Founder and Executive Producer, West Village Musical Theatre Festival - Creative Director, Performers Career Center - President, PCC Productions, Inc. - PDP Director, New York Singing Teachers' Association
A pioneer in successfully combining the fields of voice technique, structural integration and vocal physiology, Patrick Michael Wickham's innovative work as a voice physiologist and master teacher has gained international attention. Mr. Wickham currently serves as the PDP (Professional Development Program) Director of the New York Singing Teachers' Association and is in current demand as a lecturer in master classes and programs all over the country and abroad.
Mr. Wickham began an intense study of human vocal mechanics at an early age, enabling him to manipulate his own instrument despite little innate "talent" at singing. His passion eventually led to ensemble and principal cover roles at the New City Opera, two time N.A.T.S. finalist status, district finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and two Broadway tours by his mid-twenties. Specializing in popular opera and crossover repertoire, he has been professionally engaged nationally in concerts, operas, musicals, and recently on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.
A voice specialist with many celebrity clients, Mr. Wickham has been featured on Inside Edition, Vh1, and ESPN, as well as in interviews in Time Out, The New Yorker, Backstage and the Village Voice. His students include professional singers who have appeared on and off Broadway as leads and supporting players in over eighty shows nationally, as well as principal and supporting performers at The Metropolitan, New York City, Houston Grand, Chicago Lyric, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Seattle, Atlanta, and Nashville Opera houses. His students have been signed with record labels such as Jive, Atlantic, Universal, Virgin, So So Def and Sony.
Mr. Wickham is best known for pioneering the Vocal IntegrationTM method, a innovative, highly-effective, and expandable synthesis of voice physiology, bel canto technique, structural integration, auditory feedback and functional visualization techniques. Combining input from scores of therapists, physicians, voice teachers, and other practitioners, Vocal Integration represents one of the most comprehensive and unified methods for training the human voice currently available. October 2009 marked the public release of the long-awaited Vocal Integration Training for Voice Teachers.
In addition to studies in voice and composition at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School, Mr. Wickham has pursued studies in voice anatomy and physiology (specializing in developmental otolaryngology) at the renowned Vanderbilt Voice Center (Vanderbilt Medical School) under the mentorship of program founder Dr. Robert Ossoff. He is further certified in advanced massage therapy techniques and has trained in structural integration. He is a proud student and protégé of Maitland Peters, Chairman of the Voice Department at the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Peters’ artistry and expert knowledge of vocal technique are reflected in the success of Vocal Integration. He is also a graduate of the William Esper Studio for acting (studying with Mr. Esper for five years), and maintains a professional affiliate relationship as the vocal training (singing) program for the Esper studio.
As an SDC-member stage and musical director, he has helmed over thirty Off-Broadway and Regional productions and operas, many of which included his professional students and alumni.
A prolific and award-winning composer, Mr. Wickham recently released the original Off-Broadway cast recording of his fifth musical, Bellevue Sketches, which was produced at The Players Theatre in June of 2009. His short ballet Annabel was recently featured at the West Village Musical Theatre Festival where it won awards for "Best Score" and "Best Overall Musical." He is a BMI winner for The Manhattan Rags and was commissioned to set the late Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic as a song cycle.
He is an active participant in community arts outreach programs such as R.Evolucion Latina and The Sphinx Program. He is most recently the executive director and founder of the West Village Musical Theatre Festival, celebrating its third year of productions.
He maintains professional affiliations with Dr. Robert Ossoff (Vanderbilt Voice Center), Dr. Michael Pitman (New York Voice and Swallowing Institute), William Esper (William Esper Studio), Maitland Peters (Manhattan School of Music), and David Sabella-Mills (President, New York Singing Teachers' Association).
Mr. Wickham resides in Manhattan but maintains private teaching studios in Southern Pines, Los Angeles and Atlanta