
- We will spend time working with exercises designed to ...
- stabilize your support (breathing)
- engage your resonances (placement)
- train your vocal cords to react freely and precisely with scales and arpeggios
- We will be working in all languages (English, Italian, French, Latin, and German) beginning with Italian and English.
- You will be given a list of songs to work on.
- There will be a studio recital at the end of each quarter (if not more often)
- I encourage you to sing in front of other students in your lessons as that will help make you more comfortable singing in front of others.
- You will be required to memorize and understand the songs you sing. Of course I'll help you out, but there is Google where it is all available to you.
- We will have a lot of fun.
I believe it is the job of a voice teacher to develop an honest working relationship with their students. Of course I will always be encouraging and positive, but expect also that I will treat you like a grown up and tell you the truth so we can move you forward and not just say everything is fine and not get anywhere.
What I do not know
I don't know whether you will or can be a superstar.
I will always teach you as if you will and can be a superstar.
Yes this all sounds rather serious and ... it is. Why?
Because I can't help be anything but serious about it. I was a serious student of music and very serious about my art. All of my success came to me because my teachers and mentors pushed me to be the best I could be. I believe that I am a great teacher, which means I am also a hard teacher, however I am a very nice teacher.
6 Years or 10,000 hours: The time required to become an opera singer.
They say it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at anything. Divide that by 6 years = 1,666 hours a year = 140 hours a month = 35 hours a week and only one hour of that is your lesson.
Now, this doesn't mean you spend 10,000 hours just singing, it includes studying music, practicing languages, learning texts, and rehearsing.
Perspective: I started voice lessons at the age of 20 I believe. I graduated from Eastman at 26 and started my career at 28. I started late, and even then I didn't have all of the answers. But, what I have learned over my career and taking from great teachers will benefit you and it shouldn't take you as long to get really good as it did me.
I will help you lay out a plan, look for good colleges, universities, teachers, and help counsel you throughout your involvement in music.
I not only encourage doing competitions but almost insist on it. It doesn't matter whether you win or lose, it matters that you perform under pressure often.
I believe that there are many paths to a successful career in music, so please don't be offended if I suggest avenues that may include moving into another genre or to consider becoming a professional choral singer in a full time chorus, that can be a great career for you, and give you more advantages than the delicate world of solo work.
Plus, if you want to become a university professor of voice then that is what you should plan on doing and work towards it.
I believe that when we work well together you will be able to get you to a very high level relatively quickly. Remember this, youth is a huge advantage.
If you are interested after all of this to take from me, please send me an email at email@example.com. Leave your name and number and I will give you a call ASAP!
Thank you very much.
- August 2016 - December 2017 Western Kentucky University
- Adjunct Professor Music Appreciation
- November 2017 - Actor - Radio Play of "It's a Wonderful Life"
- Public Theater of Kentucky
- May 2017 - Actor Neil Simon's "Rumors"
- Public Theater of Kentucky
- August 2010 - August 2016 - Freelance Singer
- Author - Boredom to Brilliance
- May 2007 to July 2010 Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach
- Lyric Spinto Tenor Soloist - Full Time "Fest" Singer
- August 2002 - May 2008 Opera Bonn
- Lyric Spinto Tenor Soloist - Full Time "Fest" Singer
- December 2000 - February 2001 Freelance Soloist Guest
- Flemish Opera - Antwerpen/Ghent Guest
- Summers 1995, 98 - 2002 Eutiner Sommerspiele
- August 1998 - August 2000 Theater Gelsenkirchen/Wuppertal
- Lyric Spinto Tenor Soloist - Full Time "Fest Singer"
- August 1996 - August 1998 Freelance Singer
- Sommer Festival an der Saar
- Theater Erfurt
- September 1995 - August 1996
- Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
- Lyric Tenor Soloist -Full Time "Fest"
- June 1991 - July 1995 Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück
- Lyric Tenor - Full Time "Fest" Soloist Stadttheater
- August 8, 1988 - July 1991 Bremerhaven
- Lyric Tenor - Full Time "Fest" Soloist
- (Anfänger - Beginning Contract)
- July 1988 Tour of France with Mozart's "Il re pastore" -
- September 1987 - June 1988 International Opera Studio
- Zurich Opera, Switzerland
- Summers of 1986 and 1987 Chautauqua Opera
- AGMA Apprentice Artist Program and Studio
- Chautauqua, New York
- 1984 - 1986 Master of Music in Performance and Literature
- The Eastman School of Music
- Richard Pearlman Opera Director
- Marcia Baldwin, Principle Teacher
- The Eastman School of Music
- 1978 - 1984 Bachelor of Music Education K-12 Vocal/Inst.
