Hello and welcome!

I've had a love for singing throughout my childhood, and my passion expanded to the stage when I performed my first ever role of Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man. I was fortunate to have a father who always said I could literally do anything I want in life and find success. So I majored in music and pursued a career in singing with experiences spanning the globe in many genres including opera, musical theatre, sacred music and art song. My aspiration to teach led me to earning my Doctor of Musical Arts degree. 

Throughout my journey, I've faced many recurring physical and mental challenges ranging from having tension down to my toes to limiting beliefs up in my head. Many of those limiting beliefs were about what constitutes a successful “career” in singing and the supposedly "right" way to do it. However, I've discovered that for every unavailable or out of reach opportunity, there remains an infinite amount of new opportunities just waiting to be created! 

Anyone can be the creator or catalyst for a wealth of possibilities, even you! I created The Lucrative Artist to help artists and creative types position themselves to develop their own new opportunities. I love helping people overcome limited beliefs, realize their truest niches and acquire the additional vital entrepreneurial skills and knowledge they need to succeed. I truly want everyone to become empowered to have the successful careers and lives they truly desire and deserve!

Brian Witkowski, DMA,
Founder and Business Coach - Consultant
Brian Witkowski, DMA, Founder and Business Coach - Consultant



2020 Self-Employment in the Arts Conference

February 22 & 23, 2020 

Columbia College

Chicago, Illinois 

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More engagements to be announced soon for the 2019-2020 year!

My Background


Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Arizona

Master of Music, Oakland University

Bachelor of Music, Loyola University New Orleans

Applied Voice Instruction

Academic and Career Advisor

Mentor to First-Generation College Freshmen 

Musical Theatre Workshop and Audition Techniques Instruction

Adjudicator for NATS and Other Competitions

K-12 Opera Outreach Performing and Teaching

Arts Integration Seminars

Professional Development Workshops

Money Mindset Training

20+ Years of Music Ministry

Performance Career (15 Years and Counting)  

  Some Favorite Roles and Solo Repertoire: 

  • Lord Farquaad in Shrek: The Musical 
  • Papageno in The Magic Flute 
  • Lancelot in Spamalot
  • Charles Guiteau in Assassins
  • Marius in Les Misérables
  • Doctors in next to normal
  • Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd
  • Father in Hansel and Gretel
  • Achille in Giulio Cesare
  • Beethoven's An die fern Geliebte
  • Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin
  • Schumann's Dichterliebe
  • Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Fauré's L'Horizon Chimérique
  • Ravel's Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
  • Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel
  • Coplan's Old American Songs
  • Paul Bowles' Blue Mountain Ballads
  • William Bolcom's Cabaret Songs
  • J.S. Bach's Coffee Cantata
  • J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass
  • Handel's Messiah
  • Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem
  • Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass

“If I want to be free, I've got to be me. 

Not the me I think you think I should be. 

If I want to be free, I've got to be me.” 

- Bill Gove

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

~ Lao Tzu

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