Michael Aiello

Michael A.

Rochester, NY
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Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am currently pursuing my doctoral degree at the Eastman School of Music in vocal performance and literature. I believe in empowering my students so that they can sing in all styles of music that interest them with ease and freedom. Good singing is good singing and I am comfortable teaching classical, musical theater, pop, jazz, country etc. I like to set up my students with a strong foundation for singing so that they can practice efficiently and overcome vocal obstacles without my instruction.
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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+

Teaching since:
January 2009

Hello everyone, I am Michael - I am currently in school at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY pursuing my doctoral degree in vocal performance and literature. I have sung all over the world in operas, musicals and with professional choirs. I enjoy teaching all levels of singing and love to inspire my students to reach their full potential. Singing should be fun and it can become even more exciting when the fundamentals start to fall into place. I am a casual but professional teacher and like to tailor my teaching to each one of my students. I like to make singing a very concrete and sensation based learning experience so students can rely on more than just their ears to guide themselves. Good singing is good singing, period - any genre ,any style... it all stems from the basics and setting up a strong foundation on which to build the voice.

American baritone Michael most recently performed the role of Lieutenant Audebert in Silent Night by Kevin Puts with Buffalo Opera in New York. Other recent credits include: Sam in Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein at the Aspen Opera Center, Marcello in La Boheme by Puccini in San Diego, CA and Tom in Gershiwin’s, Blue Monday with Opera de Tijuana in Mexico. Michael will return to the Aspen Opera Center this summer to sing Frederick Egerman in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Most recently on the concert stage he was the baritone soloist for the Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop and Haydn’s Seasons with the Eastman Philharmonia in Rochester, NY. In 2016 Michael received the second-place award in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Rossini Competition adjudicated by the famous Rossini tenor, Rockwell Blake. Michael is currently pursuing a doctorate in music performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where in 2019 will sing the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

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Voice Instructor/ Secondary Lessons
Aug 2018 - Present
Eastman School of Music

I teach 15 students in a variety of singing styles per semester at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York

Private Voice Instructor
May 2009 - Present
Self Owned

I have been teaching private voice lessons in my home studio, in public lessons studios and traveling to student's homes for the past ten years


Vocal Performance and Literature - Doctorate
Aug 2018 - Present
Eastman School of Music
Vocal Performance - Masters
Aug 2010 - May 2013
University of Colorado at Boulder
Music Education - Bachelors
Aug 2005 - May 2010
State University of New York at Fredonia


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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6 Reviews

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Madeleine Jan 16, 2019
Classical Voice · In studio

Great teacher - funny, patient and understanding. I look forward to more lessons with Michael in the future!

Elizabeth Jan 8, 2019
Classical Voice · In studio

I started lessons with Michael having done both contemporary voice and years of choir. But prior to training with Michael, I'd never really been coached as to how to properly sing in a classical style. He's allowed me to find an entire element of my voice I didn't know I had and made it incredibly straightforward to progress. I now absolutely love singing in a way I didn't previously think I would.

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Abby Jan 8, 2019
Singing · In studio

Michael is knowledgeable, funny, and thoughtful. I am a wind instrumentalist, and Michael tailored voice lessons to discuss topics specifically related to my areas of experience. I would highly recommend Michael for voice lessons!

Shawn Jan 4, 2019
Classical Voice · In studio

Michael is brilliant at breaking down vocal technique in a way that is both easy to understand and applicable to all vocal ranges/styles. His lessons are tailored to my interests and needs; I couldn't ask for a better teacher.

Anthony Jan 2, 2019
Classical Voice · In studio

I always thought my voice was a lost cause, but Michael was able to bring out the best in my voice. He has taught me many ways to sing with clarity and proper form, and every lesson was a great experience.

Ryan Jan 2, 2019
Singing · In studio

Michael is great at pushing students to do their best and plays very expertly to their strengths. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wishes to improve their singing.

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