Answer to a belter's prayer

Answer to a Belter’s Prayer

Barbra Streisand was my voice teacher.  Well… not literally.

Back then it was ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’ - now it’s ‘Defying Gravity’; the belter’s dream. Sing along, and belt your heart out.

Even after having done a featured role on Broadway (at 14 – without a mic) and studying with the singing teachers ‘to the stars’, belting that D (today’s version – F, G…) eluded me – it wasn’t consistent or reliable. Teachers would tell me that I had a great instrument and offered some tips and exercises, but there was nothing substantive or specific – nothing that had a ‘cause and effect’ result. Just more scales.

Enter Ron Clairmont. Within 7 minutes of my first lesson I had more specific feedback and information than I knew what to do with; observations about my tight tongue, my neck tension, my elevated larynx.  My elevated …WHAT?
   
“Do you mean I can work on individual anatomical parts to improve my singing? There is something that I can DO to make specific changes in my voice?”

That was the moment that changed my life - the moment of ecstatic relief that singing was not just ‘magic’. That meant I could DO something; that I might have some control, some input regarding my ‘talent’. Then I can learn to do it BETTER, then I can FIX what I don’t like!!

Fast forward a few dream roles in regional theatres, some television roles and  1st National Tour of Les Miserables, to an Off-Bwy show that ran longer than anyone had anticipated; hence the need for additional income. With Ron’s blessing I began to teach, and from then on life was not the same. Fulfillment.  The exchange between teacher and student was deeply satisfying and in many ways more thrilling than being on stage. Ultimately there was no contest.

Thus began the journey into studies of anatomy-based vocal pedagogy and vocal health. Hundreds of hours of workshops, courses, internships in medical offices – specialized training that had begun with Ron. The rest, as they say, is history.

And back to the Streisand thread – When I eventually booked the coveted role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, I worked on the material with Ron before rehearsals began, of course.  At some point during tech week between the 10 songs and 18 costume changes, a startling moment of awareness came; it occurred to me that through the entire Funny Girl experience, I never once worried about my voice.

I remember the shiver that went up my spine; this is what I want to give to others.

That is my story.

Barbra Streisand was my voice teacher.  

Well...not literally.

Back then it was ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’ - now it’s ‘Defying Gravity’ ; the belter’s dream. Sing along, and belt your heart out.

Even after having done a featured role on Broadway at 14 (without a mic) and studying with the singing teachers to the stars, belting that D5 (today’s equivalent to F5, G5…) eluded me; it wasn’t consistent or reliable. Teachers would say that I had a great instrument and offered some tips and exercises, but there was nothing substantive or specific-nothing that had a ‘cause & effect’ result.  Just more scales.
                                     
Enter Ron Clairmont. Within minutes of my first lesson I had more specific feedback and information than I knew what to do with; observations about my tight tongue, my pillars, neck tension, my elevated larynx.  My elevated …WHAT?
 
“Do you mean that there’s a way to work on distinct anatomical structures and muscles to improve my singing?”

That was the moment that changed my life-the thrilling moment of relief in the realization that singing was not simply ‘magic’; that I can make direct efforts  in developing  that elusive thing called ‘natural talent’.  Nothing vague or mysterious – cause and effect, work and improve!

Fast forward a few dream roles in regional theatres, some television roles and the 1st National Tour of Les Miserables, to an Off-Broadway show that ran longer than anyone had anticipated; hence the need for additional income. With Ron’s blessing I began to teach, and from then on life was not the same. Fulfillment. The exchange between teacher and student was deeply satisfying and and held richer meaning for me than being on stage. Ultimately, there was no contest.

Thus began the journey into studies of anatomy-based vocal pedagogy and vocal health. Hundreds of hours of workshops, courses, internships in medical offices – specialized training that had begun with Ron’s innovative teaching approach. The rest, as they say, is history.

And back to the Streisand thread –
When I eventually booked the coveted role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, I worked on the material with Ron before rehearsals began, of course.  At some point during tech week between the 10 songs and 18 costume changes, a startling moment of awareness came; it occurred to me that through the entire Funny Girl experience, I never once worried about my voice.

I remember the shiver that went up my spine;  this is what I want to give to others.

