Northwest Associated Arts – 2018 Estill Voice Training Courses

2018 Estill Voice Training Courses


Northwest Associated Arts is thrilled to partner with former ChoralSounds Northwest Artistic Director, Dr. Brian Winnie, to bring the acclaimed Estill Voice Training courses to Bellevue College this spring! Together with Dr. Kimberly Steinhauer, President of Estill Voice International, Dr. Winnie returns to Washington State as an Estill Certified Master Teacher, eager to share these useful techniques with singers and speakers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Would you like to understand HOW your voice works?  Dr. Kimberly Steinhauer, President of Estill Voice International, is a world-renown pedagogue, singing specialist, and scholar. We are grateful for her willingness to come work with the voice and choral teachers, singers, actors, public speakers, and speech pathologists in Washington!

“Everyone has a beautiful voice. You just have to know how to use it.”  …Jo Estill

Can it be any simpler than that? And “vocal beauty” is defined by you – not anyone else. What would having a “beautiful voice” mean for you?

  • A voice that commands the attention of crowd?
  • A voice that sounds like your favorite recording artist?
  • A voice that works hard all day on the telephone and still feels great for an evening out with friends?

Our courses and teachers are dedicated to seeing you reach your personal vocal goals.


Course Description

Level 1 Figures for Voice Control & Level 2 Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities

This course is for anyone who would like to improve their singing or speaking voice—singers, actors, vocal coaches, drama instructors, Speech-Language Pathologists and other vocal health professionals.

Level One: Figures for Voice™ teaches the tools of the craft to add strength, clarity and stamina to your voice! Participants will use EVT’s innovative Figures for Voice™ to learn control of the vocal structures that influence voice quality. Each Figure employs exercises that will give you new vocal options for all styles speaking and singing.

Level Two combines the Figures from Level One to produce six voice qualities: Speech, Falsetto, Sob, Twang, Opera, and Belting. Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities™ offers a clear understanding of the voice’s limitless possibilities, along with how to keep it vibrant and healthy. Throughout the day, the new voice skills are practiced in small group sessions. There will also be ample time for questions, discussion, and work on individual repertoire or case studies. *Completing Level One is a prerequisite for Level Two

**Registration deadline is April 23, 2018.


Course Information

Course Level: Level One and Two Course
When: May 18, 2018 – May 22, 2018
Level One: May 18-20, 2018
Level Two: May 21-22, 2018
Time: 9:00am-6:00pm daily (May 18 registration begins at 8:30am)
Language: English
Course Number: 2018051801


Cost Information

Course OptionsCost
Level 1 & 2$595.00
Level 1 Only$395.00
High School/College Student Level 1 & 2$255.00
Level 1 & 2 (already own course books)*$540.00
Level 1 Only (already own course books)*$365.00
NWAA Member** - Level 1 & 2$540.00
NWAA Member** - Level 1 Only$365.00
NWAA Member** - High School/College Student Level 1 & 2$200.00

*Cost for those who have attended prior courses and do not need course books.
**NWAA Member: Any registered singer, parent of child singer, or board member, or Artistic Director of Northwest Associated Arts and its choirs. Scholarship discount covers course book costs.


Travel and Accommodations

Bellevue College is located in Bellevue, WA, 10 miles from downtown Seattle, and is a located about 22 minutes NE of SeaTac International Airport (SEA). Numerous rental car companies are available at the airport, and discounted hotel accommodations are available at Hyatt House located at 3244 139th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA. Be sure to mention the Bellevue College associated discount when calling to reserve your room at (425) 747-2705.


