In My 45 years teaching in my New York studio I have worked with hundres of professionals singers. Most of my work involved working with actors and dancers who had come to
realize that they couldn't survive in the theatre world without understanding their voice. I worked for over 20 years with Elaine Cancilla helping her maintain her voice. Stephanie Pope came to me as a young dancer. She understood hard work and has since gone on to a fine Broadway
and film career. Our work together enabled Greta Martin to enjoy a nice career including 3 Broadway Shows.
Another hard working student, Cynda Williams a wonderful
legit soprano as well as pop
singer, started a movie career singing the female lead as a jazz singer in
Spike Lee's first movie, "Mo Better Blues". I helped actor Daren Kelly revive his powerful baritone voice enableing him to land the male lead in "Woman of the Year". After hard work, Susan Mansur made her Broadway debut in
"The Best Little Whore House in Texas". Fleur Phillips, mastered a dozen different voices as understudy to
the lead in the short lived Broadway production of "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice". Mirla Christi made a living for years in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon. David Wasson has
done the same with "Man of La Mancha. Bill
tucked 4 Broadway show under his belt and then made a living for many years in the Broadway revival and national companies of Camelot.
Many others, like Fred Major, Melanie
Lerner, Marcial Gonzales, and Bill Wendt have had fine careers touring and/or performing in
I recently received this email:
"Hello Richard. I don't know if you remember me, but I certainly remember you. I
studied voice with you thirty some years ago...was it on 80th street?
I still warm up using your exercises and am known for it's uniqueness
by my colleagues. I don't know if you know it, but I was nominated for
a Tony some years back for my performance in Kiss Me Kate. I couldn't
have had the career I've had without you and hope you are well and
enjoying your life in Colorado. I think of you often and fondly.
Lee Wilkof "
I have also worked with pop and rock singers, helping them to survive the vocal strain
their musical style requires. Michael Hill was one who really seemed to understand what needed to be done in
order to maintain his vocal health and has gone on to record 5 great CDs and
tour the world.
" Special thanks to Richard Hilty,
Vox Coach xtraordinaire,
invaluable vocal science" Quote by
Michael Hill from the
"New York State of Blues" Michael Hill's Blues Mob
I have also worked with many
individuals over the years who weren't interested in being professionals but
who wanted to enjoy singing. One example is Arthur Kirson who came to
me as close to tone deaf as any one could be. Arthur was a high school
teacher. He wanted a second life as a cabaret singer. Arthur worked and
learned that his tone deaf problems were mostly mental. A classic case
of someone trying so hard he missed completely. Eventually Arthur developed
a workable voice and actually lived his dream becoming a well known
New York City cabaret performer, and song writer.
"Hi Richard, I
just want to let you know that I am now
with your DVD. For the first
time I could do my
singing practice for
the day without feeling any pain or
strain in my throat.
Thanks once again for the DVD."
How did these performers achieve their goals? They learned to understand
their voice. Simply put, they learned how to put together the head voice, the
chest voice, and breath support. Above all, these experienced
professionals learned it takes time to build and develop a good, healthy singing voice.
This vocal program is the result of my years working with these professionals. The DVD includes over 100 graded exercises on video. they are broken down into:
Head Voice Exercises.
Chest Voice Exercises,
Vocal Line Exercises.
Blending Exercises (mixing)
Falsetto Exercises (for men).
As you do the exercises with me:
learn to understand your voice.
You will learn about vowels and
how important they are to healthy and free singing.
You will learn
how consonants can help or hinder the freedom of your singing.
learn how to blend (mix), the head and chest voice.
You will learn how to master the break.
You will learn why breath support is the basis for all
These exercises will work you, step by step, from an easy vocal workout
to more advanced work All exercises are in full video and I actually accompany you as we do
each of the exercises together.
Richard Hilty Vocal studio
3781 Crestone Drive
Loveland, Colorado 80537
970 667 7593