Christopher Arneson is a professional voice trainer and vocologist who joined the faculty at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where he is Director of Voice Pedagogy, and teaches Voice, Voice Pedagogy, Literature for Teaching, and Speech for the Actor. Dr. Arneson is the co-director of the CoOPERAtive Program, a young artist program for singers, held at Westminster Choir College.
Dr. Arneson’s students have gone on to further study in the Master of Music, Artist Diploma, and Doctoral programs at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Ithaca College, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, New York University, and Yale School of Music. They have also appeared in young artist programs at Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Washington National Opera. His professional-level students appear at the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Dr. Arneson has enjoyed success in opera, concert and recital. His operatic repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary, with performances of works by Handel and Lully, John Adams and Phillip Glass. His formative training was with the Tri-cities Opera where he debuted as Silvio inI Pagliacci, at the age of 22.Many of Dr. Arneson’s most significant successes occurred in Mozart operas, with acclaimed performances as Don Giovanni, Figaro, Count Almaviva, and Guglielmo. He has appeared with the Opera Orchestra of New York in works of Donizetti and Boildieu, and as Figaro in the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s production ofThe Barber of Seville. He appeared with the New Jersey Symphony singing theOld American Songsof Aaron Copland and in performances of Strauss’Zigeunerbaronwith the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Kurt Mazur. In Europe, Dr. Arneson appeared at the Netherlands Opera, the Paris Opera, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
Dr. Arneson is a frequent guest speaker regarding the training and care of the professional voice. He is a faculty member for the New York Singing Teachers Association’s (NYSTA) professional development program, where he teaches classes in vocal repertoire and applied pedagogy. Dr. Arneson was chair of the NATS Pedagogy Curriculum Committee and has recently published articles in the NATS Journal of Singing; “Teaching TeachersandPerformance Anxiety: A 21st Century Perspective”.
Dr. Arneson was formerly the co-director of the Voice and Speech department in the MFA program at the renowned Actors Studio of the New School University in New York. In addition, he teaches “Use and Care of the Professional Voice at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Arneson completed vocology internships at the Grabscheid Voice Center at Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Vox Humana Laboratory at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, both in New York, where he continues to collaborate with otolaryngologists and speech-language pathologists in the remediation of voice disorders. Dr. Arneson holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Opera degrees from Binghamton University, completed post-graduate studies at Cornell University where he studied with renowned Verdi scholar Roger Parker, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where he studied Seventeenth Century Venetian Opera with Dr. Irene Alm. Dr. Arneson was editor for NATS Journal of Singing, and he served on the editorial board for the new revised edition of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Vocal Repertoire Collection, published by Frederick Harris, Ltd. He is a member of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing, and he has been designated as Master Teacher for the NATS Teaching Intern Program. He served as the Program Chair for the 2014 NATS National Convention in Boston, MA. Dr. Arneson is the editor/ author of two new books,Fundamentals of Great Singing, the Teaching of Michael Trimble and Literature for Teaching: Solo Vocal Repertoire from a Developmental Perspective, both published in 2013/2014.