When not on stage Jim spends much of his time as a voice teacher/coach in the Washington DC area and New York City. His reputation as a nationally recognized vocal coach has grown as rapidly over the years as his presence as a performing artist. Jim currently serves on the voice faculty at George Mason University as the Professor of Musical Theatre Voice. He has taught on the voice faculties at Ithaca College, Catholic University and Shenandoah University and is in high demand as a teacher, clinician and guest speaker. Jim has been endorsed by the Johns Hopkins University Department of Otolaryngology and other renowned otolaryngologists, voice and speech therapists from around the greater New York City and Washington DC areas.
Professional student credits include Broadway, national tours, The Metropolitan, Washington National and Houston Grand Opera, Off Broadway, Regional Theatre, Cruise Ships, award winning/critically acclaimed concert and recording artists and even the Radio City Rockettes.
Broadway/National Tour credits include Miss Saigon, Book of Mormom, Kinky Boots, School of Rock, Wicked, Mama Mia, The King and I, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Bandstand, Saturday Night Fever, Tommy, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Annie Get Your Gun, Camelot, Stomp, Hair Spray, Annie, Mama Mia, Chorus Line, Avenue Q, The Pirate Queen, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Fiddler on the roof, Finding Never Land, Evita
High school student credits include acceptances to some of the finest colleges and universities in the country for vocal performance, musical theatre and Music Education. The past two years alone scholarships awarded to Jim’s students have totaled over $600,000. Pretty Exciting!
A sampling of recent acceptances includes Ithaca College, Cincinnati conservatory, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan, Boston Conservatory, Rider, Montclair, Florida State, Eastman, Point Park, East Carolina, Shenandoah, Westminster, James Madison, Marymount Manhattan and Baldwin Wallace.
“Technique first! You can’t be a great musician if you are a lousy technician. Technique is technique. Style is style. Singers who come thru my studio learn how to sing well first and apply a great understanding of healthy, vocal technique to whatever style of music they are going to sing. My approach to singing is rather physical and I will cover a great deal of anatomy and physiology of singing. I am rather tuned in to the body/health voice relationships and make sure my students (all ages and levels) have this awareness and knowledge as well. My expectations are high and will cover style, interpretation, musicianship with a great deal of detail. My students should be serious, dedicated and ready to work hard!” – Jim Van Slyke
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