In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
You like to sing and you want to be better? Then learn from some of the top professional vocal coaches around. With years of experience a good vocal coach can be invaluable and can take you and your voice to a whole other level. Vocal lessons can be expensive but here with these affordable CDs, books and DVDs you can learn at your own pace, review and practice classes and repeat the vocal warmups and exercises at your convenience.
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Ms. Adams is the founder and Principal Conductor of the Colorado Women's Chorale, a select adult women's choir in Denver, Colorado. She was the interim choral director for the University of Denver, 2005 as well as the music educator and conductor of Girls' 21 and the A Cappella Choir at Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, Colorado from 1974 to 2003.
Ms. Adams holds a BA from Colorado College and an MM from Indiana University where she studied with the late Julius Herford. She was inducted into the CMEA Hall of Fame in 2004 and has received the "Choral Director of the Year" award from Colorado ACDA, the Sallie Mae "Teacher Tribute Award", and the MENC "Standing Ovation for Music Teachers". She was also selected to receive the "Teacher Appreciation" award from the Denver Stake of the Latter-Day Saints.
Gaye Todd was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She graduated as valedictorian of the then-segregated Walker-Grant High School. She finished Boston University with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a technical writer for TRW Systems, a biochemical researcher at Rockefeller University, and a bacteriologist at Harlem Hospital. She has a Master's degree in Educational Media (with a concentration in photography) from Virginia State University.
In the early '70s, she began her teaching career. She was an educator in the Fredericksburg City Public School system for 18 years, and honored as Virginia State Teacher of the Year in 1982. Throughout her teaching career, she directed Harambee 360 Experimental Theater. She was able to creatively use performance as a tool to assist black youth in gaining confidence as they struggled with identity issues during the spread of "integration."
Breck Alan has been teaching voice for over 20 years. He is a highly published and accomplished authority on the art of singing. Breck Alan specializes in contemporary styles and is perfect for the pop rock singer looking to develop a natural sounding, powerful voice. Breck Alan is also an authority on vocal health and a perfect choice for learning how to keep your voice healthy or repair a damaged voice. Breck also works with speaking professionals such as public speakers and teachers to develop a strong confident speaking voice. Breck Alan teaches from a private voice studio that also includes a professional in house recording studio. Breck is highly experienced at voice production and is a wonderful asset if you are considering making a professional recording. Breck is great for experienced singers looking for expert guidance but is also a wonderful choice for pure beginners.
Lois began her vocal studies at the age of 12 and furthered her knowledge at Mannes as well as the Daykarhanova School for the Stage in New York City, founded by former members of Stanislavsky School of Acting in Russia.
She became the first winner of the Southwest Division of the Metropolitan Opera Competition and was the first Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier of Houston Grand Opera for which she was prepared for the role by Mme Lotte Lehmann and appeared on several occasions as soloist with Leopold Stokowski and the Houston Symphony. At the recommendations of both Mme Lotte Lehmann and Leopold Stokowski she moved to Europe to pursue her studies and career.
A student of Bel Canto, Lois furthered her studies with a number of famous singers such as Rosa Ponselle, Lotte Lehmann, Germaine Lubin among others. She appeared in opera in Europe for eleven years and performed in the company of many acclaimed singers including: Luigi Alva, Louis Quilico, Mirella Freni, Bonaldo Gaiotti, Bianca Berini, Mady Mesple and Luciano Pavarotti.
Jeffrey Allen is an internationally known voice teacher, experienced stage performer, lecturer and author. He has developed a hard-hitting vocal method designed to bring out the unique qualities in any singer's voice. Through his process of technique and performance analysis, Jeff has fine-tuned the voices of thousands of solo artists and bands now performing and/or recording throughout the musical world. Jeff's experience as a coach, band consultant, and producer allows him special insights into the problems of singers at all levels.
Burbank, California, native Hank Alviani is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Music Studies at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a position he has held since 2003. He holds a BA in Music Education from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles where he studied conducting with Paul Salamunovich; the MM in Choral Conducting from California State University Fullerton where he studied with Howard Swan and John Cooksey; and the DMA from Arizona State University where he was graduate assistant conductor for Douglas McEwen. He also was a Master Class conducting student of Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival.
In addition to directing Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, he teaches studio voice and voice class, choral conducting, and has taught choral methods, music theory, music history, and has supervised student teachers. After teaching junior and senior high school choral music in Southern California for twelve years, he has taught at the college level in Texas and Wisconsin since 1993. His vocal technique manual VoiceWorks was published by Alfred Publishing and released in 2007.
Susan Anders has coached singers for over twenty years in the SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Nashville. Her articles on singing have appeared in Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Musician, and Backstage West, and her instructional books and CDs have been used worldwide. Performers Susan has coached include Josh Gracin, Rose MacGowan, Joey Heatherton, Cedrik the Entertainer, Constance Marie, and L7.
