Hello and welcome! I’m Vic Dorfman – a classically trained baritone who has been a performing musician for over 7 years. I’ve performed with pop/rock groups, choirs, instrumental ensembles, opera choruses, in musical theatre roles and in lead operatic roles.
Much of my music education took place at the University of North Florida, where I studied Classical Operatic Voice.
I served in the positions of Assistant Director of Music Ministry and Choral Scholar at Episcopal Church Of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, Florida where I was involved in the first ever COOS production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Opera “Amahl and the night visitors” in the role of King Balthazar under the brilliant direction of Alan Whitmore. I also prepared the role of Peter The Broommaker for the UNF Opera Ensemble’s production of Engel Humperdinck’s “Hänsel and Gretel.” I’m grateful to have sung with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Chorus in the JSO production of Puccini’s “Turandot” in the role of “Executioner’s Assistant/Priest.” I’ve also been lucky enough to sing the Fauré Requiem and Bach Magnificat with the Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale and performed Carl Orff’s hedonistic masterpiece “Carmina Burana” and the demanding and lofty Bach work, “The St. Matthew’s Passion.”
I taught classical voice at the Florida Conservatory of Music and Rhythm and Keys Music Studio in Jacksonville, Florida and have recently relocated to San Francisco, California.
As a composer, I’ve written for voice, piano, acapella choir, chamber ensembles and full orchestra. More excited I could not be as I’m currently assembling thematic material for my first symphony and also plan to compose an opera based upon one of my favorite novelettes. I’ve also extensively studied German, Italian, French, English and Russian diction and speak Russian, English, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish.
At the moment, I am not accepting private voice students.
My approach to teaching singing has always been strictly results-oriented, rooted in my extensive studies of vocal literature, vocal pedagogy and scientific research as it pertains to the functioning of the human voice. Having almost ruined my voice, I saved it just before I permanently put it out of commission. This involved taking a hard look at how the voice functions in top singers and speakers, including the psychology of elite vocalists. Several things I discovered amazed me and pissed me off. What I found out was that the great majority of voice teachers have no clue what they’re doing and at best, draining their students of a lot of time and money and at worst destroying their voices permanently.
So I went on to create Sing Opera Now. My mission here is simple: To make opera singing accessible to everybody! Thanks for stopping by!
Yours In Song, Vic Dorfman