Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL (B.S. in Music)
Jim T. has followed an unusual path in his career as a professional singer, while never wavering from his ultimate goal. Born in Indiana and raised in small towns of America’s heartland, he attended Indiana and Western Illinois Universities, earning a B.S. in Music. After college he headed for New York City, where he studied with Dodie Protero. Within a year, he procured a post as Music Director and Administrator at a residential boarding school for highly talented “at-risk teenagers,” in the Berkshire Mountains of Southwestern Massachusetts. The school operated the acclaimed Stockbridge Cabaret and Dinner Theatre, and the position of music director gave Mr. T the opportunity to hone his skills as a conductor, pianist, teacher and performer..
During his time in the Berkshires, Mr. T shared the stage with cabaret legends Kaye Ballard, Melba Moore and Anne Hampton Calloway. He also discovered his gift for working with troubled teens, using the performing arts as a constructive way to channel the rebellious energy of adolescence. While in Massachusetts, Mr. T continued his vocal studies with the late David Adams of New York City and Great Barrington, MA.
In 2003, Mr. T returned to Manhattan to focus once again on performing. However, he continues to earn part of his living in the field of music education, as a teacher in a Parochial school ages K-8th grade. He also teaches privately (both piano and voice), and is a vocal coach and accompanist to opera singers and Broadway performers. As a Minister of Music for a multi-cultural Roman Catholic church, he is responsible for five masses a week; three in English, one in French and one in Spanish.
In the past 3-1/2 years Mr. T has studied voice with Chloe Owen, Charles Kellis and Claude Corbeil, and coached with Jim Deblasis, Earl Buys, John Norris, Fiora Contino and Broadway conductor Don Pippin. He is equally at home in the arenas of opera, musical theater and cabaret, and critics have described his baritone voice as “richly romantic” and “a powerful presence.”
Mr. T opened the 2006-2007 season of the Key West Pops Orchestra with a solo evening of cabaret. Opera roles have included Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte (under the baton of Fiora Contino), Belcore in L’eleisir d’amore, Marcello in La Boheme, Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon, Allazim in Zaide, Maurllo in Rigoletto, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief. He has performed, in recital, with Adria Firestone and played opposite Carol Yahr in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Mr. T’s solo repertoire in Oratorio includes Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Pucell’s Come Ye Sons of Arts, Chartpentier’s Te Deum, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem and Bach’s St. John Passion. He has been a guest performer with the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance.
Mr. T brings rich life experience to his singing and continues to enjoy sharing his musical gifts with audiences and students. Jim T. has followed an unusual path in his career as a professional singer, while never wavering from his ultimate goal. Born in Indiana and raised in small towns of America’s heartland, he attended Indiana and Western Illinois Universities, earning a B.S. in Music. After college he headed for New York City, where he studied with Dodie Protero.
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After successfully completing my Freshman year at the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, and transferring to Western Illinois University to complete my degree, in 1989 I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Music. My primary studies included a fully comprehensive Music History and Music Theory curriculum which included an intensive Ear Training and Sight Singing. I had a dual concentration in Voice Performance and Piano Performance.
Taking what you have learned in your private lessons and putting into practice i.e. on its feet in an audition or performance is the voice coach's primary purpose. I have been doing this since I was Freshman in High School working with my fellow classmates, in college, where I accompanied in the studios of world class teachers as they taught future world class singer, and today with singers from all over the world. Country Western, Oratorio, Operatic, Musical Theatre, Cabaret and Rock n' Roll are many of the kinds of singers that have come through my studio. With over 30 years of experience, I guarantee that you will learn from me invaluable information that will lead to a well informed performer who displays confidence and poise and artistry.
My intensive theory studies was at Indiana University with the great distinguished professors, Mary Wennerstrom and Allen Winold.