Colin Levin was recently named Assistant Professor of Voice at Long Island University: Brooklyn - Roc Nation School of Music as the Director of the Vocal Performance Program, and has served on the Voice and Music History Faculty with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute since 2013. 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, where he is currently completing his Doctoral studies. He has presented masterclasses at 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 School in Reykjavík, Iceland. Colin Levin additionally maintains a private voice studio located in New York City.
Colin's voice students are currently performing as professional singers and actors in London, touring in Europe, and performing in the US and Canada on regional musical theater and operatic stages. His students regularly are accepted as both undergraduate and graduate students into the top music conservatories in the US, London, and Canada as vocal performance majors, including students attending 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. They regularly place and win competitions, including District Winners and Encouragement Awards in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, national finalists and semi-finalists in the emerging professional, collegiate and high school divisions of the Classical Singer Competition, Top Prizes at the National Level of the NATS Competition, the New York Lyric Opera competition, the Donald W. Wood Competition, the Schmidt Vocal Competition, and the Peter Elvins Competition; and participate in Young Artist Programs such as the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Opera Ithaca, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, the Miami Music Festival, and SongFest.
He frequently is invited to perform with the aforementioned institutions; with fellow members of the BUTI voice faculty, his recital repertoire has included Wolf's complete Italienisches Liederbuch, Schumann's Spanisches Liederspiel and 4 Duette, Op. 78, Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles, and extended excerpts from Jorge Martín's The Glass Hammer; with the Tanglewood Youth Symphony and Chorus, he has performed the Mozart Requiem under the baton of Ken-David Masur at the Tanglewood Theater and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms at both Ozawa Hall and the Koussevitzky Music Shed, and Carmina Burana; with the Rowan University Orchestra and Chorus he has appeared as the soloist in Finzi's In Terra Pax and Marcello in Act II of La Boheme; and with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra principle roles in Fidelio, Le Nozze di Figaro, Albert Herring, and Les Contes d'Hoffman.
"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."
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