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The Phoenix Project for the Ageless Singer is a new initiative from Total Vocal Freedom with the purpose of supporting and empowering female singers over the age of 50 that are concerned about the longevity and quality of their singing voices in the second half of their lives.
“Love your voice for the rest of your life!”
Are you just waiting for someone to tell you it’s time to stop singing?
Perhaps the dreaded wobble has started to creep in or maybe you live in constant fear that it will?
Is singing getting more difficult as you age?
If so, we’re here to tell you…YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
And we are here to help.
We have created a program just for you called The Phoenix Project for the Ageless Singer.
This program is right for you if you are:
- A female singer over the age of 50 experiencing singing challenges
- Passionate about singing
- Have a basic level of musicianship (you sing in a choir and/or have taken voice lessons in the past)
- Are willing to invest time and energy to learn and grow
- Coachable and open to new ideas
The primary purpose of this program is to support and empower female singers over the age of 50 that are concerned about the longevity and quality of their singing voices in the second half of their lives. We currently have 16 amazing women in this program and they are achieving wonderful things. We want to help you achieve the same results that they’ve experienced!
Because every participant will be coming from a different background and set of experiences, we can’t promise specific results (like getting back that high A or singing like you’re 25 again). However, if you fully invest yourself in this program and do the work, we promise after 3 months in the program you will:
- Feel GREAT about your singing voice
- Have peace of mind that you are doing everything you can to keep your voice in tip-top shape
What It Is
The TVF approach is holistic in nature and features 3 key elements to produce the results you see mentioned in the recording above:
- Constructive Self-Kindness – How you talk to yourself matters in everything you do. You will learn about the power of constructive thinking (distinct from positive thinking) and how self-kindness can help engender vocal freedom.
- Cooperating With The Design – Our anatomy-based approach will show you how to actively cooperate with your psychophysical design and to access the innate body and vocal freedom that is your birthright.
- Community Learning & Support – We believe people learn best in supportive groups and communities. Our experience has shown that belonging to a like-minded community can make a dramatic difference in a singer’s outlook, attitude and progress.
What It Isn’t
- Voice Lessons – Our non-traditional approach addresses areas that are often not addressed in normal voice lessons.
- Therapy – TVF work is distinctly educational in nature and not to be confused with therapy.
What It Includes
1. Phoenix Classes
Many singers, as they age and their voices change, struggle with nerves and new vocal tension. More technique and practice is not always the answer. Instead, a new set of skills relating to a changing season of singing is needed. These classes will help you think holistically and creatively in relieving some of the physical and mental struggles you’re facing.
The classes are exclusively for women who understand what you are experiencing. You will experience a safe and supportive place to discuss relevant issues, challenges and topics led by a trained TVF facilitator who has overcome similar challenges of their own. This additional layer of support will help give you comfort and show you that you’re not alone.
Phoenix classes take place weekly and are 60 minutes long. See class times and schedule below.
2. A TVF Plus Membership
TVF Plus is a 10-part journey of vocal freedom & self-discovery. When you join the Phoenix Project you will get instant access to this program which will help lay a foundation for all future Phoenix learning. TVF Plus is an introduction to the TVF approach, which is grounded in principles of the world-famous Alexander Technique, a holistic method that is taught at nearly every major performing arts conservatory in the world. In this program you will learn how to practically apply Alexander’s ground-breaking discoveries into your singing practice and your daily life through audio, video and written material.
3. Further Support via Phoenix Facebook Community
Phoenix Project participants will also have a dedicated private Facebook group where they can get further support, accountability, share their successes, get help through their struggles, ask for advice and much more. It’s your new virtual home – a community ready and enthusiastic to support you through this journey together.
The program will also include additional resources to help support you – videos, articles, exercises and occasional guest speakers on relevant topics.
How It Works
- The Phoenix Project is an ongoing monthly program that begins in June 2018.
- You can join at the beginning of any month.
- Classes are offered every week (with a few exceptions).
- You can choose between Monday or Thursday classes (see below).
