Craig is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at Furman University in Greenville, SC. He has previously served an appointment as Instructor of Voice at Claflin University and has 14 years of private studio teaching experience as well. He is able to take a select number of private students on a regular basis and he is also available to give masterclasses as well as group lessons for schools as well as church and civic choirs.
As a voice teacher, I seek to develop a level of trust with my students that allows for me to help each student find their most healthy and sustainable vocalism through the attentive pursuit of their most natural voice. We will seek to unleash the power of their own individual voice without any type of unnecessary manipulation, as well as gaining an understanding of the qualities of the singer’s voice that are most natural and make them unique. We will build on these qualities through the comprehensive study of vocal technique and aspects of voice performance which will give them the solid foundation and confidence they need to pursue a professional level of singing in their respective career, whether it be through education, performance, conducting, music therapy, or worship.
Through my teaching I seek to inspire and encourage a dedication and a discipline necessary to develop the fine-tuned attention to details that are required to achieve success in the craft. I believe in setting both short and long term attainable goals for growth and development as a musician and artist, and regularly assessing these goals together. We will not only focus on the foundations of vocal technique (breath management, phonation, tone quality, clarity) in pursuit of these goals, but will also hold them to high standards in terms of musical accuracy, diction, physical presentation, and musical and dramatic interpretation. All these things will be part of our regularly discussed and assessed goals.
Lastly, it is my belief that you can only truly grow as a performer by stepping out of the voice studio and putting these skills we are developing into practice. I believe regular performance opportunities are crucial in developing into a professional level performer and will encourage students to pursue as many opportunities as possible to perform. I will provide regular opportunities through a weekly studio performance class and regularly scheduled studio recitals. I will also encourage students to audition and perform on school sponsored recitals and productions, as well as audition for and even create their own performance opportunities in the community.
DMA Voice Performance (Candidate), University of South Carolina (anticipated completion May 2020) MM Voice Performance, Manhattan School of Music BM Voice Performance, Furman University Voice Instruction with Myra Cordell, Trudy Fuller, Neil Rosenshein, and Jacob Will Vocal Coaching with Kenneth Merrill, Cristina Stanescu, Lisa Hasson, and Lynn Kompass Opera studies with Gordon Ostrowski, Dona D. Vaughn, and Ellen Douglas Schlaefer