Paul McCready has had the pleasure of instructing many of our area’s talented singers for over 25 years. He has become known as an excellent communicator of vocal technique.
Co-Owner Cincinnati Music Academy-Voice Dept Director
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Before creating Cincinnati Music Academy with Amy Rose Immerman and Lenore Wilkinson in 1997, Paul had the opportunity to explore the needs of the young professional singer as well as the avid avocational singer through his administrative service to other vocal institutions in the Cincinnati area.
Paul’s students have received scholarships to many prestigious institutions including New York University, Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon, Notre Dame, Boston University, Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, Miami University and others. Some of his students have been awarded roles on Broadway (such as the most recent recasting of “Les Miserable”) and operatic/oratorio venues with the following companies/organizations: Cincinnati Opera, Columbus Opera, Whitewater Opera, New York City Opera, St Louis Opera, Dayton Opera, Musica Sacra, May Festival Chorus, Lebanon Symphonic Chorus, Cincinnati Choral Society and Dayton Bach Society. His students have performed for Paramount and Disney cruise lines.
Paul believes strongly in avocational and semi-professional vocalists who choose to live a normal life and also participate in musical performances. His students regularly perform in sacred venues that are too numerous to mention and community/semi-professional theater such as Footlighters, Loveland Stage Company, East Side Players, Stage First, Cincinnati Music Theater, Knowles Corner, Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theater, and Sunset players.
As a community educator, Paul supports the community through advice to parents that are looking for a “musical path” for their children’s lives. This is why he and his partners at Cincinnati Music Academy handle each inquiry personally so that parents have the opportunity to speak directly with experienced music educators with regard to their children’s musical lives. This is also why Paul was excited to be invited to the Board of Children’s Choir of Greater Cincinnati, an organization that is recognized both regionally and nationally as an excellent means of musical enrichment.
When not serving his 75 students or helping with administration and growth of Cincinnati Music Academy, he actively works on his own craft with William McGraw, Professor of Voice, University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music. Paul credits Mr. McGraw for helping him to not only give fine performances when called upon to do so, but more importantly, enable our area’s vocalists with a truly keen ear and honest mentoring. Mr. McGraw’s true love of the art of singing is the inspiration for Paul McCready’s service to the community. Mr. McCready believes that all teachers need to regularly put their skills under scrutiny by allowing themselves to be critiqued by other professionals.
Paul credits the late Dr. Ira Zook and the Ohio University School of Music for his pursuit of a “complete musical life” and an education that stimulated life-long learning. Paul regularly sends the message that it is not the institutions that empower great musical talent but the individual efforts of devoted teachers that unlock the potential in all of us with regard to music or other disciplines.
Paul also believes that performance experience is an integral part of being a fine teacher. He has appeared most recently as the tenor soloist in the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the Lebanon Symphony, subordinate roles with Cincinnati Opera, leading roles with the National Opera Company, and many sacred performances that include a wide variety of religions and liturgies.
Mostly, what Paul McCready does is teach, whether it be in his studio at Cincinnati Music Academy or speaking at clinics in our region and beyond. In 1995 and 1996 he was part of a local team that advised many of the singers and actors at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
What Paul’s Students are saying…
I was introduced to Paul McCready at a really important time in my life. I had trained at a pre-professional level in ballet for my entire childhood, but by high school, I was starting to also dabble in school theatre. After being cast as a lead in the school musical, I realized that music was hugely important to me; I wanted to SING and dance for a living…
I needed to play a fast game of catch-up in vocal technique to prepare for my college auditions, and that is where Paul came in. After training with Paul, I was able to hold my own in all my auditions, and I knew I could actually call myself a SINGER (a huge step for someone who had spent her life dancing silently onstage). Not only did I get into all my dream colleges, but I have enjoyed a successful Broadway career, as well. I cannot thank Paul enough for helping me find my voice and pursue my dreams!
“I’ll start by saying that I will be forever grateful and indebted to Paul McCready. I began voice lessons with Paul in 1994 and I still consider myself his student – 20 years later. Paul not only trained my voice so that I could get scholarships at many famous conservatories, but he gave me the tools I use on a daily basis to be a professional singer, performer, and person…
I have performed with the best of Broadway, have made a career as a recording artist, and my voice has NEVER let me down because of the techniques I have learned and depend on. I swore for years that I was his only student because that’s the way he made me feel. He pushed me very hard over the years and I am so glad that he did. Paul taught more than just “voice lessons.” He taught me discipline, work ethic, all while being the most encouraging and supportive teacher I’ve ever had. If you are lucky enough to study with Paul, I beg you to take full advantage of it. You won’t find better. Anywhere.”
~Tom Korbee Cincinnati Music Academy 1997 to present