Professional Opera and Musical Theatre coaching
LICAM is home to a team of NYC’s best vocal coaches, collaborative pianists and singing teachers. Whether you need to prepare for an upcoming audition, prepare a role, work on languages, need a collaborator for a recital performance or need help with your vocal technique, we can provide outstanding help at a reasonable price. We have spacious studios ideal for singing coatings and even small recitals.
James Bassi, collaborative pianist, music director, vocal coach:
James Bassi is a composer, pianist and music director who enjoys a diverse career. His compositions encompass vocal, choral, orchestral, chamber, and theatre music. Mr. Bassi’s works have received premieres and performances at Avery Fisher, Carnegie and Merkin Hall. His Petrarch Dances for chorus and orchestra was commissioned and premiered by Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Three of Mr. Bassi’s works were commissioned and premiered by Dennis Keene and Voices of Ascension: O Lux Beata Trinitas; Quem Pastores Laudavere; and Dialogue: Angel of Peace, Angel of War, which features a text by poet Dean Kostos. Other commissions include works for Equal Voices, Charis Vocal Ensemble, and Western Wind. His Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for choir and organ was premiered at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. His work has also been performed by St. Louis Symphony and Utah Symphony. Mr. Bassi has received composition grants from NEA, Meet the Composer, and New York Foundation for the Arts. His music publisher is Oxford University Press. In concerts he has collaborated as pianist/arranger with Deborah Voigt, Ute Lemper, Jessye Norman, Judy Kaye, and other renowned artists. His music direction credits include Lincoln Center and York Theatre in NYC, numerous Off-Broadway and regional theatres, and Bard Summerscape. He is frequently engaged as a classical recital accompanist, pianist/arranger for cabaret, and as rehearsal pianist for the New York Philharmonic.
Jestin Pieper, collaborative pianist, music director, vocal coach: Jestin Pieper is a flexible and sensitive accompanist, intelligent and versatile chamber musician, and focused and dedicated Musical Director. His diverse interests range from chamber music to conducting. As a truly collaborative artist, he is willing to step outside the box to find the best expression of the music.
In addition to collaborations with chamber music groups around the country, Jestin maintains an active coaching studio in NYC, working with singers on projects ranging from accompanying lessons, to intimate salon recitals to the musical direction of full operas.
He has worked with tenor Benjamin Sloman, teachers Jean Roland-LaFond, and Gioacchino LiVigni, the Martha Cardona Opera Theater, The Manhattan Opera Studio, The American Lyric Opera, and the Opera Company of Brooklyn. He is currently studying conducting and vocal coaching with former Metropolitan Opera Assistant Conductor William Hicks.
Oliver Sohngen, voice teacher: Originally from Germany, Oliver Sohngen is founder and director of Long Island City Academy of Music. He has received his formal training at The Cleveland Institute of Music and has performed as a tenor soloist in Europe and the United States. He has been teaching voice for over 20 years and has recently joined MEDITERRANEAN OPERA STUDIO INTERNATIONAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM’s teaching staff under the direction of internationally acclaimed tenor and voice teacher Jack Livigni. Mr. Sohngen’s teaching is based on the tradition of Old Italian Technique along the lines of Garcia and Cotogni. Oliver has the vocal and aestetical range to demonstrate correct and efficient vocalism to male and female students alike. His students appear in leading roles in opera and musicals, solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and gain entrance to major conservatories like Mannes, Manhattan School of Music, Aaron Copeland School of Music and Berklee.