The foundation for Lisa Haupert’s musical odyssey was set when she was six years old. Sitting at the piano, eager to play, Lisa was told she had to wait until she was eight to begin lessons. She cried!
At twelve, Lisa added words to the music and began singing. Eight years later she was singing in Carnegie Hall, in awe and inspired by the possibilities before her.
Lisa traveled to Bassano del Grappa, Italy, when she was given the opportunity to study with renowned operatic baritone, Tito Gobbi. Mr Gobbi died shortly before she arrived and Lisa worked with a replacement teacher. Her memories are that this teacher basically yelled at her in Italian for two weeks and told her she should give up singing.
At 27, Lisa vowed to never sing again…..which lasted about a year…..she then began studying with Kristin Chenoweth’s teacher, Florence Birdwell, at Oklahoma City University. Inspiration, hope, and passion returned.
Next came marriage, two children, working as a nurse, divorce, and singing when she could. Lisa began teaching singing lessons but soon found out that performing and teaching require very different skill sets.
Lisa moved with her sons from Little Rock, Arkansas, to the San Francisco area. Her younger son took a musical theater course from which he brought home a brochure about Speech Level Singing. As Lisa poured over the information, she recognized that this was describing a singing technique based on the physiological functioning of the parts of the body that allow us to sing throughout our entire range. This made sense to her nurse-brain as well as her singing-brain. She began to understand how her instrument worked.
Lisa entered the SLS teacher training program and earned the highest level of certification. This was the beginning of a wonderful melding of her nursing, musical, vocal, and performance skills and passions. She was ready to teach.
A phone call from a mentor lead to an opportunity to teach at the Sir Paul McCartney contemporary music school, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Lisa got the job and subsequently developed the first singing teacher training program based on the Speech Level Singing method. She had the privilege of teaching this revolutionary technique, as well as training teachers, throughout the UK and Europe.
For the next few years, Lisa split her time between Asheville, NC and the United Kingdom. In addition to private lessons at her Asheville studio, Lisa taught at the Flat Rock Playhouse- the State Theater of North Carolina, and continued to teach students from around the world via Skype.
In 2013, Lisa joined the VocalizeU teacher network.
In 2014 she completed the first section of the Summer Vocology Institute (SVI), with Dr. Ingo Titze. SVI is an intensive program that combines speech science, vocal pedagogy, and medicine.
That year she also began her move to teaching full time in Nashville, TN. In 2015 she bought a studio in the very musical neighborhood of Berry Hill in Nashville, TN. It is now THE place in Nashville to get vocal and music lessons from highly qualified teachers.
Spring of 2015 she was invited to teach the psychology of singing at the Vocal Masterclass produced by Osborne Head and Neck Institute at Pepperdine University.
Lisa is now one of five instructors for the Be A Singing Teacher 20-hour comprehensive course. To date, she has graduated over 75 teachers from the course.
What in the world does all of this mean for you? It means that:
- You have a vocal coach who understands the voice, human nature, physiology, psychology, and performance
- You have a coach who struggled with her own voice and knows what it means to have doubt and fear
- You have a coach who is about what YOU need and want for your musical, singing, and performance goals
- You have a coach who has been around a while and most likely has encountered issues in others that are similar to yours
- You have a coach who is connected to a larger community so that you can get exactly what you need
- You CAN sing shamelessly – as if no one (and everyone) is listening