Dr. José Garcia
Assistant Professor of Music/Chair, Voice Division
Office: VPAC 220
Dr. José García received both a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the distinguished School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan where he studied with the legendary soprano Shirley Verrett and the equally acclaimed tenor, George Shirley. His undergraduate studies took place in his hometown of San Antonio, TX at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he received a Bachelor of Music inMusic Education.
During his career at Michigan he performed several principal roles in university opera productions including: Leon in Signor Deluso, Dragón in La Purpura de la Rosa, Vasek in The Bartered Bride and Triquet in the University's production of Eugene Onegin under the baton of world-renowned collaborative pianist and conductor Martin Katz. He has also had the benefit of performing as the tenor soloist with the Grammy award winning choral conductor Jerry Blackstone in Rossini's Messe Solennelle and University of Michigan Director of Orchestras Kenneth Kiesler in Stravinsky's Pulcinella. His experience and success at Michigan also availed him the opportunity to assist the internationally celebrated soprano Ms. Jessye Norman in a week long workshop of Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz a collaborative effort between Ms. Norman and Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman which was later premiered at Carnegie Hall.
Dr. García has also had the distinction of performing at the Kennedy Center as part of the Conservatory Project, a program designed to present the best young musical artists in classical music, jazz, musical theater and opera from the nation's leading undergraduate and graduate conservatories, colleges and universities, and has had the privilege of premiering new works by composer Susan Botti, recipient of the Rome Prize, at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. He has also worked as a Young Artist at several reputable summer opera programs including Opera North and Pine Mountain Music Festival.
Dr. García has established a reputation for excellence in instruction, especially in contemporary commercial music styles, particularly in the musical theater genre, and is in demand as a masterclass presenter and vocal coach. At the University of Michigan he was obliged to act in the role of teaching assistant to Shirley Verrett and George Shirley, teaching lessons and studio class to undergraduate and graduate performance, education and musical theater majors in their absence. In 2011, Dr. García created a special masterclass session for The North East School of the Arts musical theater program, a public school magnet program in San Antonio, TX, demonstrating various exercises, concepts and techniques directed at successfully performing musical theater repertoire. Throughout his career he has maintained a robust and successful private vocal studio and enjoys the challenge of working with students of all levels and vocal interests. While residing in San Antonio, Dr. García built a substantial and highly desirable private studio from the ground up consisting of five major public and private schools and a host of word-of-mouth clients many of whom are prominent artists in the area.
Dr. García's training and certification in massage therapy has informed his teaching to great success with a unique perspective and ability to identify and troubleshoot areas of physical tension that directly correlate to the singing mechanism and vocal production. He has also worked in combination with speech pathologist and voice and singing specialist Marci Rosenberg of University of Michigan Health Services - Departments of Speech Language Pathology and Otolaryngology, Division of Laryngology, Rhinology and General Otolaryngology on rehabilitating a client using massage therapy techniques diagnosed with major vocal dysfunction.
Prior to joining the faculty at Millersville University Department of Music, Dr. García taught in the Department of Music at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX as a member of the voice faculty. He has also worked in the public school system as a choral director in the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, TX and is certified to teach All-Level Music in the state of Texas for early childhood through twelfth grade.