The Vocal Athlete

Third Edition

Wendy D. LeBorgne, Marci Daniels Rosenberg

Details: 200 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-673-0

© 2026 | Coming Soon

Release Date: 07/15/2024

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The Vocal Athlete, Third Edition is written and designed to bridge the gap between the art of contemporary commercial music (CCM) singing and the science behind voice production in this ever-growing popular vocal style. Revised and expanded, this edition is a “must have” for vocal pedagogy courses and speech-language pathologists, singing voice specialists, and voice teachers. Heavily referenced, this text is ripe with current research on singing science as it relates to the CCM voice. Anyone who trains singers will gain insight into the current research and trends regarding commercial music artists.  

The text distinguishes itself from other academic pedagogy texts by incorporating comprehensive chapters on the physiology of belting, current peer reviewed literature in vocal training for CCM styles, and application in the voice studio. Included is the current information on our understanding of gender affirmation treatments and potential implications for singers.

New to the Third Edition

  • New comprehensive chapter titled Overview of Black American Music: History, Pedagogy & Practice by Trineice Robinson-Martin and Alison Crockett 
  • Extended and revised sections in several chapters, including:
    • The Singer’s Body
    • Motor Learning
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Laryngeal Physiology
    • Acoustics
    • Phonotrauma
    • Belting Research
  • Reference grid depicting where specific content areas for both the proposed NATS vocal pedagogy curriculum and the PAVA-RV can be found within the text
  • Updated references throughout the text

Related Workbook

The companion book, The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer, Third Edition is a practical array of vocal exercises and techniques described by experienced CCM vocal pedagogues. This workbook edition includes over 20 new contributing authors and features access to a PluralPlus companion website with singing exercises to further enhance understanding of techniques and skills used in training these singers.

The Vocal Athlete text and workbook are invaluable tools for anyone who uses or trains the singing voice or works with CCM singers.

PluralPlus Online Ancillary Materials

For instructors: PowerPoint slides

Wendy D. LeBorgne

Wendy D. LeBorgne, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a voice pathologist, a singing voice specialist, and director of the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation and The Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati. Additionally, she holds an adjunct faculty position at Cincinnati College-Conservatory. Dr. LeBorgne's original, peer-reviewed research on the performing voice has been published in multiple scientific journals and she presents nationally and internationally on the professional performing voice. Dr. LeBorgne teaches workshops and master classes on vocal health and belting at major music schools and conservatories throughout the United States. Her clients can be found on local and national stages as well as TV and film. Dr. LeBorgne also maintains an active professional performing career.

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Marci Daniels Rosenberg

Marci Daniels Rosenberg, BM, MS CCC-SLP is a singer and clinical singing voice specialist at The University of Michigan, Vocal Health Center specializing in rehabilitation of injured voices.

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The Vocal Athlete, Third Edition comes with access to supplementary teaching resources on a PluralPlus companion website.

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The instructor resources include PowerPoint lecture slides.

To access the resources, you must contact Plural Publishing, Inc. to be verified as an instructor and receive your access code.


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Vocal Health and Pedagogy: Science, Assessment, and Treatment

Third Edition

Robert T. Sataloff

Details: 984 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-860-9

© 2017 | Available

A Systematic Approach to Voice: The Art of Studio Application

First Edition

Kari Ragan

Details: 246 pages, B&W, Softcover, 6" x 9"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-223-7

© 2020 | Available

The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer

Third Edition

Marci Daniels Rosenberg, Wendy D. LeBorgne

Details: 430 pages, B&W, Spiral Bound, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-680-8

© 2026 | Coming Soon

Release Date: 07/15/2024