Whether you're a seasoned professional singer, an aspiring performer, a young beginner, or enriching your life through singing in your free time, you can fulfill your singing goals through voice lessons with Eric. In the university and private studio settings, he teaches many different styles, all from the perspective of healthy singing from each individual's unique and authentic voice: including contemporary, jazz/standards, music theater, classical/opera, folk rock, singer/songwriter and pop. His singers range from professional actors and club singers, to classical soloists, to college music and theatre majors, to church choir soloists and members, to community theatre and high school performers, to beginners just learning about musicianship and performing. He has special certification for training healthy "belting", in addition to McClosky certification for working with troubled voices. Lessons with Eric will lead you to free your voice and express your heart and soul through singing.
He also works with clients with vocal problems referred by medical doctors and Speech Language Pathologists. His work supports the medical team for persons with damaged voices who are undergoing or who have finished with rehabilitation in the medical system. He works with those who are recovering from vocal problems in both singing and speaking including: post-surgery and post-therapy voice work, muscle tension dysphonia and headache clinic referrals, and speech impediment and accent reduction. He also coaches healthy and expressive speaking voice use for actors and business professionals.
As a classically trained tenor, Eric is equally at home in "non-classical" styles as well. He performs opera, oratorio, art song, chamber music, music theater, and cabaret throughout New England, and has also performed roles and as a soloist nationally and abroad. His performances have aired on the BBC, NPR, and PBS. He has made featured soloist appearances on two commercial cast recordings, and on numerous American Classics archive cast recordings for the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.
Press reviews include “terrific” in the “St. Augustine Record” (FL), “impressive” in the “Stockton Record” (CA), “a clear tenor voice that beautifully sailed with ease” in the “Providence Journal” (RI), and “deft comic acting” in the “Boston Globe” (MA).
He toured for 12 years with the trio “Music for a While”, co-founded and co-directed the acclaimed Jamestown Chamber Music Series for 6 seasons, served as musical director for the Jubilè Franco-Amèricain for 6 seasons, and as musical director for Flickers Arts Collaborative in Newport for 7 years. He is a two-time recipient of the Rhode Island Foundation Arts Education Fellowship.
With an M.M. in vocal performance, an M.S. in arts marketing, and a B.A. in theatre and communications, he is also a Certified McClosky Voice Technician-Master Teacher, and is certified in LoVetri Somatic Voicework™-Level III. He is a contributing writer/editor to the new 5th edition of the McClosky vocal health text, “Your Voice at its Best”, and he has authored three articles published in the “Journal of Singing” of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
- Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI; Music/Voice, Communications, and Core Curriculum faculty: Individual Voice Instruction; Courses: Public Speaking; Mass Media; Aesthetics: Arts Appreciation Survey
- Salve Regina University, Newport, RI; Music/Voice and ESL Diction faculty, Individual Voice Instruction; Courses: Vocal Methods for Music Education Majors; American English Diction for ESL Students
- The McClosky Institute of Voice; Master Teacher; Certification faculty; Summer Seminar faculty; Boston, MA
- Bronner Voice Studio including singing lessons, speech coaching for actors and business professionals, and habilitation voice work from SLP referrals
Other Teaching Experience
- Rhode Island College, Providence, RI; Communications faculty; Courses: Voice and Articulation; Vocal Improvement
- The Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Providence; Voice faculty, Individual Instruction
- The Wheeler School (Providence, RI); Voice faculty, Individual Instruction
Academic Education & Professional Training
- M.M. - Vocal Performance, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA
- M.S. - Journalism-Public Relations/Arts Marketing, Ohio University, Athens
- B.A. - Theatre and Communications, Purdue University
- CMVT-MT - Certified McClosky Voice Technician-Master Teacher
- CSVW-III - Certified Somatic Voicework™-The LoVetri Method-Level III
- Alumnus: NATS - Professional Teaching Internship
- Alumnus: Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University
- Alumnus: Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, Suffolk, England
- “Your Voice at its Best: Enhancement of the healthy voice, help for the troubled voice,” 5th ed.(contributing writer/editor), David Blair McClosky with members of the McClosky Institute of Voice, (Waveland Press, Inc.: Long Grove, IL, 2011).
- Journal of Singing, “New Standards for Singers: The Next Generation of Great American Songbook Writers,” National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), March/April, 2007.
- Journal of Singing, “Cabaret for the Classical Singer: A History of the Genre and a Survey of its Vocal Music,” NATS, May/June, 2004.
- Journal of Singing, “A Beginning Voice Teacher’s Guide to Repertoire for the Beginning Voice Student,” NATS, September/October 2003.
- NATS National Website, “Cabaret for the Classically Trained Singer,” NATS Chat presenter/moderator, August 19, 2001 (transcript posted on website: www.NATS.org)
- The Ohio Speech Journal, "The Rhetoric of Theatre: An Analysis of 'HAIR' as the Rhetorical Embodiment of the 1960s Counter-Cultural Movement," Speech Communication Association of Ohio, Vol. 22, 1984.
- Aldeburgh Music Festival (England)
- Napa Zarzuela Festival (CA)
- Townsend Opera (Modesto, CA)
- First Coast Opera (St. Augustine, FL)
- American Classics (Boston, MA)
- Opera Providence (RI)
- Longfellow Chamber Opera (Boston, MA)
- Longwood Opera (Boston, MA)
- Newport Baroque Orchestra (RI)
- Ocean State Lyric Opera (Providence, RI)
- Ocean State Light Opera (Providence, RI)
- Providence Singers (RI)
- Ferrando-Cosi fan tutte
- Tamino-Magic Flute
- Frederick, Ralph, Nanki-Poo, Fairfax-G&S
- Slender-Merry Wives
- Saint-Säens-Christmas Oratorio
- Haydn-many Masses
- Mozart-many Masses
- Nicely-Nicely-Guys & Dolls
- Marcellus Washburn-Music Man
- Billy-50 Million Frenchmen (Cole Porter)
- Algy Cuffs-Watch Your Step! (Irving Berlin)
- Freddie Shawn-Peggy Ann (Rodgers & Hart)
- Van Courtland Parke-Stop! Look! Listen! (Irving Berlin)
- Mercury-Olympus on My Mind
- Linus-Charlie Brown
- Eric R. Bronner, 22 Grassy Plain Road, Riverside, RI 02915
- Home Tel: 401-654-4941
- Mobile Tel: 401-855-9317