Voice Faculty

Gwendolyn Leathers

Assistant Professor, Voice
gleathers@berklee.edu | 617 747-8107

Stacey Lee

Assistant Professor, Voice
slee86@berklee.edu | 617 747-6514

"It gives me a sense of privilege to be on a musical journey together and see students getting better at what they do, ultimately falling in love with their own voices."

Donna McElroy

Professor, Voice
dmcelroy@berklee.edu | 617 747-8439

"I realized that I have a special gift I bring to teaching, which is experience."

Clare McLeod

Assistant Professor, Voice
cmcleod@berklee.edu | 617 747-6335

Great singers have a connection not only with their instrument, but with their material and their audience.

Laurie Monahan

Professor, Voice
lmonahan1@berklee.edu | 617 747-6336

"Learning to sing well challenges both one’s physical instrument and one’s soul, and the journey is a magnificent one."

Duane Moody

Associate Professor, Voice
dmoody@berklee.edu | 617 747-6016

"I tell my students, 'It's up to you to understand how to make your voice shine in whatever style you're after; it's up to you to understand your body.'"

Nichelle Mungo

Assistant Professor, Voice
njmungo@berklee.edu | 617 747-8957

"The students are aware of my philosophy for warm ups: the more relaxed and flexible your vocal mechanisms are inwardly, the better your voice will produce outwardly."

Paul Pampinella

Assistant Professor, Voice

"I see my job as being a tour guide to the student's own voice, rather than coaching them in any particular style of singing. It's often the case that students simply don't know how to fully operate this instrument that they carry with them."

Anne Peckham

Chair, Voice
Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
apeckham@berklee.edu | 617 747-2513

"Whether it's music they have written or pop and R&B music, students will find a home in Berklee's Voice department in a way that they wouldn't find it at any other college of music."

Janice Pendarvis

Associate Professor, Voice
jpendarvis@berklee.edu | 617 747-6019

"I look forward to seeing my students, and I know that I'm really doing my job when they're excited to come to class and to prepare for it, and I see them progress."

Dale Pfeiffer

Assistant Professor, Voice
dpfeiffer@berklee.edu | 617 747-8318

"I love the interaction with students; I enjoy what they bring, and I learn so much from them."

Rene Pfister

Assistant Professor, Voice
rpfister@berklee.edu | 617 747-8025

"It's critical for me that students are engaged, aware of their own minds and bodies in relationship to their singing, aware of music."

Annette Philip

Artistic Manager of Berklee India Exchange, Voice
Also affiliated with:: Berklee India Exchange, Ensemble
aphilip@berklee.edu | 617 747-6152

"I think in all music that's what we're trying to encourage our students to do, to surrender and be totally present in the moment."

Jeff Ramsey

Associate Professor, Voice
Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
jramsey@berklee.edu | 617 747-8110

"Having sung background for many different recording artists, I know how important it is to have your vocal technique together. As a background vocalist, you are basically called upon to become a chameleon. What that means is that you are going to be asked to take your voice out of its natural habitat so to speak. You have to come up with different timbres in your voice to match the other background singers and, in many cases, the lead vocalist. Versatility is an important factor in background singing. It means warming up your voice constantly to maintain the flexibility of your vocal folds as you diversify your singing style of the moment."

Diane Richardson

Assistant Chair, Voice

"I think one of the most beautiful instruments is the voice. I love exploring its different textures and tone colors. I try to motivate my students to develop a solid technical foundation, find an emotional connection to the music, and fuse their interpretations with honesty and integrity."

Ned Rosenblatt

Associate Professor, Voice

“Performers are responsible to each other. Work ethic and teamwork are crucial to being a successful professional musician.”

Daniela Schachter

Assistant Professor, Voice
dschachter@berklee.edu | 617 747-6063

"Improvisation is a very important aspect of singing and playing, and I like to work on that with each student during private lessons."

David Scott

Associate Professor, Voice
dscott@berklee.edu | 617 747-2822

"I never want my students to forget that this is all in service of something that's supposed to be beautiful and supposed to be a pleasure."

Maggie Scott

Professor, Voice
mscott2@berklee.edu | 617 747-8347

"Whatever I have done professionally and learned professionally, I try to bring into the classroom."

Jan Shapiro

Professor, Voice
Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
jshapiro@berklee.edu | 617 747-2103

"I teach private lessons, vocal labs, and ensembles. When I teach private lesson students, I teach classical technique and how it applies to contemporary vocal styles. As a teacher, I see myself as a guide to each individual student as they travel down the path of vocal development and their own individual progression. Whether a singer becomes a recognized household name as a recording artist, a full-time performer, a session singer, a backing vocalist, or a singer in a wedding band, I try to prepare all my vocal students for the changing music industry and vocal styles."

Rebecca Shrimpton

Assistant Professor, Voice
rshrimpton@berklee.edu | 617 747-6345

"I want to give students skills that they can continue to use for the rest of their lives, and ideas that they can continue to explore. I want to help them become independent."

Adrian Sicam

Assistant Professor, Voice
asicam@berklee.edu | 617 747-6433

"As a first-year instructor, I can’t emphasize enough that I’m not just teaching students how to sing. I’m teaching them how to be professional musicians."

Lorree Slye

Associate Professor, Voice
lslye@berklee.edu | 617 747-2688

"I tell my students, 'I'm here to blow a hole in the myth that singing is easy.' But if we're well trained, we can make it look effortless."

Didi Stewart

Associate Professor, Voice
Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
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 studied expressive arts therapy. That led to doing a lot of workshops in voice and movement therapy. I sort of developed a way of thinking of music as a whole body experience."

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