Lori Van Lenten is the Founding Artistic and Executive Director of VOCE, The Young Voices of Greater Augusta. She loves teaching her group classes, but is also thrilled to begin teaching private lessons and coaching sessions again.
Lori earned her Bachelors Degree in Choral Music Education from Florida State University. She has had the opportunity to travel and perform all over the United States, Vietnam, Korea, Spain, France, The Netherlands, England, Austria, England, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. Her choirs have also been invited to travel and perform extensively and she has had students featured as soloists at Carnegie Hall, Broadway Tours, and Regional Theatre.
Lori’s training and teaching methods include what is called “classical training” but that doesn’t mean classical music. It is a style of teaching that gives the student a complete understanding of their instrument, their breath, the correct use of muscles, and strengthens their voice as they grow. Classical training is the foundation for all singing and can be applied to Opera, Concert, Musical Theatre, and CCM or Pop style singing. Lori is a firm believer that if you can breathe, you can sing, and that there is something to be learned at all ages. Lessons look different for different people and different ages of students because they need to be carefully catered to the student.
The difference between a “coaching session” and “voice lessons” is important to know. Lessons use repertoire, or music selections, to reinforce and practice vocal technique. The lessons focus on the proper way of singing and how to apply that to your music. A coaching session focuses on the performance of a song. Technique is important during this process, but if you have selected a song that is outside of your physical capabilities, technique can’t be taught in a few short sessions. You would normally schedule a few coaching sessions before an audition.