As a former teacher of swimming, flute, first aid and fitness, Craig brings his enthusiasm for helping others reach their fullest potential to the voice studio. He has over thirty years of experience as a performer and more than twenty-five years of experience as a voice teacher.
BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Craig studied flute at Queen’s University in Kingston before becoming a professional choral singer with the renowned Festival Singers of Canada. In 1979 he moved to Vancouver to join the Vancouver Chamber Choir, one of the top professional choirs in the world, and sang with them until 2007. With the VCC, he had the opportunity to participate in countless tours across Canada as well as extended tours of the USA, Asia, Europe and the former Soviet Union. In one concert alone, the Chamber Choir sang in more than 30 languages! He has been involved in the premieres of over 100 new works and appears on 22 of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s CDs.
Craig has given workshops on healthy vocal technique to groups as diverse as lifeguards and swimming instructors at the city wide inservice of the Vancouver Parks Board, to members of the National Association of Teachers of Singing as well as various high school and community choirs. He was frequently called upon to give group lessons and sectionals to amateur choirs when on tour with the VCC.
For four years, he led the very popular adult beginners voice class offered through the Continuing Education Department at the King Edward Campus of the Vancouver Community College. He has taught at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Delta Community Music School, the Steveston Arts Connection and currently teaches at the Royal Oak Conservatory of Music where he is the Principal and Director of Activities. In September of 2009, Craig joined the faculty of the Music Theatre Diploma program at Capilano University where he is a private voice instructor.
Phyllis Mailing at the Vancouver Academy of Music was his primary voice teacher. He worked with Ms. Mailing first as her student, receiving the Artist’s Diploma, then later as her teaching assistant in the weekly performance masterclasses that were required of all voice students in both the degree program and the advanced Artist’s Diploma program. He has also been greatly influenced by the distinguished pedagogue Richard Miller, having participated in many extended masterclasses with him both as performer and auditor. Currently, Craig continues his training with Jeannette LoVetri in New York.
Craig believes that in order to be the best teacher possible, it's essential to stay abreast of new developments in voice science and pedagogy. He participates in professional development programs on a regular basis.
In July of 2008, he was certified by Jeannette LoVetri in levels 1, 2 & 3 of Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method at the Contemporary Commercial Music Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory.
In July of 2009, Craig attended the International Congress of Voice Teachers 7th Convention in Paris, France.
In late June 2010, he attended the NATS National Convention in Salt Lake City as the Northwesten Region's Governor-elect.
In July 2010, Craig returned to the CCM Pedagogy Institute to continue his studies in Somatic Voicework™ with an emphasis on Gospel styles and working with injured voices.
In July 2011, Craig continued his SVW™ work with studies in Pop/Rock styles and Singing and Speaking with one voice.
NATS past Northwestern Regional Governor.
Past president, Vancouver Chapter of NATS.
Craig's students are often seen on stage with major theatre companies here (Gateway, TUTS, The Arts Club), across Canada (Chemainus, Barkerville, Prairie Skies, Neptune and Stratford to name just a few) and on Disney cruises! Many students from his studio are accepted into post-secondary music programs. Others can be found singing in Vancouver's top choirs (Maple Leaf Singers, Elektra Women's Choir, Chor Leoni Men's Choir, Vancouver Bach Choir, Jubilate Chamber Choir, Amabilis Singers, EnChor etc.).