Teaching

“…elegant and stylish… His voice is big and round, beautifully produced, blessed with high As he tosses off as if they were nothing at all.”

Washington Post
Patrick Raftery listening closely in the background as a young student sings with his eyes closed in the foreground.

Bio

While still in high school and a member of the David Beckwith voice studio, J. Patrick Raftery was invited to sing for two of the greatest baritones of the twentieth century: Todd Duncan, an established teacher in Washington DC and the original Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and the great opera star George London, who was director of the Washington National Opera at the time.

Many years later, Patrick learned from his mother that George London himself had called her and advised that Patrick’s voice was one to be nurtured and should be encouraged towards classical voice studies with an idea of moving towards Opera.

Schedule & History

  • University of Alberta

    Vocal Art's Showcase

    February 2019

    Role
    Artist in Residence
    Duties
    Recital, Masterclass
    Location
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Canadian Opera Company

    Ensemble Studio Competition

    November 1, 2018

    Role
    Competition Panelist
    Duties
    Adjudication
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Opera Kelowna

    Summer Intensive Training Program

    July 31 - August 4, 2018

    Role
    Faculty Voice Instructor
    Duties
    Voice Lessons, Masterclasses
    Location
    Kelowna, British Columbia

Rogues Gallery

Patrick Raftery smiling while wearing a yellow sweater and sitting next to his voice student Andrew Love.

Here are just a few of Patrick's students. If you would like your name added to this list, please contact Patrick at info@jpatrickraftery.com:

Jane Raftery Award

Patrick Raftery's younger sister, Jane Raftery, smiling on a boat as a young girl.

At the University of British Columbia’s School of Music Summer Vocal Workshop, Patrick has established an award in the name of his sister Jane Raftery who died of cancer in December 2016. Each summer, this award is presented to a Summer Vocal Workshop participant who shows potential for a continued life in performance.

Past Recipients

  • 2018Thomas Fong

  • 2017Kaiyao Zheng

If you are interested in supporting the Jane Raftery Award for the UBC Summer Vocal Workshop, please contact Patrick at info@jpatrickraftery.com.