BIOGRAPHY

 
In addition to my private voice studio, I give PowerPoint presentations of singing MRIs and fiberoptic laryngoscope videos to help singers and speakers learn how to build, repair and diagnose their vocal challenges for endurance.

There is an exquisite balance between the integrity of emotions and the integrity of technique. To rid ourselves of confusion, we have to learn about Performance Mode and the 10 Technical Commands to Vocal Mastery™.

I discovered that I have a voice; it took me from the highest-level conservatories that music education offers to the highest-level opera houses and concert halls in the world. But I also discovered that to sustain the demands of such a career, I had to have so much more. This I did not have. I had the talent and the voice, but I did not have the knowledge necessary to sustain the emotional and physical demands of singing.

In the middle of my career, the voice began to deteriorate. I was losing the entire upper octave. My low notes were disappearing. The volume and intensity decreased; breaks and cracks in certain areas of my range were evident; and sustaining a pitch or a phrase was close to impossible. An indescribable tension lived in the throat and neck areas any time I sang for even a few minutes.

Eventually, I ran out all my contracts and embarked on the most challenging part of this career of mine

My father was a retired otolaryngologist/ear, nose, and throat surgeon, and he told me that no one who had not studied or known about the application of vocal production could help me—not even he. “Doctors like myself are educated in the pathology of these areas. We are not educated in the nonpathological aspects of vocal production.” In other words, he did not know how to repair or fix a damaged voice!

I set out on the road to repair, starting with my father’s medical books. I learned the scientific facts about the breathing and vocal apparatus and began to see what Dad meant. A doctor could help me if I had a sore throat or some other pathological illness but would not have been able to repair tension in my throat or breaks in my voice or find the reason I could not sing that high note!

With years of study, rebuilding, and repairs to my own breathing and vocal apparatus, I discovered the road to optimal vocal production. My instrument has totally regained its capabilities.

I now wish to pass this knowledge to the rest of the world. I have control over my breathing and vocal apparatus. I tell it what to do. I do not hope that high note will come out. I do not hope it will function well. I do not wonder whether I can make it through the phrase or if the low note will be heard. I do not blame anything or anyone for its poor production. I now know it produces correctly, because I control what makes it function optimally.

This is the birth of Performance Mode and the 10 Technical Commands to Vocal Mastery™!

I look forward to meeting you at one of my PowerPoint presentations.