American tenor Chad Cygan has a professional performance background which includes opera, oratorio, musical theater and recital work. Chad was recently heard as the tenor soloist in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, as Ferrando Opera Cooperative’s Così fan tutte, Turtle Bay Music School’s Messsiah as Jasper Vanderbilt in Bronx Opera’s production of The Rivals and as Philippe in Light Opera of New York’s production of Romberg’s The New Moon in February 2014 Fenton in Utopia Opera’s production of Verdi’s Falstaff in June 2014. He performed the leading tenor role of Sam Adams in the New York Fringe Festival’s presentation of the Boston Tea Party Opera in August and covered in Chelsea Opera’s The Face on the Barroom Floor in November. Chad also re-joined the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg in late 2014.

He has performed as a soloist with the Juilliard Opera Center, Pocket Opera of New York, Oratorio Society of New York, Greenwich Choral Society, University of Illinois, New York University Chorus, Hunter College Chorale, American Landmark Festivals, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Juilliard Choral Union the Composers’ Alliance and  the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera.

As a recitalist Chad has performed a wide variety of classic German Lieder, French chanson and melodie including many of the the great song-cycles of Beethoven (An die ferne Geliebte), Schubert (Die schöne Müllerin) and Schumann (Liederkreis and Dichterliebe). A great lover of Russian romances Chad is experienced singing the works of Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka and many others. He is a skilled linguist and regularly performs in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian.


Chad holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Masters of Music Degree from the Juilliard School and is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. He currently serves as a music instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. Formerly Associate Professor of Music at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA Chad is a certified teacher and has taught at the Juilliard School, City College of New York, Maine South High School the John A. Coleman School, PS 212 and was on the vocal faculty of Turtle Bay Music School. Since moving to North Carolina Chad maintains a private vocal studio.

Voice Instruction and Coaching

Chad teaches privately in vocal instruction and vocal coaching. Specializing in musical theatre, Chad is also very experienced in teaching Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) styles and Classical singing in a variety of languages. Whether we are in a pandemic or not, all voice lessons include supplemental audio tracks and vocal guide tracks to help singers learn their repertoire in a fast and modern manner. Audio guides for language learning are supplemental and all students are encouraged to utilize the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to better manage their texts.

Lessons are available via Zoom, or in-person and masked in accordance with CDC guidance.


Updates will be forthcoming as well as news regarding Chad’s developing dissertation on the collected songs of Emmanuel Chabrier. He is also developing a performance practice guide to Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch. In 2012 Chad created "The Diction Hub" as a vocal music database of translations, IPA transcriptions and score links as part of his doctoral certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

Choral Leadership

Chad is an accomplished choral conductor as well. He has served in directorship positions with Ohlone College (College Chorus, Chamber Singers, Show Choir, Madrigal Singers, Musical Theatre Workshop), Turtle Bay Music School (Community Chorus), All-Stars Project NYC (Inaugural Choir), Park Avenue United Methodist Church (Interim Music Director), White Plains United Methodist Church (Sub Choral Director) and Maine South High School (Associate Choral Director).

Chad has also worked professionally as a choral singer and organizational leader with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Opera San Jose, Opera Cooperative, Pocket Opera, Oratorio Society of New York, Raleigh Little Theater, Christ Church NYC, Park Avenue United Methodist Church, Ohlone College Summerfest, White Plains United Methodist Church and others.

As a vocal coach Chad has helped singers develop in a wide range of opera, operetta, musical theater, contemporary commercial music and other vocal genres. Due to his capabilities as a pianist, Chad has been able to lead choirs, singers and chamber ensembles from the keyboard.