Applied Voice
"As a young student, I knew music would be my profession. I knew it was what I was meant to do. Today, my passion is to help young singers discover their instrument, their voice, so that they too can realize their goals of being a music teacher."
- Joseph Martorano, Applied Voice
About Joseph Martorano
Joseph Martorano received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. Post-graduate opera apprentice programs in Italy and Austria allowed him to study with opera legends such as Tito Gobbi, Mignon Dunn and George Shirley. Martorano was a 25-year resident artist with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and for four years with the Chicago Symphony Chorus. He has performed throughout the Midwest with numerous regional orchestras. Martorano has been at VanderCook since 2001, and currently teaches courses in Applied Voice, Vocal Techniques, Vocal Diction, Solo Vocal Repertoire, and Musical Theatre. He spent over 30 years teaching applied voice to high school students in three Chicago-area schools, having previously taught at Mansfield State University in Pennsylvania, and in the All-State Voice Program at National Music Camp, Interlochen, Michigan. Martorano began his work for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1980. Under the mentoring of Richard Proulx, he served as a member of the Holy Name Cathedral Chamber Singers and a cantor soloist until 1985. He has held various music ministry positions in five parishes throughout his music ministerial career, and has been Director of Music at St. Alphonsus in Lemont, Illinois since 1998.
Life at VanderCook
Choosing to study voice at VanderCook means you are choosing to become a complete musician. VanderCook provides you with an emphasis on music studies from day one, more access to faculty and staff, more learning experiences in real-life situations, more opportunities to perform, and more access to future employers. Part of your experience will be weekly private voice lessons in which we will study vocal techniques that enable your voice to function freely and efficiently. Also, you will delve into a variety of vocal repertoire from different cultures and time periods to give you a well-rounded and rich experience. In addition to private lessons, you will have courses both in and out of the vocal studio and you will use what you learn in your numerous performing opportunities within the college and beyond. Our small class size and cohesive environment will ensure you gain the experience and tools necessary to make you a successful music educator, ready for the profession’s best opportunities.
Are you thinking about becoming a music teacher? If so, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about teaching music. I'd also love to chat with you about what VanderCook has to offer and what you can expect if you choose to study voice here. Feel free to contact me at for more information.

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