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.