About Ian Bentley

“Teaching music is my passion. My clients range from beginners just finding their voice to singers who have appeared on Broadway, toured nationally in bands, and recorded on major record labels. I’m proud to work with all of them.”

Ian Bentley - NYC Voice Teacher



Ian Bentley is a tenor and National Center for Voice and Speech trained vocologist, who has been singing and teaching in and around NYC for the past 15 years. Equally at home in both opera and musical theater, he has performed extensively in opera roles such as Remendado (Carmen), Monostatos (Die Zauberflote), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Four Servants (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Spoletta (Tosca) and musical theater roles including Jack (Into the Woods) and Hero (A Funny Things Happened on the Way to the Forum). Ian has been on the faculty at The Diller-Quaile School of Music since 2010 and Little Red School House since 2007, and formerly taught group and private voice lessons at Binghamton University.

Ian maintains a private voice studio in NYC where he works with singers of all levels. His students have appeared on and off Broadway, toured nationally with bands, recorded on major record labels, and have received accolades from numerous performing arts organizations.

Ian holds a BM in Vocal Performance from New York University, a MM in Opera Performance from Binghamton University, and a Certificate in Vocology from the University of Utah. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the New York Singing Teachers Association, the Pan-American Vocology Association, and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. Ian is a proud Estill Master Trainer.


September 2007 – present
Founder, Ian Bentley Voice Studio, New York, NY

September 2010 – present
Voice and Early Childhood Music Teacher, The Diller-Quaile School of Music, New York, NY

July 2007 – present
Head of Musical Theater Program, Summers at LREI (Little Red School House), New York, NY

July 2007 – present
Instrumental and Vocal Instructor, Little Red School House, New York, NY

September 2004 – 2010
Co-Founder/Music Teacher, A Musical Voyage, Binghamton, NY

September 2004 – 2009
Resident Artist, Tri-Cities Opera, Binghamton, NY

September 2002 – June 2004
Teaching Assistant, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY


  • MM Opera Performance, Binghamton University
  • BM Vocal Performance, NYU
  • Certificate in Vocology, Summer Vocology Institute, University of Utah
  • Estill Master Trainer, Estill Voice International
  • Certificate of Figure Proficiency, Estill Voice International
  • Total Singer Workshop with Lisa Popeil, Duke Voice Care Center
  • Contemporary Commercial Music Institute, Shenandoah University


Ian in Bizet's Carmen


Kaspar, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Tri-Cities Opera
Borsa, Rigoletto, Tri-Cities Opera
Remendado, Carmen, Tri-Cities Opera
Monostatos, Magic Flute, Pine Mountain Music Festival
Goro, Madama Butterfly, Tri-Cities Opera
Monostatos, Die Zauberflote, Tri-Cities Opera
Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tri-Cities Opera
Spirit, Dido and Aeneas, Tri-Cities Opera
Witch, Hansel and Gretel, Tri-Cities Opera
Don Curzio, Le nozze di Figaro, Tri-Cities Opera
4 Servants/Nathanael, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Tri-Cities Opera
Spoletta, Tosca, Tri-Cities Opera

Lionel, Martha, Tri-Cities Opera
Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro, Tri-Cities Opera
Vasek, The Bartered Bride, Pine Mountain Music Festival
Pedrillo, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Pine Mountain Music Festival
Flute, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pine Mountain Music Festival
Little Bat, Susannah, Tri-Cities Opera

Tenor Soloist, Children’s Movie Favorites, Tri-Cities Opera
Tenor Soloist, Sing and Smile, Tri-Cities Opera
Toymaker, The Toyshop, Tri-Cities Opera
Tenor Soloist, Best of Broadway, Tri-Cities Opera
Dandini, Billy Goats Gruff, Tri-Cities Opera

Messiah, Tabernacle United Methodist Church
Cantata BWV 147, Binghamton University


  • Clifford/Levy Creativity Grant, The Diller-Quaile School of Music
  • Hall of Fame, Warner Theater
  • Carlotta Savoca Memorial Award, Tri-Cities Opera
  • Tri-Cities Opera Guild Scholarship, Tri-Cities Opera
  • Achievement in Performance Award, Binghamton University
  • Full Scholarship, Binghamton University

Sign-up for a Voice Lesson with Ian in New York City (or via Skype)

Scheduling is simple and easy. Please contact me, and I’ll respond within 48 hours to set-up a lesson.