Dr. Justin John Moniz currently serves as Associate Director of Vocal Pedagogy and Music Assistant Professor of Vocal Performance at New York University’s (NYU) Steinhardt School where he leads the graduate vocal pedagogy program, teaches courses in pedagogical theory and practice, applied voice, and directs the NYU Steinhardt Pop/Rock Ensemble. Dr. Moniz was recently awarded Steinhardt’s prestigious Faculty Development & Diversity Innovation Grant for his project, Paving New Paths: Understanding Trans Identities On-Stage & Off. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, he served as Chair of Vocal Studies at Millikin University and Visiting Instructor of Opera at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Moniz is widely recognized as one of the preeminent voice teachers of classical, commercial, and musical theatre voice in the United States. His current and former students have performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, on national and international tours, in regional theaters and opera houses, and on national television. The scholarly work of his current students will see publication in both Journal of Singing and VOICEPrints in 2021. A widely recognized proponent of voice teacher training, Dr. Moniz currently serves as a mentor teacher for the NATS National Mentoring Collaborative and the NATS Mentored Teaching Experience. He is also a guest faculty member for the Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In addition, Dr. Moniz serves on the Board of Directors of the NATS-NYC Chapter.
Dr. Moniz has presented at both national and regional conferences for the National Opera Association (NOA), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and at institutions including Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New England Conservatory, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Oklahoma City University, University of Miami, Boston University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Baldwin Wallace University, Auburn University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Delaware, Duke University, and Universidad La Salle Laguna, among many others. He was recently honored as the 2020 Featured Educator for the Boston Sings Festival.
An avid researcher and author in high demand, Dr. Moniz has written numerous scholarly articles and reviews for Journal of Singing and The Opera Journal. He also recently contributed to So You Want to Sing Light Opera by Linda Lister, published by Rowman and Littlefield. Dr. Moniz is currently working on his new book, Your Pop/Rock Prescription, which highlights a vowel-driven approach to contemporary commercial pedagogy. In addition, he is concluding work on a second book entitled, A Fight for the Light: Underrepresented Journeys to the Stage, alongside co-author Minnita Daniel Cox. The piece celebrates trailblazing performers and highlights the trials and tribulations of many historic Black opera singers including Denyce Graves, Martina Arroyo, George Shirley, and many others.
A three-time winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance, Dr. Moniz’s “superb high tenor” (South Florida Classical Review) and “commanding stage presence” (TalkinBroadway.com) has been thrilling audiences in opera houses, theaters, and concert halls across the nation, among them Opera Grand Rapids, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Sarasota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, The Columbus Philharmonic, Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera New Jersey, DreamCatcher Theatre/Adrienne Arsht Center, Orchestra Miami, Gulfshore Opera, Palm Beach Dramaworks, The Orchestra of Northern New York, and Chicago Symphony Center. His unique style and versatility have afforded him an active career in opera, concert, and musical theatre, having sung over 90 roles to date. Most recently, Dr. Moniz’s star turn as Prince Karl Franz in The Student Prince (Wilde Award Nominee) with Opera Grand Rapids received high praise and great acclaim, the press hailing his performance as “simply outstanding…glorious” (Encore Michigan). His debut solo album, Along the Way, is now available on all streaming platforms.
Dr. Moniz also serves as Executive Director of Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (HPAF), a training and performance program on The Big Island of Hawai’i. His diverse and innovative programming has earned HPAF global recognition. Throughout Dr. Moniz’s administrative tenure, he has won the organization over a million dollars in public and private grant funding, increased the annual operating budget by nearly 40%, and yielded the highest student enrollment in the festival’s 17-year history. He also serves as Hawaii Governor and Co-Chair of the Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A) Initiative for the National Opera Association.
Dr. Moniz holds four degrees from Florida State University, the University of Miami, and SUNY Potsdam, as well as certificates in Nonprofit Leadership and Sustainable Business Strategy from Duke University and Harvard Business School, respectively. He has received young alumni awards from all three of his alma maters and was recently named one of Florida State University’s Notable Noles, University of Miami’s 30 Under 30, and a SUNY Potsdam Rising Star. Dr. Moniz is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Actors’ Equity Association.
- Moniz, Justin John. “The Changing Face of Opera in America,” Journal of Singing, vol. 78, no. 3 (2022): forthcoming.
- Moniz, Justin John, Daniel-Cox, Minnita. “Honoring A Legacy: The Final Conversation with Arthur Woodley,” Journal of Singing, vol. 78, no. 2 (2021): forthcoming.
- Moniz, Justin John. "Review: Building a Career in Opera from School to Stage: Operapreneurship," Harrington, James. Journal of Singing, vol. 77, no. 4 (2021): 570-71.
- Moniz, Justin John. "Review: Training Contemporary Commercial Singers," Benson, Elizabeth. Journal of Singing, vol. 77, no. 4 (2021): 569-70.
- Moniz, Justin John. "Review: Great Teachers on Great Singing," Rice, Robin. The Opera Journal, vol. LII, no. 1 (2019): 120-122.
- Lister, Linda. So You Want to Sing Light Opera: A Guide for Performers. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, contributor, 88-92.
- Moniz, Justin John. "The 21st Century Way: Redefining the Opera Workshop," The Opera Journal, vol. XLVV, no. 3 (2017): 1-26.