Deborah Birnbaum is an internationally established teacher. Her expertise in breath technique originates from her own private vocal studies with renowned soprano, Montserrat Caballé. Widely sought after as a teacher/clinician, Ms. Birnbaum has a unique ability to help singers assimilate the mechanics of bel canto breath support while working within the context of their vocal technique.

Ms. Birnbaum is regularly scheduled for guest teaching engagements at the Metropolitan Opera (National Council Auditions), San Francisco Opera (Merola and Adler Fellowship Program), Houston Grand Opera Studio, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass Opera, Rice University, Los Angeles Opera (Domingo-Thornton young Artist Program) and the Washington Opera (Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program). In addition, Ms. Birnbaum has served as a judge for several prestigious vocal competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, (District Level), the Gerda Lissner Foundation and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation.

Over the past several years, Ms. Birnbaum has worked with members of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Program. She is one of the featured coaches in the Metropolitan Opera’s HD movie, The Audition, which was shown in movie houses nationwide and broadcast on PBS.

Ms. Birnbaum has conducted master classes at The Mannes College of Music, University of Miami, Northwestern University, The Hartt School of Music, Westminster Choir College (Rider University), Portland Opera, Florida Grand Opera and at several NATS Regional Conventions. Internationally, Ms. Birnbaum has taught at the Shanghai and Beijing Music Conservatories, Nagano Japan Summer Vocal Institute and Tel Aviv’s International Vocal Arts Institute. She was a member of the voice faculty of Brooklyn College and Barnard College (Columbia University).  Ms. Birnbaum maintains a private teaching studio in New York City.

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