The College of Arts and Architecture

Voice Faculty Members Publish Book

book jacket for Spivey publication

Voice faculty member Norman Spivey and faculty member emeritus Mary Saunders Barton have written a book published by Plural Publishing titled Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act. The book is available for purchase from as well as from the publisher's website.

The publisher's website describes Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act as "an innovative resource for teachers and students of singing in today's evolving professional landscape. Saunders Barton and Spivey offer an inside view of their applied studios and the results of the cross-training process.

As vocal performance demands continue to change, singers must adapt in order to stay competitive in the job market. The authors address this challenge and provide a practical technical approach to developing the most flexible and resilient singing voices - the essence of their philosophy of "bel canto can belto," embracing classical and vernacular styles.

Key Features

  • In-depth chapter on resonance/registration for voice building
  • Cross-training in the academic vs. the private studio
  • Cross-training with repertoire
  • Coverage of multi-disciplinary training: how acting, speech, movement, and dance support studio effort
  • PluralPlus Companion Website with student recordings to enhance concepts within the text

Cross Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act is a must-read for anyone in the singing profession seeking insight on cross-training."