Thaxter Cunio teaches his students how to sing, as opposed to what to sing. Focusing mainly on technique, tone quality improvement, and range extension, he uses his 27 plus years of experience to teach classical music, but is familiar with all genres. Thaxter is a private voice instructor and also teaches class voice including Singing Technique I & II, Intro to Singing, and is a music director and coordinator for the Prelude Singer/Actor Program at MacPhail.
He was a resident artist at Tri Cities Opera Company in Binghamton, New York and has performed in numerous operas, oratorios, and recitals in the United States, Canada, and Europe, most notably as Tenor soloist in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Bach’s St. John Passion in Stuttgart and Freiburg, Germany and as Don Jose in Carmen in the Minnesota Opera Tour.
Thaxter holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Music in opera performance from the State University of New York (SUNY), a performer’s certificate in opera from Eastman School of Music and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany. He was awarded teaching fellowships at both SUNY Binghamton and the Eastman School of Music and furthered his studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.
“Excellent knowledge of vocal technique, describes clearly what students need to improve in their technique and how to do so; finds suitable repertoire to match student’s vocal range, ability and interests; demonstrates both good and bad vocal technique; inspires students and keeps lessons fresh.” –MacPhail Student
“Thaxter really knows his profession and how to help students achieve excellence, as well as making it a fun and supportive experience.” –MacPhail Student