Dr. Jonathan Stinson
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Dr. Jonathan Stinson

Dr. Jonathan S.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
HELLO! I am passionate about helping young singers achieve their goals, whether they be getting into a college music program, getting a lead in the school musical, impressing at karaoke, or just being slightly less embarrassing to your family when belting out pop tunes in the car! No dream is too small!

My teaching philosophy is simple: Strive to be a better singer today than you were yesterday. You cannot achieve great success without thousands of smaller successes along the way!

I have been a professional opera singer for 20 years (and plan to continue to be once it is safe to have live performances again...). With over 22 years of experience teaching both classical and musical theatre techniques, I can help students of all musical interests and backgrounds achieve their musical goals.

Send me a message if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

About Dr. Jonathan S.

I have sung leading and supporting roles with Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Memphis, Central City Opera, Opera Omaha, Salt Marsh Opera, Dayton Opera, Kentucky Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Opera New Jersey, and internationally in England, Italy, and Bulgaria.

Former students have performed on Broadway, on National and International tours, and have been accepted to prestigious collegiate music programs.

For my dissertation I wrote a vocal pedagogy book entitled "The Vocal Instrument: A Manual for Composers", which discusses how compositional choices and poor text-setting by a composer can inhibit breath efficiency, vocal production, and resonance. I am currently editing the book for publication!

In 2020, I founded the Coastal Connecticut Music Academy, which currently offers voice and piano lessons, but will soon expand to include most marching band and orchestral instruments.


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Posted Oct 27, 2020
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Dr. Stinson is well-versed and experienced in all areas of voice, including opera, classical, musical theater, and pop. While working with him, I was able to improve both my vocal technique and my vocal confidence tenfold. Dr. Stinson also goes out of his way to provide opportunities for his students to perform, including organizing a musical theater showcase for 6 older students. In a classical music setting, he opened the door for students to learn the mechanics of theater singing, which I greatly appreciated. I believe that working with Dr. Stinson contributes to what makes me a good musician today, and I would highly recommend him to anyone of any age looking for a voice teacher.

Posted Oct 3, 2020
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Jonathan is by far the best vocal instructor I've ever had. Having worked with him for 2 full years while in undergrad, he completely reworked my voice from the ground up, re-teaching what I thought I knew. You won't find a more talented vocal teacher.

Posted Oct 2, 2020
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I studied with Dr. Stinson from August 2015 to May 2018, during my undergraduate degree at the Crane School of Music. From selecting semesterly repertoire that fit my voice, in addition to the congruency of my interests, Dr. Stinson is an overall well-rounded, and extremely experienced vocalist, educator, and musician.

His lessons go in depth to the physics of singing and how what is happening all around the inner cavities including “the mask,” informs healthy vocal technique. With expert knowledge of styles ranging from early opera to musical theatre, Dr. Stinson draws connections between different genres and educationally questions stigmatization of the “classical voice.”

Lastly, the rapport that Dr. Stinson creates with his students supports a positive learning environment with a sense of humor, while still maintaining a professional work space. His wealth of musical knowledge and vocal pedagogy is like no other; I highly recommend Dr. Jonathan Stinson.

Posted Oct 1, 2020
Geoffrey Snow
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I had the privilege to have Dr. Jonathan Stinson as my voice professor at a University he worked at for a few years. He has helped me become the singer I am today. Dr. Stinson has incredible knowledge on how to train people to sing with proper technique. He can work with beginners all the way to young professionals. He has a brilliant mind of knowing how the voice works for different singers. He is well trained in classical and musical theater. He puts in a lot of effort and only wants to make you a better singer. Even if you are struggling at first, he can help you in figuring out the issue and move in the right direction. I highly recommend Dr. Stinson to anyone who would like to learn how to sing.

Posted Oct 1, 2020

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Voice Teacher
Sep 2000 - Present

Private Studio

Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre
Sep 2018 - Aug 2019

Edge Hill University (UK)

I taught private musical theatre voice lessons and taught classes in Vocal Technique, Acting Technique, Acting Through Song, American Musicals, and Professional Portfolio Development. I also stage directed the main-stage musical.

Assistant Professor of Voice
Sep 2013 - Aug 2018

Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam

I taught private classical voice lessons and Opera Workshop.


Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance
Sep 2010 - Dec 2016

University of Cincinnati--CCM

Master of Music in Voice Performance
Sep 2001 - Aug 2004

Indiana University

Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance
Sep 1996 - May 2001

Oberlin Conservatory



Limited Proficiency


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Limited Proficiency


Business Foundations Certificate
Oct 2020

Wharton School of Business through Coursera

A six-course online business certificate through Coursera, including Introduction to Marketing, Introduction to Accounting, Introduction to Corporate Finance, Managing Social and Human Capital, Introduction to Operations Management, and a Capstone Project.
Teaching Internship Program
Jun 2015

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

I was one of 12 young university professors chosen from throughout the US and Canada to participate in the program, in which interns are paired with master teachers to work on teaching effectiveness.


Regional Finalist
Oct 2006

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Finalist--Bel Canto Award
Mar 2005

Orpheus National Vocal Competition


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Sep 2013
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
American Guild of Musical Artists
Jun 2005
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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