Dr. Justin John Moniz has begun to emerge as one of the preeminent voice teachers of classical, commercial, and musical theatre voice in the United States. He is currently Chair of Vocal Studies at Millikin University, Executive Director of Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and Hawaii Governor of the National Opera Association. Throughout his tenure with HPAF, the festival has earned international acclaim and multiple awards for his productions of The Mikado and Sweeney Todd. In addition, BroadwayWorld recently named HPAF Hawaii’s “Theater of the Year”. Moniz has previously held faculty appointments at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the New World School of the Arts. This fall, he joins the faculty at NYU as Associate Director of Vocal Pedagogy and Assistant Professor of Vocal Performance.
A three-time winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance, Moniz’s “superb high tenor” (South Florida Classical Review) and “commanding stage presence” (TalkinBroadway.com) has been thrilling audiences in opera houses, theaters, and concert halls across the nation, having sung over 80 roles to date with companies including Opera Grand Rapids, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Sarasota Opera, and Florida Grand Opera.
A clinician in high demand, Moniz has been invited to present masterclasses and workshops across the United States and Asia. His students have been praised by the press for their ability to bring “a veteran performer’s assurance and personality” to the stage (Miami Herald), and have gone onto perform on Broadway, National Tours, and regionally. Dr. Moniz’s studio regularly takes top honors in competitions nationwide. This season, student Audri Bartholomew appeared on NBC’S The Voice.
A two-time HPAF alumnus, Moniz holds the D.M. in Voice Performance from Florida State University, a M.M. in Vocal Performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music, and a B.A. in Speech Communication and Rhetoric from SUNY Potsdam. In addition, he earned the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Duke University and the HBX Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School. Dr. Moniz has received young alumni awards from all three of his alma maters, having most recently been named one of Florida State University’s Notable Noles and University of Miami’s 30 Under Thirty. In addition, he was awarded SUNY Potsdam’s Rising Star Award. He is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, Actors’ Equity Association, National Association for Teachers of Singing, and the National Opera Association. More information: www.justinjohnmoniz.com