McClosky Relaxation Exercise #5, the muscles around the larynx

These days I hear and see a lot of forced singing, in many genres.  Perhaps it is a reflection of the stress in our time, but it’s not good for the voice and it’s not producing a great sound. I am presenting a series of videos and explanations of the McClosky Relaxation Exercises.These exercises are […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #4, The Jaw

These days I hear and see a lot of forced singing, in many genres.  Perhaps it is a reflection of the stress in our time, but it’s not good for the voice and it’s not producing a great sound. I am presenting a series of videos and explanations of the McClosky Relaxation Exercises.These exercises are […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #3 – Under the Chin

Hi everyone!  I decided it was important to write about these exercises as well as demonstrate them.  For each of the 6 exercises, there is a post which contains:             a short video demonstration; some reasons why I (as a McClosky Voice Technician and Master Teacher, and  a soprano) think this exercise is important; and  tips […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #2

Hi everyone!  I decided it was important to write about these exercises as well as demonstrate them.  For each of the 6 exercises, there are:             a short video demonstration; some reasons why I (as a McClosky Voice Technician and Master Teacher, and  a soprano) think this exercise is important; and  tips how to do the […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #1

These days I hear and see a lot of forced singing in many genres.  Perhaps it is a reflection of the stress in our time, but it’s not good for the voice and it’s not producing a great sound. I am presenting a series of videos and explanations of the McClosky Relaxation Exercises.  These exercises […]

Why Study Old Italian Arias?

For those studying singing at the beginner and intermediate levels, studying old (17th and 18th century) Italian arias seems to be a nearly universal recommendation.   Why is this so? What are the magical properties of this repertoire? What are these arias?  Where are they from? These “Old Italian” arias are from operas of the 17th […]

Now that we are singing together again, it’s time to get back in (singing) shape!

  Get Back in (Singing) Shape:   A Post-Pandemic Workshop for Choral Singers with Bonnie Pomfret, soprano and master teacher Even if your choir had virtual rehearsals, sitting in front of a screen and singing to it are nothing like singing in an acoustical space with other singers!  As we begin at last to make music […]

Learning to Practice (Singing)

Learning to Practice (Singing) [This was written by a student of mine.  He has come a long way in his singing, but also in his thinking about singing, which he shares here.]            To begin, I should explain that I’ve been studying voice for many years.  With different teachers, in different schools; […]