BREATH | SPACE | FOCUS
Within each of these areas, there is a plethora of detail and exploration to be done in order to grow, expand, and be generous in singing and speaking. Speaking is putting consonants and vowels together to make sentences. Singing is similar to speaking, in that you elongate your vowels and sustain your vocal tone to create a longer line. Both singing and speaking are great ways to communicate.
In my own performing, I have learned to utilize a classically based vocal technique to build my voice. My teachers through the years have taught me many voice exercises that start with breathing in and out, making simple sounds, and connecting sound and breath together to utilize my voice. I teach my students the same way, from the very basic breath to stringing together vowels and consonants to expanding voice range and applying technique to repertoire.
I have been performing for audiences since I was 3 years old, singing, acting in plays, TV, and films, giving speeches, dancing, and teaching others. My piano skills began at age 5, and I am still using my piano as a support for vocal expression. My performing career has taken me from my hometown of Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana, to college in Deland, Florida, graduate school in Chicago, and then onto stages in Europe and around the US. I moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and now have a base studio in Koreatown. I have taught voice lessons and classes through churches, schools, colleges, and in my private studio for just over 20 years.
For my work at Los Angeles Opera, I won a Grammy Award in 2017. I know what I am talking about because I use it in my own work.
I believe in solid, voice technique that develops over time. I am not interested in creating a product with a short shelf life. I want to help people create a sustainable, reproducible voice technique that lasts a lifetime.