Christopher McCafferty

Christopher M.

Seattle, WA

Lesson Details

Speaking Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In addition to being a full-time professiinal singer and voice teacher, I previously spent 10 years as a Speech & Debate Coach, sending students to national tournaments, and judging the state finals for Student Congress, Lincoln/Douglas Debate, Cross Examination Debate, and multiple types of speech categories. I have experience speaking before thousands of people, and have been interviewed on local and national television, and local radio.
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Christopher teaches



Christopher delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 2007

H, there! My name is Chris, and I love teaching people how to sing! Whether it's brushing up on your karaoke skills or getting ready for the next school contest or professional audition, I'd love to help!

I attended Pacific Lutheran University for Vocal Performance, where I studied voice with Marcia Baldwin of MET Opera fame, and before that with George Peckham - the teacher of Merrilee Rush, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I've had the great privilege of working with such noted professionals as Marvin Hamlisch, Asher Fisch, and Peter Phllpsand with local Jazz legends such as Frank Demiero and Phil Matson.

In addition to teaching and singing, I conduct Illumni Men's Chorale (America's Got Talent, Season 6!), and I was the staff Vocal Coach for the Seattle Choral Company, Seattle SeaChordsmen, and the Seattle Men's Chorus - the largest male choir in the world.

I love teaching all styles of music, and while affectations may vary, the basics are all the same. If you're interested in lessons, please say hello!

Just Sing!


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Boys Voice Teacher
Sep 2011 - Present
Spanaway Lake High School

Staff Voice teacher for the Boys (and some girls). in the Award winning SLHS music program. In my studio, we've had 20 regional winners, with over 50 students going to State including one 1st place winner, one 2nd place winner and two 3rd place winners. In addition, we've sent almost half the students in the studio to the All State choir!

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Founder and Artistic Director - Illumni Men's Chorale
Oct 2009 - Present
Illumni Music Foundation

In 2009, I founded Illumni Men's Chorale: Seattle's premier male ensemble. In that time, Illumni has appeared on America's Got Talent, CNN/Headline News, before the NWACDA Convention, appeared with Harvard Glee Club and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, and is a regular guest at the Icicle Creek Music Center. In 2014, they released their latest CD 'Music of Russia', which was hailed by as "one of the more remarkable recordings in the world".

The group regularly appears on local and national television.

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Private Voice Coach
Mar 2007 - Present

Private voice lessons and group vocal coaching.

First Tenor Vocal Coach
Sep 2011 - Aug 2013
Seattle Men's Chorus

Staff Vocal Coach for the largest men's chorus in the world, working with the entire group, as well as soloists on styles ranging from Broadway to pop, opera, classical, gospel and barbershop.

Resident Tenor Soloist & Men's Vocal Coach
Mar 2007 - Jun 2013
Seattle Choral Company

Vocal Coach for the men's section at one of Seattle's finest community choirs.

Vocal Coach and Interim Conductor
Sep 2012 - Jan 2013
Seattle SeaChordsmen

Vocal Coach for the Seattle SeaChordsmen, one of Seattle's oldest choruses, then Interim Conductor while they searched for a new leader.


Vocal Performance
Sep 1998 - Mar 2003
Pacific Lutheran University
Digital Music Scoring
Sep 1996 - Jun 1998
Edmonds Community College


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American Choral Directors Association
Jul 2013

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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Photos & Videos

Illumni, the group I founded and conduct on America's Got Talent.  You can hear a brief solo by me at the end.
Conducting Seattle Men's Chorus.

Backstage at Benaroya Hall after a performance of Mozart's Mass in C minor as Tenor Soloist.

Illumni singing  Dona Nobis Pacem by Joseph Gregorio.
With tenor Victor Morris after a performance at Town Hall, Seattle.

About to go on (above, really) stage for Pacific Northwest Ballet's Carmina Burana.

Before a recital with Karen Kuenzi.

Dress rehearsal for Seattle Opera!

With the composers for the HALO video game series, after taking part in the world premiere of the music for HALO ODST at Video Games Live.


10 Reviews

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Dave Dec 23, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio

Excellent teacher who is able to get me sounding better quickly. Chris helped me learn my parts & to make a much better sound. Thanks!

Sang H. Dec 2, 2016
Speaking Voice · In studio

I am glad to find him. He is an excellent teacher.

Jake Nov 3, 2016
Singing · In studio

Lessons with Chris are always a good time, and I feel like I learn a lot week by week. I always feel comfortable as a beginner, and the atmosphere is such that I don't fear making a few mistakes on the way to a good sound. Would recommend!

Cyntera C. Jul 20, 2016
Speaking Voice · In studio

Chris is great. His approach is tailored, step by step and practical. His explanations, and even written diagrams, have helped me to grasp and execute techniques I hadn't been able to previously.

Sabrina Jul 16, 2016
Singing · In studio

Chris is amazing!!! Wonderful energy and extremely knowledgeable!!! He makes each lesson unique and FUN!!! He can explain complex vocal concepts with ease and makes sure you understand how to sing efficiently. I have been working with him to regain vocal strength and sing past my nodes and he has helped me so much!! He makes sure you leave every lesson with tools to continue your growth. Excellent teacher -- I highly recommend!!! I will be seeing him for a very long time!

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Ali S. May 26, 2016
Singing · In studio

Had fun working with christopher! Looking forward for my second lesson!

Caio S. May 23, 2016
Singing · In studio

I've had singing lessons for many years, and Chris is one of my favorite teachers of all time. Whether you are a beginner or already know how to sing, I would definitely recommend taking lessons with Chris.

Andre M. Jan 29, 2016
Speaking Voice · In home

Had a great first lesson and I am looking forward to working with Christopher!!

Zach Reinhardt Jan 12, 2016
Singing · In studio

Very knowledgable and tons of fun. Singing is improving at a rapid pace!

Allyson M. Jun 25, 2015
Classical Voice · In home

Very knowledgeable
And fun

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