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In 2021, I created a course to train and certify other voice professionals to teach gender-affirming voice work. Through building this community I hope to grow awareness and help make this form of vocal support more accessible. Below is a directory of the voice professionals who have passed through my teacher training course. So far, we have teachers in 6 different countries, teaching in 4 languages!

(If you would like to take my teacher training, click here!)

How to use this directory

The teachers on this list come from varying backgrounds of expertise. Search this page (press Control-F or Command-F) by keyword to find someone who best suits your needs. You can also scroll through to discover them all!

All teachers teach online and in-person unless "online only" is specified. Please contact an individual teacher through their website for their availability and rates.

Ash Zvonham

she/they 

 

Central to my philosophy is helping my students build the voice that suits their needs and desires rather than conforming to external ideas of what a voice should be.

 

Ash Zvonham (she/they) is a classically-trained singer and voice coach from the capital area of Michigan in the US. She started her career looking to teach music in public schools, acquiring degrees in Music Education (BSEd) and Music Performance (BFA) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but has since shifted to focus on what she feels is an incredibly important niche: vocal coaching for her fellow trans and non-binary people looking to shape their voices, both musically and conversationally. She is currently teaching with Modulation Institute, an online voice-coaching group, conducting in-person lessons at Wild Ferns Wellness Center in Lansing, MI, and moderating the Modulation Institute community discord. Attendees of her online lessons also get to enjoy frequent visits from her rotund cat, Sienna, who is constantly searching for attention and will acquire it at all costs.

Emily Bate

all pronouns

 

Vocal freedom and creative expression for queer and trans people!

 

  • Location: Philadelphia, Central Vermont
  • Languages: English
  • Other Specialties: beginners, songwriting, vocal arranging
  • Website: www.emilybate.com

Emily Bate is a multi-disciplinary artist and harmony freak, working in music performance, theater, choral music and social practice. Emily founded and conducts a 65-member queer community chorus called Trust Your Moves, an experiment in collective singing designed around liberation and co-creation, based in Philadelphia. Emily works with queer and trans people to unlock vocal potential, access our innate creativity, and create queer community. Emily teaches voice 1-1 and group voice lessons with sliding scale prices and a commitment to accessibility, including trans vocal workshops with colleague Julie Lipson.

Maureen Batt

she/her

 

Curiosity, compassion, and collaboration motivate and support me.

 

  • Location: Halifax, other Maritime locations, and Toronto
  • Languages: English, some French and Spanish
  • Other Specialties: Voice and movement. Voice/body/mind connection and wholeness
  • Website: maureenbatt.com/voicelessons/

Maureen Batt (she/her) focuses on celebrating new music by collaborating with composers to commission, première, and re-perform their works. Her discography includes ECMA-winning Lighthouse (with Grej); JUNO-nominated Breathing in the Shadows; Aunt Helen; Mirror, Mirror; and Lady of the Lake. Her latest EP is Durme, Durme: Four Ladino Songs.

Celebrated for her “rich, warm sound and masterful acting” (Opera Canada), Maureen has created many Canadian opera roles. Maureen is the co-Artistic Director of Essential Opera with Erin Bardua, producing operas since 2010. In 2015, Maureen founded Crossing Borders, a contemporary Western art music recital series which has toured the United States, Canada, and Colombia as well as digital broadcasts. Maureen has commissioned and premièred many works for Crossing Borders and Essential Opera.

She has a Master of Music from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University (French/Spanish). As a pedagogue, Maureen has been a regular vocal coach on faculty at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, is a frequent festival adjudicator, and offers masterclasses and workshops on voice and movement play. She is a Wholeness in Motion practitioner and does ongoing professional development with Dr. Shannon Coates and Babette Lightner. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Music Centre. Maureen is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For more information and to listen to Maureen’s music visit maureenbatt.com and @maureenbattsoprano

Bram Van Oudenhove

they/she

 

I would like to help you discover the voice that matches your identity and that feels comfortable

 

  • Location: Aalst (Belgium), Ghent (Belgium)
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French (EU)
  • Other Specialties: basic piano skills, modern dance, vogue/ballroom dance (pop, dip & spin)
  • Instragram: @voice_balance

Bram is graduated as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Ghent University (Belgium). They are specialized in voice disorders in teachers and singers, singing voice and gender-affirming voice. She studied several singing techniques to adapt their teaching skills to each individual student (Universal Voice System, Estill Voice Training, Modern Vocal Training, Complete Vocal Technique, IVA, ...). As a singer, Bram is mostly seen on stage as a musical theatre actor and dancer. Finally, they are happy to work on your speech goals, musical theatre repertoire, pop/rock repertoire, classical repertoire, while taking into account vocal balance and vocal health.

