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Judi Vinar

Judi Vinar

Living in: Annandale, United States.

Starting her professional career in 1983, Judi combined 4 years of classical voice training with previously self taught strategies to enter the world of pop, folk, musical theater and eventually jazz, gospel, and world music. This journey quickly revealed that classical training is one style, and to manage a healthy instrument under the demands of other musical styles required further study. Decades of singing and teaching led her to the Alexander Technique, Voice Science and most recently Feldenkrais Technique and Bio Mechanics. Beyond the Sciences, Judi believes in a Mind - Body - Spirit approach to singing. "Every voice has within it an unlimited potential for beauty, versatility, energy and power." When Judi works with a singer, she sees potential (often placed just behind the student's perceptions of what singing is "supposed" to be.) Judi partners with singers to help them find vocal freedom; unlimited and true to their unique expression of self.

Judi began teaching at Music Tech in Minneapolis in 1994. She developed curricula for Vocal Study in Contemporary Styles, and was instrumental in helping the school garner accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Music, as well as move from a tech school to McNally Smith College of Music, a full degree granting program and candidate for Regional Accreditation. Judi served as the Voice Department Head for 15 years. (Education: BM in Vocal Performance - University of Nebraska Lincoln, Masters of Education Music Emphasis - University of Minnesota Twin Cities)

Now a freelance vocal clinician, Judi gives Master Classes and Clinics on Vocal Improvisation, Efficient Vocal Techniques, Understanding Your Audience, and Ensemble Performance Strategies. She is a faculty member for "Circlesongs" a 7 day workshop on improvisation with Bobby McFerrin at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY.

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