Susan Anders (born Susan Streitwieser) grew up in Berkeley, California, at the tail end of the revolutionary wave rolling through the Bay Area. After collecting degrees from UC Santa Cruz and SF State, she got herself into a bunch of weird and cool musical situations. Among the weird: delivering singing telegrams wearing a table around her waist, and teaching doo-wop versions of Beatles songs to Buddhist monks. Among the cool: stints in a cappella, rock, jazz and Motown bands that played throughout northern California.
Andres Andrade (MM, New England Conservatory, BM, University of South Florida) is currently on the faculty of Queens College. He spent five years as vocal instructor and director of the Opera Theatre at the La Guardia Arts High School and has taught privately since 1988. Current and former students performing throughout the US, Asia and Europe. Many former students have gone on to further study at New England Conservatory, Westminster Choir College, Longy School of Music, Salem State College of Drama, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), and Emerson College, among others. His students have made television appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX-TV, PBS and Univision and film appearan ces in Universal and Samuel Goldwyn pictures. He is the author of the book Absolute Beginners Voice.
Thomas has been a professional vocal coach training singers full-time since 1982. The average student who trains with Thomas increases their range by 7 notes. He trains singers in many styles of music including pop, pop-rock, rock, musical theatre, country, R&B, classical and opera. Voice training with Thomas includes work on range extension, breathing, ear training, style development, vibrato development, and tone control. Thomas is also an expert in preparing singers for American Idol.
Thomas Appell is the main producer and president of Hot Hits Music located in Orange County, CA. Thomas began his musical career at age 10 singing with a professional children's choir, recording an album, and appearing on television many times. After four years of trumpet lessons he decided to focus on guitar as his main instrument. At 13 he started a rock group playing lead guitar. His first gig was at Taco Bell where the band played for all of the food they could eat. After playing with a number of local bands he formed a new group, US101.
Frankie Armstrong (born 13 January 1941 in Workington, Cumberland, England) is a singer and voice teacher. She has worked as a singer in the folk scene and the women's movement and as a trainer in social and youth work. Involved with folk and political songs from the 1950s, she has performed and/or recorded with Blowzabella, The Orckestra (with Henry Cow and the Mike Westbrook Brass Band), Ken Hyder's Talisker, John Kirkpatrick, Brian Pearson, Leon Rosselson, Dave Van Ronk and Maddy Prior. She is blind from glaucoma.
In the mid-1970s Armstrong pioneered workshops based on traditional styles of singing. She was a member of the Feminist Improvising Group (FIG), co-founded in 1977 by vocalist Maggie Nicols, bassoonist Lindsay Cooper, keyboardist Cathy Williams, cellist and bassist Georgina Born, and trumpeter Corinne Liensol. Armstrong collaborated within the accomplished FIG after 1978, and also with free jazz pianist (and partly percussion playing) Irene Schweizer, saxophonist (and film maker) Sally Potter, trombonist and violist Annemarie Roelofs, flutist and saxophonist Angele Veltmeijer, and saxophonist and guitarist Francoise Dupety.
Howard Austin is a versatile vocal artist whose work includes a variety of starring roles on the musical stage as well as night club performances and recordings. His own vocal training has been with some of the great vocal teachers of all time including, John Motley, Gertrude Arnold and Dr. Peter J. Wilhousky. Howard has been a popular radio and TV talk show guest with his vocal demonstrations and instant 'on the spot' analysis and instruction to callers-in and studio audiences.
Howard has been a popular radio and TV talk show guest with his vocal demonstrations and instant 'on the spot' analysis and instruction to callers-in and studio audiences. In addition to his private clients, he has conducted numerous seminars on singing and voice training for NATS and Music Teachers of Los Angeles County Unified School District, Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase and others.
Jaime Babbitt has sung for millions of people, though not all at once. She started singing professionally at 15, performed at bars, clubs, corporate events, parties and weddings, fronted her own band and toured with the incomparable Leon Russell as his backup singer and percussionist. As a session singer in New York City, Los Angeles and Nashville, her schizophrenic voice has been heard on hundreds of national and regional TV and radio jingles for products such as Dr. Pepper, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Sears, Hanes, Folgers, Pillsbury, Ocean Spray, Claritin, Starburst, Pringles, and Denny's, to name but a few; she also earned the distinction of being selected as a voice of one of the moles for the "Whac-A-Mole" board game.
Jaime has sung both live and digitally with George Strait, Courtney Love, Leon Russell, Jimmy Webb, Willie Nelson, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Johnny Mathis, Lamont Dozier, Ashley MacIsaac, Phoebe Snow, Robert Lamm, Rosie O'Donnell and on projects for Disney ("Lightning McQueen's Fast Tracks", "Mater's Car Tunes", "Handy Manny") ... and for Curious George.
