There are many places you can go to receive a great education about vocal technique, but there is nowhere else you will find faculty like this
There are no gurus at the CCM Institute, just people who are passionate about helping others succeed and discover their own pedagogical voice. We do not create cookie-cutter teachers, instead we help you combine your existing knowledge and background, with the new knowledge and concepts we will teach you. Some teachers decide to overhaul their entire approach after joining us while others take what is useful to them and make it their own. Regardless of what you decide to do, we are here to help.
Fundamentals of Functional Training
Coaching Students for College Musical Theatre Auditions
Matt re-envisioned the CCM Institute in 2016 as a place where teachers from all backgrounds could come together to share their knowledge while learning from some of the best teachers in the country. The system he developed is based on science, backed with citations, and flexible enough to provide new teachers with a step-by-step process and experienced teachers with step-by-step analysis to use their existing tools along with those taught during the workshop.
Matt is an Associate Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Musical Theatre Voice at Shenandoah Conservatory, a Van Lawrence recipient (2017), and NATS Internship master teacher (2018).
Matt’s vocal interests encompass many styles. He has performed numerous roles in plays, musicals, and operas. Former and current students have performed on American Idol, Broadway, off-Broadway, on national and international tours, and in bands touring throughout the United States. He has written numerous articles for the Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice, VoicePrints, American Music Teacher, The Voice, Southern Theatre, and Voice Council magazine. He has contributed chapters to “A Dictionary for the Modern Singer,” “Vocal Athlete,” “Manual of Singing Voice Rehabilitation,” “Get the Callback,” “The Voice Teacher’s
Cookbook,” and the CCM, Sacred Music, Gospel, A Cappella, and Country editions of the “So You Want to Sing” book series. His book “So You Want to Sing Rock ‘N’ Roll?” is published by Rowman and Littlefield and has been called “an authoritative text on rock ‘n’ roll singing” by Classical Singer magazine.
Matt has given over 100 presentations, masterclasses, and workshops for groups including the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, Voice Foundation Annual Symposium, Acoustical Society of America, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Musical Theatre Educators Alliance, Pan-American Vocology Association, U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, Summer Vocology Institute, at numerous universities including Penn State, Florida State, University of Toronto, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Brigham Young, Wright State, Otterbein, Illinois Wesleyan, Missouri State, University of Northern Colorado, Bårdar Academy (Oslo, Norway), NATS Chapters in Toronto, New York, Minnesota, Texas, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Arizona, and many others.
Dr. Kathryn Green
Bridging Classical to
CCM Voice Training
The CCM Institute would not be enjoying its 18th year if it was not for Dr. Kathryn Green. Kathryn has been a tireless champion for CCM vocal pedagogy and takes great pride in making every aspect of the institute a smooth and enjoyable experience.
Kathryn is the director of Shenandoah Conservatory’s graduate vocal pedagogy program and a professor of voice. She has been instrumental in developing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Pedagogy program and initiated the first Master of Music degree in contemporary 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 in the Journal of Singing (Deciphering Vocal Demands for Today’s Broadway Leading Ladies). Her performing career in the United States includes appearances with the Erie and Buffalo Philharmonics as alto soloist in several oratorio performances. Her operatic and oratorio 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). She sang in Germany, Austria, France, and Italy as the operatic Diva of a comic show (Panem et Circensus) that toured from 1990-1997. 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.
Marci Rosenberg, SLP
The Vocal Athletes Guide to Vocal Wellness and Fitness
Marci Daniels Rosenberg is a singer and licensed speech language pathologist and research investigator at our U-M Vocal Health Center. A voice and singing specialist, Marci works clinically to rehabilitate injured voices. After completing her undergraduate degrees in vocal performance and speech pathology, Marci was a research fellow in the Voice and Speech Lab at The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders before finishing her masters degree in speech language pathology.
Marci actively teaches workshops and lectures nationally in the areas of vocal health, performance voice, managing vocal injuries and application of kinesiology principals to voice therapy. She co-chaired the inaugural, international voice conference “Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation of the Performance Voice” in 2010. Marci has served on the faculty team for Somatic Voicework ™ The Lovetri Method at the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory for speech pathology and vocal health. She is co-author of the newly published singing science text book The Vocal Athlete (LeBorgne & Rosenberg, 2014) and the companion book The Vocal Athlete: Application and technique for the hybrid singer (Rosenberg & LeBorgne, 2014; Plural Publishing). In additional to clinic activities, Marci continues to perform and also maintains a private voice studio.
Inside Out - an Artist’s Journey to Authenticity
Marcelle has been a faculty member since 2008. Marcelle is not only a great technician, she is also a highly experienced performance coach, with students performing commercial music throughout the world. She has vast experience in the popular music industry as both a performer and the mother of a performer.
