I started teaching at Laurier in 2012, after returning from a 23-year career in Europe performing in operas and on concert stages across the continent and as far afield as Russia and Israel. I performed over 50 tenor roles (from once to over 100 times for some Mozart roles) in 6 languages on countless stages. In Germany I taught at the post-secondary level at the Folkwang University in Essen and also gave master classes in song interpretation in Germany and Italy. Through these experiences helping new singers find their unique voice and plan their careers, I discovered a great love of teaching.
While my experience forms the substance of my teaching, my methods have been honed in the German and European traditions and more recently enhanced with a Masters Degree in Vocal Pedagogy, which I completed at the University of Toronto in 2015.
I continue to research methods in vocal pedagogy. A teacher’s philosophy must remain flexible to adapt to scientific advancements, and changing tastes and attitudes, while maintaining the fundamentals of vocal performance technique. Inspired by the teaching methods of Richard Miller, James C. McKinney and Robert Caldwell, I continue to seek out the writings of international teachers of singing, and incorporate them into my teaching philosophy.
I continue to perform in select productions, particularly those that present an artistic challenge such as Die Winterreise. I have performed Schubert’s complex song cycle on numerous occasions and continue to be pulled into the story to peel back the layers of meaning in this singular story of a man’s anguished journey.