Born into a family of musicians and music
educators, Gregory Blankenbehler enjoyed singing before he could talk
and began formal piano and violin lessons with his mother before age
four. As a child, he participated in countless musical theater, choir,
band, orchestra and drama experiences, while always holding a special
love for solo singing. Pursuing that love, Gregory earned Bachelor’s
(BYU-Idaho) and Master’s (San Jose State University) degrees in vocal
performance and completed opera training programs with San Francisco
Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory and the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater
Institute (BASOTI). Performance opportunities have taken him to
England, France and Italy; to San Jose and San Francisco to perform lead
opera roles, and to Salt Lake City to solo with the Mormon Tabernacle
Choir. Some of the companies and ensembles he has performed with include
Opera San Jose,
Mission City Opera, the Sierra Symphony, BASOTI, Oberlin in Italy, San
Jose State Opera Theater and “Collegiate Singers” at BYU-Idaho. Gregory
served as a choral assistant to the Concert Choir at San Jose State
University and has led church choirs and congregations in Idaho and
California. He has studied with voice teachers Kristine Ciesinski, Norman Bailey and Joseph Frank.
Gregory discovered his passion for
education during his studies at BYU when he began teaching voice lessons
and tutoring other music students. This pedagogical interest compelled
him to conduct an unusually comprehensive study of voice training and
performance techniques during his Master’s studies at San Jose State.
Through his research and experience, he has become a noted expert in
helping singers of all abilities overcome their vocal challenges and
become skilled performers. Gregory is the author of the Singing Lessons for Little Singers voice lesson method for children in use by hundreds of teachers around the world, and the editor of the Bel Canto Masters Study Series.
Over the past 11 years Gregory has taught
private voice and piano lessons to hundreds of students of all ages, has
taught musicianship classes, and has directed many church and school
choirs. He holds a K-12 Teaching Credential in Music from the State of
California and is a certified instructor of the “Harmony Road
Gregory lives in the Sacramento, California area with his wife Erica, a chiropractor and artist, and his daughter.