As a singer, you are surrounded by specialists who serve as your team. Voice teachers, managers, vocal coaches; all work together to help you sing and perform at your best. At The Singing Body Clinic, we want to serve as another branch of your team. We believe in the meritocracy of singing, self-development, and health. These activities are ones that send us on an innate, inward human journey. This journey teaches us the discipline, commitment, and patience necessary for perpetual self-betterment. The profound demands of vocalizing can lead to a richer and more sensitive and thrilling artistry. When health is used for the benefit of our passions and purposes, it can make us better human beings and artists.
Director & Movement Coach
As an athletic trainer, E-RYT 200, movement educator, speaker, and health activist, Jay Colwell is molding a new narrative of physical health within the classical vocal industry. During his time as an athletic trainer and bodywork practitioner, he has coached world-class artists on the rosters of The Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, The Chicago Lyric Opera, LA Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, and others. Along with many hours of training and coaching professional vocalists, his technique and approach are an integration and assimilation of hundreds of hours of continuing education and personal study, blending approaches from many influences including corrective exercise, yoga, FRC, FMS, and somatic movement practices, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance.
Soprano & Voice Teacher
Opera News lauds Jeni Houser’s performances as “commanding and duplicitous, yet also vulnerable. She has a bright future above the staff.” In the 2019-20 season she made debuts with the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Dallas Opera in her sought-after portrayal of Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte. Last season she made her house debut with the Wiener Staatsoper as Frantzi in the world premiere of Staud’s Die Weiden and subsequently joined the company for its productions of Die Zauberflöte and Trojahn’s Orest. Other recent engagements included returns to On Site Opera and Fort Worth Opera, debuts with Austin Opera, Central City Opera, and Cincinnati Opera, and multiple performances with Minnesota Opera. Future engagements include debuts with Seattle Opera and New Orleans Opera, returns to Virginia Opera and Madison Opera, and a return to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Houser's repertoire includes world premieres and contemporary pieces, operetta and Sondheim, and standards of the operatic coloratura repertoire. She holds degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Lawrence University.
Soprano & Yoga Teacher
Deanna is a Seattle based RYT-200 yoga teacher and international opera singer. She is passionate about blended her many years of experience as a practicing yogi and as a performing artist to help others find greater freedom and happiness in their bodies and minds through the transformative power of yoga. Every private session with Deanna is customized to your needs and goals, helping you go deeper in your practice and ultimately, your relationship with yourself. This is a safe place where you can be yourself and explore with specialized guidance to take your practice to the next level.
LMSW & Social Health Coach
Megan is a LMSW in the state of Georgia with a passion for people, relationships, and improving the human condition. She is empathetic, educated, and continues to enjoy learning about people and why they do the things that they do. Megan has a background in community mental health and nonprofit management. She brings a unique and forward-thinking approach through her lens as a social worker. With the health of the voice dependant not only upon the vocal care regimen we choose but also how the voice itself is directly related to our health, it is imperative for singers understand and utilize social health practices for the benefit of their artistry and careers. Megan looks at not just the individual needs of a client, but how they are impacted/they impact the communities and systems that they are a part of.
APD & Dietary Health Coach
Caitlynn Gillaspie is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD). Originally from Nebraska, Caitlynn earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Education and Human Sciences. To align with her interests in travel and experiencing different cultures, Caitlynn earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Wollongong whilst living overseas in Australia. Caitlynn was employed as a clinical dietitian in Sydney with NSW Health for 2 years in a wide range of clinical areas including mental health, drug & alcohol services, respiratory health, neurology & neurosurgery, cardiology, renal, oncology, and aged care. Her clinical work experience provided Caitlynn with a unique insight into the intense pressures faced on the job, susceptibility to burnout and the harmful effects this can have on all aspects of health. Caitlynn is most interested in preventative health care and addressing the social determinants of health to reduce health disparities, especially in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities. She is committed to the fight for equal access to health education, affordable nutritious food, and health care services - especially private practice nutrition services. Caitlynn is an anti-diet practitioner. Her approach involves untangling and dissolving societal pressures and dieting culture that demands our bodies look a certain way. Caitlynn’s area of expertise is integrating pro-health, anti-diet movements in a way that helps each client find the right mix of foods to nourish their one-of-a-kind mind, body and spirit. In solidarity, Caitlynn is happy to provide up nutrition consultations for Black, Indigenous and People of Color free of cost. Please contact SBC directly for more information.