Marcelle Gauvin is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she serves as the department’s voice retraining specialist; she is the former head of the CCM/Jazz voice studio at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Marcelle performs regularly as a jazz vocalist after the success of her two nationally recognized recordings “The Edge of the Pond” and “Faces of Love” with the Whaling City Sound label, and has appeared as a featured artist on many recording projects within the jazz community.
Marcelle is a well-respected instructor and vocal coach in jazz/pop techniques with a student roster that ranges from nationally signed recording artists to Broadway and TV performers. She has been a Shenandoah Conservatory Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy Institute faculty member since 2008 and hosts numerous vocal pedagogy conferences and events in the general New England area. Her daughters, Kelsey and Kimber-lee Jacobsen, are both professional singers and together they own Double Bar Music, a private music school located in Westport, Massachusetts. She is a strong believer in the power of music to heal and create positive change in the world
Training Original Artists
Jess has been coming to the Institute every year since 2009 and joined the CCM Institute faculty in 2016. She runs a thriving independent studio in Columbus, OH and online. She is also an active singer-songwriter. Check her out on Spotify.
Jess Baldwin is an independent teacher and musician based in Ohio. After finishing her master’s in classical vocal pedagogy and performance, Jess began studying CCM pedagogy, and eventually realized her heart was in popular music. In 2016, she created the Singing in Popular Musics website for voice teachers who work with this community, featuring posts by the best teachers in the field. In 2017, she presented the results of a survey of commercial and popular music degree programs to the Association of Popular Music Education and The Voice Foundation with Kat Reinhert and Matt Edwards. She presents at colleges, conferences, and workshops around the US.
Training Original Artists
Julie has been coming to the Institute every year since 2010 and joined the CCM Institute faculty in 2016. Julie runs a thriving independent studio in Charlotte focusing on adult performers. She is also an active singer-songwriter and member of the live music scene in Charlotte.
Julie Dean is a singer-songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina, where she has been teaching voice for over 15 years. She owns a private voice studio that reflects her belief in creating a space where singers can explore and find their voice in the most authentic way that suits the music of their heart. She also works as part of a voice health care team with a local laryngologist and speech language pathologists at the Charlotte Eye Ear, Nose and Throat Associates (CEENTA).
Julie is a frequent presenter/lecturer of voice workshops for local churches, music teacher organizations and songwriter groups like the Nashville Songwriters Assoc (NSAI). Known as a versatile singer and musician, Julie is in demand for a variety of musical events around Charlotte, is a member of Sweetgrass Serenade, a folk country band, and performs as a solo artist performing her own songs as well as covers from favorite artists from Dolly Parton to Ingrid Michelson.
Dr. Wendy LeBorgne, SLP
The Injured Singing Voice: Tools for Every Singing Teacher
Dr. Wendy LeBorgne, voice pathologist and singing voice specialist, is the clinical director of the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation (Dayton, Ohio) and the Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati. She is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. LeBorgne holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah University and master and doctoral degrees in communication sciences and disorders with a specialty in voice disorders from the University of Cincinnati. Her research has focused primarily on the area of the Broadway “belt” voice.
Dr. LeBorgne’s original peer-reviewed research has been published in the Journal of Voice, and she is a contributing author to the book Voice Therapy: Clinical Studies, providing a case study on “Vocal Intervention with the Touring Broadway Actor.” She has authored a training DVD entitled Laryngeal Videostroboscopic Images: Normal and Pathologic Samples, distributed by Plural Publishing and co-authored The Vocal Athlete with Marci Rosenberg. Dr. LeBorgne actively presents and provides workshops and master classes nationally and internationally on the professional performing voice. Her patients can be seen and heard on Broadway stages, national and international tours, opera companies throughout the world, network television, commercial music recordings, and as radio personalities. As a voice pathologist and singing voice specialist, her clinical work includes providing voice evaluations and therapy for singers and actors locally and nationally. In addition to her duties as a voice pathologist, Dr. LeBorgne continues to maintain an active professional performing career. Dr. LeBorgne has been a guest faculty member of the Shenandoah University CCM Institute since 2006.
Dr. David Meyer
Voice Science Bootcamp
A leading scholar and researcher of the singing voice, baritone David Meyer is an active performer, teacher, clinician, and voice scientist. He serves as associate professor of voice and voice pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory and his students have won numerous awards and have sung in major venues worldwide. In 2010 he received the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, a prestigious national award in recognition of his contributions to the field of teaching singing and the use of voice science.
Dr. Meyer maintains an active and varied singing career, appearing frequently in opera, oratorio, and song recitals throughout the United States and abroad. He has sung with the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden in Germany, with the Krakow opera in Poland, and with the Staatstheater Winterthur in Switzerland. His performance credentials include the Indianapolis opera, the Kentucky opera, the Bellevue Opera, and the Muddy River Opera Company. He has performed with the BBC Orchestra at the Aldeburgh Festival in England and at the Concertgebau in Holland, and he has toured with Paul Hillier as a member of Theater of Voices.
