Dr. Colin Levin serves as Associate Professor of Music at Long Island University: Brooklyn - Roc Nation School of Music as the Director of the Vocal Performance Program, and proudly served on the Voice and Music History Faculty with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute from 2013-2022. He previously has held faculty positions with Rowan University, the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia in Mexico and Concord Academy, as well as a Lecturer in Voice position at the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University. He has presented masterclasses at The Longy School of Music of Bard College, New York University Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts, The Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University, Concordia College (MN), The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and in the spring of 2017 was a teaching artist-in-residence at the Landakotsskóli in Reykjavík, Iceland. Colin Levin additionally maintains a private voice studio located in New York City.
Colin's voice students regularly appear as professional singers and actors in television and film, are touring in Broadway National Tours, and are performing in the US and Canada on major Musical Theater and Operatic stages including The Glimmerglass Festival, Lincoln Center Theatre on Tour, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Opera Ithaca, Toledo Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Birmingham, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Carolina, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Opera and Musical Theater at Quisisana, and the Springer Opera House; and participate in young artist programs with Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Seagle Music Colony, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, the Miami Music Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Chicago Summer Opera, AIMS in Graz, and SongFest.
They regularly place and win competitions, including Regional Finalists, District Winners and Encouragement Awards in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, national finalists and semi-finalists in the emerging professional, collegiate and high school divisions of the Classical Singer Competition, and finalists as well as top prizes at the National Level of the NATS Competition, Lotte Lenya Competition, Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Shreveport Opera Competition, New York Lyric Opera competition, Schmidt Vocal Competition, Edvard Grieg Society Voice Competition, New Orleans Opera Donald W. Wood Competition, and the Peter Elvins Competition.
His students regularly are accepted as undergraduate, graduate, and artist diploma students into top music conservatories in the US, London, and Canada as vocal performance majors, including students attending The Juilliard School, The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Boston University, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Royal Academy of Music in London, New York University, The University of Toronto, SUNY Purchase, Northwestern Bien School of Music, and Rider University.
Colin's principle teachers include Marlene Rosen, Jerold Siena, Eduardo Chama, Robert Honeysucker, Arthur Levy, and Mark Schnaible, in addition to mentors Penelope Bitzas, and Julie and Nathan Gunn. Colin holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music Degree from University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign which he attended on full scholarship and fellowship, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rutgers University which he attended on the Irene Messner Opera Laureyns full scholarship. For more information on his dissertation and research, please see Nordic Vocal Literature.
"Colin is a lighthouse in an often tumultuous sea of New York City Talent. In the four years I have worked with him I have not only experienced vast amounts of improvement in my vocal instrument, I have also gained a lifelong friend. With me, Colin has focused on gradually purging unhealthy habits and developing technique that releases tension to produce a healthy, long-lasting sound. A meticulous technician, it is impossible to slack off as his student, but his ever-positive and encouraging attitude motivates me to always work hard and challenge myself. He maintains an excellent balance between positive reinforcement and constantly pushing towards improvement at any level. He has a wonderful sense for his students' needs, and always knows how much or how little to advance, depending on what the student is ready for at the time. Having met and heard many of his other students, I know that he can cater to a very wide range of voice types, and he truly celebrates what makes each voice unique. He cares genuinely about each of his students emotional needs as well, and is always careful to ensure that they understand what he means so that no one is left confused by a correction. This makes him very flexible and able to explain a concept in many different ways depending on the situation. Not only is Colin a fantastic teacher, he is also one of the kindest, warmest people I have met in NYC. He is a major source of positivity in an industry that is often stressful and competitive. He is very knowledgeable about the business side of things, and is always generous with advice and information. He is a wonderful resource for repertoire and has helped me discover many pieces I never knew about that are perfectly suited to my voice. He is always happy to help me if I have questions or concerns about anything, and is incredibly reliable. He is truly a gem and I'm so grateful to be counted among his students."
-Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre
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