TYLEY’S VOICE JOURNEY

The voice has been my lifelong fascination and passion, and this passion has taken me down two distinct, yet intertwined paths—one as a performer and the other as a vocologist and voice coach.

As a singer, I had the good fortune of performing on musical stages across North America, including the lead role in The Who’s Tommy and as Chris in Miss Saigon on Broadway. It was in this capacity as a performer that I began to appreciate the great importance of continually improving, maintaining and sustaining the voice. This was not an intellectual pursuit, but one born of the need to survive on-stage.

Early on in my career I began to suffer recurring voice-loss while performing on Broadway. It was a performer’s worst nightmare, but it was also a blessing in disguise because it propelled me into a lifelong study of the voice. I knew that in order to continue as a performer I would need to master an understanding of the voice. I refused to continue the nightly gamble of wondering if my voice would work on-stage. I also was witness to countless others who struggled with vocal instability and voice-loss and I knew that if I learned to fix my own vocal problems then I would also be able to help others.

After a few years of study I received my Master’s Degree in Voice Studies from the University of London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Not content to stop there, I topped that off with two advanced certificates: the first in Vocology through the University of Iowa, and the second in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University. I now teach private voice at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, I am an assistant voice coach at Matilda on Broadway, and I’ve lead voice workshops in the UK, Canada, Mexico, South Korea and throughout the USA.

A vocology-centered voice coach specializes in the science and practice of voice production, and in habilitating and re-habilitating the voice. I’m particularly fascinated with the intersection of art, acoustics, aerodynamics and the biomechanics of the voice. Most singing difficulties are the result of poor function, care and use of the voice, and when those problems are addressed, better art and communication is made possible. My desire is not only to help people to improve their voices, but to instill an understanding and appreciation of how their voices actually work. By doing so, students better comprehend how this mysterious instrument operates, enhancing their ability to protect and maintain their vocal fitness and health.

After struggling with voice-loss on Broadway years ago, I returned to the stage with renewed vigor.  I’ve since toured worldwide, recorded six CDs, starred in two PBS music specials, received a Grammy nomination as the lead singer and co-founder of the genre-defying East Village Opera Company, and have just launched a new project called ARIA ELECTRONICA. However, I’m no longer satisfied with performing alone. My voice-journey has given me knowledge and skill that I love to share with other singers. I have a unique appreciation for the student’s perspective and the artist’s struggle, which as a result, allows me to instruct effectively and empathetically.

If you’d like to book a session and learn more about your voice, please contact me at ariaelectronica@gmail.com