Quiliano Anderson has taught guitar and voice at West Music in Coralville since August of 2003. While studying his master’s degree in voice performance at the University of Iowa, he was awarded a teaching assistant position in 2001 as a non-major private voice instructor at the School of Music for two years, prior to teaching at West Music.
Quiliano teaches both voice and guitar. A classical singing and guitar technique is his main approach but he also likes to teach folk and rhythm guitar as well as pop and musical theatre singing styles to all ages from 8 years old and up. He enjoy working with a variety of age groups.
Quiliano has performed leading roles in operas such as Cosi fan tutte by Mozart and Carmen by Bizet at the U of I Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Company as well as minor roles with the Cedar Rapids Opera Company. He was also an apprentice artist with the Ashlawn Highland Summer Opera Festival in Charlottesville, VA in 1998. In 1997, Quiliano sang professionally as a chorus member with New York City’s premier professional choral company The National Chorale, and later with the Princeton Pro Musica in Princeton, NJ. He also sang as a chorister for the Minnesota Opera Company and the Minnesota Chorale in 1996. In that same year, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a focus on guitar and voice performance at the University of Minnesota. Recently, he sang Italian songs and arias for the past six years at the “All Things Italian” Festival in Fairfield, Iowa. This is an annual event in mid-June sponsored by the Society of Fairfield Italian Americans.
Quiliano was a recipient of the John Philips Souza award at Lemon Bay High School in Englewood, FL. He was active in marching band and concert band as well as jazz band in high school. He was a member of guitar ensembles in St. Thomas University in 1991 and in 1992 was accepted in the guitar program at the University of Minnesota.
He was also a first place winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in the men’s undergraduate category in Minnesota in 1995 and was also third place in the NATS competition in graduate and professional level in the state of New Jersey in 2000.
Currently, Quiliano Anderson is working on his candidacy for the Doctor of Musical Arts program in voice performance at the University of Iowa. As he pursues his doctorate, he works at University of Iowa Cambus on a part-time basis, transporting physically disabled passengers throughout the Iowa City and Coralville areas.
He enjoys attending opera and musical theatre productions, model airplanes, motorcycling, and sailing club.