Cultivate the Curiosity Superpower in Voice Lessons // Laura Donohue

You know those moments when your mind is suddenly and irrevocably opened up and everything is different from that point on?  Most of us have a number of those in our lives on a number of subjects, if we’re lucky (and learning). I have a handful that are directly related to my relationship with curiosity,… Continue reading Cultivate the Curiosity Superpower in Voice Lessons // Laura Donohue

The Power of 3 Breaths // Laura Donohue

There have been a handful of “gamechanger” implementations in my teaching over the years, and the practice of pausing and breathing mindfully with my students is quite possibly the most profound.  Not surprisingly, the choice to take a moment at the top of every lesson and simply breathe came about as a result of noticing… Continue reading The Power of 3 Breaths // Laura Donohue

The Delicate Balance of Technique and Artistry // Laura Donohue

I’m fascinated with the complicated relationship between Technique and Artistry, in part because I strive to help my students stay connected to (or discover) their own artistry. But the other reason is personal: as an artist and songwriter, myself, I feel as though I am often chasing wildness.  I have an insatiable appetite for learning;… Continue reading The Delicate Balance of Technique and Artistry // Laura Donohue

Is It Truly Pop, or Is It Musical Theater? // Laura Donohue

This is a blog about listening.  Specifically, this is a blog about listening very closely to vocal sounds and styles in musical theater and other commercial styles of singing.  But first I want to tell you a story about opera. There was a moment, early in my undergrad studies at the University of North Carolina… Continue reading Is It Truly Pop, or Is It Musical Theater? // Laura Donohue