On Vacation!

On Vacation!

I’m in Ontario, Canada, visiting a dear friend and seeing Niagara Falls for the first time over my 55th  birthday mid-August.

While I’m gone, check out this previous blog post for a great reminder of what connections can mean. http://laurahandke.com/simply-authentic-your-soul-voice-is-calling-the-inner-voiceintuitive-nature-at-work/

We’ll soon have another group workshop at Dance for Joy Studios in Sellwood, September or October, so stay tuned! This is what the last participants had to say:

I would recommend this class – and highly – to anyone finding or working with their voice. You are delightful and encouraging. -Emily H.

This workshop was such fun – if I have any feedback, I wish it was longer! Laura was warm and inviting and made us feel comfortable from the start. -Michelle L.

I feel much more knowledgeable about my own voice and have a few practical exercises to use and explore. -Jennifer F.

First time I have been comfortable with my voice. Especially want to say I feel safe in class with Laura. -Sara G.

Enjoy summer, sunshine, and love your voice while I’m away.

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Laura

Connections to Your Vocal Dreams

TVTI Apprentice Teacher Graduation Ceremony May 7, 2011

Connections to Your Vocal Dreams

Long before I became a certified Transformational Voice® Teacher, I was part of a women’s group designed to help each other make our dreams come true. We impassioned women who joined M6 in Salem, Oregon, quickly accomplished so many dreams I just had to write a book about our process …and create a video to share with Oprah Winfrey. (At the time, Oprah had a TV network show.)

The miracles pouring in after I first voiced my “Oprah video” dream at an M6 meeting still amaze me. First the camera operator showed up, then she brought her video editing friend, then a friend I hadn’t seen in several years introduced me to someone who had just been hired by Harpo Productions as a Field Producer.

Seriously…what are the chances?

I knew the exact day the pitch had been made to the top Harpo producers, and – to this day – still think M6 would likely have been featured on Oprah’s show…if the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City hadn’t been annihilated on September 11th of that year, just a week or so after the pitch.

Yes, friend, that was the horrific time frame. I’m taking a few moments here to breathe and send light to the countless individuals who were touched by that enormous tragedy.

‘Touched’ isn’t really the right word, is it?

Sigh.

And…

So…

What does this have to do with vocal dreams?

While the Oprah video was being edited, I wrote a page and a half of my first book, which would eventually become Six Degrees to Your Dreams.

My thusband (then-husband) sold office equipment, and he drove to Portland to meet with a woman named Renee at her martial arts school. She needed a copier.

Jeff, thusband, didn’t know Renee https://www.askrenee.com/ was also a psychic medium. When he discovered this, he mentioned I had recently read a book on the topic (Rosemary Altea’s The Eagle and the Rose) and that I had recently had my first reading.

That’s all he said about me.

Renee grabbed a piece of paper and wrote down a note for me: “TV is a go. You have a book to write.”

Even Jeff, who didn’t believe in all that psychic crap, was so blown away he called me from the parking lot before he got back on I-5. “You won’t believe what this woman just wrote down for me to give you.”

Now let’s fast-forward to 2008. After I’d gotten to know Renee as an intuitive and friend, I received an e-mail about her new voice teacher, Linda Brice. Renee doesn’t recommend people easily, yet she highly recommended Linda. She wrote, “I’ve seen this woman take people who are off pitch and have them singing on pitch in a matter of minutes.”

And here I was, wanting to sing again – right at the same time.

When I took Linda’s first voice class, I was hooked. There was no competition about people being better or worse singers. People shared from their hearts. The outer voice became a mirror of what was happening with the inner voice. Everyone grew and became braver in sharing their voices.

Being curious by nature, I wanted to know how Renee met Linda!

Renee met Geoffrey Knight through hypnosis training, and he introduced her to composer Michael Hoppé  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hopp%C3%A9 to help with music he was composing, Renee mentioned wanting a new voice teacher, and Michael had just run into Linda a few weeks earlier in Portland.

Now, get this! Linda had met Michael Hoppé in Los Angeles around 1996 through Julia Cameron, famed author of The Artist’s Way and several other books on creativity. After reading Cameron’s amazing book, Linda attended an Artist’s Way workshop with Julia, during which Julia confessed that she had always wanted to sing but had been told she was a “bad alto.” She got up her courage to sing a lullaby she had written, and Linda immediately recognized that she was no alto, but a very high, light coloratura (the same voice type as Renee!)

Several months went by, and one day Julia called Linda out of the blue, wanting to study voice. She introduced Linda to Michael, whose album, Solace, had been nominated for a New Age Grammy award. (Michael and his lovely wife, Monica, have since moved to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, where he is composing up a storm!)

