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Gustavo Halley

Teaching Philosophy
My focus as a voice teacher is to provide students with as much enrichment as possible, both vocally and emotionally, and to offer support and advice that nurtures their individual strengths so they can become the very best version of themselves.


BA, Jacksonville University; MM and DMA, Florida State University. Dr. Halley is a retired member of the faculty of University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he was an Associate Professor of voice. A native of Cuba, he was a recipient of a Faculty Research Grant for his project of arranging old Cuban songs.  He performed roles such as Boris Godunov, Ferrando (Trovatore), King (Aìda), King Mark (Tristan und Isolde), Police Commissioner (Der Rosenkavalier), Roucher (Andrea Chenier), Sarastro, Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Raimondo (Lucia), Mephistofeles (Faust), Don Giovanni, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia)and Don Magnifico (Cenerentola), in theatres and opera houses in Miami, Palm Beach, Birmingham, Corpus Christi, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Graz, Darmstadt, Aachen, Warsaw, Hamburg, La Scala, Milan, Amsterdam, and Mexico City.

He attended AIMS in 1977 and sang in Aachen (Germany) for 5 years with his wife, Sarah Schumann-Halley, before returning to the US where he enjoyed an active performing and teaching career. An expert in the history of recorded opera, Dr. Halley will be the presenter of THE HENRY PLEASANTS LECTURE SERIES Distant Voices: Listening to Singers of the Past lectures.

He has served on the voice faculty of AIMS since 1996.