Vibrant Voice Technique uses a vibrating device to quickly and effectively enhance vocal resonance and reduce the muscle tension that can lead to vocal fatigue.
After all, what do the vocal folds do? They vibrate. What is resonance? It is sympathetic vibration. The Vibrant Voice Technique uses series of exercises, like the one shown in the video below, to target specific muscles in the head, neck, and shoulders that are typically associated with vocal tension and fatigue.
Learn a new, fast, thorough way to warm up your voice
Reduce tension in your neck, jaw, and face
Gain a deeper understanding of how your voice works so you can troubleshoot when it’s not working like you want it to
David Ley began exploring what became the Vibrant Voice Technique when a friend and client came to him experiencing intense vocal fatigue. A scope of her vocal folds at the otolaryngologist’s office showed no damage, but she was badly in need of a way to release the tension that was contributing to her voice loss. David knew vibration is something that is commonly used to break down muscle tension – "What vibrates and is small enough to place on the front of the neck?" A lightbulb moment and a subsequent purchase at a Canadian “love shop”. This grew into the Vibrant Voice Technique.
The University of Alberta video that started it all:
David Ley holds an MFA in performance from York University with a diploma in Voice Teaching. He is a Professor in the Drama Department at the University of Alberta where he teaches Voice and Speech, Dialects, and Acting. David has extensive experience in private practice teaching vocal skills to a wide array of professional voice users from schoolteachers to politicians and has taught many voice workshops both across Canada and abroad.
David spent ten seasons as a Voice Coach at Canada’s Stratford Festival and continues to be a regular instructor in Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory. He has done numerous feature newspaper interviews commenting on dialects and vocal performance and has been featured in two CBC documentaries on Canadian speech. Media outlets around the world have covered his work on the Vibrant Voice Technique including: the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, The Guardian UK, the Huffington Post, Metro News International, and many others. David has 30 years of experience working as an actor in theatres across Canada and has acted in numerous film and television productions.
Elissa Weinzimmer is a vocal health educator, presence coach, and the founder of Voice Body Connection. Her mission is to help performers and professional speakers share their authentic voices more fully and more often.
Elissa attended the University of Alberta to earn her MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy, where she encountered David Ley and his idea to use vibrators for the voice. In 2013 she began working with David to build Vibrant Voice Technique. Elissa is also a certified instructor of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and Hatha yoga, and in 2014 she was the recipient of the Clyde Vinson Memorial Award from the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). Elissa is based in New York City, and is also a director, a performer, an avid yogi, and a meditator.