Elizabeth “fig” Harris

she/they

 

Providing a therapeutic space for experimenting with self, sound, and creativity.

 

  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Languages: English
  • Other Specialties: Music therapy, piano, guitar, ukulele, voice, music theory and songwriting instruction
  • Website: fignewtunes.com

Elizabeth “fig” Harris is a queer non-binary music therapist, music instructor, and art pop artist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

They became a board-certified music therapist after they studied music therapy and jazz voice at Duquesne University (Class of 2017), and in 2020, she started her own business FIG NEW TUNES LLC, for private music therapy, music instruction, and their own music performance ventures and experiments.

She recently put out an album in February of 2022, called “Soft Animal”— an indie pop album about exploring the effects of trauma on self perception and interpersonal relationships. She has been creating music under “fig” since 2016; her classical voice juxtaposed with pop beats parallel the duality of her traditional Catholic upbringing and queer radicalism.

Fig dreams of a day where those two aren’t seen as conflicting. Biblically, figs are dualistic. They’re prosperous as often as their rotting signifies loss. Elizabeth sees her own duality as an internal fight, created because of society's expectations that we can only be one thing or nothing at all.

Fig is a place to unleash those feelings.

Erin Bardua

she/her

 

My approach is student-led and evidence-based with an emphasis on consent, inclusion, and accessibility in the studio, rehearsal, and performance.

 

  • Location: Atlantic Canada
  • Languages: English
  • Other Specialties: Technique for singers of Western classical, jazz, music theatre, and commercial styles; acting and communicative performance for singers and voice users
  • Website: www.erinbardua.com

Soprano Erin Bardua is a soloist, voice teacher, and stage director. Erin's practice as an artist encompasses new composition, early music, the work of historically excluded and underrepresented artists, musical theatre, and commercial styles. Recent highlights have included works by Missy Mazzoli, 17th century Benedictine nuns, and herself; a fully-staged and pandemic-masked production of Fun Home (as Helen), and film versions of short operas like "Mirror, mirror" by Anna Pidgorna (as the Mother/Evil Queen) and "December", a queer holiday romcom by Monica Pearce (as Julia). Erin has been on faculty at Mount Allison University, teaching applied voice and lyric diction; she has also stage directed the Opera Workshop and assistant-directed in the Drama department. In all her work, Erin focuses on helping artists use their voice as singers, communicators, and humans with autonomy and agency in their creative work. Her private studio welcomes singers and voice users at all levels of experience.

Christopher Donoso

he/him

 

My goal is to give people the tools they need to modify their voice, both with me and on their own, and to have fun doing it!

 

  • Location: Online for New Jersey and New York Residents
  • Languages: English
  • Other Specialties: Special Education, Pediatric Therapy, Voice therapy, Feeding & Swallowing, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Website: www.cdspeech.com

Chris Donoso (he/him) is an ASHA certified queer speech-language pathologist (SLP), licensed in New Jersey and New York. He specializes in pediatric language services, alternative communication, feeding and swallowing disorders, voice disorders, and gender affirming voice modification. During his graduate program, he learned about voice modification therapy, and wanted to learn more about providing that service for his community. Not being able to find a placement to learn how to provide gender affirming voice care, he started his own private practice and learned from people in the community and service providers from around the country. He truly believes that learning never stops and continues to expand his knowledge and experience within the realm of voice through vocal training from different providers, research, and speaking with voice & singing professionals from the LGBTQIA+ community. He strives to provide quality therapy that is both affordable and accessible. Outside of his work, he enjoys playing video games, tabletop games, gardening, exercising with friends, and watching movies (usually horror).

Alison Hiester

she/her

 

I’m committed to empowering you with individualized instruction, guided practice, and encouraging feedback to facilitate the development of your authentic voice in the healthiest way possible!

