Tai Oney
Saint Louis, MO
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Tai Oney

Tai O.

Saint Louis, MO
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Study with an experienced teacher and an award winning performer. Sing for fun or prepare for performances, exams, and auditions. I specialize in students ages 15+ and teach in a variety of styles ranging from Opera, Classical repertoire, Music Theatre, Gospel, and Popular song. My vocal technique stems from a foundation of good breath support, resonance, and body alignment. I create a supportive and encouraging environment but will challenge each student according to their level.

As a singer, I've performed with the Royal Opera House; Finnish National Opera; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; The Dallas Opera; Birmingham Opera Company; San Diego Opera; Deutsche Oper Berlin; and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to name a few.

I hold degrees in Music Education, Vocal Performance, and Opera Performance from Stetson University (BME), Boston University (MMus), the New England Conservatory of Music (GDip), the Royal College of Music International Opera School (ArtDip), and currently working towards a Doctor of Musical Arts in Historical Performance at Boston University.

About Tai O.

I am a professional singer specializing in operatic repertoire; however, I am equally comfortable in other genres having grown up singing gospel, pop, and everything in between. I have sung with companies such as the London Handel Festival; Innsbruck Festival of Early Music; Finnish National Opera; Brisbane Baroque; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Royal Opera House; The Dallas Opera; Birmingham Opera Company; San Diego Opera; English Touring Opera; Opera Parallèle; Deutsche Oper Berlin; and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to name a few.

I am currently working towards a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education at Boston University and hold degrees in Music Education, Vocal Performance, and Opera Performance from Stetson University (BME), Boston University (MMus), the New England Conservatory of Music (GDip), the Royal College of Music International Opera School (ArtDip).

Throughout my career, I have been exposed to a variety of teaching styles and methods. I have been fortunate to have wonderful teachers guide me through the process of becoming an artist. Having performed professionally on some of the world’s premiere stages, I have a strong desire to impart the knowledge and wisdom that I have attained; teaching each student according to their own needs. It is my belief that each student should not be solely dependent on their teacher. My teaching approach is one that allows the student to slowly become one’s own teacher; building daily confidence in their own practice and technique. I teach my students to build good, healthy habits in their practicing and performing through breath support, resonance, and body alignment. I strive to create a positive and supportive environment but will also challenge each student according to their level.

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Matt
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Tai is incredibly patient and gifted at knowing several ways to achieve the success and goals that you want. He is very helpful and knowledgeable about singing, repertoire, and performance practice. His lessons are positive and has made singing fun for me again.

Posted Oct 15, 2017
Reina

Tai Oney's musicality paired with his intelligence allows him to not only be a wonderful instructor but a phenomenal performeras well. His education and performance experience will tailor to any level of singer.

He has a great personality and will work hard to achieve the results you are looking for in a singer.

Posted Oct 11, 2017

Experience

Director of Choirs; Voice Teacher
Aug 2020 - Present

Clayton High School

Voice Teacher; Vocal Coach
Jun 2008 - Present

Self-Employed

Director of Vocal Music
Jul 2018 - Jun 2020

Concord Academy

Voice & Piano Teacher
Aug 2017 - Jun 2019

Note-worthy Experiences

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts - Music Education
Sep 2017 - Present

Boston University

Artist Diploma - Opera Performance
Sep 2012 - Jul 2014

Royal College of Music International Opera School

Graduate Diploma - Vocal Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2012

New England Conservatory of Music

Master of Music - Vocal Performance
Sep 2007 - May 2009

Boston University

Bachelor of Music Education - Choral emphasis
Aug 2003 - May 2007

Stetson University

Awards

Fulbright Award
Apr 2012

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Sullivan Foundation Award
Nov 2010

THE WILLIAM MATHEUS SULLIVAN MUSICAL FOUNDATION, INC.

2nd Place Regional Finalist
Feb 2007

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - Southeast

Affiliations

Phi Kappa Lambda
Feb 2020
The purpose of this Society is to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields. The primary objective of the Society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.
American Choral Directors Association
Aug 2018
Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.
National Association for Music Education
Aug 2018
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
Oct 2016
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
Apr 2015
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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