Over her career as a voice coach, Linda has trained a collection of talented teachers the art of connecting voice and heart through the Transformational Voice® method. As Linda’s intentions have shifted from exclusively working with singers to creating space for anyone who has a voice, the vetted teachers below are beautifully equipped to work with anyone eager to prioritize their presence through their voice.
Amanda Sloane is a lifelong singer and songwriter who received her Transformational Voice Teaching Certification in 2014. Besides teaching and directing awesome kid’s rock shows at School of Rock, Portland, she offers private lessons for adult singers, rappers, theater and voice work professionals, and anyone wanting to use their voice for positive change in the world.
Amanda is also a multi-instrumentalist and member of two local bands, as well as an aspiring audiobook creator. She is so grateful to Linda for teaching her vocal and teaching skills that have helped her empower so many people.
Angela Morin Reiswig has a vocal performance degree from New Mexico State University where she played lead roles with the Doña Ana Lyric Opera. After a detour into corporate America supervising and managing medical offices for 15 years, she found her way back to her first love: music and singing.
In addition to her Bachelor of Music degree, Angela has studied with local master teachers Peggy Norcross and Linda Brice. She has also studied with Nancy Olson Chatalas and Inci Bashir-Paige. It's through this intense training in vocal technique and her genuine love of teaching music she is able to connect with her students and bring out the best of their voices, performances, and souls. Her performance background is in opera, music theater, jazz, symphony choirs, church choir and worship teams. She is on the faculty at Rose City Music Academy, and cantors with All Saints Parish in southeast Portland.
Christine Tate has studied voice with her mentor Linda Brice, master teacher and founder of Transformational Voice, for over 15 years. She is a certified Transformational Voice Instructor and holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Utah. Christine served as a senior faculty member at the Transformational Voice Institute, offering private speech and singing lessons. Christine is passionate about helping to unveil the inherent freedom and beauty of the human voice. She will be a compassionate and clear guide on your vocal journey.
Jana Heidelberg loves music and getting to share that with her students. She has been teaching voice and piano for the last 10 years, and she has taught all ages, from 6 to 60. She keeps her lessons individualized to the student that she’s teaching, focusing on what they need to do to improve and what their passions are. She believes in positive reinforcement, and that progress should be celebrated. The joy of teaching for her is seeing the light come on for her students, and in them finding their self-confidence and love of music.
Together with her students, she works on learning about the fundamentals: breathing, resonance, connecting to the body, and smoothing the voice to be as one. Working on both classical and contemporary music, she helps her students understand what their bodies are doing, so they can become problem solvers and independent learners, and thus helping them to find their artistic voices.
She attended Southern Utah University, and became a Certified Transformational Voice Teacher in 2014
Jessica Tunick Berens is a Boston-based soprano and voice teacher with broad musical experience, performing music from Medieval through recently composed solo and chamber material her own voice. She specializes in contemporary classical music with broad knowledge and experience in extended vocal techniques.
Jessica has performed at the Skirball Arts Center, RedCat, the Ojai Music Festival, Long Beach Opera, the Beach Cities Symphony, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Greek Theater. She has also performed at various colleges, including Loyola Marymount University, the California Institute of the Arts, Chapman College, and UMass Boston. At her European premiere in Graz, Austria, Jessica was a finalist in the prestigious Meistersinger competition.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in vocal performance from the California Institute of the Arts, is also an accomplished violinist, and works professionally as a voice-over artist. She became a Certified Transformational Voice Teacher in 2015 and has studied with Linda Brice off and on since she was 12! She performs with the Boston based new music chamber group, Sonic Liberation Players (www.sonicliberation.com), and is the soprano section leader for Halalisa Singers, Boston’s World Music vocal ensemble. In addition to performing, Jessica directs children’s musical theater, leads choral workshops in vocal technique, and is also a freelance massage therapist, specializing in injury recovery.
Laura Handke claims it took her 50 years to be able to voice her mission: “I help people stop being afraid of being themselves. I inspire people to express their authentic voices in the world.”
