Humanities, ESL (College)
Tenor Michael Brown brings the same passion for language and storytelling to teaching that he has brought to his singing and acting. He studied voice at Manhattan School of Music (MM ’74, BM ’73) and holds Master’s degrees in voice from Mannes College and in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Hunter College. His voice teachers include Daniel Ferro, Emmy Joseph, James Billings, and Leroy Lehr. He has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Shakespeare Co. (American premiere of P. M. Davies’s The Lighthouse), New York City Opera, Wolf Trap, and Glimmerglass Opera, and with the American Bach Soloists (San Francisco), the Ensemble for Early Music, and Princeton Pro Musica. As a member of the New York ensemble ARTEK, he has performed and recorded much of Monteverdi’s vocal music and has toured extensively with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He has sung and taught with the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble and has taught a cappella singing in the U.S. and Japan with his wife, soprano Phyllis Clark.
In addition to teaching ESL at MSM and LaGuardia Community College, Michael Brown studies the cello and has a black belt in the Japanese martial art aikido.