Honoring the Masters. Sharing the Journey.

Historical

This section lists Vocal Pedagogues that are no longer with us, but whose contributions to the world of vocology were highly influential.

Virginia Zeani

Virginia Zeani was a leading operatic soprano and a world-renowned voice teacher. She was born on October 21, 1925, in the small town of Solovastru, Romania. Zeani decided to become an opera singer at the age of nine when she heard a performance of “Madama Butterfly”.

Kristin Linklater

Kristin Linklater (1936-2020) was a renowned voice and speech coach who became one of the leading figures in the world of theatrical voice training. Linklater was born in Edinburgh in 1936 and raised in Scotland. She trained as an actor and her most important mentor and teacher was Iris Warren, with whom she studied with at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

Eládio Pérez-González

Eládio Pérez-González was a teacher and singer born in Asunción, Paraguay, in 1926. He began his singing career at age fifteen when he joined the Ateneo Paraguaio choir. In 1947, at age of 21, he moved to São Paulo, Brazil, where he developed his musical studies, started a family and began his professional activities as a singer.

Cornelius L. Reid

If the student stops “doing” and “goes with the rhythm,” while at the same time the exercise pattern selected meets his growth needs, the vocal

Gunnar Fant

Gunnar Fant was a researcher, scientist, author and a pioneer in speech communication. Fant was born in Nyköping, Sweden, on October 8th, 1919. He completed

Todd Duncan

Robert Todd Duncan (known as Todd Duncan) was born on February 12,1903 in Danville, Kentucky. He was an American opera singer, actor, and voice teacher.

Oren Brown

Oren Brown (April 13, 1909 – March 6, 2004) was a world renowned American voice pedagogue and voice teacher. He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts and earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and a master’s degree in music composition from Boston University.

Sylvia Olden Lee

Sylvia Olden Lee was born in 1917 in Meridian, Mississippi. Her mother, Sylvia Alice Ward, was an accomplished opera singer and her father, James Olden, was a minister and classical singer. At the age of 5, Olden Lee began performing and learning to play the piano.

Pier Francesco Tosi

Pier Francesco Tosi (approximately 1653-1732) was a male soprano, singing teacher, composer, and author. He has been called the “Grandfather of Bel Canto.” A trailblazer

Thomas Hemsley

“For true singing artists, when the moment of performance arrives, the act of singing should be an act of faith. They should be able to