Vocalist Kris Adams is the author of Sing Your Way Through Theory: A Music Theory Workbook For The Contemporary Singer. She has shared the stage with many accomplished musicians, including Joe Lovano, Billy Drummond, Harvie S, and Michelle Hendricks.
"I’d hope that students would come away with the ability to sing the full range of their voice without manipulating or cultivating a tone, so that they sound authentic and they have a wide range of choices for what to do when they sing a song."
"My goal is to develop solo singers with the understanding and musicianship of an instrumentalist. We have the privilege of memory and ears, so what needs to be balanced most of the time is to think as a musician."
Grammy-winning artst Paula Cole has released seven solo albums of original songs. Cole has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton, Herbie Hancock to Emmylou Harris; and Amy Lee of Evanescence to Burt Bacharach.
"I’d like students to feel like they know themselves better as a musician, and that they feel a bit more individual in what they do and I really try to help people find what’s special about them and what they can contribute as opposed to trying to emulate a bunch of other people."
"My hope is that the students will open their vistas to new music and sounds, because the learning process never ends. What we're doing here is getting people started and encouraging them to realize we're constantly developing."
"I believe in an underpinning in classical training for all of my students—they can call upon that for breath support, to enrich their tone, to access different types of vocal colors, so that they can have a healthy technique. It's holistic vocal development."
"When you're performing night after night and traveling, it is really important to maintain your instrument. Rest, warming up before you sing, and knowing the music play a vital role in sustaining the voice."
"Due to an active performing lifestyle, I am able to show my students examples of technique in action. The vocal exercises and strategies I discuss in the classroom are tools I use every week in performance."
"Berklee is an awesome place to study voice, because they want to nurture you—who you are, what you love. They make sure that you have a great musical foundation, as well. They teach you how to be a singer, but also how to read music and direct a band and write a chart and write your own music with intricate harmonies. They take popular music and they make it what classical and jazz have been at conservatories for years."