Classical Voice Lessons
Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In our first lesson we will learn a little about each other. I will ask what your goals are, what your experiences are, and what you are looking to get out of our lessons together. I will also give you the opportunity to ask about my experience as a singer and as a teacher so you have a better understanding where I am coming from as well.
I believe that the most important foundation of healthy singing is proper breath support. I have many exercises that will help you find the breath support you need for healthy singing. Whether it's Opera, Broadway, Jazz or Pop, the same breathing techniques apply.
We will work on a whole range of singing exercises that will help you improve your range (so those high notes don't seem so high), your agility (so you can sing fast) , your projection (so you can be heard in the back of the theater), and your pitch!
A typical lesson will start with some breathing exercises, then we'll move to some singing exercises, and finally we'll apply what we've learned in the exercises to the repertoire we are currently working on. Each lesson will be customized to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
About Troy C.
Originally from Kentucky, I earned my Masters Degree at the Eastman School of Music, studied voice for 23 years with World Renowned Soprano Rita Shane and and several years with master teacher Bill Schuman. I have since sung leading roles all over the world with such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, The San Francisco Opera, and the Semperoper in Dresden Germany. Let my 20+ years of professional singing and stage experience help you achieve your goals to become the best singer and performer that you can be!
I've had the great honor to work with young singers at various opera companies where I've been a principal artist, and to have given masterclasses at places such as the CoOperative program at Westminster Choir College, Wingate University, Texas Women's University, and University of TX at Austin.
I am friendly, supportive and encouraging, and I take great pride in being the best teacher that I can be for my students. If you are just finding out that you want to be a singer, or if you have been in the business for years, I know that I can help you realize your potential!
Speaks Italian, French, German
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaches students 14 to 80
Various Opera Companies and Apprentice programs
I have taught voice, or done coachings for apprentice/studio artists at multiple opera companies where I was performing as a principle artist. I was able to impart some fresh ideas and perspectives on singing to help my younger colleagues continue to improve and develop into better artists.
I presented a Masterclass for several of the Wingate University voice students.
The CoOperative at Westminster Choir College
I did a week of lessons and coachings followed by a public masterclass for the students attending the CoOperative program.
Eastman School of Music
Fluent / Native Proficiency
The Sullivan Foundation, NYC
Metropolitan Opera National Council
Houston Grand Opera
Eastman School of Music