Dr. Ridley Chauvin
Assistant Professor of Voice
Voice teacher and baritone Ridley Chauvin is one of today’s most sought after vocal instructors. A graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music, The Manhattan School of Music, The Tanglewood Music Center, and Louisiana State University, he has studied voice with some of the leading vocal pedagogues in the United States, including Helen Hodam, Phyllis Curtin, Dr. William Riley, Elena Nikolaidi, Edward Zambara, Edith Bers and Dennis Jesse. He has also coached repertoire with Nico Castel, head diction coach of The Metropolitan Opera, and Margo Garrett, head of accompanying at The Juilliard School. As a part of his recent doctoral work at Louisiana State University, Chauvin had the opportunity to complete intensive studies in vocal pedagogy and voice science, as well as undertake in-depth research into the life and works of Ivor Gurney, analyzing and preparing editions of previously unpublished materials from the composer’s estate.
The founding director of The Center for Singing in New York City, Chauvin spent more than twenty years coaching professional singers, many of whom grace such prestigious stages as The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Opera, and Broadway. Former students include international opera star, Denyce Graves, Grammy Awardâ winner Derek Lee Ragin and members of the famous Jackson family. Previously, Chauvin also taught voice at The Broadway Dance Center, The Marjorie Ballentine Academy of Acting, Susan Slavin’s Acting and Singing Academy at Carnegie Hall, and The Pennsylvania State University.
Ridley Chauvin has also been seen in opera and concert performances in the United States and Europe, making his Carnegie Hall debut in Mendelssohn’s oratorio St. Paul with The American Symphony Orchestra in 1992. In opera, the baritone enjoys a wide range of repertoire from contemporary opera to Monteverdi. In 1991, he was seen in Opera Quotanis’ New York premiere of La Bruyere’s Everyman and he made his Sarasota Opera debut in 1991 in Martha under Victor de Renzi. Under the baton of Maestro David Gilbert, Chauvin performed the role of the Marquis in the United States premiere of Kornet Christophe Rilke’s Song of Love and Death by Matthus, as well as the role of Tranio in Giannini’s Taming of the Shrew. He also enjoys performing traditional roles in the operas of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and Massenet.
Mr. Chauvin’s past concert highlights include Bach’s St. John’s Passion with The Brick Church Concert Series; Bach’s Coffee Cantata with The North Shore Choral Society; Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Missa Brevis in A with the American Guild of Organist’s president, Ronald Arnatt; Faure’s Requiem with the New York Choral Society; the Brahms Requiem with the American Kodaly Association; the Bach B-Minor Mass with the West Village Choral Society; and the Saint Saens Christmas Oratorio under the American composer, Daniel Pinkham. While a student at The New England Conservatory, Chauvin was also hired as the baritone soloist at King’s Chapel in Boston where he performed many chamber music works in the King’s Chapel Concert Series conducted by, Daniel Pinkham. In recital, the baritone was chosen to perform an entire Poulenc song cycle with baritone Gerard Souzay in Boston, and sang several recitals while at The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Festival.
Ridley Chauvin has devoted his career to the study of voice and is dedicated to instilling that passion in his students.