 

  • Location:¬†Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Certified Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) licensed in PA, CO, and OR, Online Only
  • Languages:¬†English
  • Other Specialties: ADHD, Stuttering/Fluency, Physiological / Clinical Voice¬†Disorders, Professional Speaking, Speech Sound Disorders
  • Website:¬†https://prismaticspeech.com/about-us/#alison

Alison (she/ her) has been an SLP in the US for over 20 years. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA, and is currently licensed in the states of PA, CO, and OR. Her background includes language and speech sound disorders, accent modification, stuttering, public speaking, cognitive behavioural therapy, and voice. Alison enjoys being a lifelong learner, and through further training and exploration, she’s found her passion for gender-affirming voice therapy. Alison takes pride in a clinical style which focuses on integrative, compassionate care. She strives to provide her clients with a safe space that encourages self-care, discovery, and creativity. When Alison isn’t with her clients or behind the lens of her camera, she can be found climbing rock walls, loudly making music, volunteering at the Clemente Museum, writing, playing with dogs, cooking for those she loves, or exploring her city and beyond. Alison is neurodivergent (ADHD) and feels especially fulfilled by helping humans to love themselves first as they uncover their strengths... as well as their voices.

Camille Rogers

they/them

 

Committed to offering an accepting and exploratory space for students and musicians of all levels to develop holistically

 

  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Languages: English
  • Other Specialties: classical music & musical theatre
  • Website: camillerogers.ca

Camille Rogers (they/them) currently studies at the University of Toronto, pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts with a Collaborative Specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies.  Their research, supported by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, investigates how problematic historical works of music theatre can be transformed and made relevant to today’s audiences through the bodies of modern queer performers.  Camille has also been recognized for their work as Co-Artistic Director of Toronto’s queer opera collective OperaQ, and has been invited to speak at related events hosted by Against the Grain Theatre, Amplified Opera, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto.

 Onstage, Camille has been praised for their “tremendous stage presence” and “real flair for comedy” (Operaramblings).  Their “gossamer mezzo-soprano” (Mooney on Theatre) has been described as “even-keeled and grounded even in times of intense physicality” (Schmopera).  Camille most recently appeared as Suli/Suzie in Buddies in Bad Times’s world premiere of Pomegranate, and as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with OperaQ.  Other past engagements include the role of Lake in FAWN's collectively improvised techno opera Belladonna, Young Girl in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Atelier, and the title role of L’Italiana in Algeri with MYOpera.  Camille has been featured as a soloist with the Toronto Bach Festival and has presented solo recitals with Centric MusicFest and Lethbridge Pride Fest.  Camille holds both a Master of Music and a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Toronto.

Ty Duong

they/them

 

Providing a safe, explorative space to foster our queer identities in music and voice.

 

  • Location: Vienna, VA, USA
  • Languages: English
  • Other Specialties: Piano, singing voice, singing while on testosterone
  • Website: tyduong.wixsite.com/tytytofu

Ty (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, neurodivergent lesbian that lives in Vienna, Virginia, US. Ty studied to be a music teacher by earning their BM in Music Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Ty Graduated with honors in May 2020. Their primary instrument is piano, secondary is flute. Ty has been involved in many different music ensembles over the years including marching band, concert band, jazz ensembles, various honors choirs, jazz acapella, musical theater, and more. Through their studies, Ty has learned to play many many MANY instruments at a fundamental level. Currently, Ty is working for Your Lessons Now LLC, an online lesson program that focuses on voice alterations for transgender folks. Ty has been working with them since January 2021 and was trained in voice alteration. Ty works from home in their home studio and also assists a local marching band program. In their free time, some of Ty's interests include seeing BTS live, watching anime, playing Nintendo video games, and playing with their pet rats :)

Erik Leuthäuser

he/him

 

I'm a queer/gay cis man with a jazz background. I bring a musical perspective to teaching trans voice alteration.

 

  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Languages: German, English
  • Other Specialties: jazz
  • Website: erik-leuthaeuser.de/

Erik Leuthäuser is an award-winning young German singer/songwriter/arranger/teacher based in Berlin using his native language and electronics to create his own concept of music somewhere between modern jazz and experimental pop. Based on his experiences as a young gay man in a big city such as Berlin the only way to be is honest and dedicated: In life and in music.

