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About Estill Voice Training

"Everyone has a beautiful voice. You just have to know how to use it." ...Jo Estill

There is no cultural nor aesthetic bias in Estill Voice Training, but there is a bias for vocal health! Estill Voice Training encourages those who seek vocal versatility to explore the full range of expression in the human voice, but not at the expense of vocal well-being. One way that Estill Voice Training does this is by promoting “Most Comfortable Vocal Effort” at all times.

Benefits of Estill Voice Training™

  • Replaces mystery with knowledge
  • Reduces performance anxiety
  • Promotes confidence
  • Empowers students to make choices
  • Provides vocal variety
  • Leaves nothing to chance
  • Leads to a balance of vocal health and aesthetic freedom

The history of the founder Jo Estill:

Jo Estill, world-renowned educator, researcher, and singer, founded Estill Voice Training™ (originally called Estill Voice Craft™) and the Figures for Voice™(originally known as Compulsory Figures for Voice™) in 1988.

Jo Estill began her career as a “classical” singer of Lieder and Opera. Now she may best be known for her work with “Belting,” a voice quality heard in Pop and Music Theatre singing. Her unique approach separates the mechanics of singing from artistic and aesthetic preconceptions.

With nearly 25 years of experience in research in the vocal physiology, acoustics, and perception of voice quality, Ms. Estill was published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, Journal of Voice, Medical Problems of Performing Arts, and, most recently, in Vocal Fold Physiology: Voice Quality Control, and Vocal Fold Physiology: Controlling Complexity and Chaos.

Jo Estill taught voice at college and professional levels for over 30 years, and conducted workshops in Compulsory Figures for Voice™ from 1988. She traveled to five continents training singers, actors, teachers, speech pathologists and others. Included on her resume were four 2-month sessions-in-residence at the Shiki Theatre and the Shochiku Dance Company in Tokyo, and two visits to London's Central School for Speech and Drama.

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My Mentor, Jo Estill, and I in Orlando, Florida, USA - 2005 at the Second Estill World Voice Symposium.