What we know about the voice has changed a lot in recent years. I continue my education so advances in vocal technique and eliminating harmful and outdated thinking is a part of every training session.
After moving to Toronto from Montreal, Donna began a journey of vocal training that connected her with coaches in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville as well as the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
Although she found it beneficial, no one was able to offer a method that allowed her to progress to the level she felt she was capable of reaching. Repertoire work consisted of taking a piece of music and learning it phrase-by-phrase – identical to the original piece. She felt more like an impersonator then a singer.
It was clear that the only way she would find training that would bring out her full voice and individuality, would be to develop it herself. So she did………..
When Donna coaches a vocalist to develop their instrument “voice tones” and “styling” is used allowing the singer to explore greater vocal dimensions. Some people overlook that and simply imitate singers or styles, which never develops the voice properly and diminishes the authentic characteristics of their voice. This usually leaves the singer with a sense that something is missing or fills their mind with information not relevant to their specific voice gifting. This results in confusion about how to sing which does not produce results, only frustration. Donna clears up all the confusion and gets the singer on the fast track to getting the richness of the voice they know they have inside.
Her education in vocal technique and vocal health goes far beyond that of a Vocal Coach allowing students to learn advanced techniques tailored to the individual, their vocal needs and goals.
I have been involved in countless audition processes for commercials, tv, stage, and have worked with record companies, award winning producers, and vocalists preparing for recording, performing and touring. Business professionals and leaders sharpen their speaking and presentation skills through coaching too. Voice feminization and voice masculinization in the transgender community is becoming more and more common. It seems that everyone has something they want to do and they want to do it in the best way possible.
She is a member of SOCAN.
My personal voice training background has exposed me to all aspects of the human voice and all music genres. I have trained privately through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, have extensive training in various Speech Singing methods and I have continued my education through medical programs offered by universities/hospitals in both Canada and the USA for voice function.
LEADING EDGE ADVANTAGE - Be on the Forefront of Voice Development using Medically Proven Principles and Advancements:
1. TRANSGENDER VOICE AND COMMUNICATION TRAINING - SPEECH-LANGUAGE & AUDIOLOGY CANADA - 2016
2. OPTIMIZING TECHNIQUE 2015 EVIDENCE AND SCIENTIFIC UPDATES - Vocalizing with Ease: Provincial Voice Care Resource Program, supported by the Division of Otolaryngology, University of British Columbia and BC Provincial Health Services.
3. CLIENT-CENTERED MANAGEMENT FOR ADULTS FOCUSED ON ASSESSMENT AND TECHNIQUES - Current Evidence for the Contributions of ALERT Components 2014:
Vancouver General Hospital Pacific Voice Clinic, multidisciplinary clinic ALERT model as it relates to the voice and larynx.
4. I am grateful for all the mentors and doctors who have contributed to this particularly the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center - The Voice Group, Contemporary Voice Care, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center whose distinctive course offering on the singing voice significantly enhances my role as a Vocal Coach and Singing Voice Specialist. This journey into higher learning of the voice began in 2006 and continues today. Topics learned include but not limited to are:
5. Strain/Hoarseness, Vocal Nodes, and Voice Burnout: My training through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Voice Group means I can work directly with doctors to help you overcome voice problems faster and help singers relearn how to sing so a re-injury, which is common, does not occur. Because vocal technique is stopped immediately when strain and other voice concerns begin, medically safe voice work is introduced to rehabilitate the voice and keep the singer from digressing too far. Often, singers are not sure if they have vocal nodes but that can all be determined during a regular vocal lesson.
6. WHOLE BRAIN LEARNING - Educational Kinesiology Certification: Educational Kinesiology helps students leverage their training and tap into more of their potential through the balance between the technical and creative mind. It helps with memory retention and recall, and is used to speed up learning.
7. Additional Training: My personal voice training background has exposed me to all aspects of the human voice and all music genres. I have trained privately through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and have extensive training in several Singing methods.
I assist in many audition processes for vocalists for EMI Records, Canadian Idol, award winning producers and the Hummingbird Centre to name just a few. I have worked with vocalists from Sony/Curve and EMI Records preparing for recording, performing and touring.
My work has been published in the book “The Perfect Rehearsal” written by Dr. Timothy Seelig, PhD from the USA in his book entitled “The Perfect Rehearsal” in the chapter “Vocal Health in Rehearsal”. I am the only Canadian voice expert asked to contribute to his book so I am very appreciative to have been included in a book written by a man of his stature and musical accomplishments. In addition, I have had my writings and articles published over 240 times worldwide.
I have facilitated Voice Clinics at the Mohawk College – Careers in Music Conference, Corporate Public Speaking Conferences, and facilitated training sessions for artists with stage fright, and anxiety issues.
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