LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework
The LoVetri Institute in residence at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music
July 18 – 26, 2020
July 18 – 20: Level I
July 21 – 23: Level II
July 24 – 26: Level III
Somatic Voicework™ is a body-based method of vocal pedagogy that incorporates physical awareness, aural acuity, kinesthetic development and vocal freedom. It is supported by voice science, vocal hygiene and medical information. It promotes technical security, stylistic accuracy and personal satisfaction. It honors the wholeness of healthy vocal use and the individuality of every vocal artist. It was developed to address contemporary commercial music but encompasses all styles. Past participants have come from all vocal disciplines and nearly every state as well as 13 foreign countries. Participants have remarked that the work is different, new, unique, powerful, honest and open-hearted.
The three-tiered course of LoVetri’s method, Somatic Voicework™, is comprehensive but accessible to everyone from singers not yet teaching to those with decades of experience. Vocal function is clearly explained, and the exercises presented are designed to empower teachers to create solutions for a wide variety of pedagogical needs. Since 21st-century music continues to diversify, the need to understand vocal function, vocal health and voice science has never been greater, and new tools are needed to supplement those that were used for the past two hundred years. These tools are found in Somatic Voicework™. There is no special jargon, nothing to prepare, and it avoids any direct manipulation of the structures in the throat. It has the honor of having had 12 nationally recognized laryngologists as lecturers and four highly acknowledged speech language pathologists as faculty over the past decade. The training days are filled with information, demonstration and application balanced with camaraderie, networking and social interaction among participants at all levels.
Level I is called “Basic Application” and includes the following: introduction to functional principles of voice science and medicine. It guides singing teachers to enhance their own qualities as the “building blocks” of The LoVetri Method. It looks at terminology and at objectively describing vocal behavior. It also addresses attitude, intention and appropriateness of the interaction between student and teacher. Level I states that the teacher must have a clear intention for the vocal exercise when it is given. The teacher must know (a) either what is missing and needs to be added or (b) what is wrong and needs to be corrected, such that the student’s singing will somehow improve. It rests on vocal function, vocal health and on traditional pedagogy, but it is also meant to help singers be marketable. There will be a vocal health lecture by Chandler Thompson, DMA, CCC-SLP, from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Its main objective is to instruct the teacher how to listen functionally, to hear aural distinctions and relate them to responses.
Level 1 Learning Objectives:
- Participants will be able to describe methods for effective communication with singers and singing teachers.
- Participants will be able to describe musical vocal production, the way in which stylistic parameters impact voice production, the relationship between speaking and singing voice production, music industry terminology, and industry expectations for voicing style and vocal load.
- Participants will demonstrate that they are able to listen “functionally” to singers’ voices both from a vocal health and a musical perspective, including the distinction between hypo- and hyper-functional singing in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM).
- Participants will demonstrate the ability to assess the intention/purpose for any given sung vocal exercise.
Level II is called “Advanced Application” and is largely devoted to exploring how singing exercises work, what they do and why. It examines the age, background and desires of the students and how those things relate to the teaching process. It enhances the teacher’s ability to evaluate the students in terms of vocal behavior and aptitude. In Level II, the teacher acquires greater skill in choosing exercises that are appropriate and adjusting them to meet the level of ability of the student at any given point. There is also greater exploration of the many CCM styles, examining performance aspects that may impact vocal health. The main objective of Level II is understanding how to use vocal exercises functionally.
Level 2 Learning Objectives:
- Participants will be able to describe teachers’ rationales for choosing specific voice exercises in the singing environment and also how to evaluate the functional appropriateness of those exercises for individual patients.
- Participants will be able to evaluate singers’ vocal responses in the context of age, background, past vocal training, and natural aptitude.
- Participants will be able to verbalize at least two distinct ways in which specific Contemporary Commercial Music singing styles interact with vocal health.
- Participants will demonstrate basic competence in guiding a sample student through a sequence of Somatic Voicework™ singing exercises with supervision by LoVetri Institute faculty.
