David Shefsiek has enjoyed a successful career in music and theatre for the past 30 years. During that time, he has served in leadership positions on all sides of the stage, as an educator, producer and performer.
David holds a Bachelor of Music (Ithaca College) and Master of Music (University of British Columbia) in Vocal Performance. He has performed in opera, concert and musical theatre, in roles such as Tamino (Magic Flute), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) and Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus); tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in b minor and St. John’s Passion; Nanki-Poo (The Mikado), Count Boni (The Gypsy Princess) and Dick Dauntless (Ruddigore); and the title role in Candide, Jud Fry (Oklahoma!) and the Minstrel (Once Upon a Mattress). His career included engagements with Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera and Ohio Light Opera, and a variety of arts organizations in Vancouver, New York and New England.
David has held executive leadership positions at Pittsburgh Opera, Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria and Alberta Theatre Projects. The mentorship of emerging artists is a personal area of focus, and he was the founder of Vancouver Opera’s Young Artist Coaching Intensive, Pacific Opera Victoria’s Resident Artist Program and Pittsburgh Opera’s Adult Education initiatives.
Throughout this career, David has remained active as a voice instructor, adjudicator and lecturer. He has taught studio voice at the Ithaca Community Music School and Carousel Theatre School (Vancouver), and opera history at Carnegie Mellon University Extension Programs and the University of British Columbia Downtown Campus and Third Age programs. He is a three time adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera Council National Auditions program. He has been on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory Summer Vocal Academy, St. Michael’s University School Summer Opera Program, and the Southern Alberta Vocal Experience, and served as a vocal adjudicator at the Medicine Hat Rotary Music Festival and the Olds Kiwanis Music Festival. Through these experiences, David has had the chance to work with young professional singers, avocational singers and music and theatre enthusiasts of all ages, from 7 to 70.