biography

Justin Stoney

Justin Stoney is one of New York’s most sought after Voice Teachers and is the founder of New York Vocal Coaching Inc. His teaching has been featured in national and international publications such as Esquire Magazine, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, NME, and Backstage. Backstage readers voted Mr. Stoney as one of New York’s favorite voice teachers. Justin has also been featured by the Learning Annex as a guest teacher. A born teacher, Justin has enthusiastically worked with a vast array of students- from beginning singers to celebrity clients and Broadway and recording stars. Justin taught over 1,000 New York singers before the age of 30. Also, Justin holds a strong reputation internationally represents students from over 25 countries.

Justin's History

Justin was born and raised in Haslett, Michigan just outside of East Lansing. He began in music at an early age, studying classical piano at the age of 7. As a child, he competed in and won several local and state piano competitions. In high school, Justin discovered his calling as an artist, branching out into many different art forms: singing, acting, jazz piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, rock bands, and jazz bands. He also won vocal competitions in the state area as a high school student.

His strong academics, as well as strong artistic talents, led him to the University of Michigan, where he received a full-ride scholarship. The Sidney and Irene Shipman Scholarship is given to only 10 incoming freshman at the University of Michigan and is one of the most prestigious scholarships given by any major university.

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At Michigan, Justin continued to grow both artistically and intellectually. He performed in many plays, film, musicals, and operas both on and off campus. Justin performed at Music Hall in Detroit, Michigan in the 50th Anniversary production of the classic opera AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS. This historic production was directed by the legendary composer himself- the late Gian Carlo Menotti. Justin also performed in the 25th Anniversary of FOLLIES at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor which included many members of the original Broadway cast as well as Tony-winner Donna McKechnie.

Keeping with tradition dating back to when he was a 5th grader, middle school student, and high school student, Justin was elected the student speaker for the graduating class of both the School of Music, as well as the entire University of Michigan. Justin spoke at commencement with UM President Mary Sue Coleman and the late football coaching legend Bo Schembechler in front of a crowd of almost 50,000 at Michigan Stadium. Justin graduated as a James B. Angell Scholar. This is Michigan’s most prestigious academic distinction. It is given to only a handful of students every year from across the university. It is given to those who have achieved all A’s for at least 8 straight semesters. Justin graduated with highest degree distinctions from both the Music School with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance and Literature, Sciences, and the Arts with a BA in English. Justin also graduated with honors from 4 national collegiate honor societies: Delta Epsilon Iota, Phi Sigma Theta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Golden Key.

After graduation, Justin moved to New York City to begin his career as a performer, but discovered later that his true calling in life was to become a voice teacher and vocal coach. As a performer, Justin performed in plays, films, and musicals in New York as well as throughout the country. Some credits include THE GOOD SHEPHERD (film) directed by Robert De Niro, LES MISERABLES (Equity Tour), WERE THE WORLD MINE (New York Musical Theatre Festival) with Anthony Rapp, THE YEATS PROJECT (Off-Broadway at the Irish Repertory Theatre), THE PILGRIM PAPERS (Berkshire Theatre Festival) directed by Tony Award-winning director Vivian Matalon. He also worked with Steven Schwartz (WICKED, GOSPELL, PIPPIN) and Emmy Award- winning orchestrator Larry Hochman as a soloist singer to assist in the creation of new orchestrations for GEPPETTO AND SON, a stage musical written by Mr. Schwartz.

Since ending his performing career and dedicating his life to helping other singers achieve success, Justin has had the great privilege of working with a vast array of clients. He is extremely proud of the success of his singers...

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Clients

Justin’s pop/rock/RB clients have had international radio airplay, have reached #1 on Billboard charts, and have signed with major record labels including Sony, EMI, and Disney Records. Bands, recording artists, and singer/songwriters that he has worked with have toured in the US and internationally.

Justin’s theatre clients have appeared in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including AIDA, ADDAMS FAMILY, ALTAR BOYZ, BILLY ELLIOT, BYE BYE BIRDIE, A CHORUS LINE, CHICAGO, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, A CLASS ACT, THE COLOR PURPLE, GREASE, GREY GARDENS, HAIR, HAIRSPRAY, IN THE HEIGHTS, JERSEY BOYS, KISS ME KATE, LEGALLY BLONDE, LES MISERABLES, THE LION KING, MAMMA MIA, MARY POPPINS, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, SPRING AWAKENING, SOUTH PACIFIC, SWEET CHARITY, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, WEST SIDE STORY, WHITE CHRISTMAS, WICKED, WOMEN ON THE VERGE, WONDERFUL TOWN, and many more.

He has not only coached many performers on auditions for their first Broadway roles, but has also helped many performers to start recording careers, receive their first callbacks, get cast in their first show, receive their Equity card, solidify representation with major talent agents, get into top music schools and universities, and work at almost every major regional theatre in the country. Aside from Broadway and Off-Broadway work, Justin’s clients have also appeared at Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, London’s West End, and in major motion pictures and on network television.

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Education and Training

Justin studied classical vocal technique with veterans of the Metropolitan Opera, musical theatre vocal technique with veterans of Broadway, and contemporary vocal technique with industry leading pop/rock/R&B instructors. Justin mentored as a voice technician and teacher under some of the world’s finest instructors including David Jones, Liz Caplan, and Aaron Hagan. Alongside his vocal training, Justin has extensive formal training in classical piano and jazz piano. An accomplished musician- he also plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, drums, and the Irish whistle.

Associations, Memberships, and Industry

Justin is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association), The Voice Foundation, Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild, and AFTRA (American Film, Television and Radio Association). He is also a certified yoga instructor with a strong background in anatomy and Alexander Technique. Finally, Justin is also the co-founder of MyCollegeAudition, a company that helps college-bound high school seniors prepare for their college auditions. He holds many relationships with top agents and casting directors in New York City and helps assist students in establishing relationships and contacts when appropriate. Also, New York Vocal Coaching receives a tremendous amount of opportunities from record companies, TV/Film producers, theatre producers, and music groups and bands. Justin and the staff at New York Vocal Coaching also provide students access to these opportunities when appropriate.

Music Direction

Justin has also worked extensively as a music director. He has music directed Equity shows both in New York and regionally. Additionally, he has music directed for soloists and cabaret acts in New York City. Justin also teamed up with Bill Whelan, the composer of RIVERDANCE, to compose and orchestrate original music for the Irish Repertory Theatre. Finally, Justin has accompanied many singers to recording studios for music direction and coaching.

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Services and Staff

Justin and his staff at New York Vocal Coaching provide vocal technique lessons, vocal coaching, accompaniment, music direction, piano lessons, guitar lessons, recording studio prep, concert and audition accompaniment, repertoire building, industry counsel, transposition, microphone technique, music theory/ear training guidance, monologue selection, monologue coaching, and Skype® Voice Lessons. Please visit www.NewYorkVocalCoaching.com for more information.

Justin and his staff have also worked with many corporate clients, models, actors, spokespeople, and those seeking accent reduction as Speech Coaches. For more information on this, please visit www.NewYorkSpeechCoaching.com.

Teaching, Training, and Mentoring

Finally, Justin offers training and mentoring to aspiring voice teachers and experienced voice teachers alike. The New York Vocal Coaching 50-Hour Voice Teacher Training and Certification program is helping voice teachers reach their fullest potential as teachers of singing. Justin is fully committed to not only to helping as many singers as possible through his teaching, but also helping other voice teachers to develop their craft and to view voice teaching as an art-form itself.

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