Renee and I went through the first Transformational Voice® apprentice teaching seminar together, and now Renee http://www.reneesings.com/ is a professional singer. You can call her America’s Singing Psychic, or at least I do. 😊 Linda Brice http://transformationalvoice.com/ continues to inspire singers and voice teachers across the globe.

And me?

I resigned from the workers’ compensation insurance world in 2014 and now teach voice and piano full time. Not just in my home studio and at Lake Music, but in vocal workshops at schools and organizations.

Soft Surroundings is my favorite store, and I work there usually one-half day a week, because I love the employee discount on my clothes, wonderful facial care products, and the sisterhood I’ve found there.

At Soft Surroundings, I met the woman who would introduce me to a small alternative high school…the pilot school for my Speak Up! Workshop for teens with colleague Katie Ramseur.

More recently, in speaking for the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, I met another woman who will help bring the fundamental principles of healthy and effective vocal technique, the powerful inner voice meeting the outer voice, bringing it out into the world, to teens in other schools.

Friend, you never know where your next inspiration will come from.

Just keep sharing your gifts with the world and be open to the possibilities of inspiration and guidance. You will be amazed by what happens next.

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

I hired Laura to be my voice coach after hearing her speak at an NSA (National Speakers Association) event. Laura is AMAZING! In just a few coaching sessions with her, I learned so much about where my voice comes from, what my range is, and how to get the most out of it. I absolutely love working with Laura!  -Cathey A. Speaker/Trainer/TEDx Speaker Coach

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Laura

The Beauty of Community Theatre

Are you a theatre buff like me?

While I don’t often audition, and therefore am not often cast, the theatre…any theatre…is one of my favorite places to be.

I interviewed Ben Tissell for this blog post: http://laurahandke.com/simply-authentic-your-soul-voice-is-calling-pursue-what-you-love-and-love-what-you-pursue-an-interview-with-ben-tissell/ and wrote about my first staged reading experience here: http://laurahandke.com/simply-authentic-your-soul-voice-is-calling-theatre-feels-like-home/.

Patti Speight, Yelena King, Kelsey Ion (bottom) and Ryan Clifford, Grant Burton (top).Picture by Nicole Mae Photography

This time, I’m providing piano music for Mask & Mirror’s production of Rabbit Hole, directed by the wonderful Joe Silva, https://www.characterdrivenstories.com/Home.html.

I auditioned for the role of Nat and wasn’t cast. A few weeks into rehearsals, Joe contacted me after deciding he didn’t want a recorded soundtrack for the show, rather live piano music. I reflected on his request, and took my trusty pendulum to the test, before saying a whole-hearted YES! (Let me know on the blog if you’d like more information about how tools like pendulums can help you align your inner spirit with your outer voice before making important decisions like this.)

This volunteer gig has been an amazing process, full of learning, collaboration, and making beautiful music and theatre.

Joe, his partner, Valerie (an expert on physical movement on stage who is directing her own show at the Pentacle Theatre right now) and I threw several ideas out on the table (literally, my kitchen table) at our first meeting. Those few musical ideas led to others, and before long…we had a roster of songs that would work well to open the show, for scene transitions, and to close the show.

Then this voice and piano teacher had to order sheet music she didn’t have and start rehearsing.

I took piano lessons from Mrs. Hamre in Clark, South Dakota, for a decade, from second grade through my senior year in high school. I accompanied soloists back then. Tom Woods called me his “good luck charm,” as every time I accompanied him, he earned a Superior 1 rating at state vocal contest.

My Yamaha Arius electric piano is my trusted and cherished instrument now; I couldn’t give voice or piano lessons without it.

Yet I was out of practice.

I’m not a professional pianist. I don’t know how to transpose music into different keys; I’ve never even really tried. You can’t use a capo with a piano.

Anxiety set in before my first rehearsal with the cast and crew Friday the fifth of July. The cast had been together for weeks, working this show, and I was playing on an old piano I’d never seen before. I was there from 7 pm until 10:40 pm, getting over my nerves and becoming a part of the show, realizing how the music we’d chosen would – or wouldn’t – work during the scene transitions.

Would I rather be on stage acting? Maybe. Yet Patti plays Nat so well, I can’t begrudge her the role; she’s consistently knocking it out of the ball park.

After afternoon rehearsal the following day we’d worked out most of the kinks, and everything started coming together.

Most of the pieces Joe, Valerie, and I had decided on at the first meeting stayed. Thank God for Kids. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Que Sera, Sera. Tears in Heaven. So In Love. Try to Remember.

The show opened to a packed house and this glowing review: https://westsidetheatrereviews.blogspot.com/2019/07/down-rabbit-hole-with-mask-mirror.html?spref=fb&fbclid=IwAR3RUlpsu9kowuGwP-mE3TStcxITsYgPx7ezPZzPVqFRFfkaOaKI67gfZfI

If you’re in the Portland area, there’s still time to catch the show, July 19th – 21st! http://www.maskandmirror.com/?fbclid=IwAR2G65ZlZFxgG1sv7zYLN68M259dDVOCi7KZQ83n4SXJq3woTinpIdVaRkw

Come join us!

