Charles studied Voice and Opera at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany and an A.A. in Music and Theater Arts from Los Angeles City College. He studied privately with Professor Ernst Garay (Berlin, Germany), Fredrick Wilkerson (New York City, NY) and Patricia Sage (New York City, NY).

Performance and Teaching Experience

Charles has won international acclaim since his opera debut at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. He has acted and sung in theaters and opera houses, and for radio and television in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich and Vienna and he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess. Other performances include Carnegie Hall, The Barns at Wolf Trap, The Smithsonian, and the Kennedy Center.

For more than a decade, Charles has partnered with global-jazz percussionist Tom Teasley to form the duo Word-Beat which has performed and given workshops in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Charles served as vocal consultant for the Grammy award-winning group Sweet Honey in the Rock and was a vocal panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He has taught vocal and musical theater workshops in Austria and Germany and travels the U.S. to give master classes, conduct vocal workshops and summer programs. Recently, Charles went on world tour with the Philip Glass opera Einstein on the Beach.

At Levine

Charles has been a dedicated and enthusiastic voice instructor at Levine since 1983. He currently teaches individual lessons and in the past has taught group voice, musical theater classes and led adult vocal ensembles.

“I really enjoy teaching voice. It is a great pleasure to be with other dedicated teachers and watch our students grow.”

Teaching Philosophy and Approach

“My goal is to help students find their voice. I attempt to guide, instruct and encourage students to accept the vocal gift, learn to use it, share it and have fun! The voice must be be learned like any other instrument in order to produce the desired results.



When he’s not making music, Charles can be found reading poetry at local senior homes in the Northern Virginia area.