Lawrence Vojtko

Music Instructor
Music Conservatory

Baritone, Larry Vojtko was born and raised in the Wyoming Valley, Larry received a B.S. degree in Music Education from Wilkes College. There he studied voice with Richard Chapline and piano with Michael Haberkorn. After graduation he continued his studies with Mr. Chapline for several more years and later with Metropolitan Opera baritone Theodore Lambrinos. Larry has sung with many area choral ensembles including: the Robert Dale Chorale, the Wyoming Valley Oratorio Society, Mostly Opera, St. Cecilia's Church Choir and the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre where he was Baritone Soloist for nine years. He has appeared as vocal soloist with all of the above mentioned ensembles as well as the College Misericordia Chorus, the Wyoming Seminary Chorale and at Marywood University.

For more than 30 years, Larry has cultivated a keen interest in musical theatre by working in many productions of community theatres. Among roles he has played are "Tommy" in Brigadoon at Little Theater of Wilkes-Barre, "Lt. Cable" in South Pacific at Showcase Theater, "Perchik" in Fiddler on the Roof, "Rutledge" in 1776, "Billy Bigelow" in Carousel, "Anthony" and “Judge Turpin” in Sweeney Todd, “Lancelot” in Camelot, “Fred” in Kiss Me Kate and “Emile de Becque” in South Pacific all at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse. As a Music Director he has prepared productions of Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, HMS Pinafore, and Annie Get Your Gun.

Larry has been teaching voice and coaching singers for more than 25 years. He specializes giving students their initial instruction in the art of singing. Students learn proper posture, breath support, tone production, diction, presentation and artistry. He is experienced in teaching classical, musical theatre and jazz. He students have been accepted in music and musical theatre programs in schools such as NYU, Penn State, Temple, Point Park, Muhlenberg, Ithaca, Susquehanna, West Chester and many others. Some of his students are now performing in New York, Los Angeles and in national tours.

In addition to being an adjudicator for various competitions, Larry is also known for his writing on music. For three seasons Mr. Vojtko was the Program Annotator for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and has been a guest speaker for pre-concert lectures of the both the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Williamsport Symphony. Larry also has been guest lecturer and presenter at East Stroudsburg University, Marywood University and Bloomsburg University. He also delivers lectures prior to the HD screenings of the Metropolitan Opera productions. Larry is Program Manager of WVIA 89.9 FM, and can be heard on-the-air weekdays from 1 to 4 p.m. presenting classical music. He lives in Wyoming with his wife, Bernardine. They have two sons, Michael Lawrence and Jonathan Matthew.