In May 2018 he released his 2nd studio record "Wünschen" on the prestigious record label MPS. Produced by American bass player Greg Cohen featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar) and Joey Baron (drums). He won several international jazz prizes e.g. 1st prize of the Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Jazz Competition 2018. Furthermore he sang background for Quincy Jones, George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jacob Collier.

Edith Boucher-Hazelton

any pronouns (they/she/he)

 

My teaching studio is a safe and accessible space for you to find your voice by learning tools and skills that are gender-affirming and create a sense of euphoria. 

 

  • Location: New York, NY, USA & Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Languages: English, French
  • Other Specialties: singing, piano, cello, upright bass, ukulele, swing dancing
  • Website: www.edithboucherhazelton.com/

Edith Boucher-Hazelton is a queer and gender non-conforming singer, instrumentalist, dancer, and gender-affirming voice teacher.

Edith has nearly a decade of experience teaching what they love: music and movement. They have a passion for all the ways we can express ourselves through our bodies. They received a bachelor's degree in jazz voice from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, and regularly perform in jazz clubs and concert halls throughout Canada and the US. Edith also performs and teaches swing dancing. Informed by their own journey of understanding and exploring their gender, Edith's trans voice coaching offers a mindful and joyful approach to learning how to alter our speaking voices to feel more like ourselves as we navigate the gendered world we live in.

Edith splits their time in between Montreal (their hometown) and New York City. In their free time, they enjoy doing yoga, nail art, and gardening.

Robin Love

she/they

 

I teach from a trauma-informed, somatic, and playful approach that aims to guide students toward the discovery of their own authentic forms of vocal expression.

 

  • Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Languages: English
  • Other Specialties: singing
  • Website: www.robinlove.ca/voice

Robin Love is a vocal coach and multidisciplinary artist based in Montréal, Canada whose ongoing artistic and vocal practices stem from a curiosity in the nature of process and an ongoing exploration of the myriad possibilities of being. Robin has created vocal exploration workshops in partnership with Project 10 Montréal for queer youth, as well as for the Trent Centre for Women and Trans People in Peterborough, Ontario.

Contact Robin

Tanya Nielsen

she/her

 

Let’s discover and love your new voice together!

 

  • Location: Online only
  • Languages: English, French, Spanish
  • Other Specialties: Music production, Songwriting, Creative expression through music and dance
  • Website: tanyanielsen.com

Hi! I’m Tanya. I’m a professional singer and songwriter with degrees in Music and Education from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a diploma in Composition from Grant MacEwan University, my home town, Edmonton Alberta. I’ve written and produced 2 full length albums throughout the years and have performed throughout the city of Montreal and other cities in Canada. I have been a school music teacher for over 6 years and private music and voice coach for over 15 years. Although my training is in jazz and classical, my main teaching area in private coaching has been in pop singing and songwriting. 

In my lessons I focus on helping and guiding my students explore their musical abilities and set them up to reach their tailored singing and/or voice goals from all levels. 

After recently completing the Trans Voice Alteration course offered by Renée Yoxon, I have gained a great amount of knowledge in vocal anatomy and exercises for transitioning voices - voice feminization, masculinization and neutralization. It is important for my students to know that their own unique set of goals are the focus of each lesson and it is my job to coach them along the way.  As a trans voice teacher, I prioritize a safe and encouraging environment for gender - affirming vocal exploration during lessons. I look forward to meeting you!

Kassy Coleman

she/her

 

I focus on guiding the person with the voice (YOU) to the core of yourself and what YOU want out of YOUR voice. 

 

  • Location: Madison, WI, USA
  • Languages: English
  • Other Specialties: Voice pedagogy, anatomy, an ERYT 500 and a level 2 Reiki practitioner. 
  • Website: jkcreativepractices.com

Kassy Coleman has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, both in vocal performance.  Kassy is also a 500-hour E-RYT (experienced registered yoga teacher) with over 2500 hours of teaching experience. Kassy is the creator and co-owner of JK Creative Practices where she teaches singers, yogis and voice-users of all ages.  She has developed a method of training singers, teachers and voice-users called The Elevated Voice Method that embraces the person as a whole, not just a voice.  She has offered workshops all over Wisconsin at universities and studios and in New York City with her mentor Dr Joan Melton.  Ms Coleman’s intention as a teacher, leader and guide is to offer tools that will empower everyone who works with her.

Judette Elliston

she/her

 

My ethos as a teacher is to give my students the tools to develop a voice they can use every day that aligns with their gender identity and brings them joy! 

