Troy Cook

Troy C.

Quakertown, PA
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Lesson Details

Speaking Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

No matter what your goals, our lessons together will be the starting place to achieving them. Not only is the studio a supportive, nurturing place to learn about singing/speaking, but it's also a place to have FUN learning about what you are passionate about!

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/speaking is proper breath support. I have many exercises that will help you find the breath support you need for healthy vocal production. Whether it's Opera, Broadway, or public speaking, the same breathing techniques apply.

We will work on a whole range of singing/speaking exercises that will help you improve your range, your agility and your projection!

A typical lesson will start with some breathing exercises, then we'll move to some singing/speaking exercises, and finally we'll apply what we've learned in the exercises to whatever we are currently working on. Each lesson will be customized to the needs and abilities of each individual student.

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About

Troy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2000

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!

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Experience

Teacher/coach
Jan 2010 - Jan 2019
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.

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Master Teacher
Apr 2018 - Apr 2018
Wingate University

I presented a Masterclass for several of the Wingate University voice students.

Artist in Residence
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012
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.


Education

MM Performance and Literature
Sep 1993 - May 1996
Eastman School of Music
BA in Music/ Minor in German
Sep 1989 - May 1993
Centre College

Languages

French
Professional Proficiency
German
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Sullivan Foundation Encouragement Award
Mar 2001
The Sullivan Foundation, NYC
Metropolitan Opera National Council District winner, Regional 2nd place
Jan 2000
Metropolitan Opera National Council
Eleanor McCollum Competition 3rd Place
Apr 1998
Houston Grand Opera
Jessie Kneisel German Lieder Competition
Feb 1994
Eastman School of Music

Affiliations

Opera America
Apr 2006

OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: Creation: Artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; Presentation: Opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; Enjoyment: Education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation.

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American Guild of Musical Artists
Jun 1997

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

Photo by Troy C.

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Troy Cook as Marcello in La Bohème at Opera Philadelphia

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Troy Cook as Father Palmer in the world premier of Silent Night at Minnesota Opera

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Di Provenza from Verdi's La Traviata
Per me giunto from Verdi's Don Carlo
Avant de quitter from Gounod's Faust

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