Connections with Mary McDonald Klimek
Isn’t networking the BEST? There are so many ways to build human connections in the ‘World of Estill’ – how well are you connected?
What’s in your intranet?
When was the last time you opened your Level One Workbook or picked up those Figures in a Flash for a voice network upgrade? Connecting our innards to our voices really is what it is all about in Estill Voice Training. What programs are running on your “Body Operating System (BOS)”, as Jo Estill used to call it. As is the case with those annoying operating system updates on our smart phones and computers, we too stand to benefit from a bit of defragging and physiological and mental tidying. When was the last time you practiced your Onsets on 5 vowels, through your range, with different Body-Cover Conditions?
I recently had the insight as I was practicing Gradual Aspirate Offsets out of Thick folds, that I was slowly passing through various degrees of breathiness. If I controlled the Effort Numbers associated with my arytenoid cartilage movement, I could sustain different degrees of breathiness along this continuum. The feel coming out of Thick was quite distinct from the feel coming out of Thin or Stiff folds. All part of re-booting my own intranet. “Woo-hooo!” said I, “Is this what Singer-Songwriter X is looking for in that pre-chorus?”
26 years into Estill and I am still de-bugging the “Lyric Soprano Software” that was installed on my BOS. 26 years into Estill and I am still discovering new vocal possibilities for myself and my students. You may be thinking, “Mary is crazy!” or “Wow, that is inspirational!” Either way, you could be ready for our Estill internet, a place to connect with others who share your opinion.
Connect to the human world wide web of Estill Voice Training!
And I do not mean www.EstillVoice.com; although you might go there to find the Introductory Workshops, Courses, Advanced Workshops, Practice Groups, Summits, and Celebrations of which I AM speaking. So many opportunities this Summer/Winter to establish or re-establish your connections to other people who share your passion for all things voice!
There are a host of networking opportunities to choose from - in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Connect early and connect often. There is so much to discover as we interact with real live people as we feel what we feel, hear what we hear, and see what we see.
Find YOUR new way to connect to Estill Voice Training!
"Why am I an Estill Voice Training practitioner? Obviously, I respect the quality of Jo Estill's research. She has produced a systematic approach to voice training that I have used successfully for the past twenty-two years in my work with undergraduate singers. It is one thing for Jo Estill to have been named one of the most significant voice scientists in the world today. She joins the ranks of many such gifted scientists. However, it is quite another thing to have fine tuned her research in such a way as to offer singers a disciplined approach that meets the demands of the profession today; namely, the ability to sing a variety of voice qualities with confidence, endurance, and artistic sensitivity. My colleagues and I think so highly of Jo Estill's work that we have developed a four-year undergraduate voice curriculum using her published materials. There is no greater "testimony" as to the trust we have in this approach to the training of the singing voice than to offer it to the next generation as a foundation for their professional careers."
Julie T. Fortney
DMA Professor of Voice,
Voice Division Coordinator
Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC