Accessing the raw materials of vocal sound as primary source for composition.
A deeply experiential workshop.

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"The voice is the muscle of the soul." - Alfred Wolfsohn all you need to write music." - Ethelyn Friend

Embodied Voice course dates: 4 Saturday afternoons - April 3, 10, 17, 24

1:00 PM EDT || An intensive four week workshop: Four Saturday small group sessions (100 min) plus one private 50 min voice lesson scheduled outside of class hours


This class proposes that performance is a process, not a product,  similar to the creative process of writing a song. A song is a place to live inside of, rather than a fixed event, or a “doing”. This approach can lead to a much greater emotional and tangible connection to your song material, more relaxation, and a way to transmit all the feeling and imagery of the song directly to your audience. 

Each Saturday session will combine group vocal work with one-on-one coaching within the warm witness of the group. The private lesson will be tailored to your needs, including vocal range and ease, “acting” skills while singing, emotional connection to your material and other questions. 

surrender old ideas about song-performance…

access vocal courage.

The experiential vocal work offered in these sessions is grounded in the discoveries of the Roy Hart Theatre in London and in France in the 1960’s & 70’s which promotes a radical and exciting vision of the human voice: that everyone can have access to an “8-octave voice”, and that the process of uncovering the full range of expression can lead to breakthroughs in all aspects of life.

Through highly physical vocal training designed to access an extended range of sound, group improvisation and solo work, discover your unique possibilities, both musically and personally.

Angie's Testimonial
Angie's Testimonial
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I believe that art like this is what we humans desperately need right now: art that does magic, art that heals, art that spray paints truth like graffiti on the soul and can't be forgotten. I think art like this is a big part of how we will be able to evolve, to become more whole, to free ourselves from the bullshit of mainstream messaging and step into our highest potential.
Erica's Testimonial
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It completely changed the way I think about performance. I have never been more focused, or more emotionally connected to the work- -- at once out-of-body and completely in-body. Before this workshop, I would never have imagined that this was something I could do. Now, I’m not sure why I would do anything else.

meet your instructor:

Ethelyn Friend

Ethelyn Friend is a teaching member of the International Roy Hart Center in  France, and a founding faculty member of Naropa University’s groundbreaking MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance Program. Modeled on NYU’s ground-breaking Experimental Theatre Wing, Naropa’s MFA is the first graduate training program to integrate contemporary physical theatre forms, Viewpoints theory and practice, extended range vocal work and traditional contemplative practices. She encountered the Roy Hart Theatre voice work in 1991, a classically trained soprano who had been warned "never to sing below middle C". The expansion of the literal and figurative range of the voice which followed profoundly revolutionized the course of her life and work. Ethelyn Friend is an award-winning actor, writer, and vocalist with two decades of work in regional theatre and original solo performance. From work with Meredith Monk to leading roles at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and premieres of new contemporary work with Tectonic Theatre Project. Lifelong study of the singing voice make her a unique vocalist, working in many musical styles.

grab it now:

This class is for YOU if you are:

A singer-songwriter wanting more emotional range and access in your performance

A singer who interprets the songs of others and wants to find your unique way to do that

A person who loves to sing but is afraid to be heard by others (car and shower singers welcome!)

A writer who tends to let others sing your compositions


*If are experiencing financial hardship, but are craving the songmaking offerings described here, please reach out and let me know because a modest amount of scholarship funds are available for folks in such circumstances. Please send an email to himself [at] describing your situation.

golden lotus studio reserves the right to cancel this class if enrollment does not meet the minimum requirement.