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Craig Tompkins, tenor, is the past Northwest Regional Governor of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). He was a member of the prestigious Vancouver Chamber Choir, Canada’s foremost vocal ensemble, from 1979 – 2007 and currently teaches in the Theatre Department of Capilano University where he is a private singing instructor for the Music Theatre Diploma program. He also maintains a busy studio at the Royal Oak Conservatory of Music in Burnaby. He studied primarily with Phyllis Mailing at the Vancouver Academy of Music where he received the Artist Diploma and continues studying with Jeannette LoVetri in New York. Craig has a keen interest in promoting safe singing and has given workshops on healthy voice use to groups ranging from lifeguards and swim instructors to colleagues in NATS. In the summer of 2008, he was certified in the three levels of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. He has continued his studies of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) by attending SVW™ post-certification courses in Gospel pedagogy, working with damaged voices, Pop/Rock pedagogy, Singing & Speaking with One Voice and Technology in the studio. Craig believes that it's possible to sing the various styles found on Broadway in a healthy manner that is true to the composers' intentions; that the technique for “classical” singing is separate from the technique for CCM and that the two techniques are complimentary. In June of 2015, he was honoured to be the first international master teacher for the NATS Intern Program since the program's inception in 1991!