Voice and Opera / Performance
Bill Schuman is internationally celebrated as one of the world’s leading teachers of singing. A native of Portland, Oregon, he began his vocal studies under B. Gibner King. Following studies with Margaret Woodward at Brigham Young University and with Rita Streich at the Vienna Conservatory, he became a protégé of vocal pedagogue Luisa Franceschi Verna; and finished his studies in New York, studying Italian style and repertory with Rita Saponaro Patanè.
Mr. Schuman has presented master classes and lectures around the world. He has been featured in numerous articles and books on the art of singing and has been the subject of articles in Opera News and the Wall Street Journal. In 2008 he became the youngest voice teacher to ever receive a lifetime achievement award from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation.
Mr. Schuman’s students have performed in leading opera houses around the world and have repeatedly won numerous international vocal competitions and awards, including the Richard Tucker Award and the Beverly Sills Award. He also works closely with non-classical singers, many of whom have garnered acclaim on Broadway, film, television, and popular music and have received Tony, Grammy, and Emmy awards, as well as Academy Award nominations.
Mr. Schuman taught with the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and was one of the inaugural teachers at Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Mr. Schuman joined the Curtis Institute of Music as adjunct faculty in 2017, and has been a member of the faculty of the Academy of Vocal Arts since 1989.