A course geared for emerging professional singers: Opera Essentials

OPERA ESSENTIALS is a new series of classes at Long Island City Academy of Music geared towards professional and emerging professional singers. LICAM is conveniently located one train stop outside Manhattan and can be easily reached from various boroughs.



Maestro William Hicks, who as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera has had a close professional working relationships with some of the greatest singers in the world, notably Luciano Pavarotti, will conduct a 12 week course of two 1.5 hour classes weekly with each week representing one essential aspect in the preparation of repertoire, such as “Word Work”, musical content, diction, historical context, rhythmic structure, phrasing, melodic content, character study and strategies for presentation.  In a supportive environment in a maximum class size of 12 singers participants of the program will have ample opportunities to present and explore their chosen repertoire. Collaborative pianist Jestin Pieper will be present to accompany at all classes.  As a requirement participants of this course should possess a vocal technique that allows for efficient vocal production wherein pitch, legato, diction and dynamics can be easily produced.  Consistent attendance is mandatory.

Private coachings with Mr. Hicks are also available after class time at a preferential rate at the facilities of Long Island City Academy of Music.


Class schedule:

Fridays 7:00pm-8:30pm, Sundays 3:00pm-4:30pm

October 7, 2016 – January 15, 2017

(No classes on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s weekends)



Long Island City Academy of Music (LICAM)

44-02 23rd Street, Suite# 203/204

LIC, NY 11101



$495 for the entire course of 24 group sessions


Additional courses in the near future will include Alexander Technique, Italian for Singers, Music theory, sight singing and piano skills for singers and acting. We also anticipate future master classes by renowned singers and teachers like Nelly Miricioiu-Kirk, Jack Livigni and others.


WILLIAM HICKS, Voice Coach, Pianist, and Conductor, has coached, appeared in recital, on television, and in master classes with some of the leading singers of the day, including Luciano Pavarotti, Licia Albanese, Franco Corelli, Anna Moffo, Roberta Peters, Renata Scotto, Teresa Stratas, Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Regina Resnik, Marta Eggerth Kiepura, and Herolyn Blackwell. From 1990 to 1995 he collaborated as repetiteur and pianist for Luciano Pavarotti. He joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1995 as Assistant Conductor, Solo Pianist, and Assistant Chorus Master, positions he held until 2001, at which time he recorded a series of shows by Jerome Kern with the London Sinfonietta. For New World Records he recorded 127 pieces by Victor Herbert, and is currently pianist for the Victor Herbert Renaissance Live Project. He has also recorded for BMG, Sony, and Patria Records. In addition, Maestro Hicks served as Associate Conductor for The Santa Fe Opera, The Canadian Opera, The Cincinnati Opera, and The new York City Opera, as well as for Maestri Michael Tilson Thomas, Lorin Maazel, and John  McGlinn. He worked for the Israel Vocal Arts Institute at their programs in Tel Aviv, Portland, Oregon, and Montreal. Maestro Hicks gives master classes in preparation and presentation to young singers throughout the world, and also has extensive training and professional experience as a singer, actor, and dancer.


Program director: Oliver Söhngen


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