Technique is a Delivery System for Meaning

The title of this blog post is taken from an expression that I learned from director Jon Jory. A recent Instagram post of Daniel Barenboim inspired some lively discussion on the role of technique in artistry. It's very common today to see many discussion boards replete with information on technique and technical maneuvers. Barenboim's quote [...]

The Abt Collection

Many fine vocalization books have been published since the 18th and 19th century. In general, these books follow the same format of beginning with simple vocal concepts and gradually building more and more complex musical skills. While many teachers readily grab a copy of the Marchesi book, or the often utilized Vaccai, there is another [...]

Teach Less and Learn More

Cornelius Reid often said that as voice teachers we are in the business of observing a natural phenomenon and causing changes in that through the application of vocal exercises utilizing the triangle of pitch, vowel, and intensity. Much like contemplating the sea, a voice teacher's first goal should be astute and careful observation before any [...]