Vocal Studio

MUSICAL EXCELLENCE FOR OVER 40 YEARS

My name is Dan Huff. Here's a bit about my background in music and vocal instruction:

Graduate of University of Arizona with Bachelors Degree in Vocal Music Performance, Graduate Studies at University of Arizona and Cal State University Northridge in Vocal Performance, Performed for 4 years with the Los Angeles Opera Ensemble

 

Professional and University Operatic and Musical Roles Performed:

  • Carmen – Don Jose’

  • The Barber of Seville – Figaro

  • La Boheme – Rodolfo

  • Dialogue of the Carmelites – Chevalier de las Force

  • Die Fledermaus – Eisenstein

  • The Gypsy Baron – Sandor Barinkay

  • Don Giovanni – Masetto

  • Camelot – Sir Lancelot

  • Elixer of Love – Belcore

  • Eugene Onegin – Eugene Onegin

  • Der Freischutz – Max

  • The Crucible – John Proctor

  • The Jumping Frog of Calavaras County – Smiley (intro to opera program for schools)

  • The Toy Shop – Paul (intro to opera program for children)

I have taught singing during the above performance years and occasionally during pastoral work listed below.

 

  • Pastor of Music and Worship at Fox Valley Bible Church, St. Charles Illinois for 25 years

  • Prepared and led worship services, rehearsed and directed multi-voiced worship teams, ensembles, choirs and orchestras for services and special concerts

  • Soloist for cantatas and other events in the Chicagoland area

My Approach

Learning to sing involves a special relationship between student and teacher that is unlike most other disciplines. I see it as my responsibility as the teacher to help unlock a student’s physical, mental, technical, musical and artistic vocal potential. I believe in the basics of good vocal production, but I do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach. Each student has strengths and weaknesses that must be identified in order to customize an individual course of study suited just for them. 

I teach using a basic classical style of singing. Then using this as a starting point the classical style can be pursued even farther, or we may decide to branch out to other musical styles.

With every student, I will discuss the anatomy of the voice, how the mechanism works, and how the entire body is involved in singing. In addition to learning assigned songs, specific vocal exercises will be customized and assigned for regular practice between lessons.

 

I have taught a variety of students in the past who have had various reasons for taking voice lessons. Some want to learn to sing better for personal enjoyment. Others want to be better and more productive members of their church or local choir. Some want to be more involved in their church worship team. Some are young people wishing to get better roles in their school musicals or sing solos in other school performing groups. Others have aspired to more lofty goals that actually pay them money. Whatever your reasons for wanting to sing better, I believe I can tailor an approach to help you reach your goals.

 

For those female voice students, my wife, Toni will always be present in our home and will often provide piano accompaniment for particular assigned songs.

Tuition

Tuition is $35 per 45 minute lesson & $45 per hour lesson. You may choose to pay by the month or pay by the lesson. Individual payment is due at the end of each lesson by check or PayPal. Monthly payment is always in advance.

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