Alumna Pens Vocal Training Textbook
by Madison Armstrong '15

On June 2, 2014, “The Vocal Athlete” by Wendy DeLeo LeBorgne ’94 was released. Co-authored by Marci Rosenberg, this was a project several years in the making.

LeBorgne graduated from Shenandoah with her BFA in Music Theater and Voice. While at school, a vocal pedagogy and voice science class with Dr. Jeannette Ogg changed the course of her entire career. “Without Dr. Ogg, I can tell you I’m sure my life wouldn’t have gone in that direction.”

Currently, LeBorgne works as the clinical director and a voice pathologist at Dayton Head and Neck in Dayton, Ohio, and is also a professor at Cincinnati University. She has more than 10 former patients working on Broadway.

Through her work, LeBorgne recognized a need for a textbook geared towards training commercial singers based in science. As opposed to studying a certain method of training, “The Vocal Athlete” analyzes autonomic bodily functions such as performance anxiety or the effect of the psyche on singing. This work was largely based off LeBorgne’s dissertation on the Broadway voice.

This fall, LeBorgne will be teaching a class titled Vocal Health for the Musical Theater Performer. To find more information on “The Vocal Athlete,” or to purchase the book, click HERE. A workbook is also available, which can be purchased HERE.
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