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Wayne Wyman
Vocal Coach - Opera

Teaching Philosophy
• Skills: rhythm, pitch (correct notes and true intonation), diction
• Artistry: Growth as interpreter through imagination and exploration

I believe that the effective teacher/mentor guides his/her charges with a gentle hand, but with a clear explanation of specific goals and expectations. Dedication to excellence in every aspect of performance is the sine qua non. That said, the work in which we engage should always be a collaboration. Rather than dictating what is ‘correct’, the teacher should help the singer to perceive the importance of individual aspects of our art and develop the singer’s own analytical acumen in identifying areas needing improvement as well as giving tools that can be effectively used to achieve the desired improvement.


Wayne Wyman holds a Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Music in Conducting from Austin Peay State University, and an Artist Diploma (Opera) from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Wyman‘s teachers included Kirk Trevor, Conductor Emeritus of the Missouri Symphony; Christopher Zimmerman, Music Director of the Fairfax Symphony and Fargo-Moorhead Symphony; and Prof Dr Wolfgang Gabriel, then Director of Opera at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria.

Wyman has held a number of professional posts, including Artistic Director, primary conductor and stage director, Lyric Opera of San Antonio  and Artistic Director of Capital Opera in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He is currently the Director of Opera at the University of Iowa.

He has conducted and/or stage directed: Albert Herring, Barber of Seville, Beatrice and Benedict, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana, Così fan tutte, L’Elisir d’Amore, Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Mikado, Tosca, La Traviata, Trouble in Tahiti, Die WalküreDie Zauberflöte, u. a.