(A TVF Monthly Special Topic Class)
Have you ever experienced one-size-fits-nobody teaching in which you are led mindlessly through the same series of vocal exercises over and over again? Or perhaps you’ve sung along with a recording of a great lesson you had and found that—on a different day—the exercises that were perfect at your lesson aren’t helping you today?
In this special topic class, functional voice teacher Donna Reid will demonstrate a much more effective approach to voice training that uses acute listening in order to come up with a the next perfect exercise to address whatever is not working in the voice and to nurture whatever IS working. Like a finely programmed GPS system, this allows the teacher to guide the student onto the road to greater vocal health and freedom.
The functional voice training approach works for any voice type and genre and style: no matter what kind of singer you are, functional vocal training can provide you with the path to freeing YOUR voice for whatever you want to sing.
Class Format: Donna will work with 3 pre-selected singers of various voice types to demonstrate the principles of functional voice training in action.
A downloadable recording will be sent to your inbox following registration.
About Donna S. Reid:
Donna Reid lived and worked as a singer in Europe (under her maiden name of Donna Sarley) for nine years, specializing in contemporary opera. Among her credits include the premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Montag aus Licht at La Scala in Milan, Italy and the premiere of Soltanto il Rogo by Franco Mannino in Agrigento, Sicily. She has also sung at the Téâtre des Champs-Èlysèes in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. Her recordings include the original cast CD of Montag aus Licht and several songs by Franco Mannino with the composer at the piano. She has appeared on television for the WDR in Germany and the RAI in Italy.
In 1993 Donna became a singing pupil of Cornelius L. Reid, noted vocal pedagogue and author of six books on singing. In 1994 Donna became Cornelius’s assistant and in 1996, his wife. She assisted Cornelius in the numerous master classes he presented in the United States, Canada, and Europe and acted as translator during those classes given in various cities in Germany and Austria.
Donna taught singing at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City from 1995 to 2014. She has also taught masterclasses in Bridgetown, Barbados (Operation Triple Threat), Pomaz, Hungary (Adam Gyorgy Castle Academy), Paris, France (Broadway in Paris), Frankfurt, Germany (Free Your Voice Institute), and Montespertoli, Italy (International Singing Academy).
Donna was a member of the vocal quartet, Amici Cantanti from 2006-2014 which performed numerous concerts in the New York area and recorded two CD’s, one entitled “In Between” the other “Christmas Present.” Both are available on iTunes. Donna continues to enjoy concertizing with the trio Vox Ventis which includes her two dear friends, Margaretha Bessel, soprano and Kevin Chavez, oboe. They have performed in New York City; Frankfurt & Kronberg, Germany; and Pomaz, Hungary. She currently maintains a private Studio in New York City.