It is not unusual to hear singing teachers say “if you can sing classically, you can sing anything”. This is simply not true. Classical singing, aimed at classical repertoire, develops many useful vocal capacities, but there are some very specific abilities that it does not develop and some abilities that it can absolutely interfere with developing that are necessary requisites in CCM styles. Looking at classical training as a “one size fits all” approach is unfortunate, as the commercial success of all CCM styles continues to grow, while the opposite can be said to be true of classical music of all kinds. Read More about Vocal Pedagogy for Today’s Music
What is Somatic Voicework?
Every Sunday, 8-11pm
Luca’s Jazz Corner
1712 1st Ave at E. 89th St, NYC
No cover, $15 minimum
Limited seating, reservations recommended: (212) 987-9260
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There is a weekly featured vocalist opening set from 8:00-9:00 PM, open mic & jam session for vocalists and instrumentalists to follow till 11:00 PM. House piano, amps, drums and microphones on site.
Suzzanne Douglas in the role of Dorothy Brock
October 26th, 2017 to January 7th, 2018
Drury Lane Theater
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Expectations for the voice community are changing at a lightning pace. As contemporary styles evolve, so does modern voice training. In this course, singers and teachers of singing will have the opportunity to dig deep into the foundations of jazz, pop and rock singing.
Topics will include vocal production, rhythm, groove, improvisation, mic technique and stylistic considerations needed to give an authentic performance.
Participants will work hands on with a jazz trio and a guitarist for pop and rock. In addition to lectures, demonstrations and listening sessions, the course will include break-out sessions in a supportive and hands on environment.
This course is ideal for singers, choral directors and teachers of singing who are newer to contemporary styles, or for teachers wanting an organised approach to sharing this material with their students.
Dates: January 7th to 10th, 2018
Contact: Email (Click Here)
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Photographed Below: Jeanie LoVetri with former student, Daniel Radcliffe in 2011.
Photographed Below: Jeanie LoVetri & Broadway Music Director, Chapman Roberts.
Fifty years ago, Jeanie graduated from Greenwich High School in Connecticut and in October Jeanie became, after five decades, a “local celebrity” in a newspaper article featuring her as a focal point of the question “where is she now?” Discussing what has happened to her over the course of her varied career with the article’s author, Christina Hennessey, gave Jeanie a chance to reflect on the circuitous path that has brought her to her present life as a singing voice expert. Click here if you would like to read the whole article.
Recent travels took her to Boston where she did a master class for the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music for students and faculty members including Somatic Voicework™ teachers Kaoruko Pilkington and Lisa Thorson. Over the weekend she worked with other Somatic Voicework™ teachers and with students of Kris Adams, Professor at Berklee and also Wellesley College. The following weekend she was back in NYC at an open house and a day of working with Somatic Voicework™ teachers and three of their students in the Teacher Support Group. As always, everyone had fun, enjoyed yummy snacks and fine company and the great discussion about vocal pedagogy for CCM styles.
Dr. Irene Bartlett, Professor at Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia, and fellow CCM expert, was in town recently and visited with Jeanie, also stopping in to observe her Teacher Support Group in New York. She and Jeanie will be featured in an article by Dr. Melissa Forbes of ArtWorx University in Toowoomba to be published in April in the Journal of Singing. Dr. Forbes is visiting Jeanie for two weeks of study in December and to do initial planning for Jeanie’s return to Australia in 2019 at the University of Southern Queensland.
Jeanie is once again working with Daniel Reichard who is preparing to do an upcoming one man holiday show. Daniel was the original “Bob Gaudio” in Jersey Boys on Broadway and has been performing nationally with The Midtown Men for the last several years. [Read More…] about Big Announcements: Brazil 2018 & LoVetri Institute News
(Photographed Above: Jeanie LoVetri and Heather Keens)
Your work as both a singer and pedagogue has spanned several continents; can you tell us about your work in the U.K. and how this compares with the work you are currently doing in Australia?
Having been born in the UK, after Music & Opera training I acquired work in a Contemporary Opera, where I met my husband, who was the composer of the piece. He is from Australia. I worked in a subsequent five shows, which in the 80’s were considered ground breaking experimental theatre shows with music & singing. They might be termed Music Theatre as opposed to the commercial title Musical Theatre. I also toured Italian Opera in between working these shows. I did very little teaching then. The teaching work I was involved with was usually because I’d been approached for help from fellow peers who were also performing. I worked with a couple of successful pop stars on technique, etc.
I arrived in Australia in 1985 for a holiday and ended up singing with a prominent opera company as a ‘cover’ (Suzanna in Figaro). A year later we moved to Australia with the intention of staying for two years. We ended up staying for 13 years. This is where I began casually teaching singing at Universities, between shows and contracts. I taught on the first ever Contemporary Popular music course in Australia. I’ve always listened to and sung all styles of music from a young age and was able to adapt my classical teaching for other styles, focusing on technique. From there we moved to a leading Conservatorium in Brisbane, where I became a casual singing teacher on the newly re-vamped Jazz and CPM course.
On returning to the UK in 1998, I continued teaching as a part time singing teacher at a couple of leading Universities while shuffling performance work. I found that specialization in any one style or genre had become more difficult due to Arts budget cuts. I was teaching everything from classical, jazz, music theatre and pop. I decided to study again and completed a Masters of Voice in London to increase my pedagogical knowledge.
I returned to Australia in 2013, where I’ve continued performing, teaching, running workshops and being an adjudicator. It’s a very creative environment, however, with as much talent as anywhere else in the world. [Read More…] about Spotlight on Somatic Voicework™ Teacher Heather Keens
What teachers are saying
SVW Video Testimonials
What teachers are saying:"This has been an amazing week of learning, fellowship, networking and fun with like-minded professionals." - Barbara DeMaio Caprilli, Voice Faculty, University of Central Oklahoma
"Ms. LoVetri’s profound knowledge of vocal physiology, pedagogy and psychology has ledher to create a method that produces consistent results in all genres of music. Taking Jeanie’s course in 2008 has profoundly changed my teaching." - Craig Tompkins, Voice Faculty, Capilano University, NATS Northwest Regional Governor, Vancouver, Canada
"Jeanie's work has had a huge impact on my understanding of the contemporary voice. Her concept of register balance has been particularly helpful for my female students learning to belt, and for my male students learning to manage their upper register." - Tracy Bourne, voice faculty, University of Ballarat, Australia
"Here finally is a teacher who has not only sung the different styles but has knowledge about voice function and dysfunction, and the most incredible ears when it comes to helping people find out about their own voice." - Angela Wiedemer, professional singer and voice teacher, Jazz & Rock School, Freiburg, Germany
"This workshop taught me so much useful, practical information while affirming the work I already do as a teacher." - Rhonda Abouhana, vocal faculty, The School of the Performing Arts, Richmond, Virginia
"No matter what kind of CCM you work with, this workshop gives you wonderful tools to increase your understanding of how to help your students. LoVetri’s Method is universal and wonderful!" - Beth Amin, professional vocalist & speech language pathologist, Sao Paulo, Brazil