I just got back from Dresden, Germany, the site of the 2009 Pan-European Voice Conference.  Dresden is a gorgeous city, formerly in East Germany, rebuilt from the ruins of WWII. 


Every two years, the conference PEVOC (as it’s called)  takes place in a different, scenic European city and is open to anyone who wants to attend from anywhere in the world.  Amazingly informative experience.  What I really want to talk about though is the propensity for cultish behavior around singing technique which of course exists here in the US but is really strong in Europe.  I don’t get it.  Do guitar playing methods inspire the same kind of blind devotion and leader adoration as vocal technique methods do?  

We’ve all had inspirational teachers who seem to provide the answers we’ve been desparately looking for but that is no cause for close-mindedness, dogmatism and religious fervor. Come on, it’s just singing. 


Though I have a ‘method’, have years of experience and a lot of answers to technical and performance problems,  I encourage my students and associate teachers to continue learning and growing and amassing information for the good of all of us.  Resist the temptation to ‘belong’.  Just be the best you can…

Celebrity voice coach Lisa Popeil has an MFA in Voice and is one of America’s top voice experts.  Creator of the Total Singer DVD and the Voiceworks® Method. www.popeil.com 


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Originally posted 2009-09-03 14:53:58.