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Hello. My name is Gary M. I am a singer and have been teaching voice since 1986. I studied voice with Andrew Gainey, who sang with New York City Opera, performed on Broadway, and taught voice at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. I graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1987, where I performed in productions at the college, Town and Gown Theatre, Summerfest, Southern Regional Opera, Birmingham Civic Opera, as well as major sacred works at local churches. I participated in graduate studies at University of Tennessee, Knoxville where I was a Graduate Teaching assistant, studying vocal performance and vocal pedagogy, was an apprentice with the Knoxville Opera, and was a soloist at the Church of Christ Scientist, Knoxville. Tennessee. I have also performed on Off-Broadway in New York City and still perform in area theatre productions in Alabama. I have taught voice continuously since 1986 and have had students performing in opera, musical theatre, church music, country and popular music. I teach both belt and legit vocal techniques and sing in both styles myself. My own personal awards include 1st and 2nd place awards in NATS competitions, district winnings in The Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air in Birmingham , AL, and Knoxville, TN., scholarships to Birmingham'Southern College and The University of Tennessee, and a scholarship to the Georgia State Summer Opera Workshop for 3 consecutive years. I was also nominated to 1987 Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. I look forward to meeting and working with you in your pursuit of better singing. Thank you and until then..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!+ Read More
I have performed roles in Opera, Musical Theatre, Dramatic Theatre, Oratorio, and as a soloist for churches as well as a paid choir member. In Birmingham AL I sang for First United Methodist, Church of the Advent, Episcopal, South Highlands Presbyterian, 1st Presbyterian, Temple Emanu-El, Reform, !st Baptist Church of Birmingham, Highlands United Methodist. All of these churches performed major Sacred works which I participated in and was often a soloist. ( Messiah, Creation, works by Bach, etc.} I also sang in the choir at Birmingham-Southern College, where i performed the bass role in Stravinsky's "Le Noce", (The Wedding), which we took to the ACDA Convention in San Antonio, TX. In theatre, I performed with Town and Gown Theater and Summerfest, directed by James Hatcher. Roles I performed were Jacquot in "Carnival", Evil Eye Fleegle in "'Lil Abner", Rubberface in "Showboat", as wella s severl other productions adding up to about 24 productions in 2 years, 1981-1983, In opera I sang with Southern Regional and Birmingham Civic Opera Companies, as well as Birmingham-Southern College Opera. Roles included Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, Mozart,..........Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti,.......... Il Marito in Amelia Goes to the Ball, Menotti......... Sid in Albert Herring,Britten,........ Savitri,Death..........I also performed with the Birmingham Pops Orchestra, excepts from Porgy and Bess................In Knoxville, TN, where I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and an Apprentice with The Knoxville Opera, I sang the role of King of the Gypsies in Carmen,by Bizet,........ Nardo in Mozart's La cambiale di matrimonio (with the Knoxville Symphony),.................. and I was soloist for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Knoxville,TN.............................In New York City, I sang as substitute soloist for The 1st Church of Christ Scientist, New York City,......... St. Bartholemews Catholic Church, in Queens, New York,.......... and performed the role of Tim in an off-Broadway production of Excuse Moi..............I performed the role of Sharpless in Puccini's Madame Butterfly with the Pensacola Opera, Pensacola, FL............Returning to Alabama, I have been the soloist for The 1st Church of Christ Scientist, Decatur AL as well as performing in several musical theatre roles including........Nicky Arnstein, Funny Girl, ,,,,,Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady.....Jonathan Harker, Dracula.....Chris Sheats, The Incident at Looneys Tavern.....Neville, Secret Garden, .......Captain Keller, The Miracle Worker (at the birthplace in Tuscumbia for 3 seasons).......Boulie,Driving Miss Daisey............Dr. Gibbs,Our Town.......Jacob Marley,Humbug............Duke Ferdinand and Senior Duke,As You Like It (Shakespeare)...........Don John,Much Ado About Nothing(Shakespeare).........Lazar Wolfe, Fiddler On The Roof,,,,,,,,,,,Mr. Rutledge, the Senator from South Carolina,1776........Mr. Spritzer,Hairspray..........Tommy Albright, Brigadoon.+ Read More
I have gotten to work and get to know Gary for over a year. Gary is a wonderful teacher and musician. He is an amazingly talented singer and teacher. His musicianship is impeccable and it has been great getting to work with him. I highly recommend him.
Gary is a phenomenal vocal teacher. I have been taking lessons from him for 15 years. He has taught me proper pitch, tone, and bravado. He has taught me how to sing popular music, country, and opera. He is truly great! And he has years of experience. He went to college to teach voice. I can't thank him enough for helping me. I know you will be Satisfied when Gary teaches you vocal lessons.+ Read More
I have taken voice from Gary and now my daughter takes voice from him. We love how encouraging, informative and talented he is while teaching. His calm, and gentle nature compliment his teaching style. His students have accomplished amazing goals.
I have taken voice from Gary and now my daughter takes voice. We love how encouraging, informative, and talented he is while teaching. His calm, gentle, nature comes across in his teaching style. He has such incredible ability to provide students with what they need to achieve goals in voice that will continue into college and life.+ Read More