Baritone, Bryan holds a bachelor of music in classical voice from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Arts degree from New York University with a concentration in vocal jazz and studio music.
At 15 he was given his first Frank Sinatra record, which he would listen to for hours, studying the nuances and phrasing. In the fall of 1995, Bryan entered the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, where he majored in classical voice. During his freshman year, Bryan performed several times on New York’s restaurant row, including Don’t Tell Mamas and Danny’s Skylight Room, where he thrilled audiences with his own style and voice accompanied by his newly formed jazz trio.
In the summer of 1997, Bryan accepted an offer from the Glenn Miller Orchestra to begin touring. The tour took him all over the US, Canada, the Hawaiian Islands and Japan. He returned to the Manhattan School of Music to finish his undergraduate degree in 2000, but he remained in New York City to complete his Master’s degree from New York University in jazz and contemporary music. Then, in 2002, Bryan joined the off-Broadway cast of “Our Sinatra,” a production about the musical legacy of the late Frank Sinatra—the show ran an unprecedented two and a half years.
In addition to touring the world with his jazz trio, Bryan has had the pleasure of working with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The New Gene Krupa Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and The Nelson Riddle Orchestra.
“Bryan is a first rate singer of the songs of the American Popular Songbook. Great voices are abundant out there and he is one of them,
but what sets him apart is his musicality and ability to communicate. He has done many performances of my production Our Sinatra and he falls into that elite group of the very few young singers who really understand this music.”
Producer “Our Sinatra”
“Bryan Anthony evokes memories of the young Sinatra without trying to pass himself off as a reincarnation.”
The Village Voice
Bryan's second record "Songs For Dreamer's", which includes many songs of the “Great American Songbook,” is available for download on itunes and rhapsody. His new record, “A Night Like This,” recorded with the Gary Norian trio, includes several original songs as well as re-imagined standards and was released in July of 2011 by Mercator Media. This record is also available for download on itunes.
In the studio, the focus is on arming his students with the tools and skills necessary to enjoy their musical journeys more fully. This task is undertaken by strengthening and building a healthy technique while concurrently cultivating a strong sense of artistry, creativity and respect for the process of preparing and performing vocal music.
*** Lesson Details ***
Bryan will tailor his lessons to the goals of his individual students. He will focus on the technical aspects of building a healthy and sustainable way of singing that will be able to be used for any genre of music. Bryan specializes in jazz and the songs of "The Great American Songbook" which encompass the likes of the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Steven Sondheim, etc. "I will help the students find repertoire that will fit their own personality so they will be able to really get inside of the songs they sing. I will teach the art of performance practice for each song that we choose to work on. " My approach to building a students repertoire is quality not quantity.
Bryan feels it is important to get out of the lessons what each individual student wants. So, he doesn’t have a set curriculum. Instead, he tailors each lesson to the individual student. Bryan is a very patient teacher and presents material in an easily digestible manner, so that you will progress at your own pace. Bryan loves working with beginners and getting them off to a good start, as much as he enjoys taking advanced students to the next level.
Among the aspects that set Bryan apart from other teachers is his extensive knowledge about the history of music, especially the songs of the "Great American Songbook, technical aspects of singing and music theory. He is able to relate whatever you are doing to the core fundamentals of healthy singing and music in general. He feels it is essential to understand what you are singing and why you are singing it.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio is the front room of the house w an upright piano and couch, doors can close to be private, music books, and seating for parents. Street parking is available.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide study materials and vocal exercise accompaniment
*** Specialties ***
I have extensive knowledge in vocal jazz, american songbook, and classical repertoire. I also have knowledge of music theory and spoken word for theater or public speaking. I have studied linguistics as part of my college courses.