Justin Montigne, Director of Voice Studies
Justin Montigne, voice teacher, countertenor soloist, and registered yoga teacher – teaches workshops, classes, and private lessons in the Bay Area and around the country. Dr. Montigne’s interest in the free and easy alignment of body and instrument led him to yoga, which helped revolutionize his singing and teaching. He hopes to share the same tools he discovered with singers and players everywhere. He received his bachelor’s degree in voice from Drake University, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Montigne has taught on the voice faculties of UC Davis and UC Berkeley, and has presented SingAsana–yoga for singing–workshops for the San Francisco Conservatory, Seraphic Fire; Miami, FL; Studio Arsis, Tokyo, Japan; Sonoma County Bach Society–Sonoma State University; San Francisco Bay Area NATS Symposium; College of Marin; Chorus America Conferences in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.; Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR; and The Urban School, San Francisco, CA. He is currently the Director of Voice Studies for the Grammy award winning San Francisco Girls Chorus, co-director of the Bay Area Vocal Academy, and teaches vocal courses and voice lessons at Sonoma State University. Throughout his twenty years of teaching, Dr. Montigne's students have sung with Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Opera San Jose, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, Minnesota Opera, and New York City Opera. Former students are currently studying at the San Francisco Conservatory, NYU, Berklee College of Music, Stanford, Northwestern, USC, and Oberlin, and Dr. Montigne's students are regularly accepted at top conservatories and universities in this country and abroad.
Dr. Montigne is an expressive countertenor fluent in many styles and time periods of music. He toured the world for three years as an alto with the Grammy Award winning “orchestra of voices,” Chanticleer, performing in venues from Carnegie Hall to Vienna’s Musikverein to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and appearing on several Chanticleer recordings. He as sung numerous alto and tenor solos in oratorios of Handel, Bach, Purcell, Mozart, and Haydn, as well as many contemporary choral works with the Des Moines Symphony, Exultate Orchestra and Chamber Chorus, Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, City Concert Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Contemporary Players, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, EUOUAE, Conspirare and Volti. Dr. Montigne is a founding member of the 9-voice Bay Area men’s ensemble, Clerestory, and was instrumental in curating thirty-six different concert programs over twelve seasons, as well as appearing and co-producing Clerestory's two commercially-available recordings. He specializes in early music, but has premiered numerous contemporary works with orchestra and in recital, and enjoys programming French chansons, German lieder, and tunes from the the Great American Songbook alongside the works of Handel and Bach.
Body awareness, breath, and communication are central tenets of Dr. Montigne’s vocal pedagogy and his own singing. SingAsana is about flexibility and balance in all aspects of singing. JustinMontigne.com