Gregory Stapp

Gregory S.

Monument, CO

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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.
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Gregory teaches



Gregory delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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.

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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

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

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

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


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Italian, German, French, Latin
Professional Proficiency
Limited 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.

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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."

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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 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.

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.

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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.

Photos & Videos

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

Gregory S. as the Parson in San Francisco Opera's "The Cunning Little Vixen"

Sherrill Milnes and Gregory S. in Pittsburgh Opera's "Don Giovanni"

Gregory S. as Don Quixote in Knoxville Opera's "Man of La Mancha"

Gregory S. as Osmin in Lyric Opera of Cleveland's "Escape from Mars" [Abduction from the Seraglio]

Gregory S. as Sparafucile in Baltimore Opera's "Rigoletto"

Gregory S., featured with the Chinese People's Liberation Army Symphony Orchestra in Beijing's National Theatre Concert Hall in 2013

Gregory S. as Raimondo in Greater Miami Opera's "Lucia di Lammermoor"

Gregory S. as Nilakantha in New Orleans Opera's "Lakmé"
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19 Reviews

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Barb L. Dec 7, 2017
Singing · In studio

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.

Dave Nov 22, 2017
Speaking Voice · In studio

My first lesson with Gregory was a great start, and I'm looking forward to my next lesson!

Kip May 6, 2017
Singing · In home


Lisa Nov 15, 2016
Singing · In home

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!

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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.

Madison benton Nov 17, 2015
Audition Prep · In studio

Fantastic first lesson. He really took the time to get to know me and where I want to go with my skills.

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,

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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.

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Elizabeth Jul 1, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

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.

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Richard Jul 1, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

Gregory Stapp is a fantastic technician, with an approach based on physical comfort. Plus, he has the inside dope on Jerome Hines' books!

Christine J. Jul 1, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio

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.

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Curt Jul 1, 2015
Singing · In studio

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.

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Deborah R. Jul 1, 2015

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.

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