Peter Van Derick

   
 
Peter Van Derick has been teaching in New York City for nearly 25 years. Since 1994, he has been on the faculties of New York University's Collaborative Arts Project 21, Lee Strasberg Institute, Marymount Manhattan College, Montclair State University, and Columbia Teachers College, teaching private voice and classes in vocal technique, and serving as music-director of many industry showcases and full productions. His private students have appeared in Broadway and national tour productions of SPRING AWAKENING, A CHORUS LINE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, RAGTIME, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE FULL MONTY, FOLLIES, BOMBAY DREAMS, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, HAIR, LES MISERABLES, and THE PRODUCERS.

He has been a guest lecturer at universities across the country, including the University of Houston, Brigham Young University-Idaho and the Eastman School of Music. Van Derick has served as a judge for local NATS auditions and presented lecture demonstrations for NYSTA (New York Singing Teachers Association).

Mr. Van Derick approaches the voice as a component of the total performing instrument. He works to develop a strong, physically based vocal technique and directs all technical progress to serve the emotional and dramatic demands of the performance. Van Derick is particularly skilled in helping students find the best material for presentation in auditions. He provides them with resources to combat performance anxiety in auditions and performances. His 45-year singing career continues to inform his confidence that these strategies are both valuable and necessary for the developing singer, regardless of repertoire or career goals.

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