One Voice to Sing All Styles

In my nineteenth year of teaching, I continue striving to help choirs and vocalists build a sustainable and healthy vocal technique for all styles of music. As an Estill Course Mentor & Course Instructor of Estill Voice Training, my pedagogy seeks to bridge the gap between classical and contemporary music by training the entirety of the vocal instrument. My continued research interests are the effect of gesture on the vocal mechanism and vocal production, teaching the individual within the group ensemble setting, and further development of a 21st-century, evidence-based choral pedagogy encompassing varied styles of music.

Looking for Professional Development Opportunities?

Available for Guest Conducting, Workshops, & Private Voice Instruction


  • Guest Conducting

  • Ensemble Coaching

  • Adjudications

  • Re-defining the Choral Warm-up

  • Choral Pedagogical Planning

  • What's in Your Vocal Model?

  • Diction and Voice Quality

  • Estill Voice Training Introductory Workshop

  • Estill Voice Training Level 1 Course: Figures for Voice Control

  • Estill Voice Training Level 2 Course: Figures Combinations for Six Voice Qualities

  • Choral Pedagogical Gesture

  • Choral Conducting

  • Bridging Bel Canto and Contemporary Vocal Technique

  • Positively Powerful: Feedback in the Choral Rehearsal

  • 25-minute voice lesson (in person or online)

  • 50-minute (in person or online)

  • Estill Voice Small Group Practice Sessions

  • Estill Voice Figure Coaching/Testing

  • Estill Master Trainer Coaching/Testing

Looking for Articles and Research Ideas?

Check out Scholarship Portfolio with links to books and articles and Professional Resources with downloadable content!

Looking to sing in a professional vocal ensemble?

Check out withonevoice, a professional non-profit vocal ensemble of 16 singers with a special focus on singing in diverse vocal qualities

Highlighted Experience

Western Illinois University - 2018 to present

Director of Choral Studies

Teach undergraduate and graduate choral conducting and choral literature courses and conduct the "flagship" ensemble, the University Singers and Chamber Singers

Southwestern College - 2014 to 2018

Director of Choral Activities & Voice, Chair of the Music Department

Taught Beginning & Advanced Conducting, A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, Musical Theatre Ensemble, Contemporary Commercial Music Ensemble, Secondary General / Choral Methods, Vocal Pedagogy, Beginning Voice, Vocal Diction, Intro to Musical Theatre, and Private Voice

Contact Me


Macomb, IL

"Everyone has a beautiful voice. You just have to know how to use it."

- Jo Estill