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Dr. Ken Querns-Langley, FRSM, VHP


Founder & Principle Vocal Instructor

"Dr. Querns-Langley's deep insight into the mechanics of building an operatic voice is invaluable to budding vocalists and prepares them for the difficult rigors of performing the great music of that time." 

- Bruce Ford - 


Dr. Querns-Langley is a Bel Canto specialist tenor with 20 roles. I hold a PhD in musicology from the Royal College of Music London where I was a doctoral research scholar. My doctoral research focused on classical vocal pedagogy, bel canto historical performance practice and the reconstruction of historical singing practice. I researched bel canto historical performance practice and successfully reconstructed the historical pedagogy of the early 19th century tenors. My PhD can be downloaded here. The book based on my PhD 'The Pharyngeal Voice: a Practical Resource' will be forthcoming.

Over the past 20 plus years I have worked with more than 300 students, several of whom perform regularly on international stages. Many have been accepted to prestigious conservatories and young artist programmes like the Jette Parker, the Royal Danish Opera School, and Britten Pears. Others are mid and early career singers in the Danish Royal Opera, Danish National Opera, Danish National Radio Choir, Vancouver Opera, etc.


Teaching philosophy: I believe that while historical vocal pedagogy is the foundation of good singing, evidence-based teaching is essential to avoid the pitfalls of anecdotal teaching methods. Acoustic vocal pedagogy, psycho-bio awareness, and psychoacoustics all figure prominently in my work, but my teaching style is science-informed not science-limited. A multidisciplinary approach allows for the voice to be considered holistically and for the union of art and science in voice teaching.

I performed over 30 productions of opera & musical theatre, 20 master classes, recitals and concerts. He created the role of Bartholomew in the world premiere of Copernicus and Curley in the regional premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men. Ken received academic and vocal prizes totally over $60k. He served as voice department chair, music director & professor of acting at the Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts, and has 15 years teaching experience at his International Bel Canto Vocal Studio with students in Japan, Denmark, Lebanon, India, the UK and America. Ken is the founder and General Director of the London Bel Canto Festival.

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