Somatic Voicework is a journey between teacher and student where discoveries are made, and where positive, healthy vocal changes are realized, allowing the student to achieve the vocal freedom needed to become an expressive musical artist. Somatic Voicework embraces a holistic approach to helping a student develop the voice for strength, flexibility, and ease of function by considering the role of body, mind, and spirit in the process of vocalization and musical expression. Lessons involve vocal exercises to strengthen and coordinate the muscles of the larynx while learning to release tension in the muscles that can interfere with free and easy singing. Healthy singing becomes easier and students begin to discover their own unique voices capable of great beauty and expressiveness. The first half of the lesson involves technical work: exercises to strengthen and coordinate head voice, chest voice, head-mix, chest-mix, and transitions across the natural voice breaks (passaggi). Throughout this technical work, we attend to postural alignment, breathing, kinesthetic awareness, learning how the voice works, and problem solving technical difficulties. The second half of the lesson involves work on songs in any musical style (musical theatre, pop, country, rock, classical, jazz, etc.) with a focus on technique, musicianship, style, song interpretation, and musical artistry. We may also address the speaking voice, basic music reading, and microphone technique.
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I have been a professional singer/actor for 25+ years and am known for my ability to sing in a variety of musical styles including: musical theatre, pop, rock, jazz, classical, and Greek folk music. I have performed in countless musical theatre and opera productions, sung as a soloist with orchestras, bands, and ensembles, produced my own concerts/cabaret shows, and produced my own CD, Moonglow.
As an active performer dealing with the myriad of variables and situations that can affect singing and performance, I feel well-qualified to teach, guide, and problem solve with singers in the various situations they may encounter while performing.
Education / Training:
Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method: Online Master Classes with Jeanette LoVetri - 2019
Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method: Levels I, II, and III – 2018 at Baldwin Wallace College, 2011 at UMass at Dartmouth and Shenandoah University CCM Institute
Shenandoah University CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) Institute – 2016, 2017
Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method: 3-day Intensive - 2015
Teacher Support Group Sessions with Jeanette LoVetri, 2013, 2015, 2017
Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method: Post Certification Courses at Shenandoah University CCM Institute – 2012, 2014
Bachelor of Arts in English/Psychology from Immaculata College
Master's Degree in Administration from West Chester University
Private Study - Voice: John Nicholas Peters, Tamara Black, Randi Marrazzo
Acting: classes at Arden Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, and Wilma Theatre; acting coaching with Neill Hartley