The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer.

First Edition

Marci Daniels Rosenberg, Wendy D. LeBorgne

Details: 144 pages, B&W, Spiral Bound + CD, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-459-5

© 2014 | Available

The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer is a compilation of voice exercises created and used by well-known voice pedagogues from preeminent colleges, established private studios, and clinical settings. The exercises focus on various aspects of contemporary commercial music (CCM) including bodywork, mental preparation, registration, and much more. The book is designed to accompany its companion text, The Vocal Athlete, a first of its kind in singing science and pedagogy developed for singers of all styles with a particular emphasis on CCM.

Also included is a CD of the singing exercises to further enhance understanding of techniques and skills used in training this type of singer. Both The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer and its companion text are invaluable tools for anyone who uses or trains the singing voice or works with CCM singers.

A Word about the Accompanying CD

Section I. Preparing the Singer's Mind and Body

  • Introduction and Overview


  • Chapter 1. Exercises for Mental Focus
    • Centering the Breath
      • Barbara J. Walker
    • The Voice Scan
      • Robert C. Sussuma
    • The Singing Self: A Three-Part Contemplation
      • Robert C. Sussuma
    • Dialogue with Your Voice
      • Joanna Cazden
    • Your Voice in Real Life: A Vocal Exploration through Laughing and Crying
      • Jeremy Ryan Mossman
    • Mental Focus and Vocal Preparation
      • Martin L. Spencer
    • Scale of Vocal Effort
      • Marci Daniels Rosenberg
    • Notes


  • Chapter 2. Physical Stretches and Alignment
    • Body Movement to Achieve Vocal Freedom
      • Sarah L. Schneider
    • Semi-Supine with Spinal Jiggle and Pelvic Bowl Slosh/Slide
      • Marya Spring Cordes
    • Balancing Your Head
      • Marina Gilman
    • Freeing the Neck and Shoulders: A New Approach
      • Marina Gilman
    • Climbing the Ladder
    • Caroline Helton
    • Anterior Chest Openers to Improve Posture
      • Jill Vonderhaar Nader
    • Lower Back Expansion
      • Sarah Maines
    • Notes


  • Chapter 3. Stretches and Exercises for Breathing
    • Physical Stretches for Optimal Rib Cage and Respiratory Muscle Expansion
      • Erin N. Donahue and Wendy D. LeBorgne
    • Finding the Abs
      • Joan Melton
    • Breath Management Strategy for Vocal Percussion
      • Bari Hoffman Ruddy and Adam Lloyd
    • References
    • Notes


  • Chapter 4. Stretching and Relaxation for Tongue and Jaw
    • Jaw Exercises for Singing
      • Miriam van Mersbergen
    • Jaw Opening/Tongue Tension Isolation
      • Miriam van Mersbergen
    • Tongue Stretches for Singers
      • Maria Cristina A. Jackson-Menaldi
    • Staccato and Legato Tongue Release
      • Tracy Bourne
    • References
    • Notes

Section II. Training the Hybrid Singer

  • Introduction and Overview


  • Chapter 5. Vocal Warm-Up and Cool-Down
    • The Motor Boat
      • Caroline Helton
    • Descending 5-Tone on Lip Trill
      • Norman Spivey
    • Middle Voice Palate Stretch
      • Beverly A. Patton
    • Vowel Tuning
      • Scott Piper
    • Mirening
      • Thomas Francis Burke, III
    • The Gargle Exercise: Calibrate and Condition
      • Jennifer Muckala
    • Vocal Cool-Down Exercise for the Hybrid Singer
      • Renee O. Gottliebson
    • References
    • Notes


  • Chapter 6. Laryngeal Strength and Coordination
    • Connecting the Voice to the Body and Breath
      • Stephanie Samaras
    • Clari-Bees
      • Katherine McConville
    • Messa Di Voce for Musical Theater/CCM
      • Mary Saunders-Barton
    • Cup Phonation: A Semioccluded Vocal Tract Exercise
      • 'Marci Daniels Rosenberg
    • The Elusive Whistle Register: Hanging Out Up High
      • Jonelyn Langenstein and Brian E. Petty
    • Phonation Resistance Training Exercise (PhoRTE): Application to the Elderly Singer's Vocal Rehabilitation
      • Aaron S. Ziegler and Edie R. Hapner
    • References
    • Notes


  • Chapter 7. Registration and Vocal Tract Modification
    • Head Voice Stability
      • Sarah Maines
    • Head Voice in the Passaggio
      • Beverly A. Patton
    • You Send Me
      • Kathryn Green
    • The Pinball Wizard
      • Kathryn Green
    • Released Vocal Regulation
      • Martin L. Spencer
    • Swing Arpeggio
      • Michelle Rosen
    • Speech-Like Arpeggios
      • Norman Spivey
    • Sustained (2nd, 3rd, 5th, and octave) Glide
      • Bari Hoffman Ruddy and Adam Lloyd
    • Accessing "Mix"
      • Jeannette L. LoVetri
    • Vocalizing the Speaking Mix
      • Mary Saunders-Barton
    • Four Exercises for Simple Speech
      • Beverly A. Patton
    • Register Transition Exploration
      • Aaron M. Johnson
    • Honking
      • Sarah L. Schneider
    • Meow Mix
      • Kelly M. Holst
    • Fix It in the Mix
      • Starr Cookman
    • Slidy aa’s
      • Lisa Popeil
    • Hoot-n-Hollar
      • James Curtis and Brian E. Petty
    • References
    • Notes


  • Chapter 8. Training Vocal Styles
    • Introduction
    • Bratty Twang
      • Norman Spivey
    • Closed Position for High Conversational Music Theater
      • Benjamin Czarnota
    • Woah Yeah!
      • Patricia M. Linhart
    • Belted "Hey"
      • Joan Ellison
    • Belt High Notes Like Oprah Winfrey
      • Jennifer DeRosa
    • Blissful Belting
      • Joan Lader
    • Layla and the Canadian Surfer: Belting in Four Easy Steps
      • Chris York
    • Boom Ba Chicka
      • Matthew Edwards
    • Multiple Personalities Vocal Exercise
      • Wendy D. LeBorgne
    • Register Isolation for Choral Singers
      • Edward Reisert
    • Light Chest Mix for Mixed Choir
      • Thomas Arduini
    • The Ultimate Rock Sound
      • Sheri Sanders
    • Creating the Logical 16-Bar Audition Cut
      • Robert Marks
    • Notes
    • Conclusion


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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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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The Vocal Athlete Bundle (Textbook + Workbook)

The Vocal Athlete and the companion book The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer are 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.

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