Voice Coach Ilana Martin '89 Profiled in Forbes

May 10, 2012


Many young musicians hope to someday attain Diddy-level stardom, but Martin’s example shows it’s possible to have a fulfilling and lucrative career as a coach to high-profile entertainers. Accepted to the prestigious Berklee School of Music at age 16, she started teaching private lessons the first week she arrived on campus. Within two years, she was touring with Barry White and Patti LaBelle as a backup singer.

Martin soon found her calling not as a pop diva, but as a voice teacher, founding the Vocal Workout Singing school in 2001. She emphasizes a holistic approach that includes influences ranging from ancient Yoruba breathing methods to a more modern focus on working with the body’s built-in reflexes. With one location in Manhattan, she’s planning to open another in Brooklyn this year.