Christiaan Smith

Christiaan S.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've co-written songs with Chris Eaton (Janet Jackson, Keith Urban, Amy Grant) and Jay Stolar. I can help you make the track and write the lyric.

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.

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  • Speaks French, Italian, German, Russian, Yiddish, German Latin, Italian Latin, Czech
  • Awarded Nora Sands Award from Orpheus Vocal Competition
  • Teaches students 5 and up

Reviews (26)

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Sarathi .. Jun 23, 2019
Singing · In studio

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.

Daniel Jun 19, 2019
Ableton · In home

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!

Emily Nov 25, 2018
Singing · In home

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!

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Maya Baramidze Aug 30, 2018
Singing · In studio

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.

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Luca F. Jun 25, 2018
Singing · In studio

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!
Thanks prof!

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Allana .. Apr 10, 2018
Singing · In home

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.

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William Mar 25, 2018
Singing · In studio

Great, thanks a lot! got somewhere!

Elena Z. Mar 18, 2018
Gospel Singing · Online

Courtney Mar 9, 2018
Songwriting · In studio

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.

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Richard Mar 8, 2018
Singing · Online

Richard Mar 8, 2018
Singing · Online

Paul Mar 1, 2018
Singing · In home

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.

David Feb 26, 2018
Singing · In studio

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!

Henry Feb 26, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

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.

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Benny Feb 26, 2018
Singing · In studio

Nice and patient teacher! I highly recommend him!

Dara Feb 25, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Christiaan is great! Very encouraging, patient and knowledgeable. I'm looking forward to my continued lessons with him.

Mariemilia. Carvallo Feb 23, 2018
Jazz Voice · In studio

Hi guys, does someone have Christians number ?

Summer .. Feb 20, 2018
Vocal Training · Online

Awesome lesson and can't wait for the next one

Isac S. Feb 10, 2018
Singing · Online

Kate N. Feb 6, 2018
Vocal Training · Online

So far, so good! Christiaan is friendly and supportive and encouraging. Not to mention, an awesome singer himself. Looking forward to future lessons!

Brett Dec 19, 2017
Opera Voice · In studio

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.

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Gian Dec 8, 2017
Ableton · In studio

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.

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Jan Dec 6, 2017
Vocal Training · Online

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.

Jessica Dec 6, 2017
Singing · In home

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!

Mikaela Dec 5, 2017
Opera Voice · In studio

Loving the opera lessons, Christiaan!

Tamia Dec 5, 2017
Broadway Singing · In home

Christiaan came to our apartment and really helped my son get ready for audition season


Aug 2015 - Jul 2016

Beauty and the Beast National Tour

Performed all 326 of 326 shows as Gaston.


Certificate of Opera Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2012

Boston University Opera Institute

MM - Voice
Aug 2008 - Jun 2010

Indiana University-Bloomington Jacobs School of Music

BM - Voice Performance
Aug 2004 - May 2008

University of Wisconsin-Madison



Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency

German Latin

Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency

Italian Latin

Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Phyllis Curtain Award
Aug 2011

Boston University Opera Institute

Nora Sands Award
Mar 2009

Orpheus Vocal Competition


Actors' Equity Association
Jan 2017
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.
American Guild of Musical Artists
Jan 2012
An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

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