Neil Semer

New York , NY, USA

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Teacher Type


Teaching Styles

Musical Theatre

Levels Taught

Young Artist/Emerging Pro


Neil Semer is an internationally recognized teacher of singing whose students sing leading and featured roles in the most important opera houses around the world and star in Broadway productions.

He teaches voice and gives workshops around the world. His main voice studio is in New York where he works with high level performers in classical, musical theater and contemporary styles of music. He also teaches in Toronto, London, Paris, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and throughout Germany. In July-August 2023 he will lead the 26th annual Neil Semer Summer Vocal Institutes at Villa Medici-Giulini, outside of Milan, Italy.

His teaching combines principles of Bel Canto, scientific understanding of vocal function and most importantly, emotional connection to music. Focus is on coordination of the heart, mind and body.

He has taught for the Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Cologne Opera, Hawaiian Opera and Norwegian Opera and the Broadway productions of Miss Saigon and Bombay Dreams.

Masterclasses given around the world include the 5th International Congress of Voice Teachers in Helsinki, the first three Annual International Classical Singer Conventions, the Royal Academy of Music and the Association of English Singers and Speakers in London, Danish Actors Association, the Icelandic Voice Teachers Association, two National Conventions of the National Association of German Singing Teachers (Hamburg and Wurzburg), the Leipzig, Hannover, Wurzburg and Graz Hochschulen, Swiss Voice Teachers Association in Zurich, Australian NATS Chapters in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, the Melba Trust, the Queensland and Newcastle Conservatoriums, two Canadian Voice Care Foundation Symposia in Toronto and Banff, NATS National Convention in Seattle, NATS Winter and Summer Workshops in Miami, Princeton, Minneapolis and New York, NATS New England, Mid-Atlantic and Central Regional Conferences, NATS Chapters in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Wisconsin, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Michigan and Miami, the Art Song Preservation Society (ASPS) and innumerable universities. In July 2004, he was the keynote speaker and master teacher for the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Convention in Sydney.

He is currently on the faculty of Brooklyn College and has also been a faculty member at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Austria, New England and Boston Conservatories, NYU and Barnard College.