North Seattle College
Dr. Craig Grayson
I am a professional opera singer with over 25 years of performance experience. I am a bass and have sung with several regional opera companies around the U.S. in cities such as New York, Boston, Seattle, Santa Fe, Miami, Tulsa, and Denver. I have sung principal roles with companies like New Your Grand Opera, Dicapo Opera, Bronx Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Colorado, and Opera North. I have been an apprentice singer with the Santa Fe Opera, as well as a Young Artist with the Greater Miami Opera (now, Florida Grand Opera). Presently, I have often sung principal roles with Tacoma Opera, Bellevue Opera, and the Concert Opera of Seattle, and I am a member of the Regular Chorus with Seattle Opera (since 2003).
I have been teaching private voice for over 15 years including a year in association with Hunter College in New York City. With North Seattle College, I am an Individual Music Instructor in voice, as well as the instructor for Beginning Group Instruction in voice (MUSC 119.01) and Music Appreciation (MUSC 105.01). I have a Bachelors in Music from Florida State University, a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a DMA in voice from the University of Washington. My dissertation is a guide to Russian lyric diction for singers. I also have a thorough background in Music History, Music Literature, World Music, basic Music Theory, as well as special emphases in Early Music, Opera, 20th Century Music, Vocal Literature (Art Song), and Electronic Music.
I have trained with some of the finest teachers and coaches of voice and acting, including Roy Delp, Helen Hodam (deceased), Norma Newton, Julian Patrick (deceased), John Moriarty, Bern Herbolsheimer, Beth Kirchhoff, Philip Kelsey, Philip Church, John Norris, and Katharine Sergava (deceased).