Chad Cygan, Faculty - Music Department

Associate Professor Chad Cygan teaches group and individual voice lessons, directs the Ohlone College Chorus, teaches Survey of the Arts as well as Music Appreciation: Western Classical.

Professor Cygan has a professional vocal performance background which includes opera, oratorio, musical theater, choral and recital work. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Masters of Music Degree from the Juilliard School and is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is a certified teacher and has taught and conducted choral groups at the Juilliard School, City College of New York, Maine South High School the John A.

Professor Cygan has performed as a soloist with the Juilliard Opera Center, Pocket Opera of New York, Oratorio Society of New York, Greenwich Choral Society, University of Illinois, New York University Chorus, Hunter College Chorale, American Landmark Festivals, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Juilliard Choral Union the Composers' Alliance the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera and many other companies. He will be singing with Opera San Jose this academic year.

Mr. Cygan was recently heard as the tenor soloist in Dvorak's Stabat Mater, as Ferrando Opera Cooperative's Così fan tutte, Turtle Bay Music School's Messsiah, as Jasper Vanderbilt in Bronx Opera's production of The Rivals and as Philippe in Light Opera of New York's production of The New Moon, as Lindoro in L'italiana in Algeri and Fenton in Utopia Opera's production of Falstaff. He created the leading tenor role of Sam Adams in the New York Fringe Festival's presentation of The Boston Tea Party Opera in August and covered in Chelsea Opera's The Face on the Barroom Floor in November. Professor Cygan also re-joined the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg in late 2014.

Mr. Cygan was recently heard as the tenor soloist in Dvorak's Stabat Mater, as Ferrando Opera Cooperative's Così fan tutte, Turtle Bay Music School's Messsiah, as Jasper Vanderbilt in Bronx Opera's production of The Rivals and as Philippe in Light Opera of New York's production of The New Moon, as Lindoro in L'italiana in Algeri and Fenton in Utopia Opera's production of Falstaff. He created the leading tenor role of Sam Adams in the New York Fringe Festival's presentation of The Boston Tea Party Opera in August and covered in Chelsea Opera's The Face on the Barroom Floor in November. Professor Cygan also re-joined the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg in late 2014.

As a recitalist, Mr. Cygan has performed a wide variety of German Lieder, French chanson and mélodie including many of the great song-cycles of Beethoven (An die ferne Geliebte), Schubert (Die schöne Müllerin) and Schumann (Liederkreis and Dichterliebe). A great lover of Russian romances, Professor Cygan has sung the works of Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka and many others. He is a skilled linguist and regularly performs in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian.

As a former member of the Oratorio Society of New York and the University of Illinois student group The Other Guys, Mr. Cygan is comfortable leading large, traditional choral ensembles and working with cutting edge a cappella groups. With more than 25 arrangements to his name, Professor Cygan is always eager to create original mash-ups of musical works, re-arrangements of popular music and to compose for student ensembles. He is very interested in the crossover between choral singing and vocoders(!) and regularly experiments with acoustic/electronic hybrid performances.

See also Professor Cygan's website