 

  • Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Languages: English
  • Other Specialties: vocal technique, songwriting, and composition, vocal improvisation (jazz and circle singing techniques), jazz and pop/rock piano, music theory, and ear training.
  • Website: judetteelliston.com

Judette Elliston (she/her) is a vocalist, composer, and teaching artist who uses music not only as a form of creative expression but as a tool to foster community and connection. Currently, Elliston has a private studio of voice and piano students and teaches vocal jazz workshops for Afterwork Theatre. More recently, Elliston has begun to integrate gender-affirming voice work into her teaching practice. Whether she’s teaching a room of twenty or a one-on-one lesson, Judette strives to create spaces of generosity and mentorship in her teaching practice. An active bandleader and side-woman, she has performed at venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, The Victoria Jazz Festival, Williamsburg Music Center, and Dodge 112. In addition to performing her compositions with her quartet, Judette leads a Haitian folk music project that blends traditional Haitian songs with contemporary jazz. Judette holds a BFA with honors from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Talia Fuchs

she/her

 

My aim as an educator is to empower students with tools and knowledge to develop the voice they want in a playful and exploratory environment.

 

  • Location: Westmount, QC, Canada
  • Languages: English, French
  • Other Specialties: vocal cross-training, opera/western classical technique,  Broadway/belt technique, improvisation. Workshop facilitator with the LGBT+ Family Coalition.
  • Website: facebook.com/foxvox.music

Talia Fuchs is a New York born, Montreal based music educator, vocal instructor, singer, improviser, composer, and theatre artist. An avid performer of contemporary music, she is known for integrating operatic and contemporary vocal styles, theatrical training, and improvisational exploration. This interdisciplinary approach extends to her vocal studio, where she has been teaching and singing a variety of styles, from classical to pop, for over 5 years. Additionally, she draws from her decade-long study of stagecraft to help students develop as performers and interpreters. She has taught group classes and private voice lessons for all ages and levels. Her lessons are based on the joyful exploration of sound, rooted in an understanding of the voice, mind, and body, and focused on helping each student discover their unique voice and artistry.

Mathieu Meurier

he/him

 

I’m a trans, queer, online vocal coach with a diploma in speech therapy with a special interest in human voice.

 

  • Location: Online only
  • Languages: French, English
  • Other Specialties: Vocal coaching, speech therapy
  • Website: linktr.ee/MathieuMeurier

I was trained by speech therapists all round Belgium and France. I specialized in vocal training during my studies and I published my final essay on “the vocal masculinization of transmasculine people with and without hormones”. I’m a digital nomad : I travel a lot so I work at the moment only online, with people living mostly in Europe, in French islands and on the American continent. I work mainly with trans* and/or non-binary people, but I am open to cisgender people who want to work on their spoken / singing voice.

I have ASD and ADHD : I am safe and informed concerning neuroatypies and disabilities.

I have also a French Instagram and Tiktok account on which I give some advices and try to raise awareness : @transphonie

Brittney Martin

she/her

 

I am dedicated to fostering a partnership with each student and providing them with gentle guidance toward discovering a voice they love.

 

  • Location: Online only
  • Languages: English
  • Other Specialties: Voice therapy, American accent training
  • Website: lovingyourvoice.com

Brittney is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) in the US. She has a background in adult and geriatric cognitive communication disorders, swallowing disorders, speech sound disorders, fluency, voice disorders, gender-affirming voice training, and American English pronunciation training. Brittney currently serves US veterans through the Veterans Health Administration and is working to increase the number of transgender and gender non-conforming veterans who participate in gender-affirming voice care. She provides gender-affirming voice and accent training services to the general public through her private practice.

When she’s not being an SLP, Brittney volunteers as an LGBTQ+ crisis counselor and also fosters pit bulls through a local rescue. Living as a neurodivergent person (ADHD) in a neurotypical world, she is naturally drawn to people and animals who are misunderstood or stigmatized. Brittney’s highly empathetic and compassionate personality helps her to individualize each student’s pathway toward meeting their goals. Ultimately, she always hopes to incorporate healing into everything she does.

Merle Thordis

they/dey

 

The path to your own voice is a lifelong journey. Perhaps we will walk a part of the journey together?