Phoenix Classes are scheduled for (choose one):
- Monday Classes with Tracy Van Fleet @ 1:00 – 2:00pm US Central Time (Convert To Your Local Time Zone)
- Thursday Classes with Lisa Rogers Lee @ 10:00 – 11:00am US Central Time (Convert To Your Local Time Zone)
If you’re not able to attend your primary class or group time during a specific week, you can drop in to a different time that week. You can watch all classes and groups on replay, which are available 24/7 in our member’s area.
Technical Support Provided!
We understand that navigating the technical aspect of an online learning environment can be challenging for people of any age. Our program coordinator Karen Archbold will always be happily available and ready to hold your hand through any technical support that you need. All you have to do is ask!
Phoenix classes are led by 2 highly-qualified professional singers and voice teachers. Both Phoenix teachers are members of the TVF Pro Certification Program.
Tracy Van Fleet
Tracy Van Fleet is professional mezzo-soprano and voice teacher based in the Los Angeles area. In December, Tracy made her debut in Mexico with the Orchestra Filarmónica Boca del Río. Her rich and warm mezzo soprano has earned critical acclaim singing from Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to the Symphonieorchester Lüneburg in Germany. As a soloist, she has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Lüneburg Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Los Angeles Bach Festival, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Philharmonic, USC Symphony and Chorus, and others. She has had many appearances with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Opera Pacific, San Diego Opera and Opera Colorado
In 2017 Tracy was the alto soloist for the multi-national production of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Germany for the Naruto Daiku. In 2016 she was the featured mezzo soloist on a tour of Italy singing the Mozart Requiem at many UNESCO sites. In 2013 she toured Europe and the U.S. with the Los Angeles Philharmonic singing in the new oratorio by John Adams The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Ms. Van Fleet earned a Master and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California, where she graduated cum laude.
Lisa Rogers Lee
Lisa Rogers Lee has enjoyed a varied career as a chamber singer, oratorio soloist and recitalist. She is known for her ability to move between multiple musical styles. She appeared with opera companies in the Midwest in the roles of Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Lucy in The Beggar’s Opera Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Much of her career has been as a singer of early music, having sung and soloed with The St. Ignatius Octet, New York City, Mon Choeur, Indianapolis, The Bach Babes, Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Walla Walla Baroque, The Seattle Choral Company, The Seattle Symphony, The Northwest Chamber Chorus, The Pacific Northwest Ballet and The William Ferris Chorale.
Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Michigan and Le Diplôme Supérieur from The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Eastern Michigan University. She is known as an educator and mentor of singers of all ages. She served on the faculty of The University of Notre Dame’s music preparatory program and Indiana University’s South Bend Music Academy. Ms. Lee was the soprano vocal coach and soloist with The Seattle Choral Company.
In this new season of life, she is pursuing acting as a career in addition to her singing. She studies at The Second City in Chicago and is completing the improv, acting and voice over programs. Currently, she is a staff singer at St. James
Cathedral in Chicago, sings with The William Ferris Chorale and Aestas Consort and maintains a private studio called Voice for the Whole Singer.
What Phoenix Members Say
“The Phoenix group has been a safe place to explore what felt like the failures of age in my voice. It’s invaluable to be around peers, to look back at a vocal career and put it in its place – leaving what was (but not dismissing it – it still counts!!), and reawakening what is – which is way more voice than I thought. Great tips and techniques from Tracy! I now have confidence that I can sing. Please continue the Phoenix program!”
“First of all, Lisa is a very good teacher. She takes the time to go into the material properly, and is patient and welcoming to everyone. Secondly, it is a safe place to give opinions and put yourself out there. It’s a great support group!”
“I have very much enjoyed the platform provided by the “Phoenix Project”, a place where I’ve been able to talk to understanding listeners about my age related vocal problems or celebrate my successes as a singer and teacher. Of course, my vocal successes are not what they would have been 30 years ago but my fellow singers know this and celebrate with me. Being able to share some of the hurdles age puts in your way ( wider vibrato, smaller range, change in timbre, shorter breath) is comforting and the ensuing discussion often opens up new avenues to explore.”
–Mary Frances Lubahn
“At first I felt intimidated by the experience and background of many of the other participants in the Phoenix Program. Lisa was quick to dispel my discomfort pointing out the experience and skills that I bring to the group. Her positive attitude, compassion and kindness comes through her teaching. Lisa is very open and receptive to questions and comments. The other participants have also been very kind and supportive and I have learned so much from each of them. I am so very grateful to be part of the Phoenix Program. I love that I have access to so much of the TVF Academy classes and materiel as a result. This entire program is so professional, holistic and so positive. I would highly recommend it to others.”
“How do I love thee, Oh Phoenix Project for the Ageless Singer? Let me count the ways.
I love being able to offer words about my own singing doubts, fears, and anxieties, and hearing from others that I am not the only one who has doubts, fears, and anxieties—often the same ones. Talking freely in a safe and confidential setting is one of TVF’s strengths, and it overflows into this group.
I love how our comments at the beginning of each session are converted into further discussion and exploration by Tracy, a skilled and able facilitator and teacher (even though she is not “our voice teacher”). I gain something tangible (a technique, an exercise, a reminder) as well as something intangible (an attitude, a new idea, a different word for an old concept) every time we meet.
I love that we are, each of us, singers in varying ways and places, and we each have worth in each other’s eyes. I believe this is what we call support of the best kind.
I love the seeing the faces of my fellow explorers and noticing how beautiful they are and how familiar they have become.
I love hearing our speaking voices, each as different from each other as our faces and the various rooms in which we see each other.
I love that we “own” our years and celebrate them as wisdom and experience, while at the same time we are gathering (and giving) information about change in body and voice.
I love that we are curious about how our voices change as we age, and that we want to change in the best ways possible.
I love that we talk about singing, our art, and that we stay there, not veering into other parts of our lives and not imposing ourselves on each other. Rather, we stick to the subject and are respectful of each other. I find it interesting that no one person dominates a discussion, as can sometimes happen in “real life.” Perhaps this is the beauty of being online: we are without other distractions!
I love that each of us wants to learn and grow in our singing because, well, singing is life, reflects life, and gives us life.
Trying to put this experience into words—I speak of this project as well as the experience of often being the oldest female singer in the room—is daunting. I don’t want to wallow in words (but I do) or become overly sentimental and veer into triteness (but I may), and yet I consciously use the word “love” in describing this group. The idea for an Ageless Singer group of women has come at just the right time for me, as I approach age 80 with a whole self (note that I am not separating mind and body!) that feels much younger.
May I say, then, that this is what the Ageless Singer is and what she looks like and what she sounds like: The Ageless Singer is Us.”
–Shirley Bynum Smith
“I am so enjoying being a part of the Phoenix Project – Thank you all. I am grateful to each of you. Connecting with such kind ladies with great talent, and being able to converse about our diverse experiences has been a valuable tool and resource. Each of you has so very much to offer and share! Lisa does a great job of guiding our conversations and focusing our goals. I must express again my gratitude to each of you!”
“The Phoenix Project has been a life changer for me. Connecting and care for self and others of the things we care about.Learning to explore and share the art of breathing, coordination, Alexander Technique, vocal technique and to have fun has been a great life changer. Call us a fool for a song. Thank you so much beyond words.”
Membership in the Phoenix Project is $95/month.
There is also a reduced rate of $65/month.
You have the ability to self-select your monthly payment based on your ability to pay. We trust that you will make the right choice that matches your current ability to pay.
Membership requires a joining fee of $75.
After you pay your joining fee and as the June start date approaches, you will be sent instructions on how to set-up your monthly payments.
You may cancel your monthly payments at anytime. However, if you stop and restart the program you will have to pay the joining fee again.
Your membership fee includes access to all Phoenix classes, the Phoenix Support Community, TVF Plus and any Phoenix bonus sessions in the member’s area.
How To Join
Step 1: Make sure you qualify by answering YES to these 5 questions
- Are you a female singer over the age of 50?
- Are you passionate about singing?
- Do you have a basic level of musicianship (you sing in a choir and/or have taken voice lessons in the past)?
- Are willing to invest time and energy to improve and grow?
- Are you coachable and open to new ideas?
Step 2: Pay Your Joining Fee to Reserve Your Spot
Your Joining Fee reserves your spot before June classes begin and also gives you instant access to TVF Plus.