There is no one-size-fits all solution when it comes to voice lessons. It requires a curiosity and commitment to develop skills in order to discover your own voice.
Having been praised for his musicality and dramatic portrayals, and possessing “a beautiful and sonorous tenor voice,” Christopher MacRae has appeared across North America in a wide range of stage and concert repertoire. In 2015 he received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from Boston University, and holds additional degrees in music from McGill University and the University of Calgary.
In 2000 he made his professional debut with Calgary Opera, performing the role of Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, and has since appeared across Canada and the US with companies like Opera on the Avalon, Toronto Summer Music Festival, The Banff Centre, and the Boston University Opera Institute. As a proponent of contemporary works, selected highlights of his stage credits include Sir Philip in Owen Wingrave, the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, McAlpine in Filumena (Estacio), The Governor & Vanderdenur in Candide, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, The Tenor in Six Characters in Search of an Author (Weisgall), Sheldon in Later the Same Evening (Musto), and created the roles of Seth as a Man in John Beckwith’s historical opera Taptoo!, and The Doctor in Lorena Orozco’s English adaptation of The Waiting Room.
He has been frequently engaged as a concert soloist in works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Theodora, MacMillian’s Celtic Mass of the Sea, Britten’s St. Nicola Cantata, Elgar’s The Kingdom, Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.
Dr. MacRae is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and served as the President of the Arkansas Chapter. He has presented at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress in Calgary, the International Symposium on Singing and Song in St. John’s Newfoundland, and the NATS Southern Region Conference and Student Auditions.
Dr. MacRae has joined the faculty at the University of Regina in Fall 2021 and is a member of the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teacher’s Association. Previously he was on faculty at the University of Arkansas, where he received the ‘Outstanding Mentor Award’ three times. He has worked with a wide variety of students who have gone on to win numerous auditions and competitions, and are pursuing a variety of careers in music.
Because I’ve spent years studying the voice and teaching pedagogy, and I can help you unlock your musical potential and discover your own voice.
- taught singing for over 20 years in academia and private studio
- worked with students from age 7 to 86
- completed 4 degrees in music, including a Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University
- struggled with my own voice and technique, but through hard work and perseverance, I figured things out and discovered MY voice!
- worked in the corporate world to support my music
- lived across Canada, the US, and Europe following my musical dreams
- literally taught hundreds of students of all ages, backgrounds, and styles.
- made my professional debut with Calgary Opera in 2000.
- had a varied career, singing opera, concerts & recitals, professional choirs, and even recorded vocals for a Nintendo commercial (Kirby!)
- appeared as a guest panellist on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera Quiz with Stuart Hamilton
Every day I am inspired and uplifted by working with singers, as they develop and discover their own voice!