Lisa Rochelle Bio


Lisa Rochelle

LISA ROCHELLE has served the professional New York theatre community as Vocal Technique Teacher and Performance Coach since 1993, following an extensive performing career that includes leading roles on Broadway and Off-Broadway, Broadway National Tour, regional theatre, featured daytime and prime-time television, commercial and voiceover credits. With students appearing in dozens of Broadway shows and National Tours, Off-Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, prime-time television, feature films and theatres across the US and Europe, Ms. Rochelle is also a Guest Master Class Instructor in both Vocal Technique and Audition Technique. Her desire to teach was influenced by her own extraordinary teachers–Stella Adler (NY), Arthur Lessac (Binghamton University) and Ron Clairmont (NY). She is dedicated to helping singers, dancers and actors of all levels achieve their goals by de-mystifying the act of singing; from basic technique-building to meeting the challenging demands of an 8-show week and rigorous rehearsal and touring schedules.


Conservatory and college faculty positions include:


  • Marymount Manhattan College (2003-present)
  • The Eugene O’Neill Center National Theatre Institute (1999-2004)
  • Chautauqua School for Special Studies (2003-2006)
  • The Institute for the Alexander Technique; Teacher Training Program, NY
  • The Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center

Ms. Rochelle often works as a Singing Voice Specialist in collaboration with medical professionals in the retraining of injured and problematic voices, with specialized training in vocal pedagogy and rehabilitation (vocology). Her professional voice studies with mentor and pioneer vocologist Ron Clairmont (1980’s-1990’s) inspired her subsequent vocology work while maintaining a performing career. Internships and observerships with otolaryngologists and voice pathologists include those at the Mt. Sinai Grabscheid Voice Center (supervised by Peak Woo, MD and Linda Carroll, PhD) and Vocology training with renowned voice expert, Anat Keidar, PhD. For additional related experience, please see Vocal Health section.


There is no single approach to teaching voice that Ms. Rochelle calls her ’technique’. She incorporates aspects of a variety of disciplines into her teaching, based upon the unique needs of each student. Rooted in classical ideology, her work integrates principles of the Alexander and McClosky techniques, Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Techniques, the Accent Method and distinctive techniques for self-massage into customized vocal exercises which minimize tension in the voice and body while building the desired muscle-memory. Bodywork and individualized exercise regimens are discussed as part of vocal training, and specific approaches to repertoire and performance practice techniques are explored in both private lessons and group classes.


Ms. Rochelle is certified in all levels of Somatic Voicework/The LoVetri Method for Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy, has completed the full core curriculum of NYSTA’s Professional Development Program and holds a degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Musical Theatre Performance.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


  • Board of Directors, New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA);
    Co-Director Professional Development Committee
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
  • The Voice Foundation
  • Voice Care Professionals of Westchester
  • Actors’ Equity Association
  • American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

 

                  

 

 

 

 

 


Lisa Rochelle · 212.724.3470 · Lisa@LisaRochelle.com
Singing Lessons · Audition Preparation
New York City · Upper West Side