3. Vocal Health

Vocal Health with Amanda Flynn


Amanda Flynn is a singing voice specialist, voice researcher, vocologist, and professional performer. As an educator, Amanda is currently on the musical theatre voice faculty at Pace University. She is also the owner of Amanda Flynn Voice Studio with students performing on Broadway (Hamilton, Choir Boy, Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, Caroline or Change, Mrs. Doubtfire, Mean Girls, Dear Evan Hanson, King Kong, The Color Purple, Fun Home, Matilda, School of Rock, Newsies, Beautiful, Marvin’s Room, Angels in America), Off-Broadway (Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, Fun Home, Daddy), national tours (Wicked, Waitress, An American in Paris, Rent, The Color Purple, School of Rock, Anastasia, Spamalot, A Chorus Line), international productions (Indecent on the West End, A Chorus Line Japan, Legally Blonde UK Tour, The Sound of Music Asia) and numerous regional theatres. Her clients have been heard on original cast recordings such as Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, School of Rock, Mean Girls, The Color Purple, Beautiful, Pasek and Paul’s James and the Giant Peach, and The Jonathan Larson Project, and have been nominated for Grammy, Tony, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critic Circle, Drama Desk, and Helen Hayes Awards. Amanda worked on Broadway as the Production Vocal Coach for Be More Chill and The Lightning Thief. She has also been a Vocal Consultant for TheatreworksUSA, iTheatrics, for the regional premiere of Love in Hate Nation at Two River Theatre, and two feature films. She has taught internationally, making stops in the UK, China, and Japan. After studying voice at Baylor University, Amanda began performing professionally before finishing her BS in Liberal Arts at The New School. Amanda holds a MM in Vocal Performance with a Musical Theatre concentration as well as an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU. She completed the Vocology Mentorship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, the Distinguished Voice Professional certificate from NYSTA, and completed her Certificate in Vocology from NCVS and The University of Utah. She was the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Van Lawrence Fellowship presented by NATS and The Voice Foundation. She is an active voice researcher and has presented both her belting and vocal health research at the Fall Voice Conference, The Voice Foundation Symposium, and both the VASTA and PAVA Conferences. She has two articles published in the international, peer-reviewed publication Journal of Voice, and currently has a series in NYSTA’s VoicePrints. She serves on the Board of Directors for NYSTA as the Director of the Professional Development Program, in addition to serving as the Communications Director for PAVA. 

As a performer, Amanda was an original cast member of the LA company of Wicked understudying the role of Glinda. She was also part of the Las Vegas company of Mamma Mia as an understudy for Sophie, and the Laurey understudy in the national tour of the 2002 Broadway revival of Oklahoma. Also, numerous regional theatre credits, concerts, readings, workshops, and recordings throughout NYC including the album I’m Ready: The Song of Rob Rokicki, available on iTunes.

She is a member of AEA, NYSTA, NATS, MTEA, PAVA, VASTA, and The Voice Foundation.  www.amandaflynnvoice.com


Course Description: A comprehensive course focused on various  aspects of vocal health including voice medicine, myths and pseudoscience, voice therapy, bodywork, mental health, genre considerations, kids and vocal health, and an in-depth look into vocal injuries and how they impact singers. The course is led by Amanda Flynn with guests Dr. Lucian Sulica, Dr. Babak Sadoughi, Dr. Keith Chadwick, Dr. Paul Kwak, Christine Estes, Maurice Goodwin, Ingela Onstad, Christine Schneider, Dr. Kari Ragan, Marci Rosenberg, Mindy Pack, Chris York, Ellen Lettrich, and performers Laquet Sharnell Pringle and Audrey Rae McHale. 

Course Goals and Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Recognize the role of evidence-based medicine in treating voice injuries
  • Identify medications that might impact singers
  • Discriminate between fact-based science and unsupported claims of pseudoscience and mythology
  • Choose a healthcare provider in their community to work with singers
  • Describe potential members of the voice team
  • Express the importance of mental health and bodywork for singers
  • Demonstrate ways to help with anxiety and tension in singers
  • Appreciate the experience of the injured singer
  • Construct a vocal health curriculum for singers

About the Courses:

The courses are asynchronous, and you can start them at any time. Once you begin the course, you will have 3 months to complete all of the modules and assignments. You will not be able to extend the duration of a course once you begin. 

Each course is about 10 hours of content, with a quiz after each module, and 3 assignments that are due at various points in the course.

In order to receive the Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate (DVP), you will need to pass all of the courses with a B- (80) or higher.

You are encouraged to take the courses in the order they are listed, as they each build in content. However, it is not required.

Each course is $300 for NYSTA members and $350 for non-members. You must be signed in as a member in order to purchase the course at the member rate.

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