Teacher Feature: Victor Mercado, Vocal Instructor
The Music Abode would like to welcome Vocal Instructor Victor Mercado to our teaching team!
Victor is currently studying Music Education and Vocal Performance at Cal State Fullerton. In addition to classical and opera styles, Victor also has experience in musical theater. He has had leading and secondary roles at The Grove Theatre, Pasadena City College, DOMA Theatre Company, and the CSUF Little Theater. His musical ensembles and Honor Choirs include: P.C.C. Concert Choir, Madrigals and Chamber Singers and CSUF University Singers. Victor has also participated in the LA Master Chorale Honor Choir, ACDA California All-State Honor Choir and MACCC Honor Choir. One of his most memorable performances was last summer during the Maestro of the Movies Concert with John Williams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic!
Victor has a patient personality and is a very technical singer. He motivates his students through educating them on the technical fundamentals of building a foundation and controlling sound. He believes that “true artists come from what the performers put forth” not from what others might say is supposedly perfect, but with “how each person uses the tools they are given to perform in a genuinely thought out performance.” This is an excellent perspective with our spring recital just coming to a close. He also promotes the vulnerability that the best artists put forth using their emotions and hard work to complete a performance.
Both Mozart and Songheim communicate these principals:
“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.” – Mozart
“All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on the paper. That’s what makes theatre live, that’s why it persists.” – Sondheim