James Pike

Available: 3:00-8:00 Tuesdays. 

Noted for his unique sound and naturally communicative presence, tenor James Pike is emerging as a singer of diverse repertoire. In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Pike will be a Guest Tenor Soloist with the Saint Catherine’s Choral Society in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Hodieand with the Saint Peter Choral Society in the choral work Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast. Past seasons include debuts with the Minneapolis-based ensemble Coro!, the Sonomento Choir, the Minnesota Center Chorale and the Exultate Chamber Choir. 

An in demand Oratorio singer, Mr. Pike has recently sung Uriel in Haydn’s Creation, Tenor Soloist in Handel’s Chandos Anthem No. 4, Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Bach’s Magnificat.

Mr. Pike’s operatic roles include Ferrando from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Rinuccio from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Il Tinca from Puccini’s Il Tabarro, as well as the Footman in Vittorio Giannini’s operatic version of Beauty and the Beast. Before transitioning to tenor repertoire, Mr. Pike’s bass/baritone roles included Second Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as well as oratorio solos as Bass Soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Baritone Soloist in Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder Walzer.

An advocate for new works, Mr. Pike collaborated with Tapestry Opera as a part of the company’s annual “Tapestry Songbook” workshop, exploring roles in Andrew Ager’s Frankenstein and Elisabeth Mehl Greene’s Merk’s Dream.

Mr. Pike has been a participant of the Masterclasses of esteemed and legendary singers Sherrill Milnes and the late Nico Castel. In addition, Mr. Pike has trained at the Savannah VOICE Festival in Savannah, GA as a Sherrill Milnes VOICE Studio Artist. Mr. Pike is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College. Additional training includes Metro Opera Workshop of Detroit and New York Opera Studio. Mr. Pike resides in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area with his wife, Elizabeth.


Kennedy Kiser

Available: 5:00-9:00 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays

Kennedy Caelyn Kiser is a singer/songwriter originally from Fargo, North Dakota. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), with a degree in Jazz Studies.

Influenced by artists such as Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse, Jamie Cullum, and Allira Wilson, she is very passionate about both studio recording and live performance. While truly enjoying performing solo or as a part of a combo, Kennedy has been involved in a variety of ensembles throughout her school years- Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Commercial Ensemble, a student-led “small group” Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and a couple of acoustic duos. With excitement as she continues on her journey of becoming the best, well rounded musician she can, Kennedy believes that we are never done learning and enjoys learning with and from her students here at St. Paul School of Music

Jonathan Smith 

Available: Wednesdays 3:00-6:00 PM

Teaching Philosophy

Jonathan Smith believes that everyone has a unique voice they can share with the world and make a difference. He believes that every song is a story, and teaches using classically-trained technique paired with acting and storytelling techniques. Mr. Smith meets his students where they’re at and what their interests are. If you are interested in country, we’ll sing a country song. If you are interested in musical theatre, we will work on musical theatre. In addition, Mr. Smith pairs contemporary work with some classical vocal works to help give a well-rounded education. Students also study healthy warmups, music theory, rhythmic training, acting techniques, and sight singing during lessons.

Mr. Smith has a BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (Voice and Composition, Theatre minor). Jonathan has taught many private lessons at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Pacelli School System, and at his own former business, Millennial Voice Studio in Stevens Point, WI. In addition, he has vocal directed ten theatrical productions and directed 6 additional productions. As a performer, Mr. Smith has performed for over twenty-five musicals and operettas, in such roles as: The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph in Joseph and the...Dreamcoat, and Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance.

A review of Mr. Smith’s Teaching:

“If you are looking for a fantastic, knowledgeable, creative, patient, and versatile voice teacher then look no further. Jonathan Smith is your man! ... I had the opportunity to observe him teaching several lessons and I was highly impressed. If you or your son or daughter is seeking a voice teacher, I recommend Jonathan Smith - hands down!"

-Dr. Matthew Markham, Assistant Professor of Voice  at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point