She is an inspirational and energetic facilitator, writer, and speaker, and became a Certified Transformational Voice® Teacher in 2011. She is committed to helping others express themselves fully in the world. She helps new and experienced speakers and performers feel comfortable, confident and personally expressive speaking in front of people or on camera.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from South Dakota State University. She is the author of Six Degrees to Your Dreams, an iUniverse Editor’s Choice award recipient, and Comfort Food from the Heartland: Recipes from a South Dakota Farmer’s Daughter. She lives, teaches, speaks, writes, acts and cooks in Lake Oswego, OR, with her husband, George.
Laura Moya was certified as a Transformational Voice Teacher in 2012. She has utilized the outstanding Transformational Voice methodology in the vocal training of students in the field of Music-Thanatology for over 10 years. She is on staff at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center as a certified music-thanatologist, who with Celtic harp and voice, serves and supports patients who are receiving palliative and end-of-life care. Laura enjoys working with non-professional singers and those who seek rediscovering their voice so that they might bring beauty and solace to others.
Lex Rakowski M.S., CCC-SLP, SVS graduated and was certified with the inaugural class of voice teacher apprentices from the Transformational Voice Training Institute in 2011, and at 21 was the youngest member of the class. She trained under Linda Brice as a dramatic coloratura soprano with special focus on Schubert lieder. While at TVTI, Lex taught both group and individual classes to a variety of singing styles and skill levels.
She has since completed her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Chapman University with a specialization in singing voice rehabilitation. Lex is currently working in Cleveland, Ohio where she partners with a laryngologist at University Hospital’s Voice, Swallowing and Upper Airway Center. Together they assess and treat voice and swallowing disorders in a multidisciplinary environment. While Lex’s specialization is in the rehabilitation of the injured artistic singing voice, she also conducts therapy and assists in surgical intervention for speakers and individuals with swallowing problems. Outside of the office, she enjoys singing lead vocals with her rock group, teaching singing voice and going on adventures with her three dogs and fiancé.
Lindsay Whitney sang in her first talent show at the age of six, and just never stopped. A constant participant in choirs, in high school she began to study classical singing. She then received her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from BYU-Idaho.
Lindsay spent the next several years studying privately and then participated in the program ‘Si Parla, Si Canta’ in Urbania, Italy. It was there that she met Nicole Cabell, who introduced Lindsay to Linda Brice (the picture to the right is of Lindsay, Nicole, and Linda at the Oregon Bach Festival in 2018, when Nicole sang as the soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah). Lindsay then moved to Portland to study with Linda. While there she completed the Transformational Voice Apprenticeship program and was certified in 2019. Lindsay also built a successful private voice studio of her own. Currently, Lindsay is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from BYU.
Maire Clement (pronounced Mary) is a soprano, songwriter, voice teacher and yoga instructor based in the twin cities. She provides a clear method for finding vocal freedom and utilizes her varied background to cultivate a supportive environment for creative expression and experimentation. She implements gentle yoga postures to support breathing and mindfulness for singing. She became a Certified Transformational Voice® Teacher in 2019.
Maire received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Louisville, where she also worked as a graduate teaching assistant in both the voice and music therapy departments. She received her Bachelor of Music from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music.
Maire has experience working with singers of all ages, levels, and musical genres. Throughout the country, Maire has prepared her voice students for competitions, performances, and auditions, as well as for emotional healing. Maire’s most recent musical project is as a singer-songwriter in the folk duo The Boston Imposters.
Marie Swan Black is an award-winning songwriter and performance artist. She founded Holistic Voice Lab in 2012. She has a reputation as a shamanic sound artist and approaches voice teaching as healing art. Through a combination of modern vocal improvisation techniques coupled with classical voice work to help students and participants loosen the interstices of their beings to allow a true and authentic voice to emerge, to re-merge as feelings of stuckness and self-doubt fall away. She promotes a methodology of allowance and acceptance of one’s singing journey to gently transform one's very nature and relationship with voice.
At the Transformational Voice Institute, we apprentices were asked to take a vow to spread this work. To help people open their voices, which the world needs so much. To give the world more beauty through helping people learn how to sing beautifully. To help people open their mouths in expression. When we sing, we open up worlds within ourselves. Now, the voice teacher training from which I graduated, was a Classical voice approach. I was the first singer-songwriter to graduate from the program. I learned early on that the technique transfers to all styles of singing.
Nevada Jones, countertenor, has been teaching singers and vocal performers at all levels of experience in private lessons and group workshops since 2010. As both a classically and holistically trained voice teacher, his approach to teaching recognizes that good technique and healthy vocalization are one and the same, and he is passionate about sharing with his students the very same kinds of tools that helped him to free his own voice.
