Jeannette LoVetri, Artistic Director has been teaching singing since 1971 and has worked with all levels of singers, from absolute beginners to international celebrities. Her work has been recognized through awards and certifications worldwide. She is creator of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method which serves as Shenandoah Conservatory’s chosen method of voice training for the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute. These courses are also required for both master and doctoral degrees in vocal pedagogy and stand as the only CCM courses that are part of an accredited graduate program in the United States. Jeannette travels extensively, teaching, lecturing, and conducting master classes throughout the United States and in Australia, South America, and Europe. In New York, her students are Tony-nominated actors, Grammy-winning jazz artists, international rock stars, and nationally recognized children’s entertainers. She was on faculty at both Tisch and Steinhardt Schools at New York University for 10 years and has been a lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University. She was appointed lecturer at Drexel University College of Medicine by Dr. Robert Sataloff in 2008 and is a consultant to several of New York’s hospitals, working to retrain injured singers. Jeannette has been a keynote speaker at medical and educational conferences and published chapters in books on vocal health as well as pedagogical articles and voice science papers in top textbooks and journals. She is the recipient of the Van Lawrence Fellowship given by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and The Voice Foundation, where she is also on the Advisory Board. She is director of The Voice Workshop™ (thevoiceworkshop.com) in New York City.
Matt Edwards, Associate Director, is a professor of Voice at Shenandoah Conservatory, where he teaches pop, rock, country, and R&B to Musical Theatre majors. He is the author of “So You Want to Sing Rock ‘N’ Roll?” published by Rowman & Littlefield and sponsored by NATS. He has also authored chapters for “The Vocal Athlete” by Dr. Wendy LeBorgne and Marci Roseberg and “A Dictionary for the Modern Singer” by Dr. Matthew Hoch. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice, Southern Theatre, American Music Teacher, and NYSTA Voiceprints. His broad experience in both CCM and classical styles includes performing leading roles with Tri-Cities Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Cincinnati Opera, and Lyric Opera Cleveland Outreach, among many others. He has received awards in competitions sponsored by NATS, the Dayton Opera Guild, and the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. He has performed as a lead singer, guitarist, and keyboard player with numerous bands and worked with recording studios and record labels in developing vocal artists. He has presented at the Voice Foundation Annual Symposium, the National Center for Voice and Speech, the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA), the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Virginia Theatre Association and has been a featured clinician for the NATS National Conference, Duke Voice Care Center, Georgia NATS, North Carolina NATS, Valley of the Sun NATS, and at universities including University of Northern Colorado, Missouri State University, Mary-Hardin Baylor, and Illinois Wesleyan University. Online at EdwardsVoice.com andAuditioningForCollege.com.
Dr. Kathryn Green, Executive Director, is a full professor of voice and director of Shenandoah Conservatory’s graduate vocal pedagogy program. She has been instrumental in developing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Pedagogy program and initiating the first Master of Music degree in CCM Voice in the United States. Her research has been published in the Journal of Voice (An Analysis of Current Casting Trends in Musical Theatre) and pending publication in the Journal of Singing (Deciphering Vocal Demands for Today’s Broadway Leading Ladies). Her previous research has included a 10-year tracking of market trends in collegiate voice teaching positions presented at the Voice Foundation and a survey of vocal pedagogy graduate program in the United States at the Pan-European Voice Conference (PEVOC) in Dresden, Germany. She has appeared with the Erie and Buffalo Philharmonics as alto soloist in several oratorio performances. Her other roles have included Carmen (Carmen), Juditha Triumphant (Juditha), Gianni Schicchi (Zita), Seven Deadly Sins (Anna), Madame Butterfly (Suzuki), Hansel and Gretel (witch) and Suor Angelica (Principessa). Dr. Green received her DMA in Performance at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a substantial scholarship from the state of New York to research the Hymnody of the Seneca Native Americans, which became her doctoral thesis. She has been a guest clinician throughout the United States and internationally, including the Universität der Künste Berlin, Hochschule der Künste Lübeck in Germany and Sao Paulo University in Brazil.
