The CCM Institute has been host to several leaders in the field of vocal pedagogy and CCM music. These are some of the esteemed guests we have had the honor to present at the CCM Institute. 


Ysaye Barnwell

CCM Institute Guest  Teacher 2018

Ysaye Barnwell is a composer, arranger, author, actress, and former member of the Black womens' a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock. Barnwell joined the group in 1979 and facilitated their inclusion of a Sign Language Interpreter.  For thirty years, and on three continents, Barnwell has led her workshop Building a Vocal Community: Singing in the African American Tradition. 

Dr. Ingo Titze

CCM Institute Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 


Dr. Titze is considered the father of vocology, a specialty within speech-language pathology. He has defined the word and the specialty as “the science and practice of voice habilitation.


Mark Meadows

CCM Institute Guest  Teacher 2018

Meadows made his acting debut as the titular role in the Washington, D.C., premiere of the hit Broadway musical Jelly’s Last Jam at the Signature Theatre. Since then, he's been immersed in the theatre scene, successfully combining the raw, spontaneous nature of jazz with the story-telling, heavily produced nature of theatre.

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Mary Saunders-Barton

CCM Institute Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 


Mary Saunders-Barton is a pioneer of  CCM voice training. Alumni from her studio at Penn State University can be heard performing on Broadway and in theatre around the world. She developed her own unique approach to cross-training singers and created the popular course and DVDs, "Bel Canto Can Belto."


Jeff Ramsey

CCM Institute Guest  Teacher 2016

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Jeff Ramsey (1967-2020) was a Professor at Berklee College of Music. Jeff toured and recorded the world over for such artists as Lalah Hathaway, Al Jarreau, Patrice Rushen, Maxwell, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, and Barbara Streisand, just to name a few. Jeff did solo work for many different projects including famed Tower of Power bassist, Rocco Prestia's cd entitled "Everybody On The Bus", and James Day's ep "Remember When" and CD "Better Days" with the latter two garnering the UK hit "Don't Waste The Pretty." Jeff lent his voice to James Day's 2nd CD project, "Natural Things," released May 11th, 2009.


Dr. Robert Sataloff

CCM Institute Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 


Dr. Robert Sataloff is a legend in the professional voice community. Holding both an MD and a DMA, he has devoted his life to bringing the teaching and medical professions together.