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Meet Oscar Diaz Jr. of Performer’s Music Institute

Today we’d like to introduce you to Oscar Diaz Jr.

Oscar, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After receiving a Bachelor’s of Music and Foreign Languages degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, I then afterwards relocated to South Florida where I enrolled in graduate level courses in vocal pedagogy at Florida Atlantic University. It was during this time that I founded the PERFORMER’S MUSIC INSTITUTE which is a small select private music school which has been in Miami since 1988. Under my leadership the school, which specializes in the private instruction of VOICE and PIANO, has built a reputation for achieving the highest musical standards possible in each student.

Our motto is “When Excellence Is What Counts” then see us for private music instruction.

PMI teaches students of all ages and all levels of proficiency (from the beginner to the advanced artist) and also all styles of music. These include opera, musical theatre, art songs and popular music.

Our instructors are all degreed specialists and to instill confidence in our students’ performing abilities we also offer -free of admission to the South Florida community- two recitals per year.

Prior to my retiring from performing I sang, as a professional baritone, for twelve years with the Florida Grand Opera, the Dallas Opera, and the Fort Worth Opera. I have also been featured as a soloist in leading roles with the Arlington Opera and Coral Gables Opera.

My students have performed in operas throughout the world and have also been a part of both CHRISTINA AGUILERA’S and ADAM LEVINE’S “TEAM” on NBC’s Season 5 of THE VOICE or

Present and past students have also performed leading roles with opera companies in the United States and abroad. I am well known nationally for my successful work with the guidance of young voices and for the success rate of my students’ acceptance into the leading US music conservatories. These include such notable schools of music as the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music, and New England Conservatory amongst others.

I am also in demand as a voice adjudicator and have judged local and national competitions including National Association of Teachers of Singing (local and regional auditions), the Classical Singer competition and I have also presented master classes for various organizations including Miami’s own YoungArts.

Professional affiliations would include membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (of which I was a South Florida chapter past president), National Guild of Piano Teachers, American College of Musicians, New World School of the Arts (of which for 3 years I was in the faculty at both the college and the high school levels), Florida Grand Opera, and Music Teachers National Association. Lastly, I have also had my accomplishments listed in WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA and WHO’S WHO IN THE WORLD.

Has it been a smooth road?
Luckily, it has been a fairly painless “smooth road”.

Though I did enjoy my time performing my first love has always been voice pedagogy (private voice instruction) so while many of my colleagues (many who wanted to have international performing careers) were a bit disappointed when this (for many of them) did not happen. I the whole time did not just focus on learning only about MY voice but instead on the “mechanics” of how the voice works and one thing led to another and my dream of being a vocal-technician and helping others discover THEIR sound materialized -like I said I consider myself very lucky to be able to “work” doing what I absolutely am and passionate about. Just recently I shared on my Facebook business page something which someone else had posted which I feel is absolutely true: “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together”

We’d love to hear more about your business.
When thinking of the things which might set me apart from others in  my field I immediately hear the voices of my students’ (in their online “REVIEWS” of my teaching: ). These mention (better than I myself can) many of the things -about my studio- of which I am most proud of.

Several speak with regards to “artistic integrity as being the heart and soul of the entire operation, making him (me) one of the best voice teachers in South Florida”. Others speak of how although I am often demanding that “my passion (for the art-form) is almost contagious”.

Lastly, a long-term student (Rosie Herrera, who is both a Lyric-coloratura soprano and an internationally renowned choreographer) wrote the following: “Oscar Diaz’s training is unique in that it creates complete artists. His students are knowledgeable, professional, artistic, and above all phenomenal technicians. He brings out the beauty of each individual instrument and doesn’t create “cookie cutter” singers. Because he is so deeply passionate he holds his students to a standard of excellence that pushes each student, regardless of experience, to continue to improve and to find more freedom and expression”

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
The city of Miami is on a daily basis becoming more artistic in heart & soul. Yes, it may still have “flaws” and definitely could always improve in as far as what those who are running it consider important for a world-class metropolis but I do believe it is a good place to be an “individual” -and any place in which “individuality” is cultivated is also a place in which the arts will thrive.

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Opera San Jose

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