26 years later, I live for the moments in students’ lessons when the real magic happens; when something that one minute, one week or one month ago was just ‘information’, has now become integrated into the singer’s voice and is theirs. The exchange between teacher and student, between audience and artist have been, to me, life’s ineffable gift. Having been on the receiving end of that gift many, many times has shaped my life. Passing it along to others is my bliss.

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Studio Information

Lisa Rochelle Voice Studio
170 West 74th St, # 603/Amsterdam Ave
The studio is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side,
2 short blocks from 1,2,3 train, W 72nd St Stop

Teaching Hours:

Mon-Thurs 11:30 - 7:30
Fri 11:30 - 5:30

To Schedule:

*Landline - No Texts

$120.00 - 1 Hour Lesson
$110.00 - 45 Minute(Or Discounted*) Lesson
$500.00 - 5 Lesson Series

First Lessons must be paid via PayPal through website 24 hours in advance of the scheduled time to hold the lesson. Checks/Cash are accepted after the first lesson; No Venmo at this time.

Payment is expected at the time of your lesson, with the exception of advance payment for all first lessons and series lessons.

Prepaid series of lessons must be used within 8 weeks of the first lesson. Arrangements can be made if travel out of town is required due to work.

*Discounts for AEA, SAG/AFTRA, AGMA, AGVA members, LaGuardia High School Students, NTI Alum, Marymount Manhattan College Alum, LoVetri SVW referrals and clients referred by Voice Therapists and MD's

Cancellation Policy

Your private lesson time has been reserved exclusively for you. If you need to cancel, a minimum of 24 hours notice by phone and email is required, or you will be responsible to pay for the missed lesson. If cancelling or running late, please note that the studio phone (212-724-3470) does not receive texts, so please leave a voice mail.

Not Sure Whether to Cancel?

If it is close to 24 hours before your lesson and you think you may be getting sick or anticipated a possible conflict, but don't want to cancel yet, call the studio phone to cover yourself, and we will go from there. That gives an opportunity to get someone "in the wings" and you're off the hook.

Running Late?

The studio phone does not accept texts. Please email and leave a message at 212-724-3470. Both will be checked on a break or if you are not on time.

For those travelling outside Manhattan, I strongly recommend using mass transportation in order to avoid traffic delays. I cannot extend the reserved lesson time or make-up lessons missed due to unreliable traffic conditions.

Location
The studio is located on the Upper West Side.

2 short blocks 1,2,3 train (W 72 St)

2 long blocks B, C train

Rates & Payment

$130.00
- 1 Hour Lesson
$120.00 - 45 Minute(Or Discounted*) Lesson
$550.00 - 5 Lesson Series

Payment is s expected at the time of your lesson, with the exception of 24 hr. advance online payment for the first lesson. Checks/cash are fine after first lesson; no Venmo at this time. Prepaid series must be used within 10 weeks of the first lesson, however arrangements can be made if travel out of town is required due to work. *AEA, SAG/AFTRA, AGMA, AGVA, LaGuardia HS, NTI & MMC Alum, Voice Therapy and MD referrals, LoVetri SVW referrals

First Lesson

First lessons must be paid via Paypal through the website 24 hrs. in advance of the scheduled time, to hold the lesson.

Pay for Lesson

Cancellations/Lateness

Your private lesson time has been reserved exclusively for you. If you need to cancel, I require a minimum of 24 hours notice by phone and email, or you’ll be responsible to pay for the missed lesson. If canceling or running late, please note that the studio phone (212-724-3470) does not receive texts, so please leave a voice message.

Not Sure Whether to Cancel?

If it’s close to 24 hrs. before your lesson & you think you may be getting sick or anticipate a possible conflict but don’t want to cancel yet, call me at 212-724-3470  as a ‘head’s up’ to COVER YOURSELF, & we’ll go from there. That gives me an opportunity to get someone on deck, and you’re off the hook. ☺

Running Late?

The Studio phone does not accept texts. Please e-mail AND leave a message at 212-724-3470. Both will be checked on a break or if you’re not on time. If you’re traveling from outside Manhattan, I strongly recommend using mass transportation in order to avoid traffic delays. I’m unable to extend the reserved lesson time or make-up lessons missed due to unreliable traffic conditions.                                          

Your question not answered here?  Please contact me at 212-724-3470 or at lisa@lisarochelle.com.

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