Dr. Meyer’s operatic repertoire includes the role of Scarpia (2009) in Puccini’s Tosca, Wozzeck in Berg’s Wozzeck, Horace Tabor in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Balstrode in Britten’s Peter Grimes, and approximately 30 other roles.
He received the doctor of music in vocal performance and pedagogy and a master of music from Indiana University. Both graduate degrees include minors in speech pathology and music history. He also holds a BM in applied voice from the University of Iowa and did additional graduate study at the Britten Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in England.
Musical Theatre Styles
Edrie Means Weekly, Co-Founder of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute, is an associate professor of voice and voice pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory. She is a recognized expert in training singers in all vocal styles and an active professional singer. She was a Master Teacher for the NATS Intern Program. Her students can be heard on Grammy Recordings, films, Broadway, National and International Tours, Regional Theatre, TV (including The Voice and American Idol, Kidz Star USA).
A researcher in functional voice training, she has co-authored research published in The Journal of Voice regarding the teaching of CCM styles and has a sub-chapter in Teaching Singing in the 21st Century entitled "Making The Song Authentic: It's a Matter of Style". Has presented at the Voice Foundation Symposium, NATS National Conferences, Pan-American Vocology Association, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, Mid-Atlantic NATS, Northwestern NATS and universities throughout the United States. Many od her performances have been broadcast internationally on radio and TV, recorded by Decca and Koch. She has appeared in leading roles with the Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Cleveland Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Mid-Michigan, Opera Grand Rapids, Pittsburgh Playhouse, State Opera of Cairo, Egypt to name a few. Guest artist with symphony orchestras including Houston, Cleveland, Corpus Christi, Victoria, and the National Symphony. She has sung lead roles in musicals and operetta, including Follies, My Fair Lady, Carousel, The King and I, West Side Story, Show Boat, The Sound of Music, Merry Widow and Zorba. Standby for Broadway stars Patti LuPone, Elaine Paige and Linda Lavin. Recently sang with Jonathan Pryce and Cloris Leachman in My Fair Lady at the Kennedy Center. Currently she is on the Advisory Board forthe NATS National Musical Theatre Competition. Proud member of AGMA and AEA. http://edriemeans.wix.com/edriemeans
Coaching Students for College Musical Theatre Auditions
Kevin Covert has been seen in the Original Broadway casts of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT (Sir Not Appearing), MEMPHIS (Buck Wiley and Martin Holton; Fred Astaire Nominee- Best Dancer on Broadway 2010), and the most recent hit revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (Mr. Johnson/TV Announcer) starring Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas.
Kevin can be heard on the Original Cast Recordings of all three Tony Award winning shows. Off- Broadway Kevin garnered critical acclaim for his work in PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Sergeant of Police) starring Broadway’s Colin Hanlon and Tony Award Nominee Montego Glover. He has toured the Country with SOUTH PACIFIC, CATS, GRAND HOTEL, and the 50th Anniversary production of OKLAHOMA! His extensive regional credits include LES MISERABLES, HELLO, DOLLY! and 1776 at Sacramento Music Circus. CALL ME MADAM, RED, HOT AND BLUE and originating the role of Mayor Fox in the World Premiere of JIM HENSON’S EMMET OTTER’S JUGBAND CHRISTMAS, all at Goodspeed Opera House. In
addition to being a Broadway actor/singer/dancer, Kevin also serves as one of Tony Award Winner Christopher Gattelli’s (Newsies) associates, working with him on the Broadway revival of SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center, as well EMMET OTTER. In addition to being an Associate on Broadway, he has directed Off Broadway and Regionally in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, Tennessee and Florida. Kevin has had the privilege to study under Mike Nichols, Jose Quintero, and Craig Carnelia to name a few. Kevin is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association. He currently serves on the Board of the Virginia Theatre Association and as the State Representative of Virginia to the South Eastern Theatre Conference. Kevin is the Director of Musical Theatre at Shenandoah University.
Bridging Classical to CCM Voice Training
Ed has been coming every summer since 2003. First as a participant, and as a faculty member, beginning in 2006. Ed is a musical theatre buff and an expert at working with young voices. When not teaching private students, he is a high school choral director and music director.
Edward Reisert has over twenty-five years of experience teaching music in the public schools, and currently serves as a High School Choral Director in the Bedford, New York Central School District. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory and his Masters Degree from State University of New York at Oswego. Edward?s choirs have performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and his students have performed in state, national and international choral ensembles. He is a frequent guest conductor for county and regional music festivals in New York and Connecticut, and is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the New York State School Music Association. In 2013, Edward presented research that he co-authored at the Voice Foundation Annual Symposium. He incorporates functional voice training in his successful private voice studio. Edward has served on the faculty of the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory since 2009.