With more than 30 years of experience at North Park's School of Music, Dr. Karen Bauer has seen the programs and student body grow and change in ever expanding ways that challenge aspiring musicians and nurture their professional development. "This is a place where potential is developed and the groundwork is laid for meaningful and successful professional careers," Dr. Bauer says. She adds that the balance between rigor and personal attention is the ideal environment for musicians.
Dr. Bauer is a mezzo soprano and has sung under the direction of Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, Georg Solti, Carlo-Maria Giulini, and many other conductors. She has coached singers who are now performing and teaching professionally in the United States and Europe. She has presented master classes in a variety of settings, including the Classical Singer Convention and College Expo in New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. In the United States she has taught master classes at colleges and universities including at Valparaiso, Illinois Wesleyan, Wheaton, Bradley, St. Olaf, and Lawrence. Internationally and most recently, Dr. Bauer presented voice master classes in London, England, to undergraduate and graduate students at Goldsmith College, a branch of the University of London.
Some people are born to sing. Mark Baxter was not one of them. Undaunted, he studied, probed, inquired, explored, practiced and applied his findings until he achieved the voice he had always wanted (all the voices in the intro to this web site were Mark's). His value as a vocal teacher is unique in that he draws equally from his stage experience, some 3000 gigs and counting, and an unusually diverse training. After receiving formal training in music at The College of New Jersey, Mark hit the road with various bands and got a real education.
Mark has completed hundreds and hundreds of voice lessons, exploring various methods, and attended countless seminars including: Vocal Pedagogy by the Functional Voice Foundation of West Germany, Neuromuscular message, nutrition, The Alexander Technique, acupressure, reflexology along with various psychological and visualization techniques. Even though he is now considered a leading authority in his field, he continues to research with a passion.
Chris and Carole Beatty are the Vocal Coaches to Christian Music. Over the past 30 years thousands of touring artists, choir members, soloists and teens worldwide have been helped through their life-changing products and workshops. Whether you sing Bach, Rock, CCM, Alternative or Southern Gospel these tools will help you maximize and maintain a healthy voice for life.
Chris and Carole Beatty have taken the best of Vocal Coach around the world through workshops and in private session. With over a million products sold world wide, Chris & Carole's training has been instrumental in developing and preserving the voices of all categories of singers from beginners, to award-winning touring artists. Chris Beatty uses a highly trained and experienced ear, combined with a passion for making singing fun and easy to guide his students of all ages and abilities.
A leader in the field of music career development, Angela Myles Beeching co-hosts the Network of Music Career Development Officers, has directed the Career Services Center at New England Conservatory and was a visiting consultant to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. A Fulbright Scholar and Harriet Hale Woolley grant recipient, Ms. Beeching holds a doctorate in cello performance from SUNY Stony Brook.
In demand as a consultant and speaker, Angela has led workshops at Eastman, Peabody, Colburn, and Oberlin Conservatories. She has also been guest speaker at conferences for the National Association of Schools of Music, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Chamber Music America, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Ms. Beeching's articles have appeared in Inside Arts, Classical Singer, and Chamber Music magazines.
Amparo Bellon-Champ has been teaching for five years. She is a former Dicesa recording artist and has two independently released voice lesson CDs. Amparo has performed in bands and as a solo artist, in music festivals, radio, and television. She is a bilingual voice coach. She uses diaphragmatic costal breathing and vocal placement techniques to teach her students how to sing multiple genres with an authentic, commercial voice. She is well-versed in musical theatre, alternative, country, jazz, pop, R&B, rock, bolero, cumbia, meringue, Latin pop, ranchera, salsa, tejano, and tropical music. Amparo's approach to teaching includes helping her students feel and move to the music for better vocal interpretation.
Gloria Bennett is an opera soprano and vocal coach, most famous for coaching rock star Axl Rose. He wrote Sweet Gloria and thanked her in the liner notes of the Guns and Roses album. Gloria's objective is to train the well-rounded singer to read, interpret, and perform any song. Her extensive experience in professional musical theatre gives her unique insight to prepare singers for musical theatre and other vocal auditions.
Gloria opened her first performing arts studio in Florida, where she personally taught private voice, drama, and showchoir, and provided instructors in piano, guitar, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, and other instruments. Many of her students have gone on to professional performing careers on-stage and on-camera.
More recently, Gloria moved to California to start the Children and Young Adults department of the Bicoastal Talent Agency in Burbank, CA. She spent two successful years as an agent there, with many of her clients appearing in national television commercials, television shows, and feature films, including the Disney film, Bridge to Terabithia and the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, produced by Wes Craven.
