- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 14+
- Teaching since:
- January 1974
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.
Offering training in vocal technique, artistic expression, dramatic interpretation and musicianship in a variety of musical genres.
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.
Taught Conducting, Voice, Music History, Film Music History, and Opera Workshop; directed and conducted Opera Scenes programs, and conducted "The Marriage of Figaro."
Michael Korn, Music Director
Michael Korn, Music Director
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.+ Read More
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."+ Read More
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.
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.+ Read More
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.
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.
My first lesson with Gregory was a great start, and I'm looking forward to my next lesson!
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
Gregory is a wonderful instructor, kind yet direct in his instruction, so very knowledgable about singing it's truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether one is a serious student with a career future in mind, or someone who wants to sing better, Gregory will treat that student with equal respect. It's easy to see he loves singing and helping others achieve their personal goals. Highly recommended!+ Read More
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.
Fantastic first lesson. He really took the time to get to know me and where I want to go with my skills.
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,
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!+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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.
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.
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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.
Greg is a fabulous voice teacher. He helped me to work through major vocal problems and rebuild my voice to a point that I can feel good about singing solos in public. He's patient and skilled at figuring out how to keep his students from getting in their own way. His techniques are gentle on the vocal cords, unlike many other voice teachers'.. I still can't believe that he was willing to work with me. What a treasure he is.+ Read More
Gregory Stapp is a fantastic technician, with an approach based on physical comfort. Plus, he has the inside dope on Jerome Hines' books!
Mr. Stapp has been a colleague for nearly thirty years. More recently, as my previous teacher retired, I sought out Mr. Stapp for lessons for a couple of reasons. One, he knew my voice well through my professional career, and second, as a teacher, he has excellent diagnostic skills with which he was qickly able to pinpoint some areas that had been troubling me. Mr. Stapp offered realistic solutions for resolving these issues. Another key quality Mr. Stapp holds, crucial to singers of all stages and ilks, is the understanding of the emotional and psychological issues of singing. He supports his students steadfastly, and as I've observed his teaching, I can say with confidence, Mr. Stapp knows what he is doing. You want a good teacher? Mr. Stapp is who you want.+ Read More
Gregory is not only an incredible musician and singer but he is also an incredible teacher. I spent 5 plus years training with Gregory and it completely changed my life. His techniques and tweeks to accentuate and elevate your singing made me think of music in a different way. The singer that was always trapped in my head has finally arrived. I was a self-taught singer and songwriter with no instruction experience and now I am writing and understanding music and singing in a way I never have. I cannot recommend Mr. Stapp any more highly. I will dearly miss our sessions in San Francisco and his departure is really any singer's gain in Colorado. He became a music mentor and taught me technique and that having fun and loving singing is what makes the singer beyond natural talent. You won't be disappointed.+ Read More
Wonderful teacher! Really helped me access a part of my voice I had always been nervous about. Great technician with a wealth of knowledge on the subject.