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Gregory S.
Monument, Colorado
Acclaimed artist featured on TV, Radio, Film, Stage and in Concert, including with the San Francisco Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York City Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Edinburgh Festival, Colorado Opera Festival, Spoleto Festival, and Colorado Springs Symphony as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. Gregory Stapp taught conducting, voice, history and opera at Notre Dame de Namur University and has given master classes in Japan, China and America. — "Singing well is a joyous freedom." Learn to sing better from an expert performer and educator. I love to teach singers of all levels and in all genres. Let me help you find your optimum joy in singing. You, and your audiences, will both appreciate it. I teach regularly in Aurora, CO and Monument, CO, serving the communities and surrounding environs of metropolitan Denver and Colorado Springs. Featured as Sarastro on the Great Performances: Live From Lincoln Center PBS telecast of New York City Opera's "The Magic Flute;" as Ashby on the RAI Italian telecast of the Spoleto Festival's "The Girl of the Golden West;" as Bluebeard in the filmed stage production of UC Davis Symphony's "Duke Bluebeard's Castle;" and in NPR national broadcasts of 15 of his 30 San Francisco Opera roles; Bass Gregory Stapp has performed with more than 100 American performing arts organizations as well as in Italy, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, France, England, Mexico, Canada, Japan and China. Gregory has studied with six true masters of singing: George Lynn, composer, conductor, singer, pianist, organist, and former music director and head of the voice and conducting departments at Westminster Choir College; Dorothy DiScala, who taught for decades at the Academy of Vocal Arts (as did her mentor, Sidney Dietsch); Margaret Harshaw, famed dramatic soprano and distinguished professor of voice at Indiana University; Janet Parlova, former faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Jerome Hines, acclaimed international bass, author, composer, and founder of Opera Music Theater in NJ; and, Judith Natalucci, former faculty member of the University of Southern California. Gregory taught Conducting, Voice, Music History, Opera Workshop, History of Film Music at Notre Dame de Namur University, where he also directed and conducted opera scenes programs and, conducted "The Marriage of Figaro." He has given acclaimed public master classes in America, China and Japan, He has also maintained a private vocal studio for decades and his students have enjoyed success in major competitions and performed in operas, musicals, and concerts across America and abroad. He enjoys teaching beginners, amateurs, and those requiring vocal therapy, as well as aspiring and established professionals. Students of his have found success in the operatic, concert and music theatre realms, and have won prizes in notable competitions. His teaching is guided by certain tenets and precepts, including: Each of us has unique gifts within; learning to sing well can highlight and bring these forth, enriching us all. Everyone can enjoy singing; but prosperous singing careers are rare. Students should be cognizant of the realities of professional singing and encouraged to explore other viable career options as well. Pitch frequency is determined solely by the vibratory speed of the vocal cords. Therefore, high and low notes don’t exist! Each pitch has a preferred subjective tonal resonance center: chest, mouth, pharynx, mask, head, etc., — but it’s still all one voice. Maintaining a relaxed jaw and tongue, raised soft palate, low-floating larynx, open throat, comfortably expanded rib cage and flexible, buoyant breath support, enables easy, transparent transitions throughout the tonal resonance centers. Unencumbered, energized, vibrant resonance achieves optimum vocal tone, simultaneously vast and gently produced, regardless of pitch, resonance, tempo, emotion or dynamic. An even vibrato is essential for vocal health and precise pitch. Accurate lyric diction and enunciation enhances vocalism as well as clarity. To properly serve the composer, librettist and audience, one must understand and communicate the words and music while ignoring one’s own ego. A particular voice may be especially suitable for certain kinds of repertoire, but a healthy technique can easily accommodate many different vocal styles. Nurture and rest are as vital as technical proficiency to beautiful singing. Teach the student, not the subject; address their needs, not yours. A singer’s own ears are great deceivers; stop listening and start feeling! Singing should feel good; it is a release, not an effort.
About Gregory S.

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.

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Teaching since 1974

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

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Speaks English, Italian, Japanese, German, French, Latin

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I would give him a 6 if I could out of 5. He's an amazing professional and he's gracious. His knowledge of music and singing is brilliant. He know quite a bit.

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GREGORY IS A TRUE PROFESSIONAL THAT IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING HIS STUDENTS. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE WHO IS SERIOUS ABOUT IMPROVING THEIR VOCAL ABILITY. KIP

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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
Shandong's Teachers' University, Jinan, China
Guest Professor, Master Class
Mar 2009 - Mar 2009
Kunming University's Conservatory, 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)
Adjudicator, Finals
Mar 2006 - Mar 2006
Berkeley Piano Club Van Waynen Vocal Competition
Singer's Workshop Moderator / Panelist 2000, 2003, 2007
Jan 2000 - May 2007
Opera America
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 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 Chorister, Philadelphia Singers
Jul 1978 - Dec 1979
Philadelphia Singers, Pennsylvania
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
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
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
Special Graduate Summer Student, Associate Instructor
Jun 1979 - Jul 1979
Indiana University's School of Music
Artist's Diploma (Opera Performance and Voice)
Aug 1976 - May 1980
Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, PA
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
Bachelor of Arts (Music Major - Voice, Conducting), (Education Minor - Secondary Music)
Sep 1972 - May 1976
Loretto Heights College, Denver, CO
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…
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
Diploma, Music (6 choirs, 4 bands, orchestra, 2nd year theory)
Sep 1969 - Jun 1972
Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, CO
English
Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency
Japanese
Limited Proficiency
Latin
Professional Proficiency
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."
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 Colorado/Wyoming District Auditions, First Prize, 1980, 1986, 1987
Jan 1980
Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions Colorado / Wyoming District Finals
Metropolitan Opera Rocky Mountain Regional Auditions, Third Prize, 1980; Second Prize, 1986
Jan 1980
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Rocky Mountain Regional Finals
Sullivan Musical Foundation Scholarship Grant Winner, 1979-87
Nov 1979
William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation
Indiana University, Full Scholarship and Graduate Associate Instructorship
Jun 1979
Indiana University's School of Music
Baltimore Opera Competion, Ver Valen Award
Jun 1979
Baltimore Opera International Vocal Competition
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
National Association for Music Education
Jul 2015
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
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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