Vocal Coaches and Educators

We have web pages on most all of the vocal coaches we carry.

the Sally K. Albrecht

Sally K. Albrecht is presently the Director of School Choral publications for Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. She is a popular choral conductor, composer and clinician, especially known for her work with choral movement. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Sally recieved a B.A. degree from Rollins College with a double major in Music Theater. From there she moved to the University of Miami where she recieved both an M.A. in Drama and an M.M. in Accompanying.

the Howard Austin

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.

the Jay Althouse

Jay Althouse received a B.S. degree in Music Education and an M.Ed. degree in Music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For eight years he served as a rights and licenses administrator for a major educational music publisher. During that time he served a term on the Executive Board of the Music Publishers Association of America. As a composer of choral music, Mr. Althouse has over 400 works in print for choirs of all levels.

the Susan Anders

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.

the Thomas Appell

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.

the Mark Baxter

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.

the Chris & Carole Beatty

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.

the Amparo Bellon-Champ

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.

the Roger Burnley

Roger Burnley is a dynamic vocalist based in Hollywood, CA. Roger is also a well respected vocal coach who has worked with many main stream artists including Brandy, Macy Gray, Nona Gaye, Ray J., and many more. He has performed all types of music which brings a very eclectic feel to the music on this CD. At a recent concert a reviewer commented that Roger was a wonderful mixture of Lionel Richie and Michael Crawford, aluding to the wonderful trained quality of his voice and the emotional impact it has on listeners.

the Anna Callahan

Anna Callahan is an award-winning arranger and a captivating performer. She has played trumpet and sung in various ensembles ranging from small combos and big bands to tight-harmony vocal jazz groups. Hers is a lifelong dedication to jazz: she wrote and arranged her first jazz composition for big band in high school, where she also won state awards for both vocal jazz and classical trumpet playing.

the Mike Campbell

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.

the Judy Clark

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.

the Jay Clayton

Internationally known jazz vocalist Jay Clayton is highly acclaimed for her perceptive jazz improvisations and vocal explorations. In 1963 she began her career performing the standards on the vibrant New York music scene. However, she quickly became a prominent part of the free jazz movement. Her work in these two worlds led to the development of a highly personal, wordless vocabulary later enhanced by her innovative use of vocal electronics.

the Rose Coppola

Vocal and Dance Instructor, a versatile entertainer in her own right, Rose has appeared with Center Stage Theatre Company, Buck’s County Playhouse Summer Stock, Dance Theatre 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. Co-Owner of RVP Studios, Rose teaches voice & dance instruction to over seventy students per week.

the Tona de Brett

Over a long and distinguished career, Tona de Brett has become known and respected as one of the foremost British 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, and is now considered one of Britian's most sought after vocal coaches.

the Shirlee Emmons

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.

the John M. Feirabend

Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in early childhood. He is a Professor of Music and the Director of the Music Education Division at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and is a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. Dr. Feierabend makes frequent presentations both in the United States and abroad and is the author of over 60 books, articles, CDs, DVDs and videotapes.

the Renee Grant-Williams

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.

the Audrey Hunt

Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in early childhood. He is a Professor of Music and the Director of the Music Education Division at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and is a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. Dr. Feierabend makes frequent presentations both in the United States and abroad and is the author of over 60 books, articles, CDs, DVDs and videotapes.

the Brian Kane

A dedicated music educator, Brian has taught classroom music in both public and private schools for over 10 years and given over 10,000 private lessons He has developed innovative teaching techniques for vocal pedagogy, jazz styles, sight reading, and melodic improvisational concepts.

the Darlene Koldenhoven

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.

the Lis Lewis

Lis Lewis is a voice teacher and performance coach in Los Angeles, CA. She has been training recording artists for over 30 years. Lis is the author of the books The Singer’s First Aid Kit and The Pop Singers Warm-Up both published by Hal Leonard and she is the publisher of the online ezine for pro singers, the Angel City Voice. In addition to private coaching, she has worked in collaboration with managers, record labels, producers, bands and songwriters in the recording and rehearsal studio to get the best performances from their artists.

the Roger Love

Roger Love has often been called the Voice Coach to the Stars. For over twenty years he has been helping to build some of the most successful talents in the entertainment and business worlds. His work with recording artists in the studio has resulted in over 100 million album sales worldwide. When Roger was 16 years old, he was already the singing coach for The Beach Boys, Earth, Wind, & Fire, the 5th Dimension, and The Jacksons.

the Lori Lyford

The Scottsdale Chorus is pleased and proud to be celebrating their first ten years with the dynamic Lori Lyford as their director. Lori came to Scottsdale from Yakima, Washington, where she had been the Director of the Rolling Hills Chorus in Region 13. Within a few short months, in her first appearance on International competition stage, Lori directed Scottsdale Chorus to a third-place international chorus medal in Indianapolis.

