Vocal Training

Headshot of Laura Handke, Voice Teacher in Lake OswegoIt’s never too late, or too early, to learn to express your inner voice in the outer world. If you’re seeking a voice teacher in Lake Oswego, look no further.

I learned at a young age how music, performance…voices…can Touch us. Reach us. Transform us.

On vacation with my parents and brother, the summer before my senior year of high school, we went to a show at The Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson, Wyoming. Just nine days before my 18th birthday, we saw their production of Shootin’ Irons & Petticoats, a rollicking western musical.

Have you always wanted to sing, but think you don’t know how?

I was utterly transfixed throughout the entire show. My heart connected with the performers, the music, the theatre itself, the rest of the audience…the entire experience…in a way that filled me with deep appreciation and even deeper longing. If only, I thought, if only that could be me up there one day. I wanted the show to go on forever, to never end. It wasn’t a sad show – quite the opposite – filled with upbeat numbers, dancing, and a lot of comedy. Yet Mom reminded me years later that I cried when it ended.

Of course, I did. I’d been a childhood actor and singer, yet never allowed myself to take it seriously. In sixth or seventh grade, I had a school assignment to create a future “business card.” At least that’s how I remember it; the classmates I’ve asked don’t. Either I have a great memory or a great imagination…perhaps both. At any rate, I drew a sketch of myself wearing a long gown and holding a microphone.

Therewith the adults in my life made clear: being a music teacher was a realistic goal, but being a professional performer was not.

And I bought the lie.

Do you know somehow, within, that you’re meant to voice more of yourself than you are right now?

Somehow, after high school, I let my music leave me. Other than one college performance and playing piano and singing to myself when I could, I didn’t get on stage or seek vocal training until my 40’s.

I found acting teacher, Jo Dodge, at the Pentacle Theatre in Salem, OR, and she taught me how to be emotionally present and confident, enough so that I was on stage again at the age of 40, to a sold-out show.

Then, I was introduced to the founder of Transformational Voice®, Linda Brice. Linda showed me how to nurture, treasure and hone my personal authentic voice in a way I’d never imagined. I sang alto in school. Through Linda’s guidance, I’ve learned my authentic vocal range is dramatic coloratura soprano, and I’m speaking and singing in a way I’d never have thought possible even a few years ago.

If you’re ready to rediscover the inner voice in you that longs to be creatively alive and expressive, let me help you set your authentic voice free. I am now a voice teacher in Lake Oswego, Oregon (long-distance lessons also available on-lilne!) and here to help you on your own transformational journey.

Email: laurahanj@comcast.net for your complimentary 15-minute phone consultation.

Laura Handke’s Transformational voice therapy lessons are wonderful! She is a treasure trove of valuable information about voice, speaking, singing and acting. Laura guides you in understanding how your own voice “works” and provides easy practices to do between appointments. I want to thank Laura for being a very warm, encouraging, supportive vocal coach. I warmly recommend her.

Paivi PV

I first met Laura a few years ago at a speaking event, where she lead one of the most fun and memorable workshops I have ever attended.

More recently, I worked with her one-on-one to help me improve my vocal skills, both as a professional speaker as well as professional singer. She met me right at my level, and helped me tremendously. I am better on both fronts for working with her.

I highly recommend Laura: Hire her for your next event, and she will WOW your attendees with her fun, interactive style, or work with her one-on-one to improve your own vocal skills!

Michelle M

Laura helped me find my truer voice. After just one lesson, I already feel more resonance, and more ease and comfortability in singing. Thank you.

Levi P