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Joel Katz

Joel Katz

I enjoy online teaching, and consider it to be a perfectly valid way to learn singing! Dr. Joel Katz teaches at the Glenn Gould School and Conservatory Schools of the Royal Conservatory of Music. At the Glenn Gould School, he is an instructor in applied voice, music history, vocal literature, vocal pedagogy and opera; at the Conservatory School he maintains a private studio. Joel is one of a handful of Canadian artists to have received a Canada Council Arts B Award, an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Grant, and most recently, a three-year SSHRC fellowship to support his research into singers’ memory. He is a 2018 recipient and current holder of the Provost’s Dissertation Scholarship at York University. Chairman of the Voice Department at the GGS from 2005-2009, and director of the Royal Conservatory School Opera program from 2000-2010, Dr. Katz graduated with a PhD in Music from York University in 2019. A recent honours graduate of the MA program in Psychology for Musicians at the University of Sheffield (2014), and a prizewinner at the Munich international Voice Competition, Joel has taught artists performing at the Bayreuth Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, the Staatsoper in Berlin, La Scala and the Wiener Staatsoper. Mr. Katz was a member of the COC Ensemble and principal singer with the Canadian Opera Company, and has sung with the Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Chattanooga Opera, the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, the Landestheater Hof and the Aspen Festival. As an oratorio soloist, he has been heard at the Schaffhausen Festival, the Ludwigsburger Festspiele and with the St. Louis Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Mendelssohn Choir, the Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Symphony, Quebec Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Voice

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French
  • German

Specialized in

  • Adults (18+)
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • At a school
  • Online


  • 2019 - PhD - York University
  • 2013 - MA - University of Sheffield

Professional development

  • Canada Council - Arts B Grant - 1980
  • Chalmers Foundation Award, Ontario Arts Council - Arts grant - 1981
  • Munich International Voice Competition - Bronze Medal - 1982
  • Provost's Dissertation Scholarship York University - Award - 2018
  • SSHRC Research Fellowship - Award - 2016

School Associations

  • National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. - National


  • Royal Conservatory of Music @ Telus Centre for Performance and Learning - 273 Bloor St W, Toronto ON, CA, M5S1W2