Tom Arduini, choral specialist has performed with Oswego Opera and also performed ten seasons at Glimmerglass Opera. He currently teaches vocal music in the Yorktown, N.Y. and studies music at SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Oswego, The Hartt School of Music, and Shenandoah University. He holds a B.A., M.S. and a degree in education administration. He teaches at the Central School District where he also serves as the Music Department Coordinator. He teaches Somatic Voicework-The Lovetri Method™ in his private voice studio in Westchester County, N.Y.
Edward Reisert, choral specialist, serves as an Executive Board member of the New York American Choral Directors Association, earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Boston Conservatory and his Masters degree from State University of New York at Oswego. As a performer, Mr. Reisert sang with Glimmerglass Opera for five years and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2006 to attend the Mozart’s Worlds Institute in Vienna, Austria. He teaches Somatic Voicework™The Lovetri Method in his high school choral program, as well as his private voice studio in Westchester County, New York.
Robert Doyle, choral specialist, is an active performer, director and teacher of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method, having begun his studies with Miss LoVetri in the very first SVW Summer Institute. He serves on the Voice Faculty at Albion College and is the Director of Choral Activities and Theatre at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, Michigan. In performance and as a stage and musical director, Doyle is equally at home in both classical and CCM musical styles, performing with various orchestras and theatre companies throughout Michigan. In both the classroom and the studio, Doyle utilizes SVW® to benefit his extremely diverse clientele who range from cognitively and physically impaired students, high school and college singers, through performers in musical theatre, opera, independent recording artists and Grammy nominated blues singers. Doyle developed and coordinated the first of the SVW satellite locations in Michigan. He continues to coordinate the Level I offerings and Teacher Support Groups for the Great Lakes area, as well as presenting SVW sessions at various conventions and workshops. He is a Master Adjudicator and Clinician for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association and served from 2005-2010 as the Governor of the Michigan District of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is in constant demand as an adjudicator and clinician for numerous competitions and master classes throughout the Great Lakes.
Marcelle Gauvin is currently on faculty at the University of Massachusetts as their jazz voice specialist and is an Associate Professor of voice at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She performs regularly as a jazz vocalist after the success of her two nationally recognized recordings “The Edge of the Pond” and “Faces of Love” and is also a well-respected instructor and vocal coach in CCM jazz/pop techniques. For the past five years, she has been coordinator of the Level I Somatic Voicework™ course at UMass in Dartmouth, MA, and is a founding member of the New England Chapter of The Somatic Voicework™ Teachers Association. Her daughters, Kelsey and Kimber-lee Jacobsen, are both professional singers, Kelsey being a Level III certified SVW instructor and Kimber-lee a former member of the teen pop group Varsity Girls.
Jamie Leonhart is a musician, performer, songwriter, teacher, and coach who has a private teaching practice in New York City with a focus on pop, rock, singer/songwriter, jazz and R&B. She also teaches private voice lessons at The Masters School in Westchester. Jamie completed all three levels of Somatic Voiceworkteacher training in 2006. Her training includes vocal technique and style with Charles Hughes, Cari Cole, Claude Stein and Jeannette LoVetri: Somatic Voicework(TM). She has performed as a soloist from the stages of great New York Institutions including Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to intimate venues such as Joe’s Pub and Rockwood Music Hall. Jamie is employed as both a commercial voiceover artist and vocalist (Lifetime, Oxygen, Kohl’s, Betty Crocker, Neutrogena brand, Tresemme, Johnson & Johnson.) and also works extensively as a background and session singer (Donald Fagen, St.Vincent, Judy Kuhn, Paul Brill). Jamie’s debut record, “the truth about suffering” was released on Sunnyside Records. Jamie is a 2015 commissioned artist of The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub and is currently developing her first piece. Learn more by visiting www.jamieleonhart.com
Michelle Rosen, adjunct Assistant Professor at Westminster College of the Arts, voice instructor at the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus and has a thriving private studio in Brooklyn, NY. She has taught at NYU Steinhardt and the New York Open Center. She holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from NYU and received the Distinguished Voice Professional certificate from the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA). Certified in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method (Level III ) since 2005, she joined the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute faculty at Shenandoah University in 2012. Michelle has enjoyed a performing career in musical theatre and opera and has also sung rock and folk music. Professional credits include various settings of The Phantom of the Opera, 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 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.