Shoulder Girdle Movements and Singing

The shoulder girdle movements and singing share an important relationship. Shoulders are complex entities that move in multiple different ways. Yet many of us habitually move our shoulders in only two or three ways, and that can lead to imbalances in muscular development and may cause vocal problems. Here’s an image of some of the […]

Tongue Position for Breathing

My dentist, the brilliant Dr. Erik Graham, told me two years ago that the place for the tongue when breathing at rest is on the roof of the mouth. It’s supposed to press up towards the heavens on the bone of the hard palate, NOT pressing forward on the upper teeth, mind you, unless you […]

The Devil On Your Shoulder

Judgment in Singing I used to criticize my voice all the time. When I was practicing, I could hardly make it through a phrase without finding fault with my diction, my intonation, my resonance, and (certainly not “or” in this case) my breath support. One of my favorite teachers told me to get the devil […]

Intentional Exhalation

Approximately one year ago, I completely changed my focus about breathing and air support for singing. For years, I’d been completely caught up in what my body was doing as I was inhaling. Was my throat open? Was my body free? Did I get enough breath for this next phrase? No was usually the answer to […]

Neck Strengthening Exercises

Many of our problems in singing come from muscular imbalance. The muscles in the neck and collarbones are often neglected, yet their ability to contract and relax in a coordinated fashion is directly related to producing a free vocal tone. Here are a series of exercises that, when executed properly, will ease tension in the […]

Birthday Blessing

May you joyfully lay to rest all things past which no longer serve you as you celebrate another year of blessed life. Happy birthday!

Soft Palate

Ah, the soft palate. That silly little thing that some voice teachers talk about incessantly and others never mention. I bet you’ve heard the instruction, “Lift the soft palate.” Or maybe someone told you to “raise your eyebrows” or to “lift the apples of your cheeks” or to “smile when you sing.” These are all […]

Learning to Exhale

Learning to Exhale I invite you to entertain a new perspective on breathing and air support for singing by learning to exhale. How often do we hear instructions on how to breathe in voice lessons? “Lift your chest!” Expand your ribs!” “Open your throat!” What other common pieces of advice on breathing and support for […]

Art Songs for mezzo soprano

Check out my new collaboration with composer Jan-Willem van Herpen, a new cycle of art songs for mezzo soprano with texts from Susan Sontag’s journals. Like us on Facebook at The Susan Sontag Project. We’ll post updates as the project progresses. Thank you for your interest!

Breathing IS Acting Workshop

Breathing IS Acting: Voice your magnificence! Few actors tap into the tremendous power of the breath in their acting. The practical workshop Breathing IS Acting: Voice your magnificence! teaches you to understand and use the interplay between the two. You learn powerful breathing and voice techniques. You apply them immediately to your acting. You make […]