This has been a truly wonderful year. Jeanie began 2018 presenting Level I and II to 80 Brazilian teachers and singers, hosted by Vocal São Paulo, and where the warmth of the Brazilians, as always, melted her heart. In February, she went to Kansas as keynote clinician for the NATS state chapter conference, thanks to the invitation and hospitality of Dr. Joe Perniciaro.
(Photograph: Jeanie LoVetri with participants at Level I & II Somatic Voicework™ training in São Paulo, Brazil)
In April, she did a Teacher Training and Teacher Support Group in Zeeland, Michigan, with the assistance of Jeff Costello, in spite of the resistance of Mother Nature and her snowstorm emergency! Jeff and his son, Zach, managed to salvage the weekend with live streaming…a new experience for Jeanie. Shortly after that, she did another Teacher Training Day/Teacher Support Group weekend coordinated by Jennifer Suess and hosted by Mary Greysock and hospitality hosts Rosanne and Denny Fraley in Baltimore/DC.
In June, she was at the Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, sponsored by the Voice Foundation, in Philadelphia, for her 40th annual visit, to present research done with Jocelyn Medina and to sing at the Gala in front of honored guest Simon Estes and American Academy of Singing Teachers colleague, George Shirley (also an honoree from a previous year’s Symposium). In July, Jeanie did the second year in residence at Baldwin Wallace University’s Community Music School with her LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ where there was sell-out attendance and teachers from all over the USA and Canada and 5 foreign countries.
On a personal level, in September, she and Jerry survived having the floors of her apartment ripped out and replaced, while living there, and subsequently slowly slogging through restoring things to normal box by box since right after Thanksgiving. The new floors, however, are beautiful and so worth it!
In January 2019, Jeanie (with Jerry) departs for the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia, for the first-ever LoVetri Institute of Somatic Voicework™ there. She is excited to be returning to Oz where there are many friends and looks forward to meeting new ones as well. Registration is still open and we look forward to having you join us.
Plans are almost settled for trips in 2019 including one to Houston, one to Israel, one to Spain and possibly one to Las Vegas. We will keep you posted on these events as details are finalized.
We are so excited to announce our next online course, Special Topics in Somatic Voicework™, which will be starting in February 2019. Special Topics in Somatic Voicework™ will explore working with children & teens, working with adult amateurs, using Somatic Voicework™ with Classical singers, and working with elite belters. This course is open to anyone interested in Somatic Voicework™, no previous Somatic Voicework™ certification is required. For more information or to register, click here.
Jeanie would like to thank everyone for the help and support throughout the year and for participating in all the various work she has done locally and globally. We are most grateful for the wonderful teachers who are using Somatic Voicework™ in their approach with students and are thankful for everything that continues to grow and evolve in sharing Somatic Voicework™ with the vocal world. She would especially like to thank our newsletter editor and social media director, Billy Gollner, and our webmaster, Piotr Zielinski, for their work this past year, and all the faculty in her courses. Bravi tutti!
We wish everyone a joyous holiday and a happy, healthy, prosperous and abundant 2019……the last year of the second decade of the new millennium.