The inaugural VVT Instructor Program is complete, and we are so pleased to share the names of our eight new Vibrant Voice Technique Official Instructors! Please read down to learn a bit about each one. Each instructor is unique and offers a different perspective on the use of vibration for the voice. The instructors are all over the world, so you may find one near you!
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Available for sessions online and in person)
Stacey is an award-winning actress, voice coach and teacher, currently serving as the Associate Head of the M.F.A. Acting Program and Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech at Louisiana State University. She works primarily with actors, musical theatre singers, and professional voice users to support their healthy, expressive, and powerful communication. Her teaching uses the exercises of Vibrant Voice Technique® in complement to other methodologies of Theatre Voice, supporting the unique background and abilities of each client.
Toronto, Ontario (Available for sessions online and in person)
With over 25 years’ voice teaching experience to her credit, Norma is pleased to now incorporate VVT into her holistic approach. After completing a voice performance degree at the University of Toronto, Norma furthered her studies in London, England. Several years of private study with teachers and coaches from the Guildhall School of Music and Covent Garden led her to performances in Europe including a national solo tour of Poland. While overseas, lessons in Alexander Technique impacted her approach to singing so profoundly that it became a foundation for her teaching. She now has a thriving studio in downtown Toronto, teaching students of all ages and styles. In addition, Norma teaches privately at St. Michael’s Choir School, The Kingsway Conservatory of Music in Etobicoke and is a member of the College of Examiners of the RCM. Becoming an Official Vibrant Voice instructor now enables her to offer this technique to her students, as required, in their lessons. Group or individual instruction is now also available in VVT for other singers, actors, teachers, or anyone who may find their voice fatigues easily and wants to learn to use it more efficiently.
Portland, Oregon (Available for sessions online and in person)
Alexis provides services for those wanting to improve their vocal quality and ease, coaching performance artists as well as teachers, customer service representatives, and public speakers. Vibrant Voice Technique provides a quick and easy way to communicate with muscles that need attention for anyone struggling with their vocal health. Whether to improve resonance or sharpen articulation for presentations, Vibrant Voice provides great exercises to warm up the body and spark muscle engagement. Alexis’ technique focuses on breath work, muscle tension, confidence and presentation. It also uses Body Mapping, which looks at how the brain understands the structure, function and size of the body. This is most useful for reoccurring injuries, pain or discomfort associated with performing. Alexis has a background in singing, acting, as well as, training as a fitness instructor.
New York, New York (Available for sessions online and in person)
Claudia Friedlander is a voice teacher and fitness expert based in New York City. In her early years of teaching, frustration with the mechanical dysfunction some of her students possessed motivated her to study kinesiology. Since receiving her certification as a fitness trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, she has applied the concept of sport-specific training to singing. Dr. Friedlander has presented vocal fitness workshops for The Voice Foundation and the Performing Arts Medicine Association, and has been an invited panel discussant for OPERA America and NATS. Her students perform on Broadway and at leading opera houses. She contributes a monthly column to Classical Singer Magazine and authors a widely read and cited blog, The Liberated Voice. She serves on the faculty of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, where her most recent project was the development, in collaboration with Joyce DiDonato, of The Singer’s Audition Handbook, a career development guide for young singers.
Toronto, Ontario (Available for sessions online and in person)
With a master’s degree and over twenty years of successful practice as a voice coach, Jay provides expert training in vocal development and public speaking for business clients around the world. He has an avid YouTube audience and especially enjoys working with leaders and other professionals who are enthusiastic, open‐minded, and committed to personal growth. Jay offers Vibrant Voice Technique for anyone experiencing vocal strain and fatigue, for beginning students seeking a unique and accessible approach, and for experienced speakers who wish to optimize their abilities.
London, Hertfordshire (Available for sessions online and in person)
Michael is dedicated to helping all singers, vocalists and performers develop a healthy vocal technique, so that they can vocally ‘EXPRESS’ themselves; ‘EFFECTIVELY’, in whatever genre or style they so wish to; with ‘LONGEVITY’. Teachings incorporate the principles of Vibrant Voice Technique, to help reduce excessive muscular tension throughout the body; thereby, enhancing and increasing your own unique tone, range and resonance.
New York City Metro Area (Available for sessions online and in person)
Pamela is thrilled to be part of the inaugural VVT official instructor training group. She uses the VVT work to assist her clients in achieving vocal connection, authenticity and release. She is a professor, a vocal/dialect coach, and an executive presence coach. Pamela has been on faculty at Yale School of Drama, NYU and UCLA and is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at SUNY Purchase College. She received her MFA in Acting from UCLA and is certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework®, Laughter Yoga and Prana Yoga. She has used these techniques to develop work she has developed called Laughing Voice®. She has coached over 20 productions for the the Tony Award® winning Alley Theatre. She has also coached for: Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Primary Stages (NYC), Bay Street Theatre (NY), Underwood Theatre (NYC), The Play Company (NYC), The Edge Theatre Company (NYC), New York Classical Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC), Hampton’s Shakespeare Festival. Pamela has been on faculty at Yale School of Drama, NYU and UCLA and is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at SUNY Purchase College.