The next DC/Baltimore Area
with Jeanie LoVetri
October 5-8, 2018
Jeanie is looking forward to her next teacher training weekend in October in the Baltimore/DC area. There will be an open session in early October in the Baltimore/DC area and a Teacher Training and Support Group weekend on October 5, 6, 7 and a day of private lessons on October 8. The open session will be on Friday evening, October 5, from 7:00 to 9:00. Those interested in attending should contact Jennifer Suess for further information.
Work continues on Jeanie’s upcoming book. Dr. Karen Hall, the Editor, is hard at work organizing the book that will be published by Compton Publishing in 2020. She is looking forward to seeing them again in January, 2019, when she returns to Australia to teach at her Institute in The University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba. The launching of our online teaching platform has been a great success. There will be more online courses offered in September, if you’d like to receive an email about early registration for the next round of online courses, click here.
We hope everyone is having a great summer and keeping cool!
“I have worked with Jeanie LoVetri and Somatic Voicework™ for twenty years and have found her method to be incredibly efficient and scientifically sound. I have been able to consciously work on technique while continuing to develop my artistry and my personal style. I credit Jeannie with the freedom I feel when I sing.”
Luciana Souza, Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter.
“As a working jazz singer, I have been hired to sing with a tap dancing troupe one week and the next week sing soprano in a jazz opera. The LoVetri Method of Somatic Voicework™ has been an invaluable resource in the functional development of my instrument and has helped me steadily increase the power, clarity and nuance of my voice. No jargon, just nuts bolts information on how the voice works. Get there and thank me later! “
Faculty, Manhattan School of Music
State Dept.Jazz Ambassador 2009 -2011
Downbeat Critics Poll Winner Rising Female Vocalist 2016
“I have studied with Jeanie LoVetri and taken Somatic Voicework™ courses and continuing education workshops for over ten years. As an artist, vocalist and educator, I can say without hesitation that her work has immeasurably changed my life, my singing, my teaching and my perspective on artistry. Jeanie and the work are incredible!”
Jazz Vocalist, Composer, Arranger, Lyricist
Professor of Voice, Berklee College of Music, Boston MA
“Studying Somatic Voicework™ with Jeanie LoVetri has changed my life as a singer and a singing teacher. At my first SVW™ workshop, I felt as though a window had been thrown open, and suddenly I could see my way to finding the “something” I’d long felt was missing. The depth and breadth of Jeanie’s knowledge are unassailable, and she passes that knowledge along with the utmost humanity. I have just one regret, which is that I didn’t start working with her sooner.”
Andrea Wolper, New York
Jazz Vocalist, Songwriter, Teacher
“As someone with background in classical (Juilliard, BM, MM) as well as Level III The Lovetri Method, Somatic Voicework, and a 20 year career as a jazz singer, I can attest to the great benefits of understanding the function based technique that Jeanie teaches for Contemporary Commercial Music. This technique has given me the tools to sing and teach authentically in the jazz world, and I would highly recommend making the investment of time and energy in SV if you’re serious about a career in jazz or any other form of CCM.”
“Jeanie LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework™ has given me the tools to navigate between different styles and extended vocal techniques, and taught me how to teach with clarity and understanding of the human voice. Her approach is clear, concise, empathetic and invaluable for any jazz singer today. “
“Jeanie LoVetri’s groundbreaking training methods put the singer’s actual voice and what she or he wants to achieve front and center. Her sincere belief that you can make any sound you want in a healthy way is guided by over four decades of research and experience teaching singers of all styles. Ms. LoVetri welcomed me into the world of voice pedagogy and showed me how to develop my voice to realize my dreams as a singer. It has literally taken me around the world and introduced me to so many wonderful people, and I am forever grateful.
Blues, R&B, Jazz and Gospel singers beware, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin is joining Jeanie LoVetri this year at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio to teach you how to make a soulful sound with optimal flexibility and freedom in your voice. Dr. Robinson-Martin wrote the book, “So You Want to Sing Gospel,” and received her doctorate from Columbia University’s Teachers College for her thesis on Gospel Voice Pedagogy. She brings a lifetime of experience singing all styles of African American music including Blues, Jazz, Gospel and R&B and has emerged from the Academy with a unique combination of skills to support the demands of singing African American styles including scoops, hollers, gravely sounds, shouting and whispering.
Run, don’t walk, to the Lovetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ to study with Jeanie LoVetri and Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin and the other talented and generous faculty. You will be transformed.”
Composer, pianist, singer
Author of So You Want to Sing Blues
Co-founder of Jazz Power Initiative, a non-profit organization transforming lives through jazz arts education.
You just wrapped up a successful run of My Fair Lady at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.It must have been very exciting to play the role of Eliza Doolittle, what were some of the vocal challenges taking on such an iconic role?
Eliza Dolittle has been on my list of dream roles as long as I can remember! What soprano doesn’t want to sing those iconic songs and what actress doesn’t want to sink their teeth into such a meaty role! I have such vivid memories of watching Audrey Hepburn (and hearing Marni Nixon) as a young kid. These are songs that I have been singing my entire life! As an undergraduate music major, I even performed several scenes for my senior recital.
What I didn’t realize until I actually got my hands on the whole part was how difficult it is to blend a chesty, guttural dialect with such a soprano role! Eliza Dolittle has to navigate two different vocal worlds, the Cockney and the Received Pronunciation (RP) and then sing in them both! A cockney dialect can easily get very chesty if you aren’t careful and that isn’t a place where you can speak long and emotional scenes and then suddenly sing with a very head mix dominant sound. To be truthful, I was vocally exhausted after every rehearsal for the first several weeks.
Thank heavens for Jeanie, as with a single Skype lesson she was able to help me adjust my speech to be headier in the Cockney dialect so that it could easily lead into the singing. My voice was happy navigating through all those dialects and I was able to thrive through two show days and a case of acid reflux! Once again Jeanie saves the day!
