This has been such a busy year for the Kathryn Armour Studio. Dawn Cantwell is enjoying a great Broadway run as Nessarose in Wicked. And the Fiasco Co., with whom I have been working since 2011, is currently playing their Broadway hit production of Into the Woods in London! Roundabout Theater interviewed me about my work with the cast: A Conversation with Kathryn Armour, Alexander and Voice Teacher.
In my studio Alexander Technique is part of every voice lesson. Do you need to train your voice thoroughly? or re-train , because you want to take on a challenging role, or because you have somehow gotten a bit off track in your vocal technique? The Italian understanding of one voice (“it’s all a mix, Darling!”) will help you sort things out.
Using the Alexander Technique, the singer learns both structural support and ease in the body/mind. This allows a free throat for clear speech. I work with each singer’s individual speech pattern, so that you can learn to tell your story, rather than using technical tricks to manufacture the sound you think will sell. With the Alexander Technique integrated into your craft, you will know when you are on a less than efficient and truthful path. Your body will not lie to you.
There are many benefits to working in this integrated and artistic way, but one of the most important is that you can integrate singing and acting. You can communicate, and not be featuring your “vocal technique.” You will find your authentic expression, your “own” voice.
My summer programs are an ideal way to work with me. With customized attention, they provide an intensive, safe and aesthetic environment to make vocal improvements, without having to leave your current teacher. Is 2017 the summer to invest in yourself? in your voice?