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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Gary Kent Walth, D.M.A., is in his 18th year at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. As the Director of Choral Music Studies he conducts the Concert Choir, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the University's male chorus Mannerchor. He also teaches courses in Choral Music Education and supervises student teachers.
After receiving a bachelor of music degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, Walth taught and conducted choral music in high schools in North Dakota and Colorado. Walth earned both a masters and doctorate in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His first collegiate choral conducting position was at Minot State University (ND), where he served for eight years. An accomplished composer, Walth's compositions have most recently been featured at regional and national ACDA conventions and are published internationally. Several of his compositions are published by Hal Leonard, Inc. and Lorenz, Inc. His "Japanese Proverbs" was named as the WCDA composition of the year in 2000. An active guest choral conductor and clinician, Walth served as the director of music at English Lutheran Church, La Crosse for 16 years.
Roma's speciality is helping singers who have vocal trouble, including vocal fatigue and nodules. Her passion is teaching healthy singing techniques and performance skills. She also offers private songwriting lessons. She has not only worked as a professional performer herself, but as a vocal coach to many well known performers and actors, and those wishing to brush up their skills for auditions. She is passionate about keeping artists grounded and confident in their skills, regardless of what life throws at them. Please note that Roma is currently booked out for months in advance and may not be available to provide private lessons.
Michele is currently a faculty member at U.C.L.A. and previously taught at U.S.C., C.S.U. Long Beach and the Phil Mattson School. In demand internationally as a jazz clinician/adjudicator, recent notable presentations include the World Choral Symposium in the Netherlands, the National A.C.D.A Conference and the I.A.J.E Convention. Michele has served as co-chair of vocal jazz for I.A.J.E., as an ARTS panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and as co-conductor of the World Youth Choir.
Sam West is well known and respected within the UK music scene - especially for his work as a vocal trainer to contemporary singers. Sam works with many singers, and over the years has trained a wide range of artists. His vocal work is varied and involves coaching: individuals, groups, classes (adults, youths and also primary school), church worship groups and choirs.
Vocalist and jazz pianist Carolyn Wilkins has been an active participant in the Boston music scene for over 20 years as a performer, educator and composer. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, Carolyn is currently an Associate Professor at Berklee College. In 1989, Ms Wilkins developed a 45 minute "concert-lecture" designed to introduce an audience aged 2 to 92 to some of jazz's greatest composers, their music and the times they lived in. For the past ten years, she has given concert-lectures on "What Is This Thing Called Jazz - a History from New Orleans to Coltrane", "Black Women in Jazz" and "The Roots of Jazz - African Music, Spirituals and the Blues" for enthusiastic audiences in libraries, schools and colleges.
Daniel Zangger Borch (PhD of Music Performance), Voice Centre, Stockholm, Sweden, is the first singing voice specialist to scientifically study the functioning of the rock, pop and soul voice. He pioneered in subjects such as vocal distortion.
Daniel is a professional singer and contributes his vocal talents to CD's, TV and concert performances and is regularly hired as a guest speaker by singers and teaching institutions all over Europe. Daniel's methods are built on solid knowledge of what is known about the voice through physiology, anatomy and research and still totally true to the vocal ideals of a rock-, pop- and soul singer. Voice Centre is regularly consulted by the artist elite in Sweden. Including; record companies, production companies and a variety of education programmes around Europe, such as The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden.