Justin Montigne – voice teacher, countertenor soloist, and registered yoga teacher – teaches workshops, classes, and private lessons in the Bay Area and around the country. He received his bachelor’s degree in voice from Drake University, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota.
Justin’s interest in the free and easy alignment of body and instrument led him to yoga, which helped revolutionize his singing and teaching. He hopes to share the same tools he discovered with singers and players everywhere. Justin has taught SingAsana–yoga for singing–workshops for the San Francisco Conservatory, Seraphic Fire; Miami, FL; Studio Arsis, Tokyo, Japan; Sonoma County Bach Society–Sonoma State University; San Francisco Bay Area NATS Symposium; College of Marin; Chorus America Conferences in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.; Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR; and The Urban School, San Francisco, CA.
Justin is a versatile countertenor comfortable in many styles and time periods of music. He has sung with the Des Moines Symphony, Exultate Orchestra and Chamber Chorus, Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, City Concert Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Contemporary Players, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, EUOUAE, Chanticleer, Conspirare, Volti, and is a founding singer and board member of the 9-man Bay Area men’s ensemble, Clerestory. He is currently the Director of Voice Studies for the Grammy award winning San Francisco Girls Chorus, and co-director of the newly formed Bay Area Vocal Academy.
Justin specializes in early music, but has premiered numerous contemporary works with orchestra and in recital, and enjoys programming French chansons, German lieder, and tunes from the the Great American Songbook alongside the works of Handel and Bach. SingAsana is about flexibility and balance in all aspects of singing.