Jeannette LoVetri, Director

Vocal Training Programs for Children's Voices

Children's Voices

Jeannette LoVetri has been teaching children to sing more than three decades. She has worked with professional children on Broadway in shows such as "Les Miserables" and "Annie" and with non-professional children who sing for fun in local school choruses or as soloists in church or music theater productions.

Working with children requires special expertise, as children's voice can be trained, although not as "little adults". The same Somatic Voicework™ principles apply, but they are modified to meet to the needs of children.

Children who like to sing should be encouraged to do so. Children who are copying what they hear on shows like "American Idol" need to be guided to make sure they aren't just yelling. Children who hear only pop music on the radio would benefit from being guided to hear many different kinds of music.

Advice to parents: Many singing teachers do not teach children or believe that children should be left to sing on their own "natural instinct". That is an old fashioned point of view. However, most vocal training for singing is based upon opera, and children should not be encouraged to sound like adult opera singers, either. It is correct to say, then, that vocal technique teachers who know how to work with children in a variety of musical styles are few and far between.

Choral Directors may be helpful, but again, caution here is worthwhile. Choral Directors are often musicians before they are singers and some have little or no vocal background. Choruses don't generally worry about the development of an individual child's voice, but are often concerned with the "choral sound" or the sound of a "section" or "voice part". More information on children's choruses follows:

Children's Chorus

Jeannette LoVetri was the Voice Specialist of the Grammy award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus until December 2012 and had developed a unique program of vocal training for children's chorus with her student, BYC Founder and Artistic Director, Dianne Berkun, called Cross-Choral Training®. BYC has performed with The New York Philharmonic, The Oratorio Society at Carnegie Hall, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, and on national television; internationally at venues such as Canterbury Cathedral in London and in many other acclaimed performances; as well as with Elton John, Paul Simon, Judy Collins, Brandy, and on Saturday Night Live. Jeannette recently presented a Cross-Choral Training® Intensive at Brooklyn Youth Chorus Acadamy, with Dianne Berkun, of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus on Saturday, January 28, 2012.

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Somatic Voicework™ Training

NEW- Level I Somatic Voicework™ LoVetri Method Training at The Chicago Institute for Voice Care (CIVC), 1855 West Taylor, Chicago IL, April 15-17, 2016. For registration and more information please visit chicagovoicedoc.

NEW-Level I Somatic Voicework™ LoVetri Method Training at Douglas College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada May 6-8, 2016. For more information and to register please visit Continuing Education at Douglas College. Contact person is Erica Northcott.

NEW- For the first time outside the United States, Somatic Voicework Levels I, II, and III will be offered in Brisbane (Toowoomba) Australia, January 9-16. Details to follow and for more information contact Melissa Forbes

Teacher Training Days and Teacher Support Groups

Teacher Training Day at Berklee college in Boston , April 2nd 2016 10am-5pm for Somatic Voicework Teachers™ only $125. Also a Teacher Support Group for Somatic Voicework Teachers™ and students, Wellesley college in Wellesley MA on Sunday, March 3rd 2016, 1:30 to 5:30 for $85. Register immediately, pay up to one week prior via Paypal: and be sure to leave your name and session in the note box and contact Kaoruko Pilkington. to anchor your reservation and obtain more details details: It's not necessary to be a teacher to attend, but you must have gone through at least Level I. 


Master classes and workshops in Göteborg Sweden March 5-18, 2016. For more information please contact Mia Edvardson. In addition, there will be master classes and workshops in Stockholm March 12-14 with possible private lessons on March 15th. For more information about the Stockholm sessions contact Margareta Thalen

Jeanie has been invited to be a Master Teacher for the 25th anniversity of the NATS Internship Program at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro NC, June 7-17, 2016. For more information and applications please contact Kathryn Duax

Jeanie is invited to be guest faculty at the National Center for Voice and speech in Salt Lake City Utah, July 18-19, 2016. For more information contact director Dr. Ingo Titze.

Independant Presentation with master classes and workshops in Tel Aviv Israel, Mid-September, 2016 (dates approximate). Details to follow. For more information contact Moran Cohen Talmor

Jeanie will present a series of master classes and workshops at the Stimmklinik (voice clinic) of Dr. Marcus Hess in Hamburg Germany, November 5-6, 2016. For more information please contact Jale Papila

Jeanie LoVetri will be the leading guest speaker at a voice conference in Sao Paulo Brazil January 25-28, 2017. Details to announced.