My primary inspirations come from my extensive training in the Roy Hart approach to the voice, as well as Kristin Linklater’s progression of  ‘Freeing the Natural Voice.’

Both of these approaches deeply inform my tools and teaching style.  The Roy Hart approach is less of a clear progression and more of a philosophy that opens beyond conventional understandings of range and can expand into what is called the extended voice.   The approach works with ideas such as: the voice is not limited to gender, the breaks in the voice contain valuable information, and the voice is a manifestation of the soul.  Linklater’s approach focuses first on opening and relaxing the vocal channel, so that a relationship with the voice can be developed, and liberating the voice in the process.   Some of the things that most inspire me from these approaches, is their awareness of the idea that the voice is affected by culture, socialization, and the daily traumas of being silenced.

My work also bridges the intuitive and creative part of working with the voice, with voice science.  As a vocologist and Speech-Language Pathologist, my work is grounded in science as well as art.

Wendy singing

(Image by Phil Timberlake.  Performance at the Centre Artistique du Roy Hart. Malerargues, France.)