Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
About Christiaan S.
Christiaan is a multi-talented performer in theater, opera, and pop music. He played Gaston in the Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast. Something of a bad boy, he was kicked out of Opera School for singing jazz, yet he went on to earn three music degrees, and work with opera legend Marilyn Horne and avant-garde composer Jake Heggie. Now he's in New York studying with Lady Gaga's teacher and singing his own arrangements of Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and John Mayer at Carnegie Hall while writing and recording pop songs in Nashville and the U.K. Look for his new single That's When You Know.
Christiaan enjoys seeing people succeed, so his approach to teaching is a combination of play and practice. Ultimately we sing because we want to bring people joy, yet to do so, we must hone our talents to perfection. By mixing the joy of music with discipline, we achieve our greatest dreams.
Speaks French, Italian, German, Russian, Yiddish, German Latin, Italian Latin, Czech
Awarded Nora Sands Award from Orpheus Vocal Competition
Teaches students 5 and up
I just had my first lesson with Christiaan. He was amazing. Gentle, very positive, and really good at observing and figuring out my strengths and weaknesses. He's also inspired me to learn with his love of music and thoughtful approach.
I was blown away by his knowledge and assessment of the skills I should prioritize. My mind was blown several times. Excellent pedagogy and very personable!
I've had a great experience taking lessons with Christiaan! I've had about 10 lessons total now. As someone who doesn't have a background singing, I was definitely a bit nervous going into it, but that didn't last long -- Christiaan's friendly and extremely talented. I especially appreciate that he provides context about posture, history, anatomy, etc. and that he took time early on to learn about my goals. Last but not least, I'm happy with my results so far!Show More
My daughter is taking vocal lessons with Christiaan for about a few months.
It is amazing how much she grew throughout this period not only in singing but also in acting and stage appearance. He is a great instructor working on every little detail to make sure that my daughter could understand every aspect of what she was working on. if anyone is looking for a teacher who is kind and patient and professional, I would recommend Christiaan.
Christiaan is a very nice and competent vocal trainer.
He’s patient and it doesn’t get frustrated easily.
The time flies when I work with him and I definitely saw improvements just after 5 lessons.
It really makes you want to keep studying and working hard!
Best singing instructor I’ve ever had! Over the years it’s been hard to find a balance of a good learning experience and comfortability when taking lessons. One or the other was always lacking, but not with Christiaan! I learn so much AND have a good time. I feel myself improving and getting more confident each lesson.Show More
Great, thanks a lot! got somewhere!
Christiaan has been working on his own music for quite some time and his knowledge of various musical genres to reference and borrow from for influences and ideas is so vast based on his long background in music. What is refreshing about working with him is he is open to so many forms of music. As he states it, " music is music". it provides a fresh approach. I am very pleased with this expanded viewpoint.Show More
I was a little nervous but he put me at ease. He allowed me to go at my own pace. I would definitely recommend him.
Christiaan is the real deal in terms of singing, with capabilities in multiple genres (opera, Broadway, popular, etc). Very knowledgeable and easygoing style. I really enjoy learning from him!
Best Instructor Ever. Although, by default, because in truth he's the only instructor I've ever had. Took the leap to get some training in an effort to dazzle my fiance at our wedding coming up this summer. Was I apprehensive? Sure! Was I skeptical? Absolutely! Was I intimidated? Perhaps. Were any of these fears justified?? Not at all!!! Christiaan has been warm, welcoming, and most importantly a great coach. I have felt that I've improved quite a bit considering I've only had two lessons so far. I can only imagine the results after all five. I might even opt for five more. That being said, he certainly will NOT disappoint. Anyone who has a passion for vocal art or motivated to up their level, I highly recommend you put the excuses aside, and hit this dude up. He knows what he's doing, and his accomplishments speak for themselves.Show More
Nice and patient teacher! I highly recommend him!
Christiaan is great! Very encouraging, patient and knowledgeable. I'm looking forward to my continued lessons with him.
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Awesome lesson and can't wait for the next one
So far, so good! Christiaan is friendly and supportive and encouraging. Not to mention, an awesome singer himself. Looking forward to future lessons!
Thank you Christiaan for sharing your expertise. Your breathing techniques, workouts and discipline really helped me. Your background knowledge is terrific. You are among the best teachers and communicators I have had to advance my style. I am so appreciative.Show More
Christiaan was so helpful and knowledgeable about Ableton software. He helped me navigate and load new sounds, as well as work on some original music with such ease. He has an amazing grasp of music composition that strengthens the what one can do with this software. i really gained a lot from my lesson.Show More
I have always enjoyed singing and never had formal training. Christiaan is a patient and encouraging instructor. I learned so much about control and breathing in a short time. He has such extensive knowledge to share.
Christiaan is an awesome instructor. He guides me through the most informative and productive lessons! Highly recommend him to anyone looking to improve at any level!
Loving the opera lessons, Christiaan!
Christiaan came to our apartment and really helped my son get ready for audition season
Beauty and the Beast National Tour
Performed all 326 of 326 shows as Gaston.
Boston University Opera Institute
Indiana University-Bloomington Jacobs School of Music
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Boston University Opera Institute
Orpheus Vocal Competition