Thank you for stopping by. Here is a little about me.
I’m a native of Syracuse, NY currently residing in West Henrietta, NY near Rochester. I am a trained opera singer who loves to sing a variety of styles. Singing makes me happy. I get a great feeling whether I am singing in an opera or at a karaoke bar. I have spent my life singing and I can’t think of anything else I would rather do, that is, except for helping others learn to sing to the best of their ability. Helping others learn how to use their voice to accomplish better singing is a privilege I never get tired of, whether I am helping a high school senior prepare for auditions for music school, or assisting an up and coming pop singer learn how to sing a 2 hour set and not get tired. I honestly feel guilty charging my students because I get so much joy out of teaching.
I spent many years after high school performing musical theater, and in rock bands before moving to Texas to earn a bachelors in vocal performance at the University of North Texas where I performed numerous operas. While attending school I sang with the Dallas Opera Chorus and traveled to Venice Italy where I performed in Rossini’s “La Cambiale di Matrimonio,” with former coaches and conductors from the tragically destroyed La Fenice Opera House. Back in the states I performed regionally in Oklahoma, New Orleans, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, as well as in Mexico and Canada. In 2008, after receiving the honor of “Artist of the Year,” from my native Syracuse Opera, I was invited by the production staff of the Metropolitan Opera to audition for them. Although they didn’t hire me on the spot, they encouraged me to continue my studies and return at a later date for another audition.
In my career as a singer I have spent very few years without a church job of some sort. Following my time in Texas I returned to my native Syracuse and was resident tenor for St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral for a number of years. Following that I was hired by The Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse as their premier cantor where I remained for many years. During this time I cultivated a relationship with several of the funeral homes in the area who began recommending me as a funeral cantor. For almost 10 years I have sung for well over 100 funerals a year in the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse and Rochester.
In 2018 I returned to school earning a Master’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy, (voice teaching) at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University. Along with that degree I earned a certification in their University Professorship program.
In 2019 my high school alma mater Jamesville-Dewitt High School inducted me into their flagship group of Honorary Music Hall Of Fame members.
Now in 2020 I am beginning a new chapter in my career. I have have relocated to West Henrietta, NY near Rochester. It has been a challenge to figure out what to do next, especially under lockdowns and safety restrictions brought about by Covid 19. Fortunately, my resilient voice students have found the extra time at home a blessing when it comes to singing and practicing. Despite the closing of most churches, I have still been sought after for funerals back in Syracuse, when they have been allowed.
I am confident that the talented doctors and scientists in our world will solve this. Until then, we need to be patient and do what we can. It’s a great time to practice and take lessons either remotely, or in person… I will be in the studio, producing my own recordings, and ready to teach all seekers.