Gregory Stapp

Gregory S.

Monument, CO

About Gregory S.

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Gregory teaches: Ages 14 and up
Teaching since: January 1974
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Featured in PBS' Great Performances: Live From Lincoln Center telecast of New York City Opera's "The Magic Flute"; the Spoleto Festival's Italian telecast of "The Girl of the Golden West", directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Bruce Beresford; the UC Davis Symphony's film of "Duke Bluebeard's Castle"; the American premiere of Garcia's "Requiem" at Carnegie Hall; Scotland's Edinburgh Festival production of "The Consul," cast and directed by the composer, Gian Carlo Menotti; and, in NPR broadcasts of 15 of his 30 roles with San Francisco Opera; bass Gregory Stapp has performed with 100+ American arts groups including the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. He graduated from Loretto Heights College and the Academy of Vocal Arts; was appointed to the San Francisco Opera/Affiliate Artists–Opera Program; received one of SFO's inaugural Adler Fellowships; and, won prizes from the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Opera, Sullivan Musical Foundation and National Institute for Music Theatre. He was vocal music director of "My Fair Lady" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" for Cherry Creek High School; taught Conducting and directed the Jazz Choir at Loretto Heights College; taught Voice at Indiana University; and, taught Conducting, Voice, Music History, Opera Workshop, Film Music History at Notre Dame de Namur University, where he also directed and conducted Opera Scenes programs and conducted "The Marriage of Figaro."

He's also taught voice privately for 40 years and his students have found joy and success. Gregory teaches regularly in Aurora, CO and Monument, CO, serving the communities and surrounding environs of metropolitan Denver and Colorado Springs.

Photos and Videos

Luciano Pavarotti and Gregory S. in Pittsburgh Opera's "Tosca"

Experience

2nd Vice President

Jun 2009 - Present
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)

Voice Teacher

Jan 1974 - Present
Gregory S. Vocal Studio

Offering training in vocal technique, artistic expression, dramatic interpretation and musicianship in a variety of musical genres.

Professional Singer

Jun 1971 - Present
Gregory S., Basso Profondo

Has performed principal operatic bass roles as well as in oratorios, musicals, concerts and song recitals for 40+ years in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China and America.

Adjudicator, Finals

Feb 2015 - Feb 2015
NATS Vocal Competition, Redwood Empire Branch, 2015

Adjudicator, Finals

Apr 2014 - Apr 2014
Pacific Musical Society Competition

Guest Professor, Master Class

Nov 2013 - Nov 2013
Jinan University, Shandong Province, China

Guest Professor, Master Class & Lecture

Aug 2013 - Aug 2013
US MultiCultural Music & Media; Stanford University Faculty Club Library

Guest Lecturer, Opera History & Appreciation

Sep 2012 - Feb 2013
San Mateo Adult School

Professor

Feb 2010 - May 2012
Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont CA

Taught Conducting, Voice, Music History, Film Music History, and Opera Workshop; directed and conducted Opera Scenes programs, and conducted "The Marriage of Figaro."

Adjudicator, Finals

Feb 2012 - Feb 2012
San Jose Opera Guild Voice Competition

Guest Lecturer, Opera History (Il Trovatore)

Apr 2011 - Apr 2011
Foster City Jewish Community Center

Guest Lecturer, Opera History (The Barber of Seville)

Feb 2011 - Feb 2011
Palo Alto Jewish Community Center

Guest Lecturer, "Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Die Fledermaus"

Oct 2009 - Mar 2010
Livermore Valley Opera

5th Vice President

Jun 2007 - May 2009
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)

Guest Professor, Master Class

Mar 2009 - Mar 2009
Kunming University's Conservatory, China

Guest Professor, Master Class

Mar 2009 - Mar 2009
Shandong's Teachers' University, Jinan, China

Featured Speaker

May 2008 - May 2008
Classical Singer Convention

Adjudicator, Finals

Apr 2008 - Apr 2008
Henry & Maria Holt Vocal Competition, West Bay Opera

Governor

Jun 2002 - May 2007
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)

Singer's Workshop Moderator / Panelist 2000, 2003, 2007

Jan 2000 - May 2007
Opera America

Adjudicator, Finals

Mar 2006 - Mar 2006
Berkeley Piano Club Van Waynen Vocal Competition

Governor

Jun 1996 - Dec 1998
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)

Guest Professor, Master Classes

Aug 1994 - Sep 1995
Sakai City Opera, Osaka, Japan

Affiliate Artist — Singer

Jan 1980 - Dec 1984
Affiliate Artists, Inc., New York, NY

Bass Soloist and Chorister, Philadelphia Singers

Jul 1978 - Dec 1979
Philadelphia Singers, Pennsylvania

Michael Korn, Music Director

Bass Soloist and Section Leader, First United Methodist Church of Germantown

Aug 1978 - Jun 1979
First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Philadelphia, PA

