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, work on languages 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:
The year 2015 has been an extremely busy one for James Bassi. In January his new composition Five Prayers, an oratorio for men’s chorus, baritone soloist and Orchestra, was premiered in Saint Paul with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, on a concert commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz. In February he was pianist and music director for a sold-out run of a cabaret show at NYC’s 54 Below, starring legendary Broadway actress Tovah Feldshuh (who is now starring in the hit AMC television show The Walking Dead). Since then James has resumed his work as a rehearsal pianist for the New York Philharmonic, playing choral rehearsals for Pierre Vallet, staff conductor of the Metropolitan opera, in preparation for the Philharmonic’s staged production of Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, featuring Academy award-winning actress Marion Cotillard. In this production James was also an ensemble singer. He then served pianist and chorus master for two projects at Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman’s Music from the films of Tim Burton (to be broadcast on PBS television October 30th), and The Cleveland Orchestra’s production of the Strauss opera Daphne. In August he will be playing rehearsals for Haydn’s creation at the Mostly Mozart Festival. He is currently composing a new piece of chamber music that will be premiered in New York this fall with his new music ensemble, The Source to Sound Collective.
James Bassi is a composer, pianist and music director who enjoys a diversified career. His compositions encompass vocal, choral, orchestral, chamber, and theatre music. His 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: Oliver Sohngen, originally from Germany, 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.