Darren teaches English at New Design High, a public school in his Lower East Side neighborhood. An accomplished opera singer, he has released several recordings of classical art songs, winning The American Prize for his album, The Young Debussy. He is the author of Singing from the Inside, a manual of vocal technique and Mindfulness for Teens, a course in meditation and mindfulness for high school students. His translation of Wilhelm Müller’s Die Winterreise is used for English-language performances of Schubert’s song cycle all over the world. He studies writing with Bruce Benderson.