Michael Korn, Music Director

Bass Soloist and Section Leader, The Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany

Aug 1977 - Jun 1978
The Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany, Philadelphia, PA

Vocal Music Director and Chorus Master, "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Feb 1976 - Apr 1976
Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, CO

Vocal Music Director and Chorus Master, "My Fair Lady"

Jun 1975 - Jul 1975
Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, CO

Education

Voice Teachers: George Lynn, 71-76; Dorothy DiScala, 1976-83; Margaret Harshaw, 1979; Janet Parlova, 1988-97; Jerome Hines, 1996-97; Judith Natalucci, 1998-present

Jan 1971 - Jul 2015
Private Study; Loretto Heights College; Academy of Vocal Arts; Indiana University; Private Study…

Workshop: Transitioning from a Full-time Singing Career to University Level Teaching

Oct 2007 - Oct 2007
AGMA Presents, Joseph Evans, tenor, Professor of Voice, University of Houston

Vocal Coaches: David Agler, Renato Capecchi, Roland Fiore, Martha Gerhardt, Thomas Grubb, Harriet Gyllenhall, Mark Haffner, Vernon Hammond, Paul Harris, Thomas Jaber, Monroe Kanouse, Patricia Kazarow, Ben Terry Lusk, Christofer Macatsoris, John Paar, Felix Popper, Margaret Singer, Martin Smith, Marcie Stapp, Richard Woitach

Sep 1972 - Dec 2005
Loretto Heights College, Academy of Vocal Arts, San Francisco Opera

Kurt Herbert Adler Fellowship

Jan 1982 - Dec 1982
San Francisco Opera Center

Atlantic Richfield Affiliate Artist

Jan 1981 - Dec 1981
San Francisco / Affiliate Artists-Opera Program

Combustion Engineering Affiliate Artist

Jun 1980 - Dec 1980
San Francisco / Affiliate Artists-Opera Program

Artist's Diploma (Opera Performance and Voice)

Aug 1976 - May 1980
Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Special Graduate Summer Student, Associate Instructor

Jun 1979 - Jul 1979
Indiana University's School of Music

Conducting Teachers: Max DiJulio, George Lynn, Michael D. Mendoza, Thomas Miyake, James Dalton, Charlotte Adams, Maxine Westfall

Sep 1970 - Jun 1976
Loretto Heights College, Denver, CO

Bachelor of Arts (Music Major - Voice, Conducting), (Education Minor - Secondary Music)

Sep 1972 - May 1976
Loretto Heights College, Denver, CO

Diploma, Music (6 choirs, 4 bands, orchestra, 2nd year theory)

Sep 1969 - Jun 1972
Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, CO

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian, German, French, Latin

Professional Proficiency

Japanese

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Affilliate Artist (Singer)

Jun 1980
Affiliate Artists, Inc., New York, NY

Certified Completion of Affiliate Artist Training Program in May of 1980. Added to the official national roster of Affiliate Artists as published in Musical America's International Directories 1980-84. Appointed the Combustion Engineering Affiliate Artist (1980) and the Atlantic Richfield Affiliate Artist (1981) in the prestigious San Francisco / Affiliate Artists-Opera Program, a joint venture of Affiliate Artists, Inc., and San Francisco Opera. Affiliate Artists, Inc., was nationally recognized for creating "informances" (informal, informative performances presented wherever people naturally gather) and for establishing artist residencies with arts organizations throughout America.

Teaching Certificate for Secondary Music

Jul 1976
State of Colorado

Granted following the completion of the Secondary Music Education Minor at Denver's Loretto Heights College which included 3 months student teaching at Wheatridge High School; and 6 months as a special "practicum teacher" at Cherry Creek High School, teaching two full loads simultaneously and serving as vocal music director for the world's first amateur production of "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Awards

AGMA LIfe Membership for Distinguished Service

Jun 2012
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)

Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Colorado Wagner Society Award

Jan 1986
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Rocky Mountain Regional Finals

Metropolitan Opera National Council Educational Grant

Oct 1983
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Who is Who in American Music: Prominent American Musician

Jun 1983
Who's Who in American Music: Classical, 1983, 1985

G.B. Dealey Awards, Semi-finalist

May 1983
G.B. Dealey Awards, Dallas Opera, Dallas, TX

D'Angelo Young Artist Competition, Finalist

Apr 1983
D'Angelo Young Artists Competition, Erie, PA

Metropolitan Opera Auditions, National Semi-finalist

Apr 1982
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Auditions, First Prize

