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.
Artistic Director Dr. Matt Edwards
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.
Executive Director Dr. Kathryn Green
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/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.
Tom has been coming every summer since 2003. First as a participant, and as a faculty member, beginning in 2006. Tom is a walking encyclopedia of musical theatre history and repertoire. He is a highly skilled high school choral director/music director, a past member of the NYSMA Board of Directors, and an independent voice teacher.
Tom Arduini has been an integral part of the Shenandoah Conservatory Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy Institute since its inception. He currently teaches functional voice work in his private studio in Westchester, New York. He is a choral specialist and Music Department Coordinator in the Yorktown Central School District. He performed ten seasons at Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY and is a musical theater specialist. He has studied music at SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Oswego, The Hartt School of Music, Villanova, and Shedandoah University. He holds BA and MS degrees and is a certified School District Administrator. He is serving his fourth term on the Executive Board of the New York State School Music Association.
Marcelle Gauvin Senior Faculty
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
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.
Jess has been coming to the Institute every year since 2010 and joined the CCM Institute faculty in 2016. She runs a thriving independent studio in Marietta and Columbus, OH. 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 Commercial Voice Resources for voice teachers who work with this community. 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. When she’s not teaching in her Marietta and Columbus studios, she presents at colleges, conferences, and workshops around the US.
As an artist, Jess’ eclectic style melds indie pop with soul and jazz, living somewhere between Regina Spektor, Lake Street Dive, and Becca Stevens. Her voice has been described as “world class,” “effortless,” and “pure beauty.” She performed on Mountain Stage in 2013, won Best Cover Song in the 2015 and 2017 Ohio Music Awards, was a quarterfinalist in the 2015 and 2017 American Traditions Competitions, and was a featured singer-songwriter on American Public Television’s “Songs at the Center.” She’ll release her first album in 2018. Learn more at jessbaldwin.com.
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.
Jackie joined the CCM Institute faculty in 2016. Her private studio has consisted of avocational and professional adults, along with hundreds of middle and high school students. She is passionate about building voices and helping young singers find confidence and pride in their work.
Jackie Zito is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre voice at Shenandoah Conservatory. Jackie has performed in classical and musical theatre productions with Wayside Theatre, KNOW Theatre, Tri-Cities Opera, Bay View Music Festival, Tri-Cities Opera Go Round, Hudson Symphony, Case Western Symphony, CIM Opera Theatre, LSU Opera, Findlay Light Opera, LSU Gilbert and Sullivan Troupe, and the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. Her students have performed on Broadway, on tour, and in regional theatre and live music venues throughout the United States. In addition to her work at SU, she also maintains a private studio focusing on middle and high school commercial and musical theatre performers.