Nevada studied voice for eight years with Linda Brice and became a Certified Transformational Voice Teacher in 2012. Prior to that, he studied acting, improvisation, movement awareness (Alexander and Feldenkrais), speech, and Linklater Voice at the New Actor’s Workshop in New York City with George Morrison, Mike Nichols, Andrea Haring, and several other inspiring teachers.
He is also a composer, and has created original music for various film, dance, and theatrical productions in cities around the country. His first full-length opera, Stranger From Paradise, had its premiere in Omaha, Nebraska in May, 2017.
Rebecca Stuhlbarg (“Becca”) has 15 years of experience working with students of all ages, levels, and styles – including children, teens, adult beginners, as well as professional level singers.
In addition to guiding students in vocal technique and helping them get in their bodies, she is equipped to support students in building their musicianship and performance skills. She’s also equipped to teach diction in several languages including French, German, and Italian. Her vocal journey has taken her from mezzo-soprano to high soprano, which makes her uniquely suited to guide students going through a vocal transition. She has experience working with transgender voices, as well as students recovering from vocal injury.
She overcame severe asthma as a child, which made her singing journey a challenging one. Her singing practice has been a big part of healing her asthmatic symptoms. She feels called to support others who have struggled with breath or voicing themselves – “I love to educate, inspire, and empower my students and community by teaching voice, singing art songs and original songs, and also directing choirs.”
Becca has sung with Opera San Jose, Ariose Singers, the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland, and currently Light Opera of Portland. She also enjoys giving voice recitals featuring French art songs, German lieder, opera arias, and modern music. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with family.
Renee Madsen Terrill, Singer, Intuitive, Psychic Medium and Mentor. A Northwest native, Renee Terrill, is a songbird in every sense of the term. As a light lyric coloratura, she currently enjoys singing and performing early American Songbook and also light classical works. She has studied voice with Linda Brice since 2008 and received her Transformational Voice Teacher certification in 2012.
She is also a well-known psychic medium, intuitive, mentor, and metaphysical teacher. In combination with her other experience and training, Renee utilizes and integrates Transformational Voice principles with her meditation and metaphysical classes, as well as with artist mentoring ("Freeing the Inner Artist" training, individual artist mentoring, and assistance with removal of blocks that clients have that stand in the way of their free expression and realization of their goals.). She enjoys empowering others to discover their gifts, to empower themselves, and to be free to express who they are. One by one, adding more light, more consciousness, and more compassion to the world.
Sarah Brooks loves teaching and offers private voice lessons in Southeast Portland. She teaches all musical styles for teens through adults, at any level of experience. Her students have described her lessons as: “fun… encouraging… unique… helpful… energizing... break-through… transformative... and brilliant!” She wants her students to be inspired, have fun, and FREE their Authentic Voices!
Sarah has studied with master voice teachers: Oren Brown, Arthur Burrows, Luis Garcia Renart, David Clatworthy, and Linda Brice. She has had lead roles with the well-known NYC Off-Broadway Light Opera of Manhattan, with New England Lyric Operetta, and chorus roles with CT Grand Opera and NY Tri-Cities Opera. She was a soprano soloist with Master Singers in Connecticut and with Bard Community Choir in NY. Her BA from Bard College is in Voice/Drama/ Dance where she enjoyed many lead operatic roles. She is also Certified by Gabrielle Roth as a 5Rhythms™ Ecstatic Dance teacher. You can find her at least twice weekly sweating her prayers on the dance floor!
Forty-two singers have graduated from the Transformational Voice Teacher Apprenticeship Program. The Apprenticeship program is a powerful dive into the profession of Voice Teaching. The program is geared towards those with a background and passion for the art of singing, music, and communication.
Applicants should want to spend the duration of their lives inquiring into the mysteries of the voice and human nature. For such a person, the Apprenticeship Program provides the perfect means to start along this journey, to hit the ground running, and to become an excellent professional voice teacher soon after graduation.
The program is a one-year, part-time program that consists of three 15-week terms beginning in January, May, and September. Apprentices will need to be able to commit 10-12 hours per week for the duration of the program either residential or remote. Linda plans to offer Apprenticeship in 2022.