I am a classical singer,
and proud to be one. I love opera, art song, oratorio, and don’t even get me started on classical choral music. As I worked my way through three classical vocal degrees, I found that I was perfectly prepared to train other classical singers, maybe even classic musical theater singers. But soon I was plunged into an environment where I was expected to train contemporary singers. Singers who wanted to sing anything BUT classical music.
So I set off to find the tools I needed to teach these voices; specifically, I was looking for the same broad base of pedagogical knowledge that I had been given access to during my many years of classical voice and pedagogy study. To my dismay, what I found was: not much. Sources for learning contemporary singing techniques are difficult to find, and many of them are not well informed by research, anatomy, physiology or pedagogy. There is also a strong bias against contemporary singing that still exists in the classical voice community.
I have spent the last decade turning my own knowledge of the voice and voice pedagogy to learning how to teach contemporary singers to sing in a healthful, sustainable way. It is my hope to pull back the curtain that shrouds vocal technique for every style of singing. To demystify the voice, and help teachers and singers really understand their voices and sing in any style they wish.