Private Coachings in NYC

My next Private Coaching sessions in NYC will take place in 2020.

February 2020 Dates & Times TBA
May 2020 Dates & Times TBA  
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To Arrange Coachings in NYC:

Please read the following instructions for preparation and then contact Chuck Hudson to discuss dates and times.

My coachings take place at NEW YORK SPACES–Ripley-Grier Studios located on 8th Ave and 37th St, 16th floor. You can find them on the web at or by calling (212) 799-5433.

  • You will rent the studio time in advance, and you want a studio no smaller than 16-I.
  • The following studios are too small for this work, so please do not use 16-A, B, C, R, S, V, W or X ; 17-G, J, K, or L; 10-B. You may find a map of the studios here.

    • It is your responsibility to arrange the studio space in your name and the accompanist separately.

  • You must arrange to have an accompanist with you for each coaching if you are singing. I will suggest some coach/accompanists to you if you have difficulty finding one.
  • I charge $60.00 per hour for the coaching. Once you confirm the studio with me you will pay for all the arranged coachings in advance.
  • Payment must be received 48 hours in advance. I prefer VENMO or ZELLE for payments.
  • I need 48 hours to cancel or move a coaching time, as it will take me that long to replace the hour with another artist. You may cancel or re-arrange times after that, but it will not affect any fees paid or owing. Please note: due to limited availability, there are NO cancellations for Saturday or Sunday coachings: once confirmed, you must pay for that time.
  • Please bring 2 copies of the music or monologue: one for the accompanist and one for me. Please do not bring your bound score, and ipad, or a copy with lots of music notes on it, but a clean copy on paper. If your piece is not in French or English, I will need a legibly written word-for-word translation on the line of music: not a translation on another page, and not the existing English translation of the piece which is not word specific. I prefer my copy to be “loose pages” and not taped together as you would for an accompanist.
  • Please allow about 1 hour for each aria, song, or monologue you want to work. Some arias with lengthier recits take about 90 minutes.
  • Your aria must be memorized “off book.” For monologues we can work with the text in front of you.
  • Please be familiar with the entire opera or play and not just the aria or monologue. Our work of creating Action will be informed by the context of the selection within the entire work.


  • We will work on Audition Material such as an Aria from an Opera or Song from a Musical. We will not work on Art Song or Lieder unless agreed in advance.
  • Singers who wish to work on The Doll Song from HOFFMAN, Glitter and Be Gay from CANDIDE, Mein Herr Marquis from DIE FLEDERMAUS, or “scenas” like Ophelia’s Mad Scene from HAMLET, Max’s Aria from DER FREISCHUTZ, Non monsiuer mon mari from LES MAMMELLES de TIRESIAS, or Zerbinetta’s Aria from ARIADNE: these pieces generally require me to stage the aria rather than coach the aria. If you would like to work on these pieces, please let me know in advance as they require special considerations and will require a longer period of time or number of sessions.

See photos of Chuck’s Coachings at San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program

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