“So You Want To Sing CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music): A Guide for Performers” compiled by Dr. Matt Hoch, of Auburn University, also published by Rowman & Littlefield. Dr. Hoch is a Somatic Voicework™ graduate. The book presents a compendium of approaches to CCM with an emphasis on vocal technique and function. Somatic Voicework™ is presented within.
Brenda is beyond excited to announce her new online course “Piano Skills for Singers” is now live!
This course is the culmination of years of teaching piano to singers, and I tried to put it together in the most concise and clear way possible. This is the perfect course for anyone who has limited piano skills and wants to get moving on the piano and to develop the skill of accompanying yourself/your students using triads.
The course is available for 6 months of viewing for only $99. You can watch the material as many times as you want within this 6 month period, plus there is a 40 page pdf that you can download which contains all of the exercises and a bunch of bonus material.
If you enter the coupon code “SVW” then you get the entire course for only $79! This discount is available for anyone in our SVW community, plus any friends, students and colleagues that you think might benefit. Please share around and make sure you let them know about the coupon code! Please click this link to register!
A huge congratulations to Peter Thomsen, his student Brynn Cartelli won NBC’s The Voice.
BroadwayWorld.com recently wrote a feature about Peter Thomsen’s work! We are so proud of his continued success!
You are currently in The 5thAvenue Theatre’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This production has been very acclaimed and received lots of international attention, what can you tell us about the process? Can you shed light on the importance of diversity in the current musical theatre landscape?
This Show has been a truly amazing experience. ASL (American Sign Language) is an integral part of the show and it brings the story telling to new heights.
Our Quasimodo is a brilliant actor and hearing impaired. Where others might limit him, he exceeds beyond to new levels of communication. I feel truly blessed to be a part of this process not only for the storytelling but for the opportunity to learn more about ASL and the deaf community. This kind of inclusive incorporation of diversity in musical theatre is absolutely what we need to tell stories of all kinds to all people.
You are a Broadway veteran, you continue to perform regularly, and you teach at the Cornish College of the Arts (and privately); you walk the walk as a world-class vocalist and a teacher. Can you talk about the importance of voice teachers continuing to perform? And how does your constant immersion in the profession inform your teaching?
As I continue to perform and teach I cannot begin to express how important I feel it is to pursue both endeavors. I like to think of it as continuing to walk the walk. Relating experiences of current failure and success to my students is essential for trust and growth. I believe in being part of the fabric of art beyond the bubble I create.
I want to encourage my students to take risks but also have the compassion that comes from living through those same risks. Auditioning is the great equalizer. As an educator, I should be willing to take the same risks as my students.
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Dr. Claudio Milstein will be offering a two day course on vocal health at this summer’s LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™. This course is for graduates of Level III of Somatic Voicework™ in any year prior to 2018 and is an intensive in vocal health.
It will cover a review of basic vocal anatomy and physiology, refreshing the definitions of terms used in clinical and medical discussion of vocal problems. It will present typical problems, through audio and visual examples, of various types of vocal pathology and vocal illness or injury and help singing teachers recognize the auditory cues that would help identify suspicious vocal qualities and behaviors. The course size is limited, so those who are interested should register as soon as possible.
To register for Dr. Milstein’s intensive course, click here.
Last year we had the pleasure of doing a full interview with Dr. Milstein, please check out that interview here.
Highlights of May included a great trip to Boston to work with the Somatic Voicework™ teachers in New England. We had a great opening night at New England Conservatory courtesy of Dominique Eade, a Teacher Training Day on Saturday at the home of Celia Slattery and a Teacher Support Group at Wheaton College courtesy of Joanne Mouradjian. As always, there was a great exchange of information between the teachers and on Sunday with the students. Jeanie does these twice a year in New England, in Washington/DC/Baltimore and, new this year, in Michigan. If you would like a weekend in your area, you need at least 10 people who have done Somatic Voicework™ training (level one). If you’re thinking about hosting Jeanie for a Teacher Training & Support Weekend, please click here.
At the end of May Jeanie was off to The Voice Foundation Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice in Philadelphia to enjoy her 40th year of consecutive attendance. She is now on the Advisory Board, an adjudicator of the Best Student Award, a Presentation Coach, and this year was also a section chair of the Pedagogy papers. Additionally, she sang at the Gala in front of opera bass-baritone Simon Estes and tenor George Shirley and many of the doctors and scientists who have been her colleagues, mentors and friends for decades. Several Somatic Voicework™ teachers there in attendance included Benjamin Czarnota, Amanda Chmela, Ric Ryder and faculty of the upcoming training at Baldwin Wallace, Speech Pathologist, Jan Potter Reed. She was able to visit with friends from Europe and South America and all parts of the USA and Canada. If you have never been, Jeanie encourages you to attend next year.
We are now preparing for our LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ at Baldwin Wallace University in July. Our many expert guests will be presenting their incredible wealth of knowledge, experience and training for participants, delivering information custom tailored just for them. We will be offering credits for Speech Language Pathologists as well.
If you haven’t registered yet, please do so right away, as the courses are filling quickly and there is a cap on the number who can attend. We also have a special course for graduates of Level III in any past year with Dr. Claudio Milstein, from the Cleveland Clinic, who will be presenting an Intensive Course in vocal health.
Don’t miss this very special opportunity and, past grads, remember — you get a huge 50% discount for reviewing any level you’ve already completed. Fifty percent off!!!!!! To register, please click here.
This coming weekend we launch our first ever online Somatic Voicework™ course. We are so pleased with the excitement about the online courses and cannot wait to start! In September we will be offering an array of online courses, to be put on the mailing list for early registration please click here.