Voice Faculty

Didi Stewart

Associate Professor, Voice
dstewart@berklee.edu | 617 747-8246

"I think of myself as more a mentor than a teacher, and I'm teaching the kids everything I learned through trial, error, and pain. For instance, it doesn't matter if some really great singer happens to go on right before them. I'm finding that a lot of my voice students want to belt like Janis Joplin, and I used to be that way. I used to love screaming my guts out. But if you're going to do that for five or six weeks on the road, you have to know how to survive it."

Stan Strickland

Associate Professor, Voice

"I'm teaching two unusual classes. One is called Musical Independence, which is basically a class for singers to develop some piano self-accompanying skills and to think about putting a song together. Then I have a liberal arts class called Sound, Body, and Performance. It's a very comprehensive class, looking at a holistic approach to performing. We do a lot of hand drumming, movement, meditating, and breathing. It fulfills a science requirement, so there's a lot of reading."

Livingston Taylor

Professor, Voice
ltaylor@berklee.edu | 617 747-8378

"Above all else, performers need to be what I call 'ferociously curious.' Secondly, they need to watch their creativity land: to watch it arrive. It's not enough to just create and throw it out there. You have to watch it land. When you do things that people like, do those things again. When you do things that they don't like, don't do 'em any more. This is not rocket science here."

Lisa Thorson

Professor, Voice
lthorson@berklee.edu | 617 747-8479

"I challenge students to do things that they might not normally do, whether it's in lessons or classes, with an eye and an ear toward them developing their personal style and not being cookie cutters. I wholeheartedly encourage creativity and finding a personal voice and style, but I am also very practical about what it takes to succeed as an artist. Almost everything that I teach, including vocal technique, has an improvisational component. I encourage stretching beyond comfort zones, because that is the point at which you discover possibilities and learn new things. My approach is positive and students feel comfortable diving in and trying new things."

Alison Wedding

Assistant Professor, Voice
awedding@berklee.edu | 617 747-2836
  • B.M., University of North Texas, vocal jazz
  • Recordings include The Secret (ABC Jazz) and Sometimes I Feel (Jazzhead)

 

Patrice Williamson

Associate Professor, Voice

"I teach private instruction in the Voice Department as well as a couple of ensembles, an R&B class, and a mixed-style class, both with improvisation. I pretty much cover the gamut, which is a reflection of my own singing life. In fact, last weekend I had a jazz gig with my vocal trio Friday night, then Saturday morning I sang with my gospel choir for a special service, Saturday night I had a pop and R&B gig for a wedding, and Sunday afternoon I perfomed show tunes with my musical theater group."

 

Kathryn Wright

Professor, Voice
kwright@berklee.edu | 617 747-8126

"Unlike instrumentalists, singers must communicate not only through music, but additionally, through words. Singers are actors as well as musicians and must reveal the emotions behind the lyrics as well as the passion of the musical phrase. Good technical development is not an end unto itself. It is a means for empowering the singer to express those emotions freely and poignantly."

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