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

Second Edition

Marci Daniels Rosenberg, Wendy D. LeBorgne

Details: 157 pages, B&W, Spiral Bound, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-164-3

© 2021 | Available

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

New to the Second Edition

  • 20 new singing exercises
  • Updated and expanded exercises, figures, and references throughout
  • Access to a PluralPlus companion website with audio and video files to enhance understanding of exercises

Wendy D. LeBorgne and Marci Daniels Rosenberg join the VocalFri Podcast to talk about The Vocal Athlete, a landmark voice pedagogy text that was the first of its kind to fully incorporate contemporary and musical theater singing pedagogy alongside classical voice pedagogy in a fully evidence based manner. Listen here

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The book is designed to accompany the textbook, The Vocal Athlete, Second Edition, a first of its kind in singing science and pedagogy developed for singers of all styles with a particular emphasis on CCM.
The Vocal Athlete text and workbook are invaluable tools for anyone who uses or trains the singing voice or works with CCM singers.






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


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




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


Freeing the Neck and Shoulders

Marina Gilman


Balancing Your Head

Marina Gilman


Climbing the Ladder 

Caroline Helton


Anterior Chest Openers to Improve Posture

Jill Vonderhaar Nader


Lower Back Expansion

Sarah Maines


Postural Alignment, Core Strength, and Breath Support

Suzan Postel


Re-Organizaing the Entire Vocal Tract        

Robert Sussuma




Chapter 3. Stretches and Exercises for Breathing

Physical Stretching 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


Breathing Body Release Visualization 

Suzan Postel


Breath Stamina Exercise for Aging Singers

Barbara Fox DeMaio





Chapter 4. Stretching and Relaxation for Tongue and Jaw        

Jaw Exercises for Singing      

Miriam van Mersbergen


Jaw Opening/Tongue Tension Isolation        

Miriam van Mersbergen


Reducing Jaw Region Tension and Cramping

Walt Fritz


Tongue Stretches for Singers 

Maria Cristina A. Jackson-Menaldi


Staccato and Legato Tongue Release

Tracy Bourne


Increasing Vocal Resonance by Decreasing Facial Tension

Catherine A. Walker


Guy-La Tongue Release and Flexibility

Edrie Means Weekly





Section II. Training the Hybrid Singer      

Introduction and Overview    


Chapter 5. Vocal Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs     

The Motor Boat 

Caroline Helton



Marci Daniels Rosenberg


Descending 5-Tone on Lip Trill                  

Norman Spivey


Middle Voice Palate Stretch               

Beverly A. Patton



Thomas Francis Burke, III


The Gargle Exercise: Calibrate and Condition         

Jennifer C. Muckala


Straw Phonation to “Floaty” /u/ for Vocal Cool-Down

Kari Ragan


Vocal Cool-Down Exercise for the Hybrid Singer

Renee O. Gottliebson


Lifting the Palate

J. Austin Collum, Emily Dunn, and Bari Hoffman Ruddy





Chapter 6. Laryngeal Strength and Coordination           

Connecting the Voice to the Body and Breath           

Stephanie Samaras



Katherine McConville


Messa di Voce for Musical Theatre/CCM Singers    

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


Finding Efficient Vocal Fold Closure with Glottal Fry and Creaky Voice

Amelia A. Rollings




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


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



Sarah L. Schneider


Meow Mix                  

Kelly M. Holst


Fix It in the Mix         

Starr Cookman


Slidy aa’s                  

Lisa Popeil



James Curtis and Brian E. Petty


A Three-Part Exercise for Bright Vowels in High Tenor Voices

Billy Gollner


Belt Tactics: Physical Cues for Success        

Ann Evans Watson


The Three Birds         

David Harris and Laurel Irene





Chapter 8. Training Vocal Styles   

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


Phrase Shifting

Marcelle Gauvin


R&B Riff Exercise      

Jeffrey Evans Ramsey


Multiple Personalities Vocal Exercise           

Wendy D. LeBorgne


Register Isolation for Choral Singers

Edward Reisert


Light Chest Mix for Mixed Choir      

Thomas Arduini


Acting Through Song: Discovering Connections to Express Ourselves Clearly as Artists

Naz Edwards


The Ultimate Rock Sound     

Sheri Sanders


Verbal Diadochokinesis Exercise for Postmenopausal Women and Aging Male Voices

Barbara Fox DeMaio


Creating the Logical 16-Bar Audition Cut    

Robert Marks






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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Purchasers of this book receive complimentary access to supplementary materials hosted on a PluralPlus companion website.

To access the materials, log in to the website using the URL and Access Code located inside the front cover of your copy of The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer, Second Edition.

The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan

First Edition

Karen Brunssen

Details: 331 pages, B&W, Softcover, 6" x 9"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-043-1

© 2018 | Available

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

Vocal Technique: A Physiologic Approach

Second Edition

Jan Bickel

Details: 248 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-94488-333-1

© 2017 | Available

Vocal Hygiene: Maintaining a Sound Voice (Online Access)

Second Edition

Barbara D. Weinrich, Renee O. Gottliebson, Wendy D. LeBorgne

Details: Online Access

© 2017 | Available

Rating Laryngeal Videostroboscopy and Acoustic Recordings: Normal and Pathologic Samples (DVD)

Second Edition

Wendy D. LeBorgne

Details: DVD

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-802-9

© 2017 | Available

Vocal Hygiene: Maintaining a Sound Voice (DVD)

Second Edition

Barbara D. Weinrich, Renee O. Gottliebson, Wendy D. LeBorgne

Details: DVD

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-800-5

© 2017 | Available

The Vocal Athlete.

Second Edition

Wendy D. LeBorgne, Marci Daniels Rosenberg

Details: 393 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-163-6

© 2021 | Available

Exercises for Voice Therapy

Third Edition

Alison Behrman, John Haskell

Details: 289 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-183-4

© 2020 | Available

Diction in Context: Singing in English, Italian, German, and French

First Edition

Brenda Smith

Details: 345 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-120-9

© 2021 | 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

What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body

Fourth Edition

Melissa Malde, MaryJean Allen, Kurt-Alexander Zeller

Details: 312 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-261-9

© 2020 | Available

Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice

Fourth Edition

Janice L. Chapman, Ron Morris

Details: 620 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-339-5

© 2023 | Available