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Preston Yates currently teaches performance coaching and audition preparation classes at Master Teacher Linda Tomkinson’s Artist Hub in SLC. He has studied with her for over a year and has found incredible success and freedom in his voice.
Preston has developed his craft through studies at both the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. He started at the University of Utah where he studied Vocal Performance and Musical Theater. Preston studied vocal technique under Robert Breault, David Schmidt, and acting under the direction of Peder Melhuse. As a freshman, he was cast in the national premier of “Zorro the Musical” where he played Zorro’s villainous brother Ramon. During that production he auditioned for BYU’s “The Phantom of the Opera” and was invited to transfer schools in order to play their title role of The Phantom. Of his sold out performance, it was said that,
“Yates has a voice that is clear, strong, and gorgeous from his very first notes in the score. Yates’s vocal performance was technically proficient, and also—more importantly—emotionally fulfilling. Yates clearly understood how to move beyond the notes of the score and turn the music into an integral part of his portrayal of the Phantom. In these songs, the Phantom’s emotional connection with Christine was raw and uninhibited.”
Utah Theatre Bloggers Association
“His voice is rich, vibrant and colorful, and he has no problem hitting the high notes of “The Phantom of the Opera” Score.”
Since then, Preston has been seen at the Hale Center Theatre in West Valley playing the role of Younger Brother in “Ragtime”. He is currently finishing his degree at BYU and is being mentored by Tim Threlfall, Gayle Lockwood, David Morgan, and Reese Harrop-Purser. He has had the opportunity to workshop directly with Jason Robert Brown, Mandy Patinkin, Scott Alan, Seth Riggs, and has just been invited to perform with Frank Wildhorn himself at BYU this October.
Preston specializes in performance coaching for the singer. He gives students the tools that will improve their story telling and will help them find ways to communicate with and move an audience. Preston works with performers of all styles of music using his universal method to all good performing.