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Gregory West

Abby Payne

Andy King

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Gregory West is the founder of Studio West and the Studio West Vocal Method. He has studied several methods of singing including CVT, Estill, SLS, and classical singing technique. He began by singing and performing onstage doing Musical Theater, but his passion for teaching soon took over and he began helping others to figure out how they too could learn to sing.

Greg provides voice lessons that empower singers, speakers, and voice actors to create and confidently control their desired voice for their professions, art, and daily lives.

Gregory West

"I believe that music is one of the greatest joys of life and that it is one that we all deserve to share. I am deeply motivated by the belief that there is always more room to learn and grow, regardless of whether a student is an absolute beginner or a seasoned professional."

Abby Payne

Abby Payne has been teaching and performing in New York City and beyond for nearly 20 years. She holds a bachelor of music from SUNY Purchase (Jazz Studies) and has completed the NYVC Voice Teacher Training and Certification program. Abby specializes in teaching all levels in contemporary styles of voice, piano, and songwriting, and is the former director of the Battery Park City Adult Chorus as well as Southbridge Senior’s Chorus. She is also the music director at Our Saviour New York Lutheran Church, and is a founding member of the Round Table, an artist collective that seeks to create more opportunities and build community for female artists.

Abby has performed at Madison Square Garden, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, and many other venerable New York venues, and has released several albums of her original music. The musical for which she wrote the book, music, and lyrics (The Gunfighter Meets His Match) has been featured in the New York Musical Festival and at the Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals.

Andy King

I believe in every individual’s ability to sing and make music. I believe in the diversity of musical and soulful expression. I believe in creating a safe space for healthy, unique, and beautiful singing.

Andy King is Associate Director and a Senior Voice Teacher at New York Vocal Coaching. He specializes in voice technique for Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock/R&B, and Classical. Mr. King’s clients range from professional Music Theatre actors to Professional Pop/Rock/Singer-Songwriters and sacred singers singing professionally in NYC churches and synagogues. He also accompanies and coaches a Musical Theatre class at New York Vocal Coaching as well as teaches Foundations of Music Theory. His clients have been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on National Tours, and Regional Theaters.

Mr. King holds a Master’s of Music in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory, where he studied voice and vocal pedagogy extensively with the award-winning Kevin Wilson. He also graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with his Bachelor’s of Music in Classical Voice Performance and Musical Theatre Performance.

Before joining the staff at New York Vocal Coaching, Andy has held positions at both colleges and leading vocal studios as a Voice Teacher, Vocal Coach, and professor of Audition Technique and Performance. Aside from his work as a Voice Technician, Mr. King has worked as a professional singer and Music Director in theaters in the US and internationally as well as serving as a Vocal Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships. Some of his credits as a Music Director include Urinetown, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and two productions of the new musical Kingdom Come. Performance credits include the National Tour of CAMELOT, Austin in I Love You Because, and Curly in Oklahoma. He has a background in sacred music and gospel music and has performed and directed in churches and cathedrals internationally as well. He has also taught masterclasses on Vocal Technique, Audition Technique Acting The Song.

Andy is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, has participated in the NATS-NYC Mentorship Program with some of the leading voice pedagogues in NYC, and was named the Eastern Region Emerging Leader in 2020. He is also a member of New York Singing Teachers’ Association and has also completed the NYVC Voice Teacher Training and Certification program in New York City under Justin Stoney. Andy’s passion is to share his gift of teaching voice to students all around the world, to inspire them to develop their music careers and to share their own unique gifts through music.

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