Singing is no more difficult than learning how to drive a car.
Where you go with it – that is, what you choose to sing – is your decision.

There is no single “best” voice quality. “Best” depends on what you like to hear.
Some qualities require more work than others and they cannot be done without that physiological commitment – but even that “work” can be fun.

Jo Estill

Jo Estill 1920 – 2010

Jo Estill was an American singer, singing voice specialist and voice researcher.

As a singer, her questioning approach led her to search for answers to ‘How am I doing this?’.  After studying speech science, she was appointed Instructor in Voice and began her pioneering research at Upstate Medical Centre, New York. Her research led to the development of Estill Voice Training in 1988, an innovative system of studying voice production based on an understanding of physiological and anatomical function.

Estill presented courses and workshops all over the world and has been acknowledged by many eminent voice teachers and scientists.

Jo is so committed to uncovering the mysteries of the voice that she agreed to have 12 needles inserted in her mouth, throat, and voice musculature. To make the readings accurate, she refused anesthetic. It was the first time and only time this research has been done. Try to get volunteers for a study like that!

Richard Lipton

Jo Estill Honorary Doctorate Oration, 2004