Since moving to New York in 1985, David Berkman has been an important part of the jazz community. He is an award-winning composer/bandleader, a recording artist whose 4 Palmetto recordings have appeared on numerous best records of the year critic's lists and an award-winning jazz clinician who has performed and taught at numerous jazz camps, universities and conservatories around the United States, South America and Europe. He has played in countless bands including those of Cecil McBee, Tom Harrell and the Vanguard Orchestra and has performed with and/or recorded and/or arranged for numerous jazz luminaries. He has published two books with Sher Music Publishing, "The Jazz Musician's Guide to Creative Practicing" (2007) and "The Jazz Singer's Guidebook" (2009). Now appearing more and more often as a bandleader, David Berkman has performed solo and with his quartet, quintet and sextet at festivals and clubs in the United States, Europe and Japan, most recently at the North Sea Festival, the Edinburgh festival, the Belfast festival and the Cork Festival.
Mezzo-Soprano Jan Bickel was born and educated in the Midwest; earning a liberal arts degree in music from St. Mary's College at Notre Dame, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Chicago Conservatory of Music under the mentorship of renowned contralto Madame Sonia Sharnova, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. She has received awards for her singing from the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Musicians Club of Women, and the Foundation for the Arts in Chicago, was a finalist in the National Opera Association vocal artist competition, and a regional finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist competition.
Giulio Marco Bordogni, usually called Marco Bordogni, was an Italian operatic tenor and singing teacher of great popularity and success, whose mature career was based in Paris. Bordogni was born in Gazzaniga, near Bergamo, Italy. He was a product of that really exceptional Bergamo tenor school which originated with Giacomo David and Gaetano Crivelli, and in which can also be counted, in addition to David's two best pupils (namely his son Giovanni and Andrea Nozzari, both notable in Rossini's operas), and besides Bordogni himself, also Domenico Donzelli and Giovanni Battista Rubini ..
Bordogni made his operatic debut at La Scala, Milan in 1813 in Rossini's Tancredi, and became very active in promoting that composer's music. He appeared in many of Rossini's operas on their first presentation in various towns and theatres. In 1825 he created the role of Conte di Libenskof in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims. He sang for many years at the Theatre des Italiens in Paris. He became a teacher at the Paris Conservatoire in 1820 and continued to teach there until shortly before his death, which occurred in Paris..
Soulful, Inspiring, Passionate, Beautiful - these words describe the songwriting and singing talent of Terri Brinegar. Since her relocation to Nashville, Tennessee, Terri has been writing music of diverse influences, from Jazz to R&B to Adult Contemporary. Her melodies are never predictable, her words are positive, uplifting, and inspiring, and the music is soulful and rich in texture. Terri likes to write with a definite groove in her songs, but feels that the melody is the most important part of the song. An accomplished musician who grew up playing a variety of instruments, Terri graduated with a degree in Classical voice and even attended The Juilliard School of Music in New York City. She is a seasoned professional with years of stage experience from her years of performing in the Los Angeles Blues circuit. Her voice has been described as "a weapon of great caliber for minds and hearts" and "one of the strongest on the scene".
Aside from his duties as department head of The Vocal Institute of Technology, Mike Campbell has maintained a busy career as a vocalist, including seven solo recordings as well as appearances with artists as diverse as Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Mancini, Nancy Wilson, Roger Miller, Bobby Darin, Petula Clark, The Supremes, the Mamas and the Papas, Quincy Jones, Joe Williams, Tuck & Patti, Benny Carter and the North Carolina Symphony.
Mike has recorded seven solo albums, and is featured on the Herb Geller autobiographical "Playing Jazz" on Fresh Sound Records.
Wes is an eclectically-talented musician living in San Francisco, CA. He first began teaching vocal percussion -- the art of human beatbox -- in 1995, and has taught thousands of students in private lessons, lectures and demonstrations. He is the "drummer" for The House Jacks of San Francisco.
Wes was born in Gary, Indiana, and split his attention between math and music through grade school and high school, earning state-level awards in both fields. He turned his back on music after graduating from MIT with a degree in computer science... but it didn't last.
In 1995, he joined the Boston "vocal band" Five O'Clock Shadow. Soon after, he enrolled in the Berklee College of Music and began to make a name for himself as one of the world's finest vocal percussionists. As an authority on mouth drumming, Wes leads private lessons and workshops around the world, and is well-known in a cappella circles for the award-winning Mouth Drumming instructional video series. In 1998, Wes moved out to San Francisco and was immediately recruited to perform with the popular rock-band-without-instruments, The House Jacks.
