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Wesley D.
Chicago, Illinois
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Emerging Opera and Musical Theatre Performer Experienced Voice and Music Educator Versatile Theatre Director Passionate and Supportive Mentor
About Wesley D.

The voice can be fickle, mysterious, and deeply frustrating. I know this because I struggled to connect to my own voice for a long time. However, with the right direction and commitment, our voices can be fulfilling, powerful, and free. When I feel connected to my voice, I feel exhilarated. On paper, my journey as an opera and musical theatre performer seems typical, but my experience has been far from simple. After beginning studies at the University of Virginia, I quickly realized that my natural abilities would only take me so far. My desire to fully develop my skills would lead me down a curvy road of training and discovery. Looking back, I wouldn't have it any other way. I've travelled far and wide to train and perform - from NYC to Chicago and France to Italy - and now understand that no single source has all the answers. I've synthesized information from countless mentors to form my own concept of singing, and I believe that each individual must do the same for themself. My mission is to provide the information, context, and tools necessary for you to freely and authentically use your voice to its fullest potential. The tools may clear, but the application is deeply complex. Working alone can only take you so far. That's where I step in: I will provide you the important information to make technique accessible. I will guide you through exercises that develop skills and leave space for discovery. I will support you through every success and every stumble. I will inspire you to keep working towards achieving your fullest potential. The process is demanding but exhilarating. It is both humbling and empowering. If you feel ready to take the next steps in unlocking your voice, please send me a message, and we can work towards creating a custom plan that's right for you.

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Wesley is an excellent instructor. He is patient, guiding and very supportive. He is fantastic about giving praise and building confidence and provides very helpful feedback when needed. I feel I am advancing more quickly that I thought I would which I credit to Wesley, his instruction and the encouragement he consistently provides. You will not find a better piano teacher!

Posted Feb 22, 2021
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I found him knowledgable, patient, and very understanding

Posted Aug 20, 2019
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Awesome. Fresh, young, knowledgeableand good at teaching...very impressive.

Posted Mar 13, 2019
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Experience
Solo Artist
Aug 2020 - Present
Creative Cauldron
Headliner, soloist, and creator of sold-out solo performances in Creative Cauldron's 2020 Summer Concert Series, 2020 Holiday Cabaret, and 2021 Summer Concert Series.
Featured Artist
Jul 2021 - Aug 2021
Classic Lyric Arts in the Berkshires
Trained and performed throughout the Berkshires in the bel canto opera tradition, including works by Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, and Rossini.
Principal Artist
Nov 2020 - Dec 2020
Shakespeare Opera Theatre
Performed the central role of Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Shakespeare Opera Theatre in the Washington, D.C. region.
Early Childhood Music Instructor
Jan 2020 - May 2021
Washington Conservatory of Music
Created and taught curriculums for six weekly early childhood music classes as part of the Washington Conservatory of Music's Tapestry program (in partnership with the Montgomery Housing Project). Classes began in person and moved online due to COVID-19.
Voice and Piano Instructor
Aug 2019 - Jun 2021
Blue Feather Music
Private voice and piano instructor at premier boutique music studio in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to my roster of excellent private students, I designed and led multi-day workshops on topics including The Singer's Body, The Singer's Breath, musical theatre production, and A Capella performance and practice.
Voice Instructor
Jan 2018 - Jun 2019
Center for Vocal Study
Private voice instructor at the Center for Vocal Study in Charlottesville Virginia. I worked with students from 10-80 years old in diverse musical genres. I also led monthly group workshops on different vocal and interpretive themes.
Director & Music Director
Jun 2015 - Jun 2019
DMR Adventures
Directed several mainstage musicals, including Junie B. Jones and Pirates Past Noon. Directed the All Stars youth choir (ages 8-12) and the Starshine Singers youth choir (ages 5-7), ranging from 3-12 students per choir. Music directed Annie, approximately 40 actors, and Captain Louie, approximately 12 actors. Music directed several camps, including “Broadway at the Paramount” and “Gleeked Out”
Apprentice Artist
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018
Teatro Nuovo
Six week residency with Teatro Nuovo, a summer opera festival focusing on Bel Canto repertoire.
Education
Teaching Pop and Rock
Jun 2021 - Jul 2021
Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute
Levels I, II, and III Certification
Jun 2020 - Jun 2020
Somatic Voicework - The Lovetri Method
Young Artist
Aug 2019 - Apr 2020
Potomac Vocal Institute
Young Artist
Jun 2019 - Jun 2019
Classic Lyric Arts - France
Music and Drama
Aug 2014 - May 2018
University of Virginia
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Awards
Highest Distinction
May 2018
University of Virginia
First Place, Classical
Feb 2017
National Association of Teachers of Singing
First Place, Musical Theatre
Feb 2017
National Association of Teachers of Singing
National Semifinalist
Jul 2015
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Affiliations
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jun 2021
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.

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