Invincible Summer Collage

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”― Albert Camus In order to cope with a summer of horrible “mystery…

Creative Renewal: Five Responses to What Have You “Done” Lately?

The other day, as private students were passing each other in my small waiting room, I introduced them to each other. I usually introduce students to each other by way of cool tidbits. I said “Steven, meet Carolyn–she loves the American songbook and is a wonderful singer.” “Carolyn, meet Steven, he is also a voice…

Vocal Master Class #9: Beliefs that Hinder Singing

In this next post for Somatic Education, Functional Voice Training and Vital Singing…Connecting the Dots, “Alex” is an amalgam of two students that I found to be exceptionally challenging to work with, but ultimately rewarding. There were many moments when I struggled with “do I keep this person in my studio or admit defeat and pass…

Vocal Master Class #8 May I Be Franck?

This week’s post on Functional Voice Training, Somatic Education and Vital Singing…Connecting the Dots, features a manner of working that is dependent on the student being both musical and a musician. Musical means there is expression in the voice, (phrasing, colors, emotional connection, etc.) regardless of technical and personal issues, and a musician means discerning…