Originally from The Netherlands, Jean-Claude Ohms has been teaching for more then 25 years. He started teaching in Brussels at the Music Academy Schaarbeek and Muziekhumaniora, a secondary school specalising in the Performing Arts. He currently teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and at St Paul’s Cathedral, teaching their choristers. He also teaches privately in London.
He graduated from the Lemmensinstituut Leuven (Belgium), where he also gained a PGCE in Music, which is also recognised as a QTS in the UK. He went on to receive a Chamber Music Diploma from the Royal Conservatoire Gent (Belgium), a Vocal Pedagogy Diploma from the Royal Conservatoire Brussels, and a BA(Hons) Degree in Opera Studies at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup. He also studied singing at the Sweelinck Conservatoire in Amsterdam.
As a singer, he has performed both as an ensemble singer and soloist throughout Europe, performing repertoire from early Baroque to contemporary music. He sang with companies such as the Flemish Opera (Antwerp), Chapelle Royale (Paris), Flemish Radio and Television Choir (Brussels), the Dutch National Opera (Amsterdam), Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera and English Bach Festival. He also has extensive experience in both lieder and oratorio.
He has always been passionate about teaching with particular focus in body alignment and breathing and the effect these have on both singing and our well-being, to create a rounded and technically confident performance. He joined the AOTOS council as a Councillor At Large in July 2018.