 

  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Languages: German, English
  • Other Specialties: Music and movement, voice and movement, improvisation, performance,¬†exploring the¬†field of¬†‚Äěsound"
  • Website:¬†Merle-Thordis.com

Merle Thordis enlivens the interdisciplinary field of music and movement and works as a freelance artist in the field of dance, music/vocal, performance, choreography and pedagogy.

Merle studied eurhythmics/music and movement (B.A.) at the University of the Arts Berlin. Since 1998 they have been performing dance and music in various projects.

In collaboration with other artists they regularly develop creations in the transdisciplinary field of music/sound, speech, dance and video with respect to¬†cultural, sociological and political topics. Merle has been teaching not only music and movement but also singing in various styles for quite some time. Since 2021 Merle teaches the subject ‚ÄěVoice and Speech" at the art College ‚ÄúHochschule f√ľr K√ľnste im Sozialen‚Äú in Ottersberg near Bremen/Germany.

As a vocal coach it is one of the most valuable tasks to accompany people on their way to their own voice. How would you like to sound?

It is about learning and consolidating self-efficiency and self-responsibility through connecting with one's own voice. Singing allows to experience one's own space. The voice is an instrument that can sound different every day and is allowed to do so. Let’s "sound" together!

Celia Tedde

she/they

 

I want to help you fall in love with your authentic voice and find freedom and joy in your singing, no matter what style.

 

  • Location:¬†New York City
  • Languages:¬†English
  • Other Specialties: Musical Theatre, Classical Voice, Folk, Pop/Rock
  • Website:¬†www.celiatedde.com/ctvoicestudio

Celia is a passionate and enthusiastic Queer educator who loves teaching students of all ages to¬†fall in love with their authentic voices and be active partners in achieving their vocal goals.¬†A graduate of Oklahoma City University in both musical theatre and classical voice, they believe in training students to be vocally versatile so they can sing all styles with vocal health and longevity. As an educator, they are committed to breaking down outdated ideas around voice and character ‚Äútype‚ÄĚ, gender, race, and perfectionism in the studio.

Outside of teaching, Celia is an actively working actor and has been performing on Off-Broadway and regional professional stages for the past 16 years.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Music in Music Theater and Vocal Performance (Oklahoma City University). Graduate of Amanda Flynn Voice’s Vocal Pedagogy Foundations and Renée Yoxon’s Trans Voice Alteration program. Proud member of Maestra Music and the Ring of Keys.

Friede Merz

she/they

 

Come as you are.

 

  • Location:¬†Mostly Berlin/ Germany (CET)
  • Languages: German, English
  • Other Specialties:¬†Mixing singing techniques, classical, jazz, Somatic Voicework, trauma-informed voice studio
  • Website:¬†https://friedemerzmusic.com/

Hi, I’m Friede. I’m a gender nonconforming neurodivergent vocalist, instrumentalist, songwriter, vocal pedagogue and activist living in Berlin.

I’ve been teaching voice for about 5 years now, including the Music University in Freiburg, several Music schools and my studio in Berlin and online.

I got my training in the music universities in Mannheim and Berlin and have a certificate of Somatic Voicework by Jeanie LoVetri, a genre-open somatic medically speaking up-to-date approach to voice pedagogy. I don’t have a pedagogy dogma, my teaching style is a mix of everything I found working for students.

I continue to make my voice studio as safe as possible, queer friendly, trauma-informed and always in focus of what the student wants to work on.

I’m performing music with my own songs under my own name, Friede Merz. I self-produced all my releases, including my debut Denmark Street/ Daisy Lane and my hymns to hedonist city life Albion and Berlin 2020.

Other current projects of mine are my duo alle bilder, the impro-noise duo ambivore and my anarchist a capella ensemble carebender.

I perform music in contexts of improvisation, song, experimental, off-classical, indie and continue to be a touring musician.

I‚Äôm part of the Berlin collective¬†Queer Cheer ‚Äď community for ‚Äújazz‚ÄĚ and improvised music, with which we won the Special Price of the jury at¬†Deutscher Jazzpreis¬†2023.

Also in 2023 I published a statement on my homepage, that is on "abuse of power in German Jazz and Music Academia“, and that continues to make waves.

I am co-initiator of Musicmetoo.de, a platform where people affected by any form of violence and discrimination in the German Music, can report their story anonymously, be it fan or artist, freelancer or employee. When I have free time, I go dancing in Berghain or go to concerts of my friends or chill at home.

