Peter Van D. began teaching in New York City in the early 1990’s. In 1994, he was invited to join the faculty of New York University’s Collaborative Arts Project 21. Van D. has taught private voice and vocal technique classes during both the Academic year and for the Musical Theatre Summer Intensive. He has been a guest for the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and presented master classes at BYU-Idaho. For several years, Van D. has served as a judge for local NATS auditions and presented lecture demonstrations for NYSTA(New York Singing Teachers Association). His NYU students have been featured in productions at CAP 21 and Tisch School of the Arts Main Stage. His private students have appeared in Broadway productions of RAGTIME, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE FULL MONTY, FOLLIES, BOMBAY DREAMS, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and THE PRODUCERS.
Van D. made his Metropolitan Opera debut in April 1995 in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, and returned for five seasons to sing roles in Die Zauberflöte, Salome, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Capriccio and Andrea Chenier. In March 1997 he portrayed the title role in Gianni Schicchi with the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
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Former opera singer, I have been teaching musical theatre for 15 years. I am skilled in both styles. I teach a physical technique that will serve the health and longevity of the student. Certified in hypnosis and Reiki, both of which are useful in overcoming Performance Anxiety.
Reiki is a system of relaxation and healing which can be very helpful for performers. Students have reported better focus during auditions, more energy, and improved health.
I offer brief hypnosis sessions to help with performance anxiety. The process includes training for self-hypnosis for addressing specific issues.
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.
· Singing · In studio I took lessons with Peter in 2015 (I just recently got back on take lessons and realized I never wrote a review for Peter). The only reason I stopped taking lessons was because I moved to a new country. Otherwise I would have continued to this day. I had no singing background before and Peter was so great. Peter's lessons were very helpful and instructive but he still kept a comfortable environment that made me feel open to learning and not embarrassed for my lack of knowledge. I would definitely recommend taking Peter's lessons.
· Speaking Voice · In studio Very encouraging.
· Singing · Amazing Voice Teacher!
Peter really opened up my voice and really helped me grow into my voice as a singer. It was night and day and his technique is easy to learn and adapt. He works with your voice and helps it become better overall and is really supportive. I'm grateful for what I learned from him and I still use his techniques everyday!
· Broadway Singing · Best thing to happen to my voice
Peter has been the best thing to ever happen to my voice. I started studying with Peter freshman year of college and I still see him regularly 6 years later. He took my completely untrained voice and helped me find, not only technique but also confidence in myself and my abilities. If it weren't for him I would not be pursuing musical theatre as a career. I would also not be booking jobs professionally. I owe my current and future musical theatre career to him. GO SING WITH HIM!!!
· Singing · A Superb and Supportive Teacher!
Peter is by far the best voice teacher I ever had. I have a very multi-faceted personality and very multi-faceted voice. I was struggling to find my true voice after being told I was everything from a mezzo to a coloratura soprano. Unlike some teachers who heard a certain part of my voice and were determined to place me in a box based only that one part, Peter would always tell me to let my voice do what it wants to do. I have never felt like he ever took offense if I decided something I was working on was not right for me. He has only ever been completely open and supportive if I wanted to try something. He is the first teacher who let me go to my extremes, just to touch upon all the colors of my voice, and then he helps me find balance and settle into my true voice.
My voice is still a work in progress, but he has helped me so much, with his expert knowledge of vocal production and how the body can affect the sound being produced, with his open, "let's try it" energy but also with the right amount of guidance so that I'm not just floating all over the place. He has guided me to quite a few of the best pieces I have ever sung because of his incredible intuition about what would suit my voice. He is well-versed in repertoire and he is a very strong pianist.
He's also been supportive in other ways, suggesting books on auditioning and breathing, and sharing articles about the voice and about physical health as well (the winter can be hard on a voice!). He's by far just the best teacher I have ever had, and worth every single penny! There aren't enough words to show how much I consider Peter to be an all-around amazing teacher.
· Singing · Praise From Beginners and Professionals
I wanted to sing but had no training and zero confidence. Working with Peter, the desire to sing remained while the above shortcomings quickly dissipated. He is as impressive as his background. To sing those first few notes took a leap of faith that required a talented and caring teacher. Thankfully my teacher was Peter Van Derick.
· Broadway Singing · Everything you need and more...
One of my biggest issues with voice teachers is that they try to strip you of what makes you, you!
From day one, Peter got to know me and works from the inside out to produce a sound that was not only connected to breath but emotionally invested and honest! So many actor's lack this nowadays. This is so valuable as a musical theatre actor.
Also, he allows you to "go there" and provides a safe environment to do so.
Peter is willing to be patient and work with you long term. He was so invested in my work and reaching goals. He gives that extra bump of confidence I need and I always leave feeling great!
What is most profound... as a more classical musical theatre actor in a ever changing pop/rock world, I am able to confidently show up at an audition for a pop musical. He pulls this healthy pop/rock singing technique from the classical technique and it really works!
In terms of availability, he is flexible and worth every penny!
· Opera Voice · Completely revived my career
I was referred to Peter by a family friend when I was bouncing around from teacher to teacher, struggling to find the right fit. I had put my goal of applying to vocal performance graduate programs on hold at the time. Over the past year and a half, Peter has inspired me to pursue this goal. He helped me develop a solid technique, find a new connection to my music, learn new practice habits, and remember why singing is my favorite thing to do. Peter is just as much an acting coach as he is a vocal technician. From vocal exercises to repertoire, Peter ensures that I sing with intention, confidence, and ease. He has also been instrumental in helping me work through the "head game" of a performance career, teaching me how to mentally approach auditions, practicing, and performing. As if the above is not enough, Peter is also a very strong pianist, who can help you to work on effectively communicating with your collaborative pianist. I have nothing but the highest praise for Peter.
· Singing · Expertly Intuitive Teacher!
Peter is an exceptional teacher for varying genres of voice. Not only will he teach solid, healthy technique, but he will teach an awareness of what exactly the body is doing to facilitate this sound. Unlike teachers who have divorced the voice from the rest of the body in the teaching environment, Peter makes sure to incorporate an understanding of the whole body's contribution to the shaping of sound- no static, detached singing in this studio! He is also quite musically astute, and is very attuned to each individual student's vocal needs and challenges. Much of his teaching and knowledge have very much enlightened me, and have changed the way I sing, very much for the better. Overall, it is a very welcoming atmosphere that I highly recommend.
· Singing · Peter is an amazing teacher!!
Peter Van Derick is an amazing voice teacher. I have been studying with peter since 2005 and my voice has grown tremendously. I used to be a soprano and Peter has taught me how to belt in a very healthy way; never harming the voice. He tailors his vocal exercises to each individual and comes up with new ones all the time. I would highly recommend Peter whether you are doing opera or musical theatre; he does it all brilliantly!