Tim Carson is the founder of Vocal Artistry and the Vocal Artistry Training Series. A professional singer and vocal coach, Tim has worked in the music industry for over 20 years. In 2000, Tim earned a Master's Degree in Voice from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois.
As a teacher, he remains active conducting seminars, workshops and coaching individual clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. Tim was on the faculty at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois for three years and served as the vocal department head for the Willow Creek Arts Center and played other roles directing singers in his 12 years on staff at Willow Creek in the Chicago area.
As a singer, Tim has enjoyed a very diverse career performing professionally in Musical Theater, Jazz, Opera and with bands singing pop/rock.
Tim's students include Broadway professionals, recording artists and thousands of others all over the world who just love to sing. Tim Davis, vocal contractor for the FOX TV show GLEE says, "Tim Carson is an amazing vocal coach..in my opinion the best out there today!".
Joanna Cazden, MFA, MS-CCC, is a speech pathologist specializing in voice rehabilitation and a respected advocate for holistic, multi-disciplinary voice care. Joanna offers private services in voice rehabilitation and training, workshops and master classes for voice students, and seminars for speech pathologists and vocal arts teachers.
Joanna also sees voice patients by medical referral at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's outpatient Voice program. Helping to found this program in 2001, she has treated well-known pop singers, actors, broadcasters, and musical-theater artists. She was a clinical instructor for ten years at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and has presented scholarly papers at major voice conferences in the USA UK, and Mexico. In 2004 she was named a Fellow of the California Speech and Hearing Association, an award that honors excellence in clinical service, teaching, and community service.
Judy Clark's vocal style is reminiscent of female singers during the 30's, 40's and 50's. From big band to gospel, from love songs to ballads, Judy's voice and presence are perfect for intimate settings. As a recognized lyricist and songwriter, she has five CDs and over 20 songs to her credit. Judy is also the author of three renowned books: "Reach for the Stars," a compilation of voice techniques for singers; "Speech and Diction," a widely used teaching book for families and medical professionals who deal with those suffering from Parkinson's disease; "Speech and Diction for Professional Speakers," a comprehensive vocal training kit for public speakers and actors.
Jay has gained worldwide attention as both performer and teacher. She has appeared at major venues including Lincoln Center, Sweet Basil, Town Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz Alley, and the North Sea and Montmartre Festivals. She has taught at Universitat fur Musik in Austria, Bud Shank Jazz Workshop, and at City College and the New School in New York City. She has co-taught with Sheila Jordan at the Vermont Jazz Workshop, Jazz in July in Mass., Banff Center in Canada and was on the jazz faculty of Cornish College of the Arts for 20 years.
Jay has performed and recorded throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe with leading jazz and new music artists including Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Reich, Julian Priester, Stanley Cowell, Kirk Nurock, Gary Bartz, George Cables, Jane Ira Bloom, Jerry Granelli as well as with the a cappela group Vocal Summit; Urszula Dudziak, Bobby McFerrin, Jeanne Lee, Norma Winstone. Her current projects, covering both standards and original music, integrate poetry and electronics into her music. Her projects reflect the diversity of her art and her live performances, which range from duo to sextet, are unique events that draw from all of these collaborations.
Jay's artistic versatility, so highly regarded by fellow artists, is apparent in her discography.
Giuseppe Concone, the famous Italian Master of Singing and Pianoforte, was born in Turin in the year 1810. His musical education was had in Turin, where he continued to live until he met with discouragement on the failure of his first opera, 'Un episodio di San Michel,' which was performed in 1836. In 1837 he moved to Paris, where he became famous as a teacher of the piano forte, singing, the theory of music and composition. While resident in Paris, Concone became very popular as a composer of Romanzas, Arias and Duettini; but his chief title to fame rests on a Series of Solfeggi which have a world-wide reputation and are everywhere in use - they are eminently practical and melodious, with a flowing accompaniment.
He is known chiefly by his Vocal Exercises, of which he published five books. These exercises are for soprano, mezzosoprano, barytone and bass. They have been republished a number of times and are highly thought of and largely used by singing teachers.
Rose Coppola. Vocal and Dance Instructor and a versatile entertainer, Rose has appeared with Center Stage Theater Company, Buck's County Playhouse Summer Stock, Dance Theater Productions of New Haven, Lee Lund Dance Studio of Milford, CT, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps of NYC. Rose attended the University of Rhode Island, Southern Connecticut State University, and University of Bridgeport. She is co-Owner of RVP Studios.
Rose teaches voice & dance instruction to over seventy students per week. She also does artist development and talent consulting with partner Lisa Towles; their company under the umbrella of RVP Studios is L&R Entertainment. Rose is the creator and author of her own Instructional DVD entitled "ROCK YOUR VOX", distributed worldwide by Alfred Music Publishing, CA. Rose has completed four albums of original material and has worked with incredible writers: Frank Vinci (wrote for Tim McGraw), Joe Vitali (toured with CSNY), Joe Walsh (Eagles), Glen Jordan (Sha Na Na), and Nick Nasko (guitarist).
