- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Hello! I am a professional opera singer with a master's degree from The University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree from Butler University. I currently live in Laguna Beach CA, and have a studio of 7 students. As a classically trained singer and pedagogue, and have been teaching and performing for over 7 years. I have experience ranging from Musical Theater, to Opera, and have performed in several countries in Europe as well as across the United States.
Recently I was brought on to perform and teach at The Aspen Music Festival, which is a prestigious summer festival that occurs every summer. I had a range of students with varying backgrounds and singing levels, and successfully taught and catered to their needs and abilities.
My philosophy is old fashioned in the sense of creating a foundation for my singing students. I focus on the basics of posture, breath, relaxation of muscles, and vowels. I generally see improvement within the first few lessons which has been a testimate to the hard work of my students, and how I was trained to teach beginning to advanced singers.
With my students I try to keep lessons as fun and engaging as possible, while also being very adamant about consistency and improvement with exercises and repertoire. In addition, I always try and keep in contact with my students about their process with practicing during the week. Singing can be different day-to-day so I try and answer any questions or worries my students have when they are practicing during the week.
Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have!
Looking forward to working with you!
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Christopher gave my daughter vocal lessons fall of 17/spring of 18. After working with her she had great improvement and was successful in multiple productions. Christopher was a wonderful teacher, very flexible and fun to work with. We feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him.+ Read More
The minute I met Christopher I knew his singing lessons with my daughter would be a success. Its not just his amazing talent and musicianship, its also his passion for what he does, his way of connecting, communicating, encouraging and sense of fun. If I could give 6 stars I would. Five isn't enough.+ Read More
For two years both of my children worked with Christopher in our home at the University of Michigan, Christopher helped them with audition preparation and technique. Christopher is a joy to work with he brings an amazing level of trust and drive to each lesson. Christopher taught my children everything from how to walk into the audition room, smile, be professional and have knowledge of the music you they singing, as well as be able to show skill and confidence. While writing this my nine year old son said "rate him all of the stars!".+ Read More
Christopher was wonderful. He helped build my technique and gave me appropriate music to suit my voice. I feel confident singing in church now.
As a musician of 6 years, I came to Christopher with zero background in vocals. I told him that I simply wanted to be able to sing as I play guitar without embarrassing myself. Christopher far exceeded my expectations in professionalism and knowledge. He tailored each lessons to suit my individual needs and taught me from the ground up. For anyone that feels hesitant or has simply come to accept that the idea that they cannot sing,
I highly encourage lessons with Christopher.
Christopher is a fabulous instructor. He helped me with my college auditions and helped me with what repertoire to perform. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for lessons or help with college applications for music or musical theater.
I had been taking singing lessons for over 7 years and Christopher really brought a new approach to teaching for me. I had technical issues that I wanted to work out, and he really knew exactly how to help me overcome them. I love Christopher's studio, and he is always willing to help me outside of lessons as well.+ Read More
I have always wanted to learn how to sing, and Christopher gave me the confidence to try. Even with his extensive background he was willing to teach me from square one and I really appreciated his patience with me.
I absolutely love working with Christopher! He is so knowledgeable about singing, and has really helped me figure my technique out. Each lesson he really listens to my voice and gives me constructive feedback and tools to improve. I feel I have really improved working with him, and want to continue our lessons!
thank you christopher, you are so fun to work with!