“Alan, it was SO phenomenal to have your expertise and energy with the intermediate students today - they grew so much in that short time! You helped these young people crack open a bit of their shell and let themselves out; on behalf of parents and teachers everywhere, thank you!” 2018 Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music Workshop
“Alan is a knowledgeable, wonderful instructor with a positive and supportive teaching style. He has a great sense of humor and is fun to work with. I took lessons with him for 3 years. He successfully prepared me for a gr. 8 vocal exam with very good results. I enjoyed my time working with him and learned many new techniques, including a whole body approach which was new to me. My voice became stronger, more reliable and my range expanded. I would recommend Alan for students of all ages and abilities.” Former student.
“Alan is an amazing person, teacher and friend. He was always very helpful and encouraging while we would be in our lessons. He was the best teacher I ever had and he helped me become the person I am today.” Former student.
As a Voice teacher, my students have had tremendous success. They have the following credentials while under my tutelage: Provincial Winner at BC Festival of Performing Arts (Intermediate Musical Theatre), Multiple Provincial Representatives, Placements, and Honourable Mentions, 2016 Winner of Barbara Clague Festival of Song Competition at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Royal Conservatory of Music Exam First Class Honours Results, and acceptance into various University Music and Voice programs across Canada and the United States.
I believe in guiding students through the discovery of their instrument. Understanding breath, vocal technique, placement (etc) are only tools to help unleash the potential of each voice. As a teacher, I work with each student to develop a dialogue about process that allows for students to internalize and properly understand their voice. Although my expertise is in classical vocal repertoire, I believe that a healthy approach to other genres lends to a deeper appreciation and freeness within one’s own specialized style.
Having started my studies in theatre, I eventually received my Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia followed by my Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in Voice and Opera.
I also studied as a vocal fellow for two summers at Boston Symphony’s prestigious Tanglewood Music Center where I performed with many of the world’s best artists. There I sang lead roles within Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi under the baton of Robert Spano, and Ramiro in Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole under the baton of Seiji Ozawa.
I also studied for two summers at The Music Academy of the West in California which is headed by famed mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. There I also sang Harlequin in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and then Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring to rave reviews.
As well as studying with the great Mary Morrison in Toronto for two years, I was one of 12 singers from around the globe to study in France for a one-year apprenticeship program in Marseille where I studied with Yvonne Minton.
For a full look at my professional performance experience, please visit my ‘Baritone’ page on this site.