- 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.
- Early in 2012 he gave a very successful workshop/masterclass for the Puget Sound chapter of NATS. That summer he attended the NATS National Convention in Orlando as Northwestern Regional Governor and followed that with more SVW™ training in using technology in the studio. In November, he attended the PAS6 (Physiology and Acoustics of Singing) conference in Las Vegas.
- 2013 saw him at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Brisbane.
- He attended the NATS National Conference in Boston in July 2014 where he adjudicated the National Music Theater competition semi-finals and followed that with more SVW™ training, this time as associate faculty.
the fall of 2014, he presented an introductory workshop on Somatic
Voicework™ the LoVetri Method to the Mid Island Chapter of the BC
Registered Music Teachers Association.
- In June of 2015, Craig was honoured to be the first International Master Teacher at the NATS Intern Program since its inception in 1991!
May of 2016, Craig was instrumental in bringing Jeannette LoVetri to
Vancouver to offer the first Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method Level
1 training to occur outside the USAǃ
July 2016, Craig attended the NATS National Conference in Chicago
where he was invited to sit on the President's educational advisory
board representing Canada. In August he took 2 workshops on the Estill
Model of voice.
- In August 2017, Craig attended the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm.
June 2018, Craig attended the NATS National Conference in Las Vegas
where he was an adjudicator for the final round of the National Student
Auditions. He also accepted the position of Northwestern Liaison for the
NATS Foundation. In July, he attended the Institute for Somatic
Voicework™ the LoVetri Method at Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland
and in August he attended the VASTA/PAVA conference in Seattle. A
summer full of learning!
2019 found him once again at Baldwin Wallace where he was a member of the Breakout Faculty.
is the year of virtual training due to the pandemic! Online
conferences attended were the NATS National Conference and the Institute
for Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method at Baldwin Wallace where he
continues as part of the Breakout Faculty.
- NATS past Northwestern Regional Governor.
- Past president, Vancouver Chapter of NATS.
- Northwestern Regional liaison for the NATS Foundation.
Voice And Speech Trainers Association;
Pan-American Vocology Association;
Craig's students are often seen on stage with major theatre companies here (Gateway, TUTS, The Arts Club, Royal City, Fighting Chance, Patrick Street, URP), across Canada (Chemainus, Barkerville, Prairie Skies, Neptune and Stratford to name just a few) and on cruise ships around the world! Many students from his studio are accepted into post-secondary music programs and special congratulations go to both Nicholas Burns, MMus (McGill) who is beginning his DMA at UofT and Caleb Lagayan Dip in Musical Theatre (Capilano) who is finishing his Masters in Musical Theatre at the Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama. Both of these talented young artists started their programs in September 2019. Others can be found singing in Vancouver's top choirs (Pacifica, Maple Leaf Singers, Elektra Women's Choir, Chor Leoni Men's Choir, Vancouver Bach Choir, Jubilate Chamber Choir, Amabilis Singers, EnChor etc.).