About The Book

The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer, Second Edition is a compilation of voice exercises created and used by well-known voice pedagogues from preeminent colleges, established private studios, and clinical settings. The exercises focus on various aspects of contemporary commercial music (CCM) including bodywork, mental preparation, registration, and much more.

New to the Second Edition

  • 20 new singing exercises
  • Updated and expanded exercises, figures, and references throughout
  • Access to a PluralPlus companion website with audio and video files to enhance understanding of exercises

Wendy D. LeBorgne and Marci Daniels Rosenberg join the VocalFri Podcast to talk about The Vocal Athlete, a landmark voice pedagogy text that was the first of its kind to fully incorporate contemporary and musical theater singing pedagogy alongside classical voice pedagogy in a fully evidence based manner. Listen here.

Related Textbook

The book is designed to accompany the textbook, The Vocal Athlete, Second Edition, a first of its kind in singing science and pedagogy developed for singers of all styles with a particular emphasis on CCM.
The Vocal Athlete text and workbook are invaluable tools for anyone who uses or trains the singing voice or works with CCM singers.

About The Authors

Marci Daniels Rosenberg, BM, MS CCC-SLP is a singer and clinical singing voice specialist at The University of Michigan, Vocal Health Center specializing in rehabilitation of injured voices.

Wendy D. LeBorgne, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a voice pathologist, a singing voice specialist, and director of the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation and The Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati. Additionally, she holds an adjunct faculty position at Cincinnati College-Conservatory. Dr. LeBorgne’s original, peer-reviewed research on the performing voice has been published in multiple scientific journals and she presents nationally and internationally on the professional performing voice. Dr. LeBorgne teaches workshops and master classes on vocal health and belting at major music schools and conservatories throughout the United States. Her clients can be found on local and national stages as well as TV and film. Dr. LeBorgne also maintains an active professional performing career.

Table Of Contents

Preface           

Acknowledgments      

Contributors   

 

Section I. Preparing the Singer’s Mind and Body

Introduction and Overview

Chapter 1. Exercises for Mental Focus     

Centering the Breath

Barbara J. Walker

The Voice Scan

Robert C. Sussuma

 

Dialogue with Your Voice

Joanna Cazden

 

Your Voice in Real Life: A Vocal Exploration Through Laughing and Crying

Jeremy Ryan Mossman

 

Mental Focus and Vocal Preparation

Martin L. Spencer

 

Scale of Vocal Effort

Marci Daniels Rosenberg

 

Notes

Chapter 2. Physical Stretches and Alignment       

Body Movement to Achieve Vocal Freedom

Sarah L. Schneider

 

Semi-Supine with Spinal Jiggle and Pelvic Bowl Slosh/Slide

Marya Spring Cordes

 

Freeing the Neck and Shoulders

Marina Gilman

 

Balancing Your Head

Marina Gilman

 

Climbing the Ladder

Caroline Helton

 

Anterior Chest Openers to Improve Posture

Jill Vonderhaar Nader

 

Lower Back Expansion

Sarah Maines

 

Postural Alignment, Core Strength, and Breath Support

Suzan Postel

 

Re-Organizaing the Entire Vocal Tract

Robert Sussuma

 

Notes

Chapter 3. Stretches and Exercises for Breathing

Physical Stretching for Optimal Rib Cage and Respiratory Muscle Expansion

Erin N. Donahue and Wendy D. LeBorgne

 

Finding the Abs

Joan Melton

 

Breath Management Strategy for Vocal Percussion

Bari Hoffman Ruddy and Adam Lloyd

 

Breathing Body Release Visualization

Suzan Postel

 

Breath Stamina Exercise for Aging Singers

Barbara Fox DeMaio

 

References

Notes

Chapter 4. Stretching and Relaxation for Tongue and Jaw        

Jaw Exercises for Singing

Miriam van Mersbergen

 

Jaw Opening/Tongue Tension Isolation

Miriam van Mersbergen

 

Reducing Jaw Region Tension and Cramping

Walt Fritz

 

Tongue Stretches for Singers

Maria Cristina A. Jackson-Menaldi

 

Staccato and Legato Tongue Release

Tracy Bourne

 

