Greg Frens

Greg F.

Astoria, NY

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About

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

Teaching since:
January 2001

I am a professional opera singer, and while that's my "job title," don't let it fool you. I have also spent a number of years touring with jazz, blues, and rock and roll bands as a pianist and guitarist, so my style comes from everywhere. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in Piano Performance from Hope College in Holland, MI, and my Master's in Vocal Performance comes from The Ohio State University. I am a professionally managed singer, and have worked on a number of international operatic stages as a baritone. I have been on faculty at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, and the New School for the Performing Arts in New York City, as well as Hope College and Illinois Wesleyan University. I have also worked in Musical Theater as a music director/conductor as well as a performer.

*** Lesson Details ***
I expect from my students what I expect from myself. If they do not improve every lesson, then I am not doing my job. Music is the great joy of my life, and with that in mind, I take it pretty seriously. However, I also understand that younger students may not have the same goals, and I always take that into account when dealing with high school age and younger. Most of all, making music should be fun, and bring joy to the ones making it, and I try to make this point every time someone opens their mouth to sing or puts their fingers to an instrument. My curriculum is different for every student, depending on their needs, level of ability, etc. but all can expect to learn the same fundamentals of technique for their respective instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano in my home studio for Voice Lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the students to provide a piano or keyboard for piano and voice lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I am a professional opera singer, and an accomplished jazz/musical theater singer and teacher. I teach classical and jazz piano styles, and all genres of guitar.

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Experience

Freelance Professional Musician
Jun 2005 - Present
InterArts Management

I have worked as a professional singer, pianist, conductor and bandleader in many different genres, including opera, musical theater, conducting, jazz, "Big Band" and blues, among others

Education

Master's of Music - Vocal Music Performance
Sep 2001 - May 2004
The Ohio State University
Bachelor's of Music Performance
Sep 1996 - Apr 2001
Hope College

Languages

German
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Study Grant
Oct 2014
Wagner Society of Washington DC
Graduate Teaching Associate of the Year
May 2003
College of the Arts - The Ohio State University

Photos & Videos

My current professional headshot

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From a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe with Opera Columbus

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Years of singing with the band!

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5 Reviews

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Vinita Jun 22, 2017
Singing · In home

When I started working with Greg, I was shy, I didn't open my mouth and sat on the other side of the room. I am now a singer with potential, and my musical goals have changed. Greg helped me achieve more than I had ever hoped for, but he also gave me confidence. I understand music differently than I had before I met Greg, and while learning to sing and begin to play Piano, I learned how to be a respectful artist, and how much work anyone who puts themselves out there does. Greg doesn't lie he is realistic, but as long as you don't give up, Greg won't.

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Eduardo S. Apr 29, 2016
Singing · In home

Greg is a great instructor. He sets realistic goal, and is a real direct and easy going when it comes to direction. I'm reeally excited for our lessons and feel empowered and enriched with every meeting.

KaraA Jun 14, 2011
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Perfect Beginning Instructor

Greg does a fantastic job teaching our 7yr old piano. He is patient, kind, and upbeat. We also love it when he sings during the lesson! We're very lucky to have found him.

MarkM3 Apr 1, 2011
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Amanda is happy, motivated and learning. We are all very happy with the lessons. Greg is wonderful.

KellyM3 Mar 18, 2011
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Very supportive and patient... Also is very receptive to if you want to learn new songs, etc.

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