George Hemcher | Vocal Coach

ghGeorge Hemcher, a native of Frazer, PA, could be described as a triple threat owing to his multifaceted abilities as a conductor/director, pianist, and tenor. Mr. Hemcher is the music director of the opera scenes programs at Hofstra University.

Mr. Hemcher has worked closely with Nico and Carol Castel at Delaware Valley Opera (DVO). At DVO, George was a répétiteur for Verdi’s Otello, and for Mozart’s Die Entführung Aus Am Serail. George made his conducting debut in the 2012 DVO production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate. Described by Marcus Kalipolites of the Narrowsburg, NY Times Herald-Record wrote, “The sine qua non of this production, of course, rests with the exceptional musical support by the six-piece orchestra directed by George Hemcher.” In 2013 Mr. Hemcher was the music director for Mozart’s Der Shauspieldirektor. Mr. Hemcher was also the music director for the first year of Youth Opera Experience in 2012 at Bethel Woods, and in 2013 where they did The Wiz and Babes in Toyland. In January 2013, Mr. Hemcher traveled to Vancouver, Canada where he was the music director for Vancouver Concert Opera Society’s Die Fledermaus.

An active freelancer, George has collaborated with Pocket Opera of New York as a pianist for Händel’s Alcina, and currently is a pianist for Regina Opera in Brooklyn, NY on various productions including La Bohème, Suor Angelica, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Pagliacci. Mr. Hemcher has also performed in master classes for Thomas Hampson, Lauren Flanigan, and John Fisher. Recently George performed with eVoco Voice Collective conducted by Dr. David Fryling where they performed Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, and Dove’s The Passing of the Year.

Mr. Hemcher has been active in writing two piano transcriptions of operas for Thomas Muraco’s Opera Repertory Ensemble for performances at Manhattan School of Music. George wrote transcriptions for Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Gounod’s Faust, and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel.

As a singer, Mr. Hemcher has performed roles in Die Fledermaus (Dr. Blind), and Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) at Hofstra University. At DVO, Mr. Hemcher sang Spärlich in Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor. In Mr. Hemcher’s development as a vocal coach, he has found his work on stage just as important as a pianist in order to understand exactly what singers need. This summer George will travel to Novalfetria, Italy where he will be a staff pianist and a singer with La Lingua Della Lirica, and will perform in various venues around Italy.

George holds an undergraduate degree in Music Merchandising from Hofstra University and a Master’s in Music Piano Accompanying degree from Manhattan School of Music.

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