Mar 1982
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Western Regional Finals

San Francisco Opera Center Kurt Herbert Adler Fellowship

Jan 1982
San Francisco Opera Center

Metropolitan Opera San Francisco District Auditions, First Prize

Jan 1982
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions San Francisco District Finals

National Institute for Music Theater Scholarship Awards 1981-87

Oct 1981
National Institute for Music Theater (formerly the National Opera Institute)

Atlantic Richfield Affiliate Artist with San Francisco Opera

Jan 1981
San Francisco / Affiliate Artists–Opera Program

Combustion Engineering Affilliate Artist with San Francisco Opera

Jun 1980
San Francisco / Affiliate Artists–Opera Program

Baltimore Opera Competition, Jovanovski Award

Jun 1980
Baltimore Opera International Vocal Competition

Metropolitan Opera Rocky Mountain Regional Auditions, Third Prize, 1980; Second Prize, 1986

Jan 1980
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Rocky Mountain Regional Finals

Metropolitan Opera Colorado/Wyoming District Auditions, First Prize, 1980, 1986, 1987

Jan 1980
Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions Colorado / Wyoming District Finals

Sullivan Musical Foundation Scholarship Grant Winner, 1979-87

Nov 1979
William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation

Baltimore Opera Competion, Ver Valen Award

Jun 1979
Baltimore Opera International Vocal Competition

Indiana University, Full Scholarship and Graduate Associate Instructorship

Jun 1979
Indiana University's School of Music

Academy of Vocal Arts, Full Scholarship 1976-80

Aug 1976
Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Loretto Heights College, Sole Recipient of Fine Arts Division Award: Degree with Distinction

May 1976
Loretto Heights College, Denver, CO

Who is Who in American Universities and Colleges, Outstanding Student

Mar 1976
Who's Who Among Students in America's Universities and Colleges

Loretto Heights College, Colorado Academic Scholarship 1972-76

Sep 1972
Loretto Heights College, Denver, CO

George Lynn Choral Workshops at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, Scholarships in 1972, 73, 74

Aug 1972
First Plymouth Congregational Church, Denver, Colorado

Paul Christiansen Choral Directors Workshop at the University of Denver, Scholarship, 1972

Jul 1972
Cherry Creek High School Music Department, Englewood, CO

University of Denver Lamont School of Music, Scholarship (Declined)

Mar 1972
University of Denver, Denver Colorado

Colorado All-State Choir, 1972

Jan 1972
University of Denver and the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado All-State Choir, 1971

Jan 1971
University of Denver, Denver Colorado

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education

Jul 2015
NAFME

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Jul 2015
NATS

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

Jul 1978

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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15 Reviews on Gregory S.

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Madison Benton Aug 29, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio
Gregory has been more than fantastic, I have never felt more connected with music and my own voice than ever before. He helped me understand the little structures I can do with my voice and stage acting to help me excel in the future.
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Madison benton Nov 17, 2015
Audition Prep · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic first lesson. He really took the time to get to know me and where I want to go with my skills.
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Sharon Oct 14, 2015
Singing · In studio
Greg is the best instructor I have ever experienced. I appreciated his honesty and encouragement during our lessons. I am an older student so my goal was how to improve my technique and keep my voice healthy. I will always be grateful for his time and patience and sharing his wonderful talents and wisdom with me.

Many, many thanks,
Sharon
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Alicia Jul 20, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Gregory was my teacher for nearly 15 years. He saw me vocally through two pregnancies and all the attendant changes. Gregory's technique is impeccable and his ability to present information in an effective manor is unmatched. Enjoy your new teacher!
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Claire Jul 15, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
The first time I had a lesson with Gregory, when I got in my car and drove home, I cried. Not because it was awful, but because I was so overjoyed that in that hour, I felt more connected to my voice than I ever had, and I had hope that with his help I could grow into singer that was trapped inside. Five years later, I have certainly found that to be the case. Gregory has this wonderful ability to identify what you're doing "wrong" with your voice, or what is causing discomfort, and then helps you free your voice in a way that is easy to understand, and FUN. When Gregory asks me to do something, the majority of the time his way of explaining it clicks immediately and voila! — there is my voice! When I first went to Gregory, my voice was tied up; I was strangling myself, and the different parts of my voice were not unified. I was absolutely terrified of singing "high." In my work with him, he's overhauled my voice and given me the tools to access my true voice. Pieces that I wouldn't have even attempted to sing, I was then able to explore, and now they flow easily and in many cases are spectacular and brilliant. It is also extremely important to note Gregory's approach to the psychological woes of singing. As someone who suffers some performance anxiety, panic attacks, and occasionally a lack of confidence in my abilities, Gregory has been a wonderful support. He is patient, kind, and he doesn't let me beat myself up. With that support I have been able to respect and care for myself more as a singer and a person. Do you want to blossom? Go with Gregory.
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Eugene Jul 12, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
I took voice lessons for years with Gregory, and he was fantastic on all fronts.