Abby Weisbrot

she/they

 

Fostering affirmative vocal exploration

 

  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia (virtual available for Nova Scotia residents)
  • Languages:¬†English
  • Other Specialties: voice modification, voice disorders, fluency/stuttering, speech delays and disorders, early language development, developmental language disorders,¬† acquired speech and language disorders, feeding and swallowing support, social communication support, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), functional communication and self-advocacy, theatre training, commercial voiceover
  • Website: https://alliedtherapy.janeapp.com/

Abby is a queer Speech-Language Pathologist and voice actor. She has over a decade of training and experience as a professional actor and uses her performance background to create holistic services. Abby is passionate about inclusive communication and compassion-centred care. They prioritize providing a safe and supportive environment for exploring authentic self-expression. When they're not hosting living room concerts for their cat or attempting to make people laugh, Abby is dreaming about adopting all sorts of animals - but mostly chickens.

Francesca Pichierri

she/her

 

Unlocking your unique voice, empowering your self-expression

 

  • Location:¬†Online only
  • Languages:¬†English, Italian
  • Other Specialties: Complete Vocal Technique, singing and speaking voice health, singing and songwriting, interpretation, creative use of the voice, music production and recording skills for singers, harmonizing voice-body-and meaning
  • Website:¬†https://francescapichierri.com/

From her childhood fascination with music to her journey as a singer/songwriter, voice enthusiast, vocal coach, and human rights researcher, Francesca has always embraced a versatile approach to life. Her interests span a colorful spectrum, from the intricacies of voice science to the lyrical world of poetry and the visual realm of art.

Francesca is an authorized Complete Vocal Technique teacher (graduation date at the Complete Vocal Institute, Denmark, in 2024). Her teaching style is marked by warmth and creativity, blending a scientific understanding of voice with a passion for expression. Recently, she's expanded her teaching practice to encompass gender-affirming voice work.

Francesca is committed to fostering inclusivity and empowerment in her teaching. Her aim is to create a welcoming space where all voices are not only heard but celebrated: at the heart of each lesson lie the goals of the students, where a safe and encouraging space is cultivated for their vocal exploration to thrive.

Julia Valen

she/her

 

Guiding students to find and develop a voice they love

 

Julia is an actor and voice coach based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born and raised in the Midwest, she spent most of her 20’s in New York before returning to those sweet sweet Minnesotan roots. Julia found voice work while studying acting at NYU, and absolutely loves helping students achieve ease, strength and joy in their voices. Because of her theatrical background (and general personality), Julia’s classes are full of creativity and playfulness. She also understands that working on your voice can be quite vulnerable, and she focuses on creating a comfortable and supportive environment. When not onstage, backstage or teaching, Julia is usually biking near a body of water, successfully failing at some new recipe, or hard at work on her unbelievably beautiful Minecraft treehouse.

Forest Kamerin

he/they

 

I’m a trans, nonbinary teacher who’s excited to help you feel embodied, inspired, and vocally free.

 

  • Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Languages:¬†English
  • Other Specialties: Somatic voicework‚ĄĘ, singing on testosterone, piano, music theory, self accompaniment, songwriting
  • Website: https://forestkamerin.com/

Forest Kamerin is a nonbinary and trans singer, songwriter and teacher living in Brooklyn, where they write and perform their original music under the name Kamerin. They are currently recording their third album in Brooklyn. Forest has been teaching singing and piano to students of all ages for ten years, and loves to nerd out about music theory and help people sing or play the music they’re most excited about. In 2019, Forest co-founded the East Bay based Queer Choir with Kinsey Bell; the choir is still running! They also held free, monthly open sings for folks in the community. Forest holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from Wesleyan University (2011) and is a graduate of the Mills Masters Composition program ('14), where they received the Paul Merritt Henry prize for excellence in string composition. After graduating from Mills, he collaborated regularly with inkBoat Physical Theater and Dance, writing and performing live musical accompaniment for a number of performances including Line Between (Seoul International Dance Festival), 99 Rituals, and the Storm in My House. Kamerin’s also had the honor of performing with Kronos Quartet, Seattle-based Degenerate Ensemble, William Winant Percussion Ensemble, Wax Poets Collective, and others.