Gary Mckenzie

Gary M.

Decatur, AL
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Gary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1986

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..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Experience

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Oct 2009 - Present
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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.

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Education

Georgia State Opera workshop 1988, 1989, 1990.
Aug 1988 - Aug 1989
Georgia State in Atlanta Georgia
Vocal Performance, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 1987 - May 1989
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
BA in Vocal Performance
Jul 1981 - May 1987
Birmingham-Southern College

Languages

French
Professional Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air
Jan 1992
Metropolitan Opera, New York City,New York
Graduate Teaching Assistanship
May 1987
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Opera Apprentice
May 1987
Knoxville Opera, Knoxville, Tennessee
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Apr 1987
NATS
1987 Alabama District Winner Metropolitan Opera Auditons of the Air
Jan 1987
Metropolitan Opera, New York City

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Kristy Jun 9, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Before going to Gary, my daughter had lost her desire to sing. She had recently gone through the voice changing stage and no longer knew how to control her voice. Since seeing Gary, not only is she back to singing, she is better than ever before. Additionally, Gary truly seems to care about my daughter as a person and not just about her vocal ability. His knowledge and experience are second to none. These things combined make him unmatched in the North Alabama area when choosing a vocal coach/teacher.

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Marybeth Jun 7, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

I studied with Gary when I was in high school, and he was my first voice teacher. Gary is a wonderful teacher and a caring, supportive individual, who really understands the ins-and-outs of how the voice works. The exercises and ideas we worked with improved my voice's resonance, range, and tone quality. With his guidance and encouragement, I was able to make great strides vocally and win a music scholarship. Not only did Gary give me the foundation I needed to get started on my singing journey, but I even continued to go back to him for voice lessons, and he helped me with things that my college voice teacher could not! Nowadays, I sing professionally with the Washington National Opera, and have started teaching myself. Gary's excellent teaching, guidance, and friendship gave me the foundation I needed to get where I am today!

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Carol Jun 4, 2018
Classical Voice · In studio

Gary MacKenzie is an excellent voice instructor. He provides very specific instruction for every area of vocal performance a student needs in order to excel. He quickly customizes his instruction to his student while emphasizing alwaysbest practices for producing excellent sound.

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Brandon Jun 4, 2018
Singing · In home

I’ve been getting voice coaching from Gary for about a year and a half now. Hands-down, the best decision I’ve ever made concerning my music. Gary really knows how to work/communicate with his students to push them to the next level. The nuances in his technique set him apart from everyone else. I made more progress in the first month with Gary than I had in years with other instructors. Even on my “bad” days, he continues to be an encouragement and driving force. I’ve never understood why people take lessons from people who can’t put out themselves. Luckily, Gary has the most remarkable voice I’ve ever heard. He knows what he’s talking about and can prove it.

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DeAndre K May 18, 2018
Singing · In studio

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.

Candice May 16, 2018
Vocal Training · Online

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.

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Gwena May 16, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

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.

Gwena May 16, 2018
Singing · In studio

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.

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