the Phil Mattson

Phil Mattson created the curriculum for the School for Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College, and directs the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and VoicesIowa in addition to his classroom teaching duties. He has taught at Pacific Lutheran University (WA) and served as Director of Choral Activities at Foothill College (CA) and Gonzaga University (WA). Mr. Mattson has published more than 70 choral and vocal jazz arrangements and compositions for various publishers, including UNC Jazz Press. He has been nominated twice for Grammy awards for arrangements and performance. He created the Phil Mattson School for Vocal Musicians in Spokane (WA) and led the Grammy-nominated P.M. Singers.

the Donna McElroy

Berklee Professor Donna McElroy is a remarkably talented performer, vocalist and arranger. She arranged and sang back-up on gold and platinum releases by Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Amy Grant, BeBe and CeCe Winans, and many others. She received a Grammy nomination for her own pop-gospel album, Bigger World, and won a Dove award for her contribution to the inspirational compilation album, Songs from the Loft.

the Victoria Meredith

Victoria Meredith teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting methods and vocal techniques, and conducts ensembles. She holds degrees in Music Education (Indiana University, 1972), Voice Performance (University of Northern Colorado, 1975) and Choral Conducting (University of Arizona, 1993). Choirs under her direction have received numerous honours and awards, including six CBC Choral Competition prizes and five performance awards from the Canadian Music Educators' Association.

the Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller is a musician's musician. Few players garner the sincere respect that comes when his name is mentioned. To have accomplished so much great work in such a short period of time is nothing short of remarkable.

the Dena Murray

Dena Murray has been the head of Vocal Technique at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, since 1996. With over 25 years of professional experience, some of her credits have included theatre production, summer stock, Shakespeare festivals, television and motion picture work, and voice-overs for commercial advertising. Some of Dena's private students include Sarah Hudson (Recording Artist, S-Curve/EMI Records), Judy Wexler, and Douglas Wood.

the Stephanie Nakasian

Stephanie Nakasian is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz as one of the world’s leading jazz singers. She first came to international attention in the mid-80s when she sang and toured with the vocal jazz master Jon Hendricks and Company – her “vocal jazz apprenticeship.” Since then, she has toured and recorded as a leader and with her partner and internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Hod O’Brien.

the Penny Nichols

Penny Nichols is a professional singer, composer, producer and educator. She has performed with Jackson Browne, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt, Jennifer Warnes and many other folk and pop legends. Penny’s powerful vocals earned her a platinum record with Jummy Buffett, a Grammy nomination with Arlo Guthrie and a Silver Ami Award for best motivational performance.

the Judy Niemack

Judy Niemack was born in Pasadena, California and began singing publicly at the age of 7 in church. Throughout her school years, she sang in every kind of vocal ensemble: madrigals, chamber choir, musical theatre productions, folk groups, rock bands, and eventually a vocal jazz quartet. When she was 17, she decided that singing was her life, and began to study classical voice with a teacher of "bel canto".

the Anne Peckham

Anne Peckham is a singer, voice teacher, and choral conductor. Recently promoted to the rank of Professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music, Anne teaches private voice lessons and directs the Berklee Concert Choir. She has developed curriculum for 'Elements of Vocal Technique,' a lab required of all of Berklee's vocal students. She also co-founded the college's 'Musical Theater Workshop,' a class that culminates each semester with recitals featuring full shows and scenes.

the Lisa Popeil

Lisa Popeil is one of America's foremost singing experts and has an international reputation as an innovator in the technique and pedagogy of vocal styles. She holds a Master's Degree in Voice from California Institute of the Arts and has taught professionally for over 30 years. Creator of the Voiceworks® Method and "The Total Singer" instructional video, Lisa brings her enthusiasm and long experience to the training of singers around the world. Her Voiceworks Studio is located in Sherman Oaks, (Los Angeles) California.

the Rhiannon

Rhiannon is a vibrant, gifted singer, composer and master teacher who has been bringing her potent blend of world music, jazz, improvisation and storytelling to audiences for over three decades. Her journey has taken her from a South Dakota farm to New York, where she studied theater and earned her MFA from Cornell University. For the next ten years, she worked as a singer, actor and director in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

the Seth Riggs

Seth Riggs is considered by many to be the best and most successful voice teacher in the United States. He is certainly the busiest. No other teacher, past or present, has ever matched his phenomenal track record. His students are a veritable "Who's Who" of singers, actors, dancers, and entertainers throughout the world. Seth Riggs's vocal technique and the methods he uses to teach the technique were forged and tempered by the fierce demands placed on the world's top performers, who must often perform several shows a night - night after night!

the Russell Robinson

Dr. Russell L. Robinson has been on the faculty at the University of Florida since 1984, where he is Professor of Music, Area Head of Music Education, and Education Liaison for the College of Fine Arts. Highly in demand, Dr. Robinson has made over 300 appearances as a conductor and presenter at festivals, workshops, honor choirs, all-state choirs and state, regional, national and international conferences in the US, Europe, China, Singapore, Japan, Africa, and Australia.