- Western Kentucky University
- Dr. Virgil Hale, Opera Director
- Dr. Charles S. Hausman Voice and Conducting
- Elizabeth Volkman, Voice
Voice Teachers Outside of Academia
- Helmut Kolvenbach, Mönchengladbach, Germany
- James McCray, The Hague, Netherlands
- Enrico Di Giuseppe, Philadelphia,
- Gemma Visser, Eijsden, Netherlands,
- Raphael Ortiz, Berlin
- Who's Who in Deutschland
- Who's Who in American Colleges and University
- Performer's Certificate - Eastman School of Music
- Wall of Fame - Western Kentucky University Music
- Student of the Year - Western Kentucky University
Guestings -Houses, Theaters, Festivals and Symphony Halls
Semper Oper, Dresden, Festival House Baden-Baden, Süd-West Radio Orchestra, Kaiserslautern, Alte Oper Frankfurt am Main: Darmstadt, Wiesbaden, Mainz, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Barga Italy, Freiburg, Flensburg, Erfurt, Detmold, Wiesbaden Stadthalle, Rostock, Oldenburg, Munster plus many smaller Venues for Gala Concerts.
Other Projects - Recitals - Concerts - Choruses
- Summer 1981 - The Stephen Foster Story - Chorus -
- First Paid Professional Job Solo
- Die schöne Müllerin
- A Dream through the Twilight
- Feelings of Spring
- Valentines Special
- Symphonic Works:
- Beethoven's 9th
- Verdi Requiem
- Dvorak's Stabat Mater,
- Koldaly's Psalmus Hungaricus,
- Lobgesang - Symphony # 2
- Coronation Mass
- Acis and Galetea
- Bach Cantatas
- Messa di Gloria
- Les Illuminations
- Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings
- Bruckner Te Deum Eastman Chorale
- Eastman Musica Nova
- Eastman Early Music Ensemble
- Eastman Opera.
- 1983 WKU Chamber Singer's Tour of Europe
- Mozart Requiem with Neville Marriner
- WKU University Choir
- Chamber Singers
- Jazz Band
- Recorder Ensemble
- Opera Theater
- Western Shaker Singers
- a reenactment of the traditional Shaker Worship service.
- Il re pastore - Alessandro
- La finta semplice - Fracasso
- La finta giardiniera - Belfiore
- Cosi fan tutte - Ferrando
- Die Zauberflöte - Tamino - Erster Geharnischer
- Idomeneo - Idomeneo
- Le nozze di figaro - Don Basilio
- Götterdämmerung - Siegfried
- Der fliegende Holländer - Erik - Der Steuermann
- Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Kunz Vogelgesang
- Gianni Schicchi - Rinuccio
- La Boheme - Rodolfo
- Tosca Cavaradossi
- Madama Butterfly - Pinkerton
- La Traviata - Alfredo
- Aida - Radames
- Don Carlos - Carlos
- Simone Boccanegra - Gabriela Adorno
- Macbeth - Macduff
- I due Foscari - Barbarigo
- Il trovatore - chorus
- Otello - Cassio
- Il barbiere di Siviglia - Almaviva
- Adina - Ali
- La cambiale di Matrimonio - Edward
- Lo Speziale - Mengone
- Orlando Paladino - Orlando
- Jenufa - Stewa
- Katia Kabanova - Kudriasch, Tichon
- L'elisir d'amore - Nemorino
- Anna Bolena - Hervey
- Auber Fra Diavolo - Lorenzo
- Im weissen Rössl - Dr. Otto Siegler
- Fidelio - Jacquino
- Wozzeck - Andres
- Carmen - Don Jose
- A Midsummer Night's Dream - Snout
- Beggar's Opera - Captain MacHeath
- Faust - Faust
- The Marriage - Kokhkaryov
- Amahl and the Night Visitors - Kaspar
- Manon - Des Grieux
- Der Bettelstudent - Symon
- Lehar :
- Der Graf von Luxemburg - Rene
- Die lustige Witwe - Camille
- Die lustige Weiber von Windsor - Fenton
- Leoncavallo I pagliacci - Beppe
- Undine - Hugo
- Zar und Zimmermann - Chateauneuf
- Les contes des Hoffmann - Hoffmann
- Robinson Crusoe - Toby
- Pariser Leben (La vie Parisienne) - Bobinet
- Les mamelles des Teresias The Husband
- Rimsky Korsakov:
- Coq d'Or - Guidon
- The Bartered Bride - Jenik/Hans
- The Rakes Progress - Tom Rakewell
- A Soldier's Tale - The Soldier (Acting)
- Pulcinella - Tenor
- Cardillac - Der Offizier
- The Young Lord - Wilhelm
- Elegy for Young Lovers - Toni
- Strauss, Richard:
- Salome - Narraboth
- Ariadne auf Naxos - Bacchus
- Der Rosenkavalier - Der Sänger, Ein Lakei, Ein Diener
- Strauss, Johann:
- Eine Nacht in Venedig - The Duke and Caramello
- Der Zigeunerbaron - Barinkay
- The Queen of Spades - Herman