JEANNETTE L. LoVETRI
BIOGRAPHY - 2011
Jeannette LoVetri is Visiting-Artist-in-Residence at Shenandoah Conservatory and the founder of the first program on Contemporary Commercial Music (formerly called "non-classical) at the Conservatory, which is in Winchester, Virginia. The Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah was created in 2003 to address the needs of 21st century singing and teaching. The three-level courses offered during the Institute, are called Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method, and are required in both the master of music and doctoral programs at Shenandoah. The summer Institute has attracted over 400 people from 10 countries and almost all of the United States and has garnered accolades from speech language pathologists, choral conductors, music educators, singing teachers as well as many professional singers of all styles from Broadway, opera, rock and jazz, and other styles. The Level I program of LoVetri's work is also offered annually at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the department of jazz and at the University of Michigan at the medical center in the department of speech language pathology. The program at UMich is the only program of vocal pedagogy to be offered in a university hospital setting. She is in demand as one of the world's top specialists in training singers for contemporary commercial music (CCM) of all styles. Her expertise has been recognized worldwide through invitations for lectures at national and international symposia, seminars, and professional congresses, and for master classes at universities and conservatories.
LoVetri is a faculty at Drexel University College of Medicine, a position given to her by Dr. Robert T. Sataloff, and making her one of the few singing teachers in the world on a medical college faculty. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of The Voice Foundation in Philadelphia. In October of 2009, she gave the keynote speech at the conference "Rehabilitation of the Professional Voice" at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a two-day gathering of speech language pathologists, medical doctors, and singing teachers. In March of 2010 LoVetri worked with theater professionals and jazz artists in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero, Brazil, returning there after a very successful first visit to Brazil at the invitation of Dr. Mara Behlau, noted Speech Language Pathologist, researcher, teacher and presenter.
Martin's College in Washington State and in November of 2010 she presented a three-day workshop at DePauw University in Illinois. In February 2011, she will adjudicate, lecture and give workshops in Anchorage, Alaska for the area chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. LoVetri is author of several articles of voice research published in the Journal of Voice and pedagogy articles published in the Journal of Singing. She is the author of a chapter in the book "The Performer's Voice" edited by Dr. Thomas Murry and Michael Benniger, published by Plural Publishing.
As a singing teacher based in New York City, she has many professional students on Broadway and in the noted jazz clubs like Birdland and the Blue Note. She is Director of The Voice Workshop™ her studio in New York City, and has maintained a private practice teaching singing since 1972. Her students have appeared on and Off-Broadway, on network TV, in cabaret, major films, opera, national tours and regional theater as well as at Carnegie and Town Halls. She has been on Faculty of the Steindhardt School of Education at New York University and has also taught at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, from 1999 to 2007. She is also has been guest lecturer at Columbia University Teacher's College. Jeannette is also Singing Specialist for the Grammy® -award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy (BYC), and has been since its inception 20 years ago. BYC's Concert Chorus has performed nationally, at Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, with The New York Philharmonic, on the Today Show, Saturday Night Live, and with Elton John, Paul Simon, Judy Collins, Brandy and many other orchestras and celebrities. Her students have many Tony award nominations, Grammy's® , and other awards.
She is a Past President of The New York Singing Teachers' Association (NYSTA) and teaches the Music Theater Pedagogy segment of their Professional Development Program. She is also a member of the New York City Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the American Academy of Teachers of Singing.
Jeannette has worked for many years in liaison with noted medical and clinical specialists retraining injured singing voices. She was one of the first singing consultants at the Grabscheid Voice Center at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, working there under Dr. Peak Woo. She also consulted at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary with Dr. Lucian Sulica and Alison Behrman, PhD., and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center with Thomas Murry, PhD., while he was there, all also in New York City.
In 2008 she was featured speaker, master teacher, and panel member at the 2008 "Sing Into Spring" Conference of the Australia National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) in Perth, Australia and also lectured at Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane. Also in 2008, she was a master teacher for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Internship Program at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia.
including, Virginia State and Syracuse NATS, Loyola College and Towson State College in Baltimore, New York University School of Music Education (now called Steinhardt) in NYC, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Department, Berklee College in Boston and Brigham Young University in Utah. She was the opening speaker at the April 2000 Conference, Science and the Singing Teacher in New York, co-sponsored by NYSTA and Mt. Sinai Medical Center's Grabscheid Voice Center. She was guest teacher-in-residence at the Houston Grand Opera for Meredith Monk, who mounted the world premier of Monk's opera "Atlas" there and has been working with Ms. Monk, a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, for over 25 years. Jeannette has lectured for the British Voice Association in London, and taught master classes for West End theater performers at the Actors' Center there and has conducted workshops for Roger Williams University in Rhode Island where she will be returning in March of 2011.
She has also presented workshops and master classes at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and for the Michigan NATS Chapter State Convention. She was a Master Judge in the Savannah Music Festival "American Traditions" Competition in 2006, and again in 2010, and conducted master classes and lectures for Oklahoma NATS and for the NATS National Convention in Minneapolis.
Jeannette continues to perform as both a classical soprano and a cabaret artist. Her most recent appearances in New York were for the Holy Apostles Community Chorus, under the direction of Jack Eppler, where she sang excerpts from Handel's "Messiah" and at Danny's Castaway, under the music direction of Robert Marks, in her own one-woman cabaret show.
JEANNETTE L. LoVETRI
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