Vocal Studio

Overview

Vocal Studio

Students in the Classical and Contemporary Vocal Studio learn to sing everything from Bach to Billie Holiday, from Mozart to Musical Theatre. 

Vocal Studio students learn basic piano and musicianship, receive voice training with our experienced teachers, and sing in various choirs throughout their time at Talent Unlimited. Our students perform on the main stage all four years as both ensemble singers and soloists, concluding in a fully staged opera their senior year. 

We are a NYSSMA Festival Host where students demonstrate their mastery of classical repertoire, from the Renaissance all the way to the 21st Century

Graduates of the TUHS Vocal Studio go on to pursue various professional musical paths, becoming part of an amazing network of supportive and passionate alumni.

Vocal Spotlight

Senior Vocal Senior Recital

While all vocal studio members appear in a concert at the end of the year, our senior showcase features solo works by each performing artist.

Vocal Studio Faculty

Jayne Skoog

Jayne Skoog, educator, director, and lyric soprano is currently a vocal instructor at Talent Unlimited High School. Her choral director achievements include Gold with Distinction – Level VI in the New York State School Music Association – NYSSMA, and an invitation to perform with the National Philharmonic in Washington, DC under the baton of Dr. Will Kessling where she prepared her students in John Rutter’s Mass of the Children and Dvorak’s Te Deum. TU Concert Choir performed at Carnegie Hall marking their debut with Jazz at Lincoln Center performing the Sacred Works of Duke Ellington. Ms. Skoog has also directed choirs at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Concert Hall and Alice Tully Hall. As a singer, Jayne remains active, performing throughout the region. She is currently singing with gospel recording artist J. David Bratton – God’s Blueprint for Life Ministries, as well as singing with Le Chateau Singers – Founder/Director Damien L. Sneed, with a performance of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Ms. Skoog received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music, a Masters in Science of Education from Queens College, New York, and a Masters in Administrative Leadership from The College of St. Rose. Postgraduate work includes studies at the Juilliard School and New York University.

Christian Smythe

Christian Smythe is a teaching artist who has been on the Talent Unlimited faculty since 2001. His multifaceted performance background includes experience and training as classical singer, pianist, and oboist, being a self-taught flutist, and acting in both musicals and straight plays. As singer, he is in the professional choir at St. Bartholomew's church, and has recently appeared in productions of "The Drowsy Chaperone," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," and "Urinetown." In his earlier years at Talent Unlimited, his choirs performed to raves at local choral festivals, and he was nominated for "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" on multiple occasions. Currently, he straddles both the Vocal and Musical Theatre departments, teaching Musicianship, Piano, and Solo Repertoire classes. A sample of productions at TUHS include "The Wiz," "Chicago: High School Edition," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Hairspray," and "Nine." His undergraduate degree is in Music Education (with a voice concentration) from NYU, and his Master's is in Vocal Performance from Hunter College.