Melissa Cross talks a lot about emotion and letting things happen naturally - about avoiding contrivance at all cost. So it should come as no surprise that what brought NYC's most forward - thinking voice teacher to her profession was not a conscious decision, but the same path that led to the development of her innovative technique: personal experience.
The journey began when Melissa made a move from years of traditional music study at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England to a career as a performing rock artist. All the years of perfecting her voice through classical training suddenly made little sense. "My voice lessons had absolutely no context in rock," she remembers. "They had no relevance to anything I was doing. I was basically screaming and throwing technique out the window to get a sound that felt real to me." It was only through a long process of figuring out how to really deliver those raw, heartfelt rock vocals without holding anything back - and without damaging her voice - that Melissa Cross discovered the technique that she teaches her students today.
Teri Danz, Ed.M. is a pro recording artist vocal, audition and performance coach with record credits, national press (Women Who Rock Magazine), a BA in Speech Pathology and a Master's in Education. Her act has PRO Endorsements by Sennheiser and Crate (Loud Technologies). Credits include: 12" dance/club hit, songs in Indie films, Tower records in-stores, acoustic recordings with Buddy Halligan (Barry White, Ray Charles, Anita Baker), and many others. Vocal producing/coaching clients include recording artists Pic Vicious (Myspace #1 unsigned band -June 2008), Kara, Sarai Givaty, and many others. She received a nomination for Best Female Vocalist of the Year, All Access Music Awards 2005. Danz & TDB guitarist, Tim Weber, played the Mackie Booth at NAMM 2007 and the Sennheiser Booth in 2005. Danz is a published author, having written articles for music magazines and websites. Her articles have appeared in Electronic Musician, LA.com, Roland and Boss Users Group Magazines, Guitar Player's Christian Guitar & Bass, and many more.
Over a long and distinguished career, Tona de Brett has become known and respected as one of the foremost authorities on the voice. Having gained an ARCM in teaching at the arts centre at Dartington Hall, she taught at the City Lit for many years, as well as other adult education centres. For the past few years, she has taught exclusively from her north London home. Tona has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs and was asked to write articles for 'International Musician and Recording World'.
Martha Elliott has enjoyed a rich and varied performing career including a wide variety of repertoire and styles. Her crystalline voice, impeccable musicianship, and dynamic presence are equally at home in music of the Baroque with period instruments, opera, musical theatre, chamber music and contemporary avant-garde. She has toured all over the world with new music ensemble Continuum, performing in New York City, South America, Europe and Asia as well as throughout the United States. She has worked with over 50 composers presenting their new works, and has been critically acclaimed for her performances of Pierrot lunaire, and the music of John Cage , as well as for the role of Miranda in the world premiere of Peter Westergaard's opera The Tempest. She has also presented world premieres with the Princeton University Orchestra while on tour throughout Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom. Martha has sung with the Naumberg Award winning New Millennium Ensemble, and is a member of Philadelphia's Network for New Music. She has also appeared at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival as well as New York's Knitting Factory and Sonic Boom Festival. She is featured onthe new CD Geenyoch, music of Jennifer Margaret Barker, which was nominated for three Grammy awards, including best new piece, sung by Martha Elliott.
Shirlee Emmons, born in Wisconsin, took her undergraduate degree at Lawrence University. She then pursued graduate study at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where she was a student of the legendary soprano Elizabeth Schumann. Aided by a Fulbright Scholarship, she studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milano, Italy, under the tutelage of Maestro Mario Cordone, whose training was done under his mentor, the great Arturo Toscanini.
Shirlee Emmons maintained a private studio in New York after teaching for 35 years on the faculties of Columbia University/Barnard College, Princeton University, Boston University, and Rutgers University. She was the author of five books: The Art of the Song Recital; Tristanissimo: the Authorized Biography of Heroic Tenor Lauritz Melchior; Power Performance for Singers; Researching the Song, and Prescriptions for Choral Excellence.
A world-class vocalist, Jeannie Gagne has sung with Philip Glass, George Duke, opened for Bare Naked Ladies, performed for NBC-TV with comedians Penn and Teller, toured with reggae legend Frankie Paul, and sings on the soundtrack for the feature film "Anima Mundi" (1993). She has received extensive press coverage such as feature stories on PBS's All Things Considered and the CBS Evening News. Literally singing with the soundtrack of West Side Story before she learned to speak and writing songs since toddlerhood, Jeannie has always known that music is her life.
