Dr. Philip Kraus

Voice Faculty
Jazz / Popular Voice
Classical Voice
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Philip attended Northwestern University where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts, a Master's of Music, and a Bachelor's in Music Education. He also attained a Garden City High School Diploma.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Over the years, Mr. Kraus has had the privilege of being exposed to many talented artists that helped instruct him as well as improve his sound. Significant teachers/mentors include: Walter Carringer, Robert Gay, Alan Stout, Margaret Hillis, Lawrence Davis, and John F. Ohl.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Philip's philosophy for vocal teaching involves combining solid technique with knowledge of various styles. Given the fact that basic respiration, phonation, resonance, and articulation can be applied to all types of vocal music, he feels that his students need to be aware of this and practice these techniques. 

In terms of his expertise, Dr. Kraus is also a stage director of opera, operetta, and musicals in addition to singing.

Awards and achievements: 

Mr. Kraus has also been recognized by the press for his performances of Sir Joseph Porter in H.M.S. Pinafore at the Cleveland Opera and Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance at Michigan Opera Theater. He has been featured on numerous pops concerts with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Kraus has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dallas, Milwaukee, Omaha, Colorado, Santa Barbara, Richmond, Roanoke, Grant Park, South Bend, Owensboro, Jacksonville, and Madison Symphonies.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Philip has acquired many impressive honors over the years in addition to building many friendships with professional affiliations throughout the area. Mr. Kraus has been present on the Lyric Opera Chicago Artist Roster 1990 until now, in addition to being a part of the North Park University Faculty (2010-present), Northwestern University Faculty (2005-2014), Roosevelt University Faculty (2001-2004), and DePaul University Faculty (1982-2001). He was also the Artistic Director and Founder of Light Opera Works from 1980-2000. He's currently involved in professional management with Chicago Concert Artists, and has made appearances at numerous professional opera companies and symphony orchestras. He has performed operetta concerts in Japan, as well as leading master classes at Milikin University.

Interests outside of music: 

When Philip is not practicing music, he enjoys theater, art, literature, Politics, and Gastronomy. 

Favorite quote: 

"Addio senza rancor" La Boheme

Favorite practice tip: 

Don't over practice; create a reasonable plan.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Gustav Mahler. I love singing the songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Favorite musical moment: 

The finale of the first movement of Mahler's 8th Symphony.