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Bryan has a passion for helping students to find their own voice within a variety of genres. Currently pursuing his Doctorate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he maintains a studio of about 20 students, most of whom major in Musical Theatre Performance. Bryan has a background in both Contemporary (Pop/Rock/Musical Theatre) and Classical Voice, and believes in the importance of a strong technical background as the key to achieving a freedom of expression in whatever genre students choose to pursue.
At Temple University, he has also served as an accompanist for various Musical Theatre workshop classes, as well as Music Directing productions such as Sheik and Sater's Spring Awakening (in 2012) and Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon (upcoming in Fall, 2014).
Bryan has experience working with children (elementary and middle school aged), high school-age young adults, college students, and adults. He believes that everyone should have the ability to find enjoyment and fulfillment in their music, whether they plan on pursuing a performing career, or simply want to explore a new hobby. There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to teaching singing, but rather, every student is different and should be taught with this in mind.
As a performer, Bryan's operatic roles include the title role in Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto, the Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. He has also appeared as Mary Sunshine in Kander and Ebb's Chicago: The Musical.
"Bryan D. is an excellent voice teacher as well as an excellent piano player which is always extremely awesome in a lesson. He has taught me many important techniques such as creating space in the voice and not getting trapped in the nose. He offers great breathing and warm-up exercises and has a great understanding of many styles of music which allows me to broaden myself outside of my comfort zone of singing. We have explored using the voice in different ways, and have explored using head space. He uses great analogies and images to describe technique which I find very helpful and beneficial. I love studying with Bryan and recommend him to everyone!"
~ Mike N.
"I have had many teachers through my 10+ years of singing and Bryan D. has definitely and without a doubt been one of the best. I know when I come into a lesson, I will learn something new every time and leave feeling inspired. He has worked on everything with me from Musical Theater to Opera and Pop to Rock and everything in between. He provides a safe and encouraging environment, while just having fun! I would highly recommend him to anyone! "
"Bryan has improved my singing abilities 100%. Since training with Bryan I have learned about every different style of singing from classical, to pop, to jazz, to musical theater, and have seen incredible growth. I am always pushed to do better and am always told when there is a noticeable improvement! I have become so spoiled having lessons with Bryan because he is the most brilliant accompanist and really knows how to make the performer shine. On top of his skill and knowledge he is also an all around wonderful guy who genuinely cares about his students. I would highly recommend Bryan to anyone!"
Bryan is probably the most influential vocal instructor I have had in my career. He is very knowledgeable in how to achieve the best sound from your voice and uses techniques he himself uses because he is a performer as well, which makes the room very comfortable because it feels like one of your peers and not like a teacher. His range of styles to work with run the gamut from classical to Broadway to pop and I have grown so much in my musicality. But probably the most important part about him is that he truly cares about his students and wants them to succeed. I recommend him to any and all.Show More
Bryan is fantastic. From my first lesson he was cool and personable, which made me relaxed and helped get the best singing possible out of me. He's helped me with my range and always has ideas about what material to sing. When we first started lessons, I was very unsure about my voice and abilities. He helped make me more confident in my singing and an overall better singer. I cannot recommend him highly enough.Show More
Accompanying various classes such as Musical Theatre Dress Rehearsal (Audition Techniques), Musical Theatre Scene Study, and Senior Cabaret Workshop, as well as accompanying masterclasses and end-of-semester juries.
Teaching weekly private voice lessons to non-majors and Musical Theatre majors.
Maples Repertory Theatre (Macon, MO)
Rehearsing the cast and playing 2nd keyboard part in performances
Teaching music to cast, leading the band, and playing keyboards.
Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance
Philadelphia Sacred Music Competition
Annapolis Opera Competition
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