A veteran performer, Jeannie is a voice professor at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she teaches voice and performance in pop/rock, blues, jazz, folk, RandB and classical styles. She has developed into a rare vocalist and teacher with seemingly limitless styles and chops at her disposal as well as considerable charm on stage.
Renee Grant-Williams has coached hundreds of successful singers, from newcomers like Miley Cyrus to veterans like Linda Ronstadt. Singers find that her reality-based techniques free up the voice and support the high notes, yet keep the singing real and honest. Renee doesn't feel her job is to teach people how to sing, but how to remove obstacles that may be preventing them from singing their best.
She's been a consultant to nearly every major record label and recording studio in Nashville. Her satisfaction comes from hearing the difference she's made in so many artists' careers.
Alan Gumm is professor of music education at Central Michigan University, where his responsibilities include Women's Chorus, music education methods, choral literature, graduate research, and student teacher observation. He is the author of the books Making More Sense of How to Sing and Music Teaching Style, editor and contributing author to The Choral Director's Cookbook, and contributing author to The Music Director's Cookbook, all published by Meredith Music. His research and writing can be found in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Choral Journal, Visions of Research in Music Education, and the Southeastern Journal of Music Education.
"I've been fortunate in my life in many ways, including having spent the early part of my career singing with and composing for artists and companies including Stevie Wonder, Def Leppard, Patti LaBelle, Christina Aguilera, Wyclef Jean, Babyface, Jessica Simpson, Smokey Robinson, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Usher, Cirque du Soleil, Disney, and American Idol.
I'm grateful for these experiences, as they enabled me to nurture and pursue my true passion: helping others to discover and develop their best voices. For fifteen years, I've had the privilege of working with a wide variety of groups and individuals- including Grammy, Emmy, CMA, and Tony award winners, as well as corporate clients across an array of industries- to release mental and physical inhibitions, establish personal, professional, and performance confidence, and communicate with authenticity, humility, and strength."
Diane Haslam, born in Mansfield, England, graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music. A mezzo-soprano soloist who has performed in operas, recitals, and orchestral concerts in England, Europe, and the United States, she has been a respected voice teacher for more than twenty-five years. At Newberry College, South Carolina, she was Adjunct Professor of Voice and there developed courses in Vocal Literature and Diction for Singers, coaching students in six languages. The author has given Master Classes in vocal performance and led workshops in holistic singing in England and the United States. Her private voice studio, Vocal Dimensions, is in Aiken, South Carolina, where she resides with her husband. She is the founder and musical director of the Aiken Singers. She contributes monthly articles on singing to a musicians' blog at www.musiccollective.org. The Heart of Singing is her first book.
For over 25 years,Doc Holliday has pursued the highest level of vocal performance.He has global contributions from working in inner city schools to ancient tribal ceremonies in Africa.He is an active producer and vocal coach utilizing his own "Natural Voice Technique". His great grandfather was one of the first vocal coaches in America touring the Southern United Sates at the turn of the century. Doc's mother was a classical musician working in Memphis and Los Angeles.As a child,he would often entertain his family with performances,actually playing all of the instruments himself.After finishing his education Doc entered into the professional world of music and has worked with some of music's greats artists like Quincy Jones,George Clinton,Backstreet Boys,Britney Spears,En Vogue,Earth Wind&Fire,Toni Braxton,Brian McKnight,Hillary Duff,TLC,The Jonas Brothers,Tyrese Gibson.
"A talent to be reckoned with" - Music Connection Magazine in Los Angeles said in a review of her one-woman show "Opr'a to Pop'ra." Elisabeth Howard has been called a Vocal Chameleon. Her expertise and ability to sing in styles from Blues, R&B and Country Western, to Jazz, Musical Theater and Opera is unparalled! Ms. Howard is an accomplished coloratura soprano, belter, master voice teacher, songwriter, actress and author. Elisabeth holds a B.S. and M.S. in Voice from the Juilliard School of Music and is currently on the voice faculty of Pepperdine University. Ms. Howard has been on the voice faculty of Indiana University, University of Southern California and Hunter College in New York, where she also maintained a private vocal studio for over twenty years, teaching scores of Broadway performers. Ms. Howard is the founder of the highly respected Elisabeth Howard's Vocal Power Academy , in Los Angeles, established in 1980, which is comprised of a network of certified Vocal Power Instructors throughout the Greater Los Angeles area, who teach the Elisabeth Howard "Big Break" TV Show Finalist Leonard Moss, Natalie Cole and Elisabeth Howard Vocal Power Method. Elisabeth has had clients on American Idol, Star Search, TV, film, recording, Broadway, Off-Broadway and National tours.