the Bob Rose

Bob Rose is a well known vocal instructor with a unique variety of talents and abilities. For 28 years, he has developed a specialized singing method to put into his CD book entitled "Contemporary Singing Techniques." He has worked with artists such as the Beach Boys, Mary Stuart Masterson, Members of the SF Chorus, and many others. Based on his state of the art recording experience from working with many famous producers, Bob offers his singers a unique blend of performing/recording experiences for all levels and styles of music and speaking.

the Gloria Rusch

Gloria Rusch is a multi-talented session singer, recording artist, performer and actress. In addition to recording and performing with John Novello, she has appeared with Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Al Jarreau, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, JD Nichols (The Commodores), and others. Her performances on record, on concert stage, and as an actress, have garnered rave reviews.

the Jim Snidero

Jim Snidero is considered to be one of the top authors in jazz today. A resident of New York City for over 20 years, he has made numerous recordings as a leader, and has performed and/or recorded with many important jazz artists. Snidero is on the faculty at the New School University, is an active jazz clinician for the Selmer Company, and author of the best selling Jazz Conception and Easy Jazz Conception series, published by Advance Music.

the Diana R. Spradling

Diana Spradling has successfully combined teaching and research by bringing music and science into partnership in her book, Jazz Singing: Developing Artistry and Authenticity ©. In the fall of 2003, after more than three decades of teaching voice and vocal ensembles, she founded the Applied Studio Technology Laboratory at Western Michigan University and has spent the past four years acoustically studying the voices of jazz and classical singers. Every jazz vocalist at Western spends time in the lab developing a vocal profile with the help of a software program called VoceVista, designed at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. This digital imagery resource investigates and analyzes sounds and degrees of technical facility of the singer in live and recorded situations. The information is recorded on real time spectrograms and indicates vowel definition, vibrato rate, degrees and consistency of legato, clarity of onsets and releases and resonance in the voice to name a few.

the Linda Spevacek

Over the past 2 decades Linda Spevacek has become one of the most successful composers in modern choral music. She has sold more than 7 million copies of over 700 published compositions and arrangements. Linda has continued to keep her compositions original and creative while maintaining the consistency and integrity that has given her a world-renowned reputation.

the Bob Stoloff

Associate Professor Bob Stoloff is currently the Assistant Chair of the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Bob is a distinguished guest conductor, clinician and choir/big band adjudicator of jazz festivals throughout the United States and Canada. His unique and comprehensive workshops include traditional scat singing, spontaneous group improvisation and rhythm section grooves.

the Mary Stultz

Marie Stultz is a music educator, composer, and choral consultant. She has published four books on music education, and has sponsored workshops, lectured, and conducted worldwide. Marie is an authority on training the young voice, and has devoted most of her life to training young singers in the classics. Over her more than 30-year musical career, she has trained thousands of accomplished students ranging in age from five to 18. Twenty-one of her private voice students have participated in the prestigious Tanglewood Institute.

the Karen Surmani

Karen Farnum Surmani taught elementary music for several years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She had a very successful program as an itinerant vocal and general elementary music teacher at LAUSD, teaching pre-kindergarten through 6th grade classes at multiple schools. Karen has extensive training in early childhood music teaching and has also taught middle school and at the University of Southern California. An accomplished classical vocalist, Karen has performed in venues around the world and continues to sing professionally.

the Makky Kaylor

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.

the Nancy Telfer

Nancy Telfer is a Canadian composer who has been a choral clinician and guest conductor for many provincial, national, and state organizations throughout Canada and the United States. For many years she has presented workshops on vocal production to both choral conductors and singers. Since 1979 Telfer has composed over 260 works for soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestra, bands, pianists, and choirs, most of which are published in Canada and the United States.

the Jaime Vendera

World-renowned voice strengthening vocal coach Jaime Vendera is most famously known as the first documented singer in world history to shatter a wineglass by the power of his voice alone. He has been seen on several nationally televised shows demonstrating the power of his “glass shattering” voice, of which a few include “Good Morning America” and The Discovery Channel show, “MythBusters”, as well as internationally in Europe and Japan. He has been featured in magazines, test books and on radio shows world-wide.

the W. Stephen Smith

W. Stephen Smith joined the Voice Faculty at The Juilliard School in the fall of 1998 after having served for eight years on the voice faculty at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. He has held a position on the voice faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1996 where he was honored in 2001 as a “New Horizons” faculty member. Additionally, Mr. Smith was on the staff of Houston Grand Opera as Voice Instructor for the Houston Opera Studio from 1990 to 2003. He is in great demand as a voice teacher for many professional and aspiring professional singers in New York City and around the world.

the Roma Waterman

To say the last two years have been a whirlwind would be an understatement for Roma Waterman. However, with all the accolades aside, it’s her story that is far more intriguing. Considering she was told 8 years ago she may never sing again after being diagnosed with a possible life long illness, it’s nothing short of a miracle to see her back on the stage again and literally touring the world. “I still find it hard to believe that I am here, and I am completely well. It makes me appreciate what I do much more – I am so grateful for the second chance”, she says.

the Michelle Weir

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.

the Sam West

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.

the Carolyn Wilkins

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.

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