Music Director, Lincoln Square Synagogue
"So many voice teachers focus on a general "fix the sound" approach to technique. While the traditional bel canto training works very well for naturally talented singers, most eventually find themselves working "around" vocal issues instead of getting to a cause. By addressing specific muscle tensions, Vocal Integration works in a successfully objective, practical and methodical way that encountered neither in my own training nor in the training of my peers. I feel fortunate that I am alleviating the direct cause of vocal issues I face not only now but down the road as my voice ages.
I think the WVS/PCC philosophy (if I can summarize or paraphrase it) is "fix the instrument not the sound". I truly believe when Mr. Wickham says this, he is talking about the person who is singing, not just a complex system of muscles. I believe PCC strives to create positive people who really contribute something to the performing arts."
I've seen this with many of the other students and alumni trained here in the shows I've attended--they seem at home in their bodies and in their voices on stage... this is rare. So many singers, even established professionals I've come across look like they'd rather be anywhere but behind that microphone or on that stage. Not so with PCC students. They work hard to discover themselves as artists... as contributors to the art. That comes from a much deeper place than booking a "gig" or using one's voice to interpret song... it is in my opinion a representation of one's soul. This is what the method cultivates and I'm grateful to have found a universality in the practice of it. As an orthodox Jewish cantor this is most important to me.