I've been fortunate in my life in many ways, including having spent the early part of my career singing and recording with artists including Stevie Wonder, Def Leppard, Patti LaBelle, Christina Aguilera, Wyclef Jean, Babyface, Jessica Simpson, Smokey Robinson, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, and Usher, as well as perfoming as a lead singer with Cirque du Soleil and as a backup vocalist on American Idol.
I'm grateful for these experiences, as they enabled me to nurture and pursue my true passion: helping others to discover and develop their best voices. For twenty years, I've had the privilege of working with a wide variety of groups and individuals- including Grammy and CMA winners, television stars, and performers in Emmy and Tony-winning productions, as well as corporate clients across an array of industries- to release mental and physical inhibitions, establish personal, professional, and performance confidence, and communicate with authenticity, humility, and strength.
You can learn more about my voice coaching and psychotherapy practice (in New York City and Washington DC) and approach- and how we might work and learn together in person or over Skype/FaceTime- by contacting me, as well as by visiting the coaching and classes pages.
My experiences and ideas have also been captured in my book:
available from Hal Leonard Publishing at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, as well as in my 2012 release: Learning to Sing: A Transformative Approach to Vocal Performance and Instruction. My new book, The Art of Singing on Stage and in the Studio, will be released by Hal Leonard in April 2016, and explores the critical and often neglected issues of the technology and relationships in recording and live performance; the first book on the market to do so.
I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees in Classical Vocal Performance, and Psychology, respectively, and am a Nationally Board Certified Counselor (NBCC) as well as an active member of The American Counseling Association (ACA), Actors' Equity Association (AEA), The International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT), The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), The International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG), The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Women In Music (WIM), The Authors Guild (AG), and The New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA).
by Gjenady Meirson, faculty,
The Academy of Vocal Arts
and Curtis Institute of Music
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