The human voice is a great source of physical, spiritual and interpersonal connection. Breath awareness and management is at the root of vocal freedom, and is vital for healthy, sustainable and authentic singing.
The common definition of respire is to breathe; a lesser-known literary definition means to recover hope, courage and strength after a time of difficulty (OED).
The intention of my practice is to relieve tension, fear, and fatigue in the vocal mechanism so that the singer can progress with hope, perform with courage and find strength in their unique sound.
Whether you are interested in furthering your vocal study, struggling with a voice disorder, or exploring sound as a restorative pathway, my mission is to cultivate:
- vocal health by restoring and maintaining vocal function and quality
- vocal mindfulness by bringing awareness to body and breath
- vocal authenticity by discovering and celebrating your distinctive sound
Lyric mezzo soprano Megan Durham, M.M., Cert. S.V.S., RYT-200, serves on the voice faculties of DeSales University, Muhlenberg College, and Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Ms. Durham also works as a Singing Voice Specialist (SVS) in partnership with medical professionals as part of a voice care team to habilitate singers diagnosed with voice disorders. In addition, Ms. Durham is a certified YogaVoice® practitioner, RYT-200 and incorporates yoga philosophy, asana, and meditative breathing into her pedagogy.
Ms. Durham holds a Master of Music degree in voice pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Richmond. She completed her certification in singing voice habilitation with Dr. Karen Wicklund at the Chicago Center for Professional Voice. Ms. Durham serves as the President of the Lehigh Valley chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is a member of the New York Singing Teacher’s Association, the Voice Foundation, VASTA and Yoga Alliance.