Dr. Mikhail Smigelski
Hailed as “phenomenal” (The Harvard Chrimson), “impressively epic” (schwäbische.de), “wine-dark bass ” (The Boston Globe), bass-baritone Mikhail Smigelski enjoys a career of vast and various genres, including opera, oratorio, early music, musical theatre and contemporary music.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mikhail has performed on the world most prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall, Saint Petersburg’s and Moscow’s Philharmonias, Berliner Philharmonie, and Kölner Philharmonie.
Dr. Smigelski began his advanced musical studies at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, where he received the Bachelor of Music degree and, subsequently, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Germany, where he completed the Master of Music degree in opera performance. Upon moving to the United States he earned the Master of Music degree in choral conducting at Sam Houston State University and eventually earned his PhD. from UT at Austin!
In addition to his performance career, Dr. Smigelski teaches voice, piano, works as a freelance audio producer/engineer and serves as a Director of Music Ministries at The Woodlands Christian Church in The Woodlands, TX.
With beginners, we start with a basic understanding of breathing mechanisms, body alignment and resonance through vocal exercises and simultaneously proceed with an appropriate repertoire.
With advanced singers, we keep working on all aspects of vocal technique including vowel alignment and modification, diction, range, and other aspects related to the repertoire of their choice (classical vs. music theater and CCM). We include “vocal coaching” in lessons as well, which is accompanying students on piano, helping with learning new repertoire, stylistic, and overall musicality.