Posts by Vocal Authority

Find Your Voice

“Find your voice” is a phrase we hear in a lot these days: in finding a voice to speak truth to authority, in finding your voice as a women, in finding your voice as a writer or journalist, in finding a voice for a group or community. It can mean finding a clear message, or…

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Breath is the Master Key to Compelling Speech

From Breath in Action, Chapter 12 by Rena Cook “Without mastering breath nothing can be mastered.” G.I. Gurdjieff “…to be inspired– with words, song, dance, or art of any kind – is to breath in, swim in, to merge with the Muse…becoming totally yourself.” Joy Gardner-Gordon  Two common assertions form the foundations of contemporary voice…

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Empowering Women’s Voices

As I am developing the post-OU, new professional chapter of my life, I find that I am becoming more and more energized by the topic of Empowering Women’s Voices. I have technical skills and techniques for releasing the voice, allowing women to have a more powerful, authentic and expressive speaking voice; and I have also…

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Oklahoman coaches dialect, voice for Lyric Theatre’s ‘Billy Elliot’

When Oklahoma City’s Lyric Theatre decided to stage “Billy Elliot,” artistic director Michael Baron asked Rena Cook to share her expertise. Actors tend to develop a good ear for accents, a necessity when auditioning for a role that requires an authentic-sounding dialect. In the musical theater, think of “Brigadoon” (Scottish), “Cabaret” (German), “Ragtime” (Yiddish) or…

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Young women and their voices

I have been fascinated and often concerned about how young women grow up using their voices. As a voice trainer I frequently have to undo years of unhealthy and ineffective vocal usage habits. If you listen to voices on an elementary school playground you hear very little difference between boys and girls, bold, brave, loud, and confident. In…

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