Thinking about objectives for why people take voice lessons, Gregory is very frank and helpful, asking the question "do you WANT to sing, or do you NEED to sing?" It's a really important question to ask, but many voice teachers don't bother to understand the student's motivations first.

I always quote from Gregory's essay about becoming an opera singer-- it's great life advice, and wise advice, even outside of opera.

Gregory is extremely professional in the studio. During the years I was studying with him, he never cancelled, nor was he ever late. He didn't gossip or complain, like some other voice teachers I've had. The time in the studio was all about my vocal development.

He is also a phenomenally talented singer, as evidenced by his illustrious career. He has a deep understanding of the demands of an active performing career, and helps prepare, both vocally and otherwise.

Gregory helped mightily with my technique. When I began lessons, I had pretty good sound and mechanism, but focus and control were uneven, and I didn't yet have a stage-reliable "G" as a baritone. Over the years, my focus, breath control, and agility became quite reliable.

I appreciate his vocal exercises; each one tends to isolate one aspect of vocal training, rather than vocal exercises that work on several elements at once.

He is also encyclopedic about vocal repertoire and specific singers; he is equally passionate about opera and musical theater. I studied almost exclusively classical pieces, but he did have me learn "If I Loved You" and "Hey There", which I work into my repertoire from time to time.

There's so much to say, but I'll wrap up by saying that Gregory is also extremely supportive and generous. There was a point during which I was having a really tough time with auditions, getting no positive feedback at all, even though I felt I was singing well. I decided to just stop auditioning, but he encouraged me to hang in there, and invited me to participate in the weekly audition-prep workshop that he co-organized. He did this for free, purely as a service to the local singing community, once a week. While I didn't participate as often as I should have, just after nearly giving up on getting gigs, I got my first call for a leading role, and since, I've been able to perform as often as my schedule allows.

I can't recommend Gregory highly enough. He has vocal talent, teaching talent, musical talent, empathy, generosity, and professionalism.
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Laura Jul 8, 2015
I cannot recommend Gregory Stapp enough! His knowledge and expertise in voice is spectacular. With great ease he is able to listen to a voice and pinpoint any challenges or bad habits the singer might have and be able to explain it in terms that the student will understand.
I was first introduced to Gregory Stapp’s teaching while observing a masterclass. In the few minutes Gregory had with each student he was able to give them some key points to improving their tone and releasing the full voice. Watching and hearing each student’s progress in such a little time was truly fascinating. One of the biggest challenges in improving your voice is understanding what you are doing wrong and how to fix it-Gregory is truly gifted at explaining these issues in a way that each individual student can understand. He is also one of the kindest and most patient instructors I have had the pleasure to work with.
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Ann Jul 6, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Gregory Stapp is a wonderful teacher. I was able to sit in as an informal accompanist at voice lessons which my husband, an opera singer, had with Greg, and I was impressed with his breadth and depth of knowledge, both of the physical "mechanics" of the voice and of the interpretation of the music itself. He has a great sense of balancing details and general overview. He has sung, I think, virtually all the important operatic roles for bass and thus has well-honed skills from personal experience. Since my husband is also a bass, I think they had a particularly well-suited student-teacher exchange. Also, Greg's whole attitude was positive and empathetic. I always felt exhilarated when the lesson ended, and in touch with someone who was deeply committed to the highest artistic results, while at the same time being completely down-to-earth.
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Steven Jul 6, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Nothing escapes Mr. Stapp's ears. He not only fixed intonation and diction problems but worked to have me produce the best sound possible to reach the furthest seat in the house. He has to be the best vocal coach I've ever had with extensive knowledge of the opera literature and a patient, positive and precise approach to teaching voice.
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Jim Jul 2, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Greg Stapp is the most influential voice instructor in my life. He has a deep understanding of not only how to sing, but also how to relate his own experiences as a professional operatic bass to the aspiring student.

I studied with Greg for more than 3 years and his teaching helped me to release vocal tension and affectation, and to embrace an "honesty" that allowed me to truly express myself through singing.

I have performed many opera roles in local opera companies and Greg's technique has helped me immeasurably throughout.