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Eric Trudel
Vocal Coach - Opera

Teaching Philosophy
My approach is informed by twenty years of practicing the Alexander Technique, which I don’t teach, but use extensively to develop awareness of the often overlooked kinesthetic and proprioceptive aspects of the performing experience. I also use my own research in neuroscience to help facilitate the process of learning languages, diction, music, and memorization.


A native of Quebec, Canada, Eric Trudel received his musical education in Canada and Austria in piano and conducting. He has performed and taught extensively on four continents, and is currently on faculty at the Hartt School of Music and Southern Connecticut State University. Previous teaching appointments include Western Connecticut State University, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, and Yale University.

A passionate lover of languages, he is fluent in all the main operatic idioms, and has often worked on professional productions of Russian and Czech operas as a diction coach. He is a frequent judge on piano, voice, and composition competitions, both in the US and Japan, and has given masterclasses in both countries.

In 2008, Classical Singer Magazine chose Eric Trudel to be the Vocal Coach of the Year.

His recent recordings include The Complete Songs of Charles Ives on Naxos, and an album of Song Cycles by Scott Perkins on Navona Records. .

Eric is Director of Music Ministries at First Congregational Church in Watertown CT, and Music Director at  Congregation Mishkan Israel in Hamden. A passionate practitioner of the Alexander Technique, he loves hiking in remote places, studying languages, reading, and traveling.

Eric looks forward to spending the summer of 2023 teaching and performing at AIMS in Graz, Austria, and Tokyo, Japan.