It’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.
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