- About Dr. William Brooke
About Dr. William Brooke
Dr. William Brooke has a driving passion for education, especially as it relates to music. This dedication to improvement through education is the driving force behind the creation of DIVENTI. As a student, performer and now educator, he appreciates the value derived from an encompassing exposure to the several facets of music. He believes, as students of music understand the principles (theory) and influences (history) of musical creation – coupled with specific instrument instruction – the student will develop into a talented performer and appreciator of music.
An accomplished performer, lyric tenor William Brooke has enjoyed performance opportunities both locally and around the world. Most recently, he traveled to Tokyo, Japan to perform in the beautiful Persimmon Concert Hall. There, he was the concluding artist to perform in a benefit concert in which he presented solo works from the verismo period, as well as contemporary music by American composers. During his time in Seattle, Dr. Brooke was a resident soloist with the Ensign Symphony & Chorus, which made its home in Benaroya Hall. Additional solo appearances include performing Schubert's Offertorium for tenor, "Intende voci" D.963, with the University of Washington's Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Choir and as a visiting guest artist as part of the Temple Square Performance Series in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Performing with the Utah Festival Opera Company, he appeared in performances of Susannah, South Pacific and Naughty Marietta. He also enjoyed solo appearances in England, Austria and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy. One of his fondest memories is performing O Holy Night in a grand European cathedral accompanied by its magnificent organ for a midnight Christmas Eve mass in London, England. However, rather singing for large gatherings or for a friend’s mother suffering from cancer in a Nashville hospital, Dr. Brooke appreciates the influence music has upon each individual and seeks with every performance the opportunity to inspire, encourage and uplift.
Dr. Brooke received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy from Belmont University and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in vocal performance from the University of Washington. He has also studied in Graz, Austria with the American Institute of Musical Studies as well as the Goethe-Institut in Dresden, Germany.
Dr. Brooke has a great passion for music. However, he has also found success in the business world. He has worked as a financial analyst for an Investment Bank on the East coast as part of a 4-member team managing more than $5 billion in assets. He was also employed as an Independent Consultant designing financial models and providing legal analysis. In 2006, he established Derrick Horne Company, a private real estate development group focused upon land development in the Park City, Utah resort area. A great accomplishment for Mr. Brooke was the awarding of a scholarship to study International Humanitarian law at Tulane Law School.
Making Bellingham, WA his home, Dr. Brooke is a passionate sailor -- cruiser and racer -- and enjoys the endless opportunities to take in the amazing nature of the Pacific northwest.
THE PEDAGOGY ADVANTAGE
No two voices are the same, and no single method works for every voice.
Most teaching methods originate from the idea, “What works for me will work for you.” Unfortunately, this is just not true. After all, your voice is as different from your teacher’s as you are.
Understanding the intricacies of vocal production allows for a customized approach to developing your personal voice. Fortunately, The Pedagogy Advantage provides this needed customization.
The Pedagogy Advantage is a teaching method based upon the vocal sciences, which include areas such as anatomy, physiology and acoustic properties.
This means that your voice may be understood in detail and vocal exercises designed specifically for you to target areas needing growth and development
As you receive customized instruction designed for you and your voice, you will immediately notice results.
By being able to tailor instruction to target areas needing improvement, vocal growth will occur at a faster pace and you will be surprised at the results.
Why I Designed The Pedagogy Advantage
During my first two years as an undergraduate majoring in vocal performance, I encountered a real struggle as a vocalist which impressed upon me the importance of effective teaching. Each semester I transferred from teacher to teacher because their vocal technique did not work for my voice. These teachers knew only one technique of singing - their own. For three semesters, my voice was tied in knots as I searched for a teacher who could understand my individual voice.
In my fourth semester I began studying with Dr. Arden Hopkins. Dr. Hopkins was an exceptional student of the human voice, the different voice types and the various techniques required for each voice classification. As I studied with Dr. Hopkins, I began to make progress as a vocalist because he understood my voice and taught me technique that worked with my instrument. It was a stark contrast from my earlier experiences and demonstrates the importance of understanding the art and science of vocal pedagogy.
First Lesson and Evaluation
Your first lesson and evaluation is free of charge. During these 60 minutes, we will evaluate your voice, identify specific areas to target and develop a customized approach to your voice.
30 minute lesson: $35/week
60 minute lesson: $50/week