EMCI Spotlight: Charlotte Xerri

This instructor spotlight features the president of the Estill Certification Advisory Board, who was recently human subject in voice research at Ohio State University.

Charlotte Xerri is an Estill Mentor and Course InstructorName: Charlotte Xerri (sounds like ‘sherry’)

Current home (city, country): Newhaven, in sunny Sussex by the sea, near the South Downs National Park and Glyndebourne!

Where did you grow up? Bristol, during the Trip Hop era

Biggest professional challenge: Every year brings new challenges, most recently the research week at The Ohio State University, 10-16 2018 with Kerri Obert. Being a human subject in voice research is fascinating and challenging on many levels.

Favorite Voice book: ‘The Time of Our Singing’ by Richard Powers (thank you Kim Steinhauer for the recommendation). It’s a novel, in part, about an African American and his journey to becoming a professional classical singer. Although the character’s circumstances are very different from mine, much of his process resonated with me and my path to singing.

Last book read: There are several ‘on the go’ including, ‘The Voice Clinic Handbook’ (Second Edition), ‘The Path of the Voice’ and Ken Bozeman’s books (for the second time). I read ‘Mindset’ by Dweck from cover to cover. It’s highly recommended.

Person you would most like to have dinner with: Anyone with a brilliant sense of humor and a captivating story to tell…

Favorite performer: Luigi (age 9) and Lucia (age 2.5), I am duty bound to mention both, the former can produce some crazy whistle tones, but the latter currently has the edge on cuteness!

Dream vacation: A month or two renting a traditional farmhouse on the Maltese island of Gozo (where my husband’s father was born); sun, sea, good food, family and friends coming and going………aaahhhh……….I’m putting it out there!

3 Albums (CDs) you would take with you if stranded on a deserted island: This is an impossible question, so I am closing my eyes and pulling randomly from the shelf… Julian Bream, The Ultimate Guitar Collection.  Herbie Hancock, Headhunters.  Messiaen, Turangalila Symphony – Quatour pour la fin du temps.

Item(s) most likely to be found in your refrigerator: Plenty of things to make a lovely dinner, if you care to come round!

Hobby(ies): Luckily my passion is my work so hobbies are all about getting some exercise; walking, running, pilates and yoga. Luigi is teaching me about basketball and capoeira, Lucia is reminding me how to do body art with poster paint.

Favorite quote: Everything in moderation, including moderation

People would be surprised to know… No surprises, what you see is what you get!