Location Information

Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Cir SE
Seattle (Bellevue)
United States


Registration & Contact Information


Contact Name: Brian Winnie
Contact Phone: (620) 229-6302
Contact Email:



Kimberly Steinhauer, Ph.D., has devoted her entire career to the voice — in song, education, and research. As a singer, she has been employed in a variety of musical venues ranging from pop to musical theater to opera to sacred music. Most recently, she has been heard as pop soloist with the Musician’s Concert Band, as the “Queen of the Night” with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, and a “Walküre” in Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Die Walküre. Her roles have ranged from “the Witch” in Into the Woods to Grandma in Phantasmagorilla? No! Phantasmagoria, a new opera by Efrain Amaya. Kimberly also acts as Soprano Soloist and Children’s Choir Director at Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church. She has worked with world renowned voice specialist, Jo Estill, since 1985 and has found Estill Voice Training™ (EVT) to be an invaluable asset in each aspect of her career.

As a voice educator, Kimberly has taught vocal and instrumental music in the public school system for grades K-12, guided the private voice studio at California University of Pennsylvania, and instructed anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, as well as speech science courses at Duquesne University. She has directed EVT™ courses at the University of Pittsburgh and has been recruited as a voice consultant nationally and internationally — recently leading 3 voice master classes at the International Voice Symposium in Salzburg, Austria and a course for the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Currently, she tailors voice exercises and repertoire specifically for clients who have experienced vocal injury, in her role as Singing Voice Specialist.

As a voice investigator, Kimberly worked as research health scientist at the Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System where she was awarded a 3 year, $400,000 Merit Review grant to study voice motor learning in healthy and disordered aging speakers. The task under study exploits computer assisted learning strategies for the EVT™ Voice Quality Twang as it applies to vocal power in expert, novice, and disordered (hypophonic or weak) speakers.

She combined her love of singing and inquiry into the science of singing for her B.S. in Music Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M.A. in Speech Communication at The Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Steinhauer’s work has been published in the Journal of Voice and in Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care, 3rd edition. She is editor of The Voice Foundation Newsletter and Founding Partner of Estill Voice International, LLC, a majority woman-owned company with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA.


Dr. Brian J. Winnie is the Director of Choral Activities & Voice, and chair of the music department at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS where he conducts the choirs and musical theatre ensembles, teaches private studio voice, and courses in undergraduate choral/instrumental conducting, vocal pedagogy, beginning voice, vocal diction, and secondary general music/choral methods. He is also the Artistic Director and founder of the Southwestern College Choral Union. An active festival conductor and adjudicator, Dr. Winnie has been artist-in-residence in Ekaterinburg, Russia and has worked with festival choirs throughout the United States in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Washington, Kansas, and Alaska. Also an active conference presenter, he has presented at State NAfME, State & Regional ACDA, and International Conferences on, “Contemporary Vocal Technique in the Choral Rehearsal,” “Revitalizing the Vocal Warm-up in the Choral Setting,” and “21st Century Choral Pedagogy.” He has published articles in the Voice and Speech Review and ChorTeach Journals, and is currently editor and contributing author to “The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook” which will be published by Meredith Music Publications.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Winnie served as lecturer at the University of Washington Tacoma and was the Artistic Director of the community-based choirs ChoralSounds and VocalSounds Northwest. Previous to his career in higher education, he taught for seven years in public education at both the middle and high school levels. In addition, Dr. Winnie has been the recipient of numerous awards including “Exemplary Teacher Award” at Southwestern College, “Outstanding Young Conductor Award,” presented by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and was nominated for the “Excellence in Teaching Award” at the University of Washington.

Dr. Winnie currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Voice and Speech Review and has served as Secretary for the Central New Jersey Music Education Association, and Middle School/Jr. High Repertoire and Standards Chair for ACDA-PA. He is an active member of the ACDA, NATS, and NAfME.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Winnie received his B.S. in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University, Master of Music Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, where he studied with Geoffrey Boers & Giselle Wyers. He is a Certified Master Teacher and Certified Course Instructor-Candidate of Estill Voice Training, and his main research interests involve the effect of gesture on the vocal mechanism and voice production, and the development of a 21st century choral pedagogy that encompasses all styles of music and is based in voice science research.


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