Level III addresses “Repertoire, Problem Solving and Voice Medicine”. It features a noted music theater expert from New York City, Andy Einhorn, Music Director/Conductor of multiple Broadway shows, who will conduct a master class in audition skills with chosen participants. Level III also touches upon acting for Music Theater and provides an excellent and quick approach to teach pitch matching for anyone with that problem. It promotes interdisciplinary interchange, i.e., the need for fellowship with Speech Language Pathologists and Medical Doctors. It also supports the idea that teachers should acquire the ability to read, understand and possibly even undertake research of interest to those in voice disciplines.
Level 3 Learning Objectives:
- Participants will be able to verbalize at least two considerations for communicating and collaborating with their patients’ singing teachers to support their progress during therapy and transition back to the lesson environment on discharge
- Participants will be able to state at least two potential impacts of vocal disease processes, injuries, medications, and phonosurgery on singing voice function.
- Participants will be able to verbalize at least two physiologic voicing demands that are specific to singing at the professional level in the Broadway environment.
This is an intensive vocal health course for graduates of Level III of Somatic Voicework™ in any year prior to 2019. Dr. Milstein will cover a review of basic vocal anatomy and physiology, refreshing the definitions of terms used in clinical and medical discussion of vocal problems. It will present typical problems, through audio and visual examples, of various types of vocal pathology and vocal illness or injury and help singing teachers identify their student’s auditory cues for suspicious vocal qualities and behaviors. Recommendations for referring to a voice care team will be discussed, as well as suggestions on how to interact with these medical professionals to assist in the vocal health of the students. Other topics will be addressed at his discretion. Singing teachers will be free to interact with Dr. Milstein to clarify various issues or questions. The course size is limited, so those who are interested should register as soon as possible.
Soul Ingredients®, led by Trineice Robinson-Martin, Ed.D, EdM, MM, is a voice pedagogy method created to nourish both the development of the voice and execution of one’s own soul’s expression through song. The focus of this methodology is to train the voice as an instrument, develop style, and nurture personal expression within an interdependent framework. Goal and parameters for voice training are determined by: cultural and stylistic expectations of the genre performed; physical vocal capabilities of the performer; and identification and establishment of the performer’s unique personal expression, as articulated through the stylistic vocabulary of the genre being performed.
This three-day intensive Soul Ingredients® Methodology Course explores pedagogic strategies for defining and developing these three major areas training as applied to individual singers.
The senior faculty are both experts in the method and are excellent examples of how this work, which started out as being unique to Jeannette LoVetri, can be used effectively by everyone. They bring decades of experience as educators and vocalists to Somatic Voicework™ and understand the open-hearted philosophy which brings together science and art, pedagogy and personal expression, and a trust of the body’s ability to produce beautiful, authentic sound in any voice and in any style.
Jeannette LoVetri is founder and director of The Voice Workshop™, creator of Somatic Voicework™ and creator of the original course for Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy, which for 13 years garnered over 1200 participants from all over the USA and 12 foreign countries.The work is unique, practical and based on voice science, vocal health and vocal function. It has received rave reviews from vocal experts in every discipline and has had a significant influence on vocal pedagogy worldwide.
For 45 years LoVetri has delved into every aspect of singing as both teacher and vocalist. Her studies took her to the world’s greatest voice experts and through all manner of vocal investigation. Her work with laryngologists and speech language pathologists, and her broad base of experience teaching all levels of singers from beginners to international celebrities, has allowed her to develop an approach to teaching singing that is effective with all of today’s Contemporary Commercial Music styles.
