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