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
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Basic Application, July 21 – 23: Level I
Advanced Applicaton, July 24 – 26: Level II
Vocal Health and Performance, July 27 – 29: Level III
A Transgender Voice Teacher’s Recommendations for Working with Transgender Singers
By Eli Conley
I’ve talked to many voice teachers in recent years who are seeking guidance about how to work with transgender and non-binary singers.
This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I’m a private voice teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a transgender man who has worked with many transgender and non-binary voice students. I also lead community singing classes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual people and allies. I’ve sung in many choirs, and taken voice lessons from some wonderful teachers. I’m also a performing singer-songwriter who records and tours regularly.
All of these experiences have led me to believe that voice teachers, choir directors, and other voice professionals can do a lot to shift the culture of singing spaces, transforming them from spaces that are often unintentionally hostile to transgender and non-binary singers into spaces of support and gender liberation.
I was inspired to write this article after a discussion about working with transgender singers came up on an online listserv for teachers trained in Somatic Voicework™, the body-based voice training program created by Jeanie LoVetri.
One of the things I love about Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method is that Jeanie LoVetri teaches that to achieve a healthy, versatile voice, singers of all genders and genres of music must strengthen both their head and chest registers, and learn to blend them together into a coordinated mix in the middle voice. Watching her teach a cisgender baritone to access his head register for the first time in order to make his whole voice stronger made so much sense to me as a transgender singer. I had to burst open the gender boxes that people placed on me as a young person, and I know the emotional and vocal freedom that has come from that. Why should singers let gender expectations hold them back from using the full range of their voices? [Read More…] about Creating Gender Liberatory Singing Spaces
Photographed: Jeanie LoVetri with Candice Donehoo Pullom
We are excited to be announcing our 2018 LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ in residence at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, from July 21 through 29. Registration is now live! All three levels will be presented and there will be the first-ever Vocal Health Intensive for graduates of Level III (prior to 2018) presented by a leading voice research scientist and expert, Dr. Claudio Milstein, Director of the Voice Centre at the Head and Neck Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. This affiliation with one of the great medical centers in the USA is a honor and delight for the LoVetri Institute. Dr. Milstein will be creating an annual program specifically for Somatic Voicework™ teachers to give them a greater awareness to appropriately address vocal health issues. We also have other world-class experts in vocal health and vocal performance.
Photographed Below: Dr. Claudio Milstein with a patient, photo courtesy of Gretchen Cuda for NPR
Registration for Dr. Milstein’s course will be available in the coming weeks and will be announced in a future newsletter.
The following is our 2018 Guest Faculty. Dr. H. Steven Sims, laryngologist at the University of Illinois Chicago Institute for Voice Care, will be our medical lecturer in Level III. Dr. Sims has treated many professional voice users and is very “singing voice” knowledgeable. His three-hour lecture will give practical information that all teachers of singing and singers need to help stay healthy. He will be joined in Ohio by his colleague at the Voice Care Institute, Jan Potter Reed, a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in voice. She will be lecturing on vocal health in Level I. Also in Level III, we will be joined by Tom Murray , who is returning by popular demand, to do another master class series on Broadway auditions with our participants. Tom is currently Music Director for Broadway’s Anastasia and brings years of experience about
Broadway singing and performing that he generously shares with our participants. Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin (http://www.drtrineice.com/index.html) , author, singer and Gospel vocal pedagogy expert, will do a clinic and master class with participants on jazz, blues, and gospel. Our bodywork experts are Suzan Postel (joining us in Level I) and Peter Shor (joining us in Level II). Suzan is a Pilates Instructor, singer, dancer, and broadway veteran. Peter is a massage therapist, artist and musician with years of study in many bodywork disciplines. Both have been associated with Somatic Voicework™ for many years.
Photographed Above: Dr. H. Steven Sims
Photographed Below: Somatic Voicework™ Faculty, Michelle Rosen, Jeff Costello, Besty Fiedler
Assisting Jeanie through all three levels is Michelle Rosen, Senior Faculty, who teaches at NYU Tisch, at The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and privately. She is also former faculty at Rider University in their Music Theater degree program. The Associate Faculty is Betsy Fiedler from Massachusetts, who teaches at college, in local schools, at is an active church musician, soloist and choral conductor. She also has a private practice. Jeff Costello is our Audio Engineer and will presenting as well as be Assistant Faculty. Benjamin Czarnota will again be returning as Faculty Liaison. They will be joined by for breakouts by Assistant Faculty Leischen Moore from Tacoma, Davin Youngs from Chicago, Amanda Chmela from New York, and other Somatic Voicework™ teachers to be announced.
This gathering of experts, who will be teaching people from all over the USA and the world, will be offering a wealth of information that cannot be obtained anywhere else at one time (just 9 days!) and in one place and for this very reasonable fee. Other courses, with fewer experts and less content, are more expensive. Our reasonable fee makes it accessible for the broadest audience to be able to attend. The number of spaces available, however, due to last year’s overflow crowd, will be limited and we urge anyone who is planning to come to register well in advance to be sure to hold a place. There will be a waiting list this year. Registration for this summer’s LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ is now live, please click here to register!
[Read More…] about Off to Brazil, U.S. Teaching Weekend Tour & LoVetri Institute Registration is LIVE!
Open to graduates of at least one level of Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method. The location is very within reasonable traveling distance to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin!
Jeanie is planning to visit lovely West Michigan the weekend of April 13-16, 2018 for three days filled with teaching, learning, fellowship and food! Below is the tentative schedule, along with the associated fees.
As we well know, Jeanie LoVetri is one of the most recognized experts in the field of the teaching of singing who travels the world, by invitation, presenting her work! It is an honor to have her come to West Michigan. Please consider joining us! All instruction will take place in the Choir Room at Creekside Middle School. More specific directions to follow. [Read More…] about Weekend workshop tour: Michigan, DC/Baltimore, Texas
Photographed Above: Somatic Voicework™ Teachers, Andrea Luyites & Katharine Randolph
Hi Katharine, thanks so much for taking the time to meet with us today. You are a very busy voice teacher in Houston; can you tell us about your studio?
My studio is predominantly made up of high school students who perform in musical theatre. I have a handful of students who are more into pop and rock, and recently I have had an influx of young ones! (9 and 10 year olds). Most of my students dance, act, and play instruments so we have found ways to encourage and highlight all that they do.
As a seasoned performer, having trained and worked in both Musical Theatre and Classical settings, what do you think the important differences are between successes in the Operatic world vs. the Musical Theatre world, vocally speaking? [Read More…] about Spotlight On Somatic Voicework™ Teacher Katharine Randolph