This summer, I spent ten days in Edmonton at the Opera NUOVA Vocal Arts Festival as an alumni mentor. I attended NUOVA twice a decade ago and a few things have changed, but the amazing experience did not. Throughout the intensive program I co-taught over 25 mini-masterclasses (4-6 singers each) and taught 35 voice lessons. What I discovered, is that I have a passion and aptitude for teaching classical voice, and I’d like to explore that further. I applied and was accepted as an Associate Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and I’m now looking to grow further as a pedigog while still maintaining a healthy performing career.
Beginning this fall, I will be accepting students for private lessons who wish to further their training in the field of classical singing. My specific expertise is in the operatic style and repertoire, but there are many basic principles of singing and breath that apply to all styles. Minimum age is 18 years old (with possible exceptions), and students will ideally have a reasonable level of training or be part of an undergraduate or other voice specific program. The studio is located in Varsity, NW Calgary with easy access to Brentwood Station for transit needs. I have a beautiful 1897 Bosendorfer baby grand piano, which I play very poorly, however Calgary is home to many wonderful collaborative pianists who will be involved in recitals, auditions, etc as needed.
My teaching style includes focus on breath support with anatomically accurate intentions, use of resonance for self-amplification of the voice, clarity of vowels and space, true legato singing, and uniform sound throughout the different registers of the voice. I have been the beneficiary of thousands of hours of training with experts in the field of classical singing, style, accompaniment, Italian/German/French/Russian/Czech diction, operatic repertoire and acting. Some of my most recent teachers include Welsh baritone Jason Howard, current Head of Voice at University of Toronto Wendy Nielsen, and Canadian baritone Peter Barcza, among many other wonderful teachers, coaches and conductors.
If you’re interested in taking a trial lesson, or setting up a masterclass, audition prep, or mentorship session, or just chatting more about options, please contact me.
You can view my NATS member profile here: https://www.nats.org/cgi/page.cgi/_membership.html/694992-Neil-Craighead