Eiji Miura | Berklee Valencia Campus

Eiji Miura

Managing director

Eiji Miura

Managing director

Eiji Miura joined the Conservatory faculty in 2018 as instructor of voice and is the managing director of the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia.

Miura is a sought-after singer and educator based in Boston. He is a graduate of the Conservatory’s Vocal Pedagogy program, and has since served on the voice faculties of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Clark University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Under the guidance of the speech language pathologists/singing voice specialists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center, his graduate studies culminated in research that involved identifying systematic, diagnostic, and rehabilitative voice teaching methods for dealing with students suffering from mild to moderate Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD); the findings of this research included alternative phonatory techniques and techniques for gentle manipulation of the laryngeal mechanism and accessory muscles.

Miura’s background in linguistics has led him to developing a pedagogy that is pluralistic in its approach. His current interest in this field involves examining how a singer’s native language may predispose them to certain challenges or advantages in learning to achieve a balanced and free classical technique, and using this information to create an informed blueprint for addressing these vocal faults, specifically focusing on recognizing the psychoacoustics of language/culture and language-related articulatory entanglements. He is also currently developing a Mandarin (Chinese) lyric diction guide.

As a performer, Miura is a versatile artist, and is equally comfortable on the operatic stage as he is interpreting the more intimate genre of art song. His 2019 season included several engagements with Odyssey Opera, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, cathedral residencies in England, as well as singing the role of Goro in the world’s first Japanese-English bilingual production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Pacific Opera Project and Opera in the Heights. Miura is a strong proponent of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and his participation in this experience led him to begin investigating issues surrounding culturally appropriative themes and practices in the Western classical tradition. Subsequently, he was asked to participate in a panel discussion for OPERA America in which he offered several strategies for tackling shows with problematic source material.

In addition to his Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy, Miura holds an Master of Science. in Communications and a double Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and Vocal Performance from Clark University. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Boston chapter of NATS.