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 once again have the opportunity to teach private lessons and coaching sessions again.
Lori 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 singers 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. She has also had the privlage of serving as clinician or guest director to many choral festivals and events throughout the South East where she values the time she gets to spend working with singers of all ages.
Lori earned her Bachelors Degree in Choral Music Education from Florida State University and a Master in Vocal Pedagogy for Musical Theatre from Westminster Choir College at Rider University. She is also certified in Somatic Voicework(tm) through the LoVetri Institute, and is now focusing her advanced studies on Body Mapping and The Alexander Technique.
Lori considers herself to be a “Functional Voice Teacher” meaning she teaches based on the science and function of the voice. There are fundamental vocal techniques that serve as the foundation for all types of vocal performance, but different styles of singing require different uses of the voice. She is also a self proclaimed “voice health nut,” and is very conscientious about the care and protection of her students” voices. Lori has spent years studying the growth and development of the voice in order to help each singer grow and meet their individual goals.
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 proper vocal technique, and those techniques are then applied by the singer when working on their repertoire or song list. A coaching session focuses more specifically on the performance of a specific song for a performance or an audition. 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. A singer would normally schedule a few coaching sessions before an audition.