Michelle Rosen teaches musical theatre majors at Tisch School of Drama, New York University and is assistant professor at Westminster College of the Arts. She is the senior voice teacher at the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and is in demand as a private teacher in her Brooklyn, N.Y. studio. She holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from NYU and received the Distinguished Voice Professional certificate from the New York Singing Teachers' Association. Certified in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method since 2005, she joined the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute faculty in 2012. Michelle has enjoyed a performing career in musical theatre and opera and has sung folk music and with a rock band. Professional credits include various settings of "The Phantom of the Opera," most notably playing Christine in the Lloyd Webber Phantom in Germany. Other credits include Aldonza in "Man of La Mancha," Rosabella in "The Most Happy Fella," Carrie in "Carousel," Jeanie in "The Stephen Foster Story," as well as leading roles in such operas as "The Medium" and "Dialogues of the Carmelites." She has appeared in Europe, in New York venues, in regional theatres across the country and on National Tours, and twice had the honor of singing the National Anthem at Shea Stadium.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Fiedler teaches music in her own private studio, and is the Director of Music at Holy Family of Nazareth Church. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at Mount Wachusett Community College, the Voice Consultant for the Arts Magnet at Burncoat High School, and is a soloist at local churches, colleges, and with the Greater Gardner Community Choir. Betsy enjoys performing on the stage at Theatre at the Mount and Greater Worcester Opera Company, and sings at local nursing homes. She has recorded 3 CDs of contemporary Christian Music. Her enthusiasm for music spills over into her teaching style and is evident in her performances. She has interest in many types of music from classical and sacred, to music theatre and jazz. Her love of learning has compelled her to seek out additional professional development and course work with the motivation of becoming the best teacher and singer possible. She holds a BS and MM in Music Education, and has completed coursework in Vocal Pedagogy. Betsy is certified in Levels I, II, III of Somatic Voicework ™ the LoVetri Method, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Pastoral Musicians, and National Association for Music Education.
Barbara Wilson Arboleda, MS CCC-SLP is a voice-specialized speech-language pathologist and voice teacher. She is currently practicing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Through her private studio, Voicewize, Barbara offers private lessons, workshops and courses. Barbara’s special interests include power voicing (such as rock and pop singing and loud speaking voice), training for young children, and downregulating the fight or flight system to support improved voice function.
Barbara trained at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where she also served as Clinical Coordinator from 2013-2019. She is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and served two terms as the Boston Chapter President. Barbara is a charter member of the Pan American Vocology Association.
In terms of recent performance, Barbara released the EP of her music In Hiding in 2017 under the moniker Morgan Duran. She performs in the Date Night with Barbara & Teja weekly podcast.
Lucinda Halstead, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery and the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina and is the Medical Director of the MUSC Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing. She is President Elect of the Performing Arts Medicine Association and the laryngologist for the internationally renowned Spoleto Festival USA. She publishes and lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of vocal health, performing artist wellness, disorders of the singing voice, singing voice dystonia, hearing loss and noise exposure in singers, laryngopharyngeal reflux disorders, pediatric performing voice issues and pediatric voice and swallowing disorders. Her passion is to share state of the art information on voice and performing artist health to singers, voice teachers, voice students (middle school – university) and theater groups. Professional societies include the Performing Arts Medicine Association, The Voice Foundation, Collegium Medicorum Theatri, and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, amongst others.
Claudio F. Milstein is the Director of the Voice Center at the Cleveland Clinic, and the coordinator for the area of Voice and Voice Disorders at the American Speech and Hearing Association. He is an associate Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and holds an Affiliate Scholar appointment at Oberlin College. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, he completed his Masters in Speech Language Pathology at the Medical School of the University of Buenos Aires, and was a professor at the National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in Buenos Aires, specializing in voice for stage. After relocating to the USA, he received his doctorate in Speech Sciences from the University of Arizona, interned at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School, and at the Speech Research Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
His clinical interests are in laryngology and voice disorders. He has been actively involved in the clinical management of voice patients for over 20 years, has authored numerous publications related to the human voice and its disorders, and is frequently invited as a lecturer at national and international meetings. His expertise in voice, particularly in the treatment of Functional Dysphonias and Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion and related disorders has garnered media interest, with radio, newspaper and television interviews across the United States and South America, including National Public Radio (NPR), ABC World News, Fox News and MSNBC. Through the media outlets, he has been able to reach, educate, and advise thousands of patients with voice disorders and healthcare providers across America. His current areas of interest include laryngeal hyper-reactivity, functional voice disorders, upper airway dysfunction, and care of the professional voice.
Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin has dedicated her career to performing and developing resources for teaching jazz, gospel/christian, R&B, rock, country, and pop singing styles in an applied/private voice lesson setting. She completed her doctoral work at Teachers College Columbia University. Dr. Trineice holds master degrees in music education and jazz studies from Teachers College and Indiana University-Bloomington, respectively, B.A. from San Jose State University, and is a Level III Certified Instructor in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Dr. Trineice holds faculty positions at Princeton University as the jazz voice instructor and director of the Jazz Vocal Collective Ensembles I and II. She serves on the National Faculty in the academic division of Gospel Music Workshop of America, and serves as the Executive Director of the African American Jazz Caucus, Inc.
Based on her graduate research, Dr. Trineice created Soul Ingredients®, a teaching methodology for developing a singer’s musical style/interpretation in African-American folk based music styles (i.e. jazz, gospel, R&B, blues, etc.). This methodology shows students how to take their personal experiences, musical influences and models, and execute the different components in a manner that is personal to the singer/performer’s own personal expression.
Tuition: $425.00/participant per level (Early-bird pricing of $395.00 before March 1, 2020).
Limited automatic payment installments are available. It is preferred that participants pay via credit or debit card through the online registration, however checks are accepted. Please call the BW Community Arts School office to arrange for this.
Recertification: Any participant who would like to retake a level is offered a discounted rate of $200 on that level.
Please contact the BW Community Arts School office to obtain a discount code for your tuition prior to registering.
Housing and meals are not included in the tuition.
Baldwin Wallace University School of Education CEUs
Graduate level credits are available through Baldwin Wallace University School of Education for this course. 1 CEU is available for each Level, and is an additional $208.00. Registration for CEUs can be added to your regular attendance fees when you register online.
- Lovetri Level I: Baldwin Wallace EDU 565-PD27
- Lovetri Level II: Baldwin Wallace EDU 565-PD28
- Lovetri Level III: Baldwin Wallace EDU 565-PD29
Limited on-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you have registered for the Institute, reserve housing online.
Rate: $90 per night/per person (includes linens, lunch and dinner each day)
Sonesta ES Suites Cleveland Airport: $95 per night with the Group Code “0719BWLOVE”, includes complimentary breakfast buffet. Airport and Institute shuttle service will be available for hotel guests.
More housing information is available here.
On-campus Meal Plan
Attendees staying off-campus may purchase a meal plan for $24/day which includes lunch and dinner at the University restaurant on the days of the Institute. Reserve your meal plan here.
The University restaurant meals will be open to any attendee throughout the Institute; payment will be accepted at the door.
The LoVetri Institute will take place at the Boesel Musical Arts Center, Baldwin Wallace University, 49 Seminary Street, Berea OH 44017.
Air Travel: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is located 3 miles from campus. Shuttle service is available to the Institute hotel, Sonesta ES Suites.
Driving: Free parking is available on campus.
Faculty and Speaker Disclosures
The faculty, speakers, and course planners for the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework have the following disclosures to make:
The following are receiving an honorarium for their participation in the Institute: Amanda Chmela, Chandler Thompson, Betsy Fielder, Andy Einhorn, Karen Erickson, Claudio Milstein, Trineice Robinson-Martin, Michael Benninger, and Michelle Rosen.
Jeannette LoVetri owns the intellectual property rights for Somatic Voicework and receives monetary compensation for her workshops and teaching, including for this institute.
Adam Sheldon and Meredith Kurtz are employees of Baldwin Wallace University and receive a salary for their work.
Jeff Costello is the owner of Jeff Costello Sound Services and receives a salary for his work.
Michael Benninger has published several books on the topic of voice care and laryngology and receives royalties from Plural Publishing and JP Press.
Trineice Robinson-Martin owns intellectual property rights in Soul Ingredients and receives monetary compensation for her workshops and teaching.
Chandler Thompson is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Buteyko Breathing Association.
Jeannett LoVetri is an Artist-In-Residence at Baldwin Wallace University for the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework.
Michelle Rosen and Betsy Fiedler are Senior Faculty for the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework.
The following are members of the Somatic Voicework Teachers Association: Amanda Chmela, Betsy Fiedler, Trineice Robinson-Martin, Moran Cohen Talmor, Jeff Costello, Michelle Rosen, and Billy Gollner.
This course will focus exclusively on the Somatic Voicework method and limited to no information will be shared about other methods of voice work.