Through a positive and respectful learning environment, I teach to each student’s strengths, working collaboratively to discover and develop the unique color and depth in their voice while cultivating exemplary vocal technique.
Monique Phinney joined the Conservatory in 1994 and is an associate professor of voice. She teaches private voice lessons to classical/opera and musical theater students.
Phinney has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, as well as Boston Concert Opera at Symphony Hall (Boston), the San Angelo Symphony, the Hartford and Indian Hill symphony orchestras, Musica Sacra (New York), and Amor Artis. She has worked with the conductors Edo de Waart, John Fiore, Raymond Leppard, and Richard Westenburg. She has also worked with directors Rhoda Levine, Bliss Hebert, and Rosalind Elias. Phinney was a finalist in the Connecticut Grand Opera competition, the Eleanor Steber vocal competition, and the Houston Grand Opera Studio and appeared in the American premiere of Debussy's La Chute de la Maison Usher with Ignace Strasfogel, which aired on CPTV.
Phinney is a graduate of the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music (1980). In addition to her Boston Conservatory studio, she maintains a private studio in Boston. Phinney’s students have performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Seagle Colony, Brevard Music Festival, Ohio Light Opera, and Boston Opera Collaborative, and they have been admitted to top graduate schools in the country. She has students on Broadway and in national touring companies.
Phinney is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions New England Regional Committee.
- Orfeo Music Festival, Vipiteno, Italy (2011-2013)—Faculty
- Master classes in Massachusetts, Florida, and New York—Faculty
- National Association of Teachers of Singing and Classical Singer competitions—Judge