"A voice is like a fingerprint; no two are the same. Studying voice is not just about your larynx but truly involves the whole of who you are! A rich, expressive voice requires your whole body, your imagination and the courage to reveal your most authentic self. Helping singers and speakers of all ages to cultivate their individual voices is as fascinating to me as it is rewarding. My students develop on a technique level, no doubt,  but this work also generates confidence and an understanding of the rewards of commitment and discipline. Those are life-long benefits."


Kris is a voice teacher and coach, working with both singers and speakers. She is also an actor, a classically trained vocalist and a certified Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Her approach to vocal production is rooted in  classical bel canto singing technique and Fitzmaurice Voicework®. She holds an MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and a BFA in Musical Theatre from the State University of New York at Fredonia. As an actor, she has professional experience in both musical and straight theatre and has performed in New York and regionally. Kris is a member of Actors Equity Association as well as the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.


Kris is currently Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to this, Kris was a faculty member at Southern Oregon University, the University of Iowa and also spent four years as head of the BFA Musical Theatre program at the University of West Florida, teaching both musical theatre and acting students. Former students can be found working in New York, Orlando, Los Angeles and in graduate programs, including The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK.  





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