“Warm, funny, engaging, and passionate… Joanna makes highly technical info accessible to all vocal artists.” — Mary Ellen Wessels, music educator

Summer 2024

July 28 Workshop: From Stage Fright To Stage Presence sponsored by “Jazz for Everyone” program of the Jazz Society of Santa Cruz County. 2:00-3:30pm, Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre, 1001 Center Street.

Learn the latest insights from body-mind psychology along with practical tips to help you manage those distracting jitters and to fully “show up” onstage when it’s your turn to shine. Singers, actors, instrumental musicians and all other performers are welcome.


“Joanna is a virtual treasure trove of knowledge and experience in all aspects of voice, and generous about sharing her knowledge…the ultimate professional.” — Carole Kornsweig, Speech Communications Consultant

CONTACT ME TO schedule A WORKSHOP FOR your GROUP! See topics below or talk to me about a customized experience.

“Joanna has a unique ability to marry the technical and spiritual aspects of voice. I recommend her for anyone interested in voice exploration, education, and healing.” — Andrea Odinov, Lee Strasberg Institute

Everyday Voice Care: My most requested workshop. How the voice works, what it is made of, and how to take care of it. Minimal jargon, maximum practicality for singers and talkers, teen through adult.

The Multi-Dimensional Breath: The goals of breath management for voice, orienting to what feels available-efficient-and-comfortable versus the old-school philosophies of only-one-correct-way-to-breathe. Demystify the various movement options for the ribcage, diaphragm and abdomen; learn to feel and develop what suits your own body, health status, and vocal style.

Self-Massage of the Vocal Region: Hands-on attention to the muscles that surround the voice box, with safety guidelines for treating oneself or others. Includes surrounding regions of the neck and jaw; the pros and cons of vocal vibrator devices; and ways to combine laryngeal-region massage with active exercise for deeper transformations.

Acting out the Larynx: This engaging group activity turns anatomical features of the throat into “personalities with jobs to do.” The experience brings flat illustrations to life and leads naturally into Q&A on health & wellness. Suitable for teens and adults at all levels of vocal experience; a special favorite of voice and speech teachers-in-training.

Vocal Exercise At Any Age: Warmups and wellness information for older adults, based on the latest research on vocal strength and conditioning exercises. Learn why weak or wobbly sounds get better with more use, not more rest!

“Joanna has been an important presence in the field of vocal arts rehabilitation: as generous to fellow professionals as she is to her clients and students. She’s a consummate teacher and a remarkable human being.” — Karen Kochis-Jennings, California State University, Northridge