Kevin Wilson, Author, Pedagogue, and PAVA-recognized Vocologist teaching is influenced by over 20 years of study of anatomy and physiology, historical pedagogies, voice and speech, and acting. Whether in the voice studio, classroom, or workshop, Kevin’s approach is to help students and teachers “get physical and emotional” with their voice, remove fear from taking risks and making noises, and integrate text with an emotional stimulus from the body. Ultimately, he is most interested in habilitating a sustainable technique that allows a singer to become purely expressive both physically and emotionally in ANY genre.
Kevin travels the world as a clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer, giving masterclasses on vocal health, musical theater, and classical pedagogies. He often presents Securing Belt, Mix, and Legit for Musical Theatre, Foundations of Voice Teaching, and Navigating the Filter, teaching how to prepare students to make vocal adjustments for a variety of singing opportunities from Classical to Contemporary Musical Theater. Kevin serves as a peer editor for various trade journals in voice and pedagogy and has been published in Performing in Contemporary Musicals (2022), Training Commercial Contemporary Singers (2019), and Billboard magazine (2013). In 2019, the National Association for Teachers of Singing named him a master teacher for the prestigious voice intern program.
His current and previous students have appeared in over 40 Broadway productions originating four roles, numerous national tours, regional theaters, and in venues ranging from the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Lyric, Chicago Lyric, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Baroque, and the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals. His students have been finalists, and winners in the Tafelmusik Baroque Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the NATS Boston/National Voice Competitions, and the Classical Singer Competition. They have received multiple prestigious regional nominations and awards for performance.
Kevin joined the Boston Conservatory’s voice faculty in 2008, where he created the Masters of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and the Masters of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy programs. He is currently the director of Vocal Pedagogy and an Associate Professor of Voice. In addition to teaching voice for musical theater and vocal performance students, he teaches Structure and Function of the Singing Mechanism, Vocal Pedagogy, Applied Teaching Practicum, Foundations of Voice Technique, and Cross-Training in the Voice Studio. He is the creative director of the conservatory’s annual Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop, now in its 13th year.
Kevin holds a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Central Oklahoma. He has additional studies in voice at the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory, vocal anatomy and physiology at Boston University Sargent School of Health, and studies in voice and speech with Kristin Linklater and Catherine Fitzmaurice. His teaching has been inspired by a long history of voice teachers, including his first voice teacher Tony Gonzalez, whom he thanks for his foundation and passion for teaching.
Kevin Wilson is an exceptional and inspiring teacher. His particular ability to communicate difficult concepts, coupled with his extensive knowledge of vocal repertoire and pedagogy makes his teaching both very effective and enjoyable. I would recommend Kevin's teaching without reservation.
Michael Vickers • Voice Teacher • Guildhall School of Music
I started lessons with Kevin to improve my teaching and strengthen my belt. Three months into lessons, I have achieved this and more. I have cemented my understanding of access to mix register and have increased my belt/mix range from C5 to F5. I went into lessons topping out around C5, and am now comfortably mixing the most challenging musical theater repertoire out there. Kevin’s approach to teaching is clear, concise, and straightforward. He listens, responds, and if something doesn’t work right away he has about a million different options to try until something “clicks” with his singers. I have - and will continue to - recommend Kevin to any student at any level. He is a master teacher who has utterly transformed my singing.
Dr. Vera Savage, Mezzo • Assistant Professor of Voice • Berklee College of Music Boston Lyric Opera
Kevin Wilson is an emerging leader in 21st century voice pedagogy. He gracefully bridges the divide between classical and vernacular styles with a multifaceted approach to technical training that speaks to a new generation of singers.
Mary Saunders-Barton • Professor Emeritus • Penn State University • Co-Author Cross-Training in the Voice Studio
Working with Kevin as my vocal mentor has been tremendously beneficial, both for my singing and for my effectiveness as a teacher. His expertise is clear, and his feedback is on-the-money, whether vocally technical or regarding the psychological aspects of teaching. Add to that Kevin's sense of humor and sincere kindness, and you've got a master teacher and wonderful human being.
Sabrina Learman • Instructor of Voice Emerson College
Kevin Wilson engages with students in an energetic way that makes them feel comfortable and willing to try anything. He hones in on exactly what vocal roadblocks need to be addressed, and gives specific tools to help the students achieve their best singing.
Dr. Stephanie Weiss, Mezzo • Assistant Professor of Voice • Arizona State University • Deutsche Oper Berlin
It has been my privilege to watch Kevin work on numerous occasions. He is a teacher whose method is marked by sensitivity, openness, a quick and discerning ear, an expansive intelligence, and an enormous capacity for creativity fortified by rigorous, nuts-and-bolts detail. Time and time again, I have seen him place himself at the service of a student’s process, inspiring change through a witty and engaging style and a knowledge of the repertoire that is as broad as it is deep. A uniquely energizing and powerful motivator!
J.J. Penna Collaborative • Pianist Juilliard/New England Conservatory
I worked closely with Kevin Wilson as part of the 2019 NATS Intern Program. A master teacher, Kevin offers his students a holistic balance of support and challenge, technique and artistry, and instruction and discovery. His approach to balancing the resonances and coordination of the voice has been transformational, both in my work with students and in my own practice. Kevin is giving of his time and resources, generous of spirit, and unwavering in his dedication to each student's individual growth. My career and teaching have been forever changed by my work with Kevin.
Dr. Kerry Ginger • Nats Voice Intern 2019
I was lucky enough to have Kevin as my assigned master-teacher at the 2019 NATS intern program. The designation “master” in reference to him is not an exaggeration! He transformed my singing and teaching of non-classical styles and his ability to elicit major changes in very short periods of time is truly amazing. Kevin is the rare pedagogue who possesses an incredible amount of science-based knowledge, while at the same time being able to masterfully translate it to students in highly practical and effective ways. Not to mention the fact that he is a delightful, down-to-earth person and makes learning so much fun! He is results-driven and never lectures or treats his students condescendingly, despite his high stature in the field. I’m so grateful to have Kevin as a mentor and have learned an immeasurable amount from him!
Dr. Melissa Treinkman • University of Southern California • NATS Voice Intern 2019
Kevin Wilson is a very well-informed, effective voice teacher, especially of the varied aesthetics required of Musical Theater styles. He has done the pedagogic work of understanding healthy, efficient vocal function as well as the auditory work of knowing the professional aesthetic targets necessary for the industry. His interpersonal style in the studio is persistently on task yet encouraging. I recommend him highly and without reservation!
Kenneth Bozeman • Professor Emeritus of Music • Lawrence University • Author Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy
Kevin Wilson's approach to voice pedagogy is marked by a functional and somatically aware method that is immediately approachable to students. I had the privilege of learning under Kevin as both a voice student and in a mentored teaching context at the NATS Intern Program. His ability to communicate complicated concepts to learners of multiple levels, knowledge of music theater and classical repertoire, as well as his genuine care for student development are a constant inspiration! Learning from Kevin has significantly changed my teaching and singing for the better!
Dr. Marques Carter • Murray State College • NATS Voice Intern 2019
Kevin provides an accessible and systematic approach through his vast knowledge of vocal functionality and voice science. His methodology is both efficient and sustainable for singers and teachers of all levels. Kevin's extensive record of success is a true testament to his effectiveness as both teacher and mentor.