And consider volunteering your beautiful vocal and musicianship skills, even if you don’t feel you’re ready, to a local community theatre, where joy is created, found and shared.

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

I would recommend this class – and highly – to anyone finding or working with their voice. You are delightful and encouraging. -Emily H.

This workshop was such fun – if I have any feedback, I wish it was longer! Laura was warm and inviting and made us feel comfortable from the start. -Michelle L.

I feel much more knowledgeable about my own voice and have a few practical exercises to use and explore. -Jennifer F.

First time I have been comfortable with my voice. Especially want to say I feel safe in class with Laura. -Sara G.

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Laura

Your Stage Presence Impacts Your Audience Before You Even Open Your Mouth: An Interview with Karen Aquinas

The impact we speakers, singers, performers have on our audiences starts before our speech or song does. Check out this seven-minute vlog to learn how to improve your stage presence.

 http://bit.ly/Interview_Handke_Aquinas 

Get Karen’s tips list here: https://www.karenaquinas.com/

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

I hired Laura to be my voice coach after hearing her speak at an NSA (National Speakers Association) event. Laura is AMAZING! In just a few coaching sessions with her, I learned so much about where my voice comes from, what my range is, and how to get the most out of it. I absolutely love working with Laura!  -Cathey A. Speaker/Trainer/TEDx Speaker Coach

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Laura

Embrace Your Authentic Voice – In a Group!

When my voice teacher and mentor, Linda Brice, first started teaching group classes in addition to individual voice lessons, she was surprised to find people learn faster in a group setting.

I can’t explain the reason for this either, yet I’ve witnessed and experienced it myself. Something magical happens when people come together with a common intention and purpose.

My June 15th Embrace Your Authentic Voice workshop at Dance with Joy Studios in Sellwood, Oregon, was just such an experience.

A comment led to a question, then to an explanation, which raised more comments, and questions…and we were all learning and growing together in ways that went way outside the Four Critical Pillars of Healthy and Effective Vocal Technique. I don’t remember when I’ve had more fun! What an honor for this voice (and piano) teacher!

One thing, way outside the intended curriculum, truly amazed me. Each participant found her third register! (If you’d like to know about the third register, please ask on the blog, and I’ll answer.) 

This isn’t something that happens every day in any first group vocal class.

The energy of the group made the magic happen.

If you would like to be a part of, or host, a group Embrace Your Authentic Voice class, do let me know. Let’s spread the magic around.

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

I would recommend this class – and highly – to anyone finding or working with their voice. You are delightful and encouraging. -Emily H.

This workshop was such fun – if I have any feedback, I wish it was longer! Laura was warm and inviting and made us feel comfortable from the start. -Michelle L.

I feel much more knowledgeable about my own voice and have a few practical exercises to use and explore. -Jennifer F.

First time I have been comfortable with my voice. Especially want to say I feel safe in class with Laura. -Sara G.

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Laura

Embrace Your Authentic Voice

The Lake Music recital was awesome! Three of my students were brave and got right out there. I’m so proud of Reagan, Paige and Karley. And, dare I say it? I’m proud of myself, as I performed, too. As a teacher, it’s important I know what my students are going through, and to perform as often as I can. My performance wasn’t perfect, yet I’ve started to get over my nerves of public solo singing performance. Here’s a little video of my Folsom Prison Blues performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow6fAsgYzeI

Easily Affordable Vocal Workshop in Sellwood!

Embrace Your Authentic Voice:

Four Critical Pillars for Effective and Healthy Vocal Technique

This interactive and dynamic class teaches you how to:

  • Harness the power of the Breath to create maximum vocal impact without weakening your voice or your throat getting hoarse.
  • Avoid harsh Onsets, which can cause damage to the vocal cords. (Internationally renowned pop singer, Adele, had to have vocal cord surgery due to this issue, not once, but twice.)
  • Create vocal Resonance, so your voice carries to the back of room without a microphone, and without pushing or straining your voice.
  • Speak in your natural, authentic Pitch to avert vocal fry.

Saturday, June 15, 2-4 PM

Dance with Joy Studios

8051 SE 16th Avenue

Portland, OR

$25 preregistered/$30 at the door

Register:

support@dancewithjoystudios.com

503-704-5617

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

I hired Laura to be my voice coach after hearing her speak at an NSA (National Speakers Association) event. Laura is AMAZING! In just a few coaching sessions with her, I learned so much about where my voice comes from, what my range is, and how to get the most out of it. I absolutely love working with Laura!  -Cathey Armillas, Speaker/Trainer/TEDx Speaker Coach

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)