SONNY RIOS is a graduate of The University of North Texas, where he studied with the renowned Metropolitan Opera tenor, Eugene Conley, and the renowned interpreter of comic opera, Edward Baird. Ríos has traveled extensively as a sacred and classical concert artist, and has sung across the USA, including Alaska and Puerto Rico. He has also sung in Canada, and at least twenty-five countries in Europe and Central- and South America. Ríos's expertise in teaching vocal production in all genres is constantly being sought by recording studios and talent agents seeking vocal help for their clients. Thus, we find students of all ages coming from all over the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, the state of Texas, and surrounding states, and as far away as New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Colorado Springs, and the likes, to study with Mr. Ríos. Ríos has also served on the panel of judges for vocal competitions and talent searches sponsored by radio stations, such as KISS-FM, La Voz Kids (sponsored by The Voice), The Miss Teen Dallas/Fort Worth pageant, and schools, such as Booker T. Washington Arts Magnate. Sonny also served as a judge for The Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theater Awards, and Enkor International Competition.
THE METHOD TAUGHT: The method taught is the one from the "Scuola di Belcanto," also spelled "bel canto" (School of Beautiful Singing) from Italy. This is a method that emphasizes a natural way of singing rather than a fabricated, unnatural one. Through proper vowel modification, correct tone impingement on the palate--according to the vowel and pitch being sung--coupled with proper breath support, the student's natural voice should eventually acquire a beauty of its own. This will come sooner with some students than with others. But with time all students will experience a change in the voice for the better. This applies too all genres of singing.