Jeannette LoVetri, Director

Somatic Voicework™

Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method is a body-based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines. It is based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional classical vocal training, complementary modalities such as yoga, movement, dance, acting, and speech training, and various bodywork approaches. Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method is meant to unselfconsciously draw the mind of the singer into the physical process of making sound.

Bodywork is anything that works on the body itself and helps a person become more able to perceive through the five senses . Bodywork allows the singer to release physical tensions, move more freely, feel more fully, and breathe more deeply, and also increases one's awareness of sensations. It amplifies one's trust of the body and its reponses. Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method is a way of working on all aspects of the voice so that the singer (or speaker) may increase awareness of sound-making as a physical process. The singer becomes more able to sense the throat and effect changes without manipulation and increases intuition about vocal choices. Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method is influenced by the principles of Alexander Technique™, Feldenkrais Method™, Swedish massage, shiatsu, acupuncture, Rolfing™, Bioenergetics™, and Therapeutic Touch™, as well as other healing disciplines.

Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method allows the voice and body to be partners with the mind, whether it be for song or speech. It allows the instrument to handle a variety of tasks with greater ease and less effort.

In addition to all of the above, Somatic Voicework™ is unique in that all of the vocal exercises are focused on function. It is based upon what the voice is doing, not just how the voice sounds.

Most vocal training relies on a set of exercises that do a certain thing to the voice or ask for a specific kind of sound from the singer. The exercises are seen as being either magical ("Just sing like me on the syllables Che la vieri son muori sola in a descending scale everyday for 10 years and you will be able to sing opera"), or as having inherent qualities of their own ("Sing staccato on "AH" on an arpeggio up and down from low to high and you will even out your range"). You will always hear voice teachers ask each other for "specific exercises" to clear up vocal problems, but what they mean is: What syllables on what musical notes do I ask my singers to do in order to create perfection? Since there is a very finite number of possibilities here, most singing teachers then resort to the breathing for more help. ("If the problem isn't solved in the exercises, the answer must be in the BREATHING!!!!!") The less people know about vocal function, the more they rely on breathing exercises as a cure-all.

Essentially, the breathing for singing should be relatively easy. It requires good posture, an open rib cage, and strong set of belly muscles and coordination. It features a specific way of moving the ribs and abs during inhalation and exhalation that is learned over time and must be connected to voiced sound-making in order to be useful but there are a number of scientifically validated approaches to both inhalation and exhalation that work efficiently. If sophisticated breathing was all that was necessary to being a good singer, every athlete and every wind and brass player, every yogi, every underwater diver -- anyone who has learned some kind of control of their own breathing -- would automatically sound like Luciano Pavarotti or Barbra Streisand!

Breathing problems cannot be dismissed lightly but they are often not the source of vocal problems.

Somatic Voicework™ can use a simple exercise, such as a triad on "AH" on staccato to help wake up head register, to coordinate breath and body, to help clear up a breathy tone, to increase musical virtuosity, and in several other ways. Almost any exercise can be done to ellicit any function. Certain exercises lend themselves to certain responses, but nothing is guaranteed.

Everything depends upon the intention of the teacher and singer to agree upon a certain goal before the exercise begins. The intention of the exercises must be clear in the mind of the teacher in order for it to do what it is supposed to do in the throat of the student/singer.

Teachers must, therefore, understand that different responses are possible from one exercise, one set of pitches and one level of volume. Even in well produced, free voices, functions can and do adjust depending upon the intention or goal of the exercise or music.

The new Somatic Voicework™ website is now up and running. Please pay us a visit.


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Somatic Voicework™ Training

The new LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ will offer all three Levels of Somatic Voicework™ at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea Ohio (suburb of Cleveland) July 21nd through July 29th 2018. This program, nationally and internationally recognized by singers, singing teachers, music educators and vocal professionals from speech language pathology, voice science and medicine, has graduated over 1300 individuals.For more detailed information and the link to registration, please visit LoVetri Institute at Baldwin Wallace web page. For any questions, please email Meredith Kurtz at Baldwin Wallace

Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method all three levels (I, II, and III) returns to Toowoomba, Australia (near Brisbane), January 11-20, 2019, at USQ Artsworx, University of Southern Queenslandand. Details TBA

Teacher Training Days and Teacher Support Groups

On Friday, April 13th, Jeanie will do a free demonstration class in Holland Michigan 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Anyone who would like to see Somatic Voicework™ in action or wants to find out more about it is welcome.
On Saturday, April 14th, 10-5 with a fee of $125. Jeanie will hold a Teacher Training Day for Somatic Voicework™ teachers (only) Holland Michigan refreshments included. Teachers will work with each other with Jeanie's guidance.
On Sunday, April 15th, 1:30 to 5:30, fee $85. Jeanie have a teacher support group and will work with students of SVW teachers in front of the group in Holland Michigan. Refreshments included.
There is a combined fee of $200 for both the Saturday and Sunday events.
For information about these events, please contact Jeff Costello

On Friday, April 27th, Jeanie will do a free demonstration class in the Washington DC area 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Anyone who would like to see Somatic Voicework™ in action or wants to find out more about it is welcome.
On Saturday, April 28th, 10-5 with a fee of $125. Jeanie will hold a Teacher Training Day for Somatic Voicework™ teachers (only) Washington DC area refreshments included. Teachers will work with each other with Jeanie's guidance.
On Sunday, April 29th, 1:30 to 5:30, fee $85. Jeanie have a teacher support group and will work with students of SVW teachers in front of the group in Washinton DC area. Refreshments included.
There is a combined fee of $200 for both the Saturday and Sunday events.
For information about these events, please contact Jennifer Suess br>

On Friday, May 18th, Jeanie will do a free demonstration class in New England Conservatory in Boston 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Anyone who would like to see Somatic Voicework™ in action or wants to find out more about it is welcome.
On Saturday, May 19th, 10-5 with a fee of $125. Jeanie will hold a Teacher Training Day for Somatic Voicework™ teachers (only) in Cambridge Mass area refreshments included. Teachers will work with each other with Jeanie's guidance.
On Sunday, May 20th, 1:30 to 5:30, fee $85. Jeanie have a teacher support group and will work with students of SVW teachers in front of the group in Cambridge Mass area. Refreshments included.
There is a combined fee of $200 for both the Saturday and Sunday events.
For information about these events, please contact Celia Slatterly


Workshops/Masterclasses

Jeanie LoVetri and Jocelyun Medina will present "Overview of Current Term Usuage for Contempory Commercial Music and other Non-Classicl styles" at the Voice Foundation on Sunday, June 3rd at 1:40 pm at the Westin hotel 99 South 17th street Philadelphia Pa. Please visit The Voice Foundation for more information and program TBA