Audrey Hunt is one of those kinds of people that truly care about those she teaches. Her support know no bounds. She is a leading singing instructor. as well as a professional pianist with over 32 years in the music business. Audrey's list of students include first time singers to Broadway and Recording Artists. She appears frequently on Talk shows and offers seminars and workshops nationally. Audrey designs individual lessons to meet the specific needs and goals of her studens.
Kendrick Jacocks is one of America's promising singers. Through the guidance of legendary teacher of bel canto, Virginia Zeani, Jacocks developed a large wide ranged tenor voice, which he uses with deep feeling and astute dramatic sensibility. The tenor has also studied with Mignon Dunn and the late Charles Riecker, both long time members of the Metropolitan Opera. Jacocks studied the operas of Richard Wagner with Roberta Knie, a Wagnerian soprano, particularly successful as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde. In 2005, Jacocks sang Verdi's Otello with Opera Donetsk, Ukraine and at the major summer festivals of Spain, including the Municipals of Torremolinos and Don Rodrigo. In 2007, he created the role of Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello" in "Strangers", an opera collage by Janka Voigt (dramaturge at Oper Wiesbaden) and Florian Lutz, presented in Berlin, Germany at the famous Art Deco styled Hebbel-Theater.
Ellen Johnson began her performing career in Chicago singing everything from folk, pop, blues, jazz, musical theater, and classical repertoire. She has sung and studied with many exceptional musicians including Louie Bellson, Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Charles McPherson, Roy McCurdy, Pete Christlieb, John Clayton, Don Braden, Kim Richmond, Willie Pickens, Gene Aitken and many more. Her two jazz CD's, "Too Good To Title" and "Chinchilla Serenade", have received critical acclaim and international airplay even receiving Editors Choice in Cadence Magazine.
Ms. Johnson, who has a Masters degree from San Diego State University in Vocal Performance has been on the voice faculties of the University of San Diego, the Old Globe Theatre's Masters of Fine Arts program and has given master classes in vocal jazz at the University of Southern California. She was in the "Who's Who of Americas Teachers 2002" and was a keynote speaker on the "Art Song of Duke Ellington" for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) international conference. She served as President and founder of the Jazz Vocal Coalition (JZVOC, www.jzvoc.org), past Jazz Editor for Singer&Musician Magazine, past president of the San Diego Chapter of NATS, and was the California vocal jazz representative for the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE).
Brian Kane is currently a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow in music at Columbia University. He earned his doctorate in Music Composition from UC Berkeley in 2006, and was a fellow at the Townsend Center for the Humanities. In addition to being an award winning composer he is also highly regarded jazz guitarist.
Kane, born in 1973, was raised in Los Angeles, California. As a youth, Kane taught himself to play the guitar and the saxophone, developing a keen interest in jazz and classical music. During his tenure as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, he began gigging on both instruments, playing at local clubs and venues, while pursuing degrees in Music and Philosophy.
Mak "Makky" Kaylor is called "The Voice" by many of the music industry's elite and is featured nationally on Radio, Records, Motion Picture Soundtracks and literally hundreds of Commercial Jingles. There is sincerity and soul in Kaylor's music that sets him apart from other artists. Considered an A-List Session Vocalist in Nashville, Makky is gifted with a highly celebrated smooth, soulful vocal style that has brought him great respect from listeners, legendary figures in the Music Industry and peers alike.
Carol Kimball, Emerita Professor of Voice and Barrick Distinguished Scholar at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, earned a reputation as an expressive and versatile performer in opera, musical theater, and on the concert stage. As a recitalist, her imaginative programming and the unusual scope of her repertoire garnered critical praise. She became a specialist in French repertoire having studied and coached with Pierre Bernac, Gerard Souzay, Martial Singher, Thomas Grubb, and Dalton Baldwin. Her recording of French melodie with pianist Thomas Grubb by can be found in many college and university libraries.
Mary's career has encompassed a wide range of roles, including that of performer, teacher, coach and most recently broadcaster and writer. A popular and highly experienced mezzo soprano, Mary has worked with leading conductors and numerous orchestras across the world, and has made a particular feature of the contemporary classical repertoire.
Mary is also in demand as a writer. In 2007 The Singer's Handbook (Faber) was published, co-written with Anthony Legge. This has been followed by the first two parts (English and French repertoire) of a projected series of selected vocal repertoire collections with coaching notes, The Boosey Voice Coach. The German repertoire volume is in production.
What sets Darlene Koldenhoven, this beautiful tall blond Grammy Award winner and three-time nominee, apart from the rest . . . It could be her worldwide 1.5 billion viewing audience on PBS as the memorable vocal soloist in Yanni, Live at the Acropoli. In addition to her career as a recording artist, Ms. Koldenhoven is a respected music educator with a magna cum laude Master's Degree in Voice and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Chicago Conservatory College.