Increasing Vocal Resonance by Decreasing Facial Tension

Catherine A. Walker

 

Guy-La Tongue Release and Flexibility

Edrie Means Weekly

 

Reference

Notes

Section II. Training the Hybrid Singer      

Introduction and Overview

Chapter 5. Vocal Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs     

The Motor Boat

Caroline Helton

 

Blowfish

Marci Daniels Rosenberg

 

Descending 5-Tone on Lip Trill

Norman Spivey

 

Middle Voice Palate Stretch

Beverly A. Patton

 

Mirening

Thomas Francis Burke, III

 

The Gargle Exercise: Calibrate and Condition

Jennifer C. Muckala

 

Straw Phonation to “Floaty” /u/ for Vocal Cool-Down

Kari Ragan

 

Vocal Cool-Down Exercise for the Hybrid Singer

Renee O. Gottliebson

 

Lifting the Palate

J. Austin Collum, Emily Dunn, and Bari Hoffman Ruddy

 

References

Notes

Chapter 6. Laryngeal Strength and Coordination           

Connecting the Voice to the Body and Breath

Stephanie Samaras

 

Clari-Bees

Katherine McConville

 

Messa di Voce for Musical Theatre/CCM Singers

Mary Saunders Barton

 

Cup Phonation: A Semioccluded Vocal Tract Exercise

Marci Daniels Rosenberg

 

The Elusive Whistle Register: Hanging Out Up High

Jonelyn Langenstein and Brian E. Petty

 

Finding Efficient Vocal Fold Closure with Glottal Fry and Creaky Voice

Amelia A. Rollings

 

Notes

Chapter 7. Registration and Vocal Tract Modification   

Head Voice Stability

Sarah Maines

 

Head Voice in the Passaggio

Beverly A. Patton

 

You Send Me

Kathryn Green

 

Pinball Wizard

Kathryn Green

 

Released Vocal Regulation

Martin L. Spencer

 

Swing Arpeggio

Michelle Rosen

 

Speech-Like Arpeggios

Norman Spivey

 

Sustained (2nd, 3rd, 5th, and Octave) Glide

Bari Hoffman Ruddy and Adam Lloyd

 

Accessing “Mix”

Jeannette L. LoVetri

 

Vocalizing the Speaking Mix

Mary Saunders Barton

 

Four Exercises for Simple Speech

Beverly A. Patton

 

Register Transition Exploration

Aaron M. Johnson

 

Honking

Sarah L. Schneider

 

Meow Mix

Kelly M. Holst

 

Fix It in the Mix

Starr Cookman

 

Slidy aa’s

Lisa Popeil

 

Hoot-n-Hollar

James Curtis and Brian E. Petty

 

A Three-Part Exercise for Bright Vowels in High Tenor Voices

Billy Gollner

 

Belt Tactics: Physical Cues for Success

Ann Evans Watson

 

The Three Birds

David Harris and Laurel Irene

 

References

Notes

Chapter 8. Training Vocal Styles   

Bratty Twang

Norman Spivey

 

Closed Position for High Conversational Music Theater

Benjamin Czarnota

 

Woah Yeah!

Patricia M. Linhart

 

Belted “Hey”

Joan Ellison

 

Belt High Notes Like Oprah Winfrey

Jennifer DeRosa

 

Blissful Belting

Joan Lader

 

Layla and the Canadian Surfer—Belting in Four Easy Steps

Chris York

 

Boom Ba Chicka

Matthew Edwards

 

Phrase Shifting

Marcelle Gauvin

 

R&B Riff Exercise

Jeffrey Evans Ramsey

 

Multiple Personalities Vocal Exercise

Wendy D. LeBorgne

 

Register Isolation for Choral Singers

Edward Reisert

 

Light Chest Mix for Mixed Choir

Thomas Arduini

 

Acting Through Song: Discovering Connections to Express Ourselves Clearly as Artists

Naz Edwards

 

The Ultimate Rock Sound

Sheri Sanders

 

Verbal Diadochokinesis Exercise for Postmenopausal Women and Aging Male Voices

Barbara Fox DeMaio

 

Creating the Logical 16-Bar Audition Cut

Robert Marks

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