ST. PAUL VOICE LESSONS

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.


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


Erin Duguay

Available: Wednesdays 6:00-9:00 PM

Erin Rachelle Duguay is originally from Brunswick, Maine, now living in Saint Paul, MN. She is currently attending McNally Smith College of Music studying Vocal Performance and Music Business. Influenced by Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Norah Jones, Erin's passion for singing started with her participation in school musicals. With the support of her parents, Erin attended Midcoast School of Music in Portland, Maine where she focused on her vocal performance through voice lessons and a variety of ensembles. This training solidified her decision to pursue music as a career. Erin is also a part of damasa, a collaborative group of musicians who enjoy writing music for people in need where 100% of the profit for each song sold goes to charity. Her song is soon to be released.