A frequent performer and constantly evolving learner, Darnell is a native of Washington, DC where he attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from The Boston Conservatory, and ultimately, his Master of Music in Contemporary and Commercial Voice at the Shenandoah Conservatory.
As a teacher, Darnell values dramatic interpretation and performance skills. A supportive presence, Darnell is a wonderful instructor for those who helps students to not only unlock their voice, but also grab hold of their potential as performing artists. Darnell is well-versed in both classical and contemporary musical styles, as well as Musical Theatre, and loves working with all styles of music to best support his students’ goals.
Having been affiliated with world-renowned choirs such as the DC Boys Choir and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir, Darnell boasts countless performance credits and has garnered expertise from all over the world, including his work as a professional chorister with the Washington National Opera. Darnell has performed across the US and abroad, in such places as Germany, England, China, and France to name a few. Some of his favorite performance credits include performing as Gobin in La Rondine; Monostatos in Die Zauberflote; Ernest Diggle in Jerry Springer the Opera; Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette; and Peppe in Il Pagliacci.
Facts About Darnell:
Darnell has been a Cardon Studios teacher since Spring 2015.
Darnell is absolutely wonderful! He was focused on making sure I understood the instructions, he provided such helpful feedback, and was encouraging. I’ve already noticed a difference in the quality of my voice!
I’m not the easiest of people to work with because I am extremely hard on myself. Darnell does a great job at keeping me calm and helping me to mentally picture what I need to do to enable my voice to be free.
Darnell is really wonderful. He works at my level, wherever I am, and is as invested in my progress as I am.