Biography

A beautiful voice is a free voice. The practice of singing unleashes the flow of creativity, endows greater depth and nuance of feeling, and empowers expression. It integrates body and mind.

It’s my aim to revolutionize the way singers think about and develop classical vocal technique. Advances in the fields of biomechanics, sports science and psychology have yielded information and resources that are of tremendous benefit for my community. It’s time to allow traditional methods to evolve with the help of modern insights and technologies.

My studio includes professionals, emerging artists and avocational singers who perform everything from opera to Persian classical music to death metal. I contribute a regular monthly column, “Musings on Mechanics”, to Classical Singer Magazine, and I oversee The Voice Studio Group on Carnegie Hall's interactive educational web site Musical Exchange. I earned my BA in Music at Bennington College, MM degrees in both Voice and Clarinet Performance at Peabody Conservatory, and a DMus in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at McGill University. Voice teachers who have significantly influenced me include William Neill, Dominic Cossa, and of course my beloved mentor and colleague W. Stephen Smith.