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Brett Manning Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, features a team of coaches with the highest degree of skill and artistry: the Brett Manning Master Associates. These coaches are hand-picked by invitation only and personally-trained by Brett to be the best of the best. Many well-known celebrities choose to study regularly with Brett and his Master Associates, and they can confidently recommend this training to anyone who considers themselves a serious vocal student.
Ande Alvarez
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Ande Alvarez

New York City, New York
Ande has been singing since she was old enough to speak and has always had a passion for music. She earned a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. During her first year of school, she was diagnosed with vocal nodules. She spent the next several years in vocal therapy and struggled with trusting her voice and finding consistency. Ultimately, she had to undergo surgery in 2011 to remove a polyp. Frustrated and at the end of her rope, Ande was desperate for a way to gain control of her voice and end the vocal injury madness. After working with Brett and his associate Shelby Rollins, she knew she had finally found what she was looking for. The changes she saw in her own voice in a short amount of time were encouragement enough for her to pack her bags and head to Nashville to become a Brett Manning Associate. Her vocal therapy knowledge combined with her personal struggles, and ultimate triumph, as a vocalist gives her a unique perspective as a coach. Ande has worked as a featured entertainer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, performed in touring and off-Broadway musicals as well as at Madison Square Garden, The Blue Note and other venues in NYC.
Jason Catron
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Jason Catron

Los Angeles, CA
Jason is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville and is a certified Brett Manning Associate of three years, who has expanded Brett Manning's studio and brought the world-renown vocal technique to Los Angeles. He also has a solo music career, composes, and is a member of the group, Tenore...(presented by Sing!), a trio of tenors that perform internationally. Jason's personal style is "popera" which is a unique mix of pop-flavored classical vocals with roots in opera, and he loves to mix genres of music. He is intrigued by the potential in every singer he meets. Jason lives in LA.
Deborah
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Deborah "Zuke" Smith

New Jersey
Deborah Smith, called “Zuke” by all, started her professional vocal training with Metropolitan Opera star, Eileen Farrell at Indiana University. Zuke and her husband, Kent Smith, relocated to the northern NJ area where she continued her vocal instruction with Mark Baxter (top L.A. vocal coach) and Marty Lawrence (father of Don Lawrence, vocal coach to Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones). Over the past 2 years, Zuke has worked exclusively with Brett Manning Studios and is one of two certified associates on the east coast to teach his technique. Zuke is also an accomplished ASCAP songwriter and has produced original jingles for Bahamian businesses and was one of the top music copyists in New York City, copying Broadway shows, movies, and TV productions. She studied music calligraphy privately with the world-renowned copyist Arnold Arnstein and music composition with Edgar Grana, both of The Julliard School.
Chris Keller
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Chris Keller

Nashville

Christopher Keller has the rare ability to have complete control over his high mix enabling him to sing any genre in just about any key. He specializes in pop, rock, r&b, and Broadway. As a vocal coach who has lived in New York City and Nashville, his students include many singers performing in Broadway shows, vocal contest show finalists, and touring bands from all over the world. He has a B.M. from Middle Tennessee State University and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee where he also performs as a singer songwriter.

Giuseppe Lopizzo
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Giuseppe Lopizzo

Italy
Giuseppe has been singing and performing since he was 5 years old. He started studying at the Conservatory of Music when he was 10. He worked as a backing vocalist for the most popular TV, Studio and Live production company in Italy. Brett Manning took Giuseppe's voice and artistry to the next level in 2009, and he is now the only certified Brett Manning Associate coach in Italy.
Estelle Poots
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Estelle Poots

Queensland, Australia
Estelle has spent years studying with the most sought after singing teachers in the world. She learned wonderful things from the great teachers and even the stars of The U.S., however the picture was never complete until she met Brett Manning. Because of Brett’s teaching, Estelle is confident that she can offer you the answers that she has searched a lifetime to discover.

 

Estelle is passionate about helping her students fulfill their dreams and reach their potential as vocalists and artists. Estelle has been teaching singing for over 10 years and is an active performer and a recording artist.
Sharon Rowntree
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Sharon Rowntree

Queensland, Australia
Sharon has been singing her whole life, and began a professional career at 18. Constantly searching for ways to improve her voice and extend her range, she started doing her music grades before joining the LA organisation with Brett's own “Yoda”, reaching Level 4 and being appointed the Education Advisory member for Australia. Sharon then found Brett, and in 2009 became a Brett Manning Associate. Sharon has been teaching singing for over 10 years and also performs in her own tribute show around Australia.
Evie Williams
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Evie Williams

Birmingham, Alabama
From standing on a chair at six years old, singing at small churches all across the south to performing at the Olympics Opening Ceremonies in 1996, Evie has done it all. She has had the honor of touring with many Gospel groups and has a long list of commercial jingles and Background vocals for other artists to her credit as well. After a brief battle with esophageal cancer and going through vocal therapy with Brett, Evie's voice is stronger and better than ever and she uses that experience as a catalyst to encourage her own clients that anything is possible with their voice! She has been teaching since 2005.
Craig Deuchar
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Craig Deuchar

London, England
Craig certified as a Brett Manning Associate in early 2009 and is the only one in the UK. He is a professional actor and has a Masters Degree in musical theatre. Craig himself had a stubborn voice which once never did what he wanted it to. Overcoming this has allowed him the understanding and ability to give his students the pathway to vocal freedom. He specializes in musical theatre and commercial vocals (pop,rock,r&b).
Tom McKinney
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Tom McKinney

Dallas, Texas & Houston, Texas
With more than 40 years as performer and voice teacher, Tom McKinney has mastered “The Ease of Speech Singing” technique. He has utilized this technique with many award winning singers including Mario, Demi Lovato, Ray J, Solange, and American Idol finalists. Tom also serves as the New Talent Development Vocal Technique Instructor for Beyonce and Mathew Knowles’ recording and publishing company, Music World, in Houston.
Joel Harrison
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Joel Harrison

Canberra, Australia
Joel Harrison struggled with his own voice from his beginnings as a singer. Now several years later he is a Brett Manning Associate vocal coach. Overcoming his own personal struggles motivated Joel to help other singers free their voice and achieve their own goals. Certified in mid 2010, Joel looks forward to teaching and watching his students grow, while continuing to be an actively performing singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist.
Lora Hodges
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Lora Hodges

Farmington, New Mexico
Lora was born in Florida into a musical family and began singing at a very young age. As a child she learned piano, guitar and was exposed to classical and choral music. Even after a lifetime of singing, she knew something was still missing. Then she found Brett and the keys that unlocked her voice.

Since 2008, Lora has served as Music Director for “Women United In Christ”, a regional women’s ministry based in SW Colorado, an outreach to the Four Corners area (UT,CO, NM, AZ). She and her husband write and perform their original music and have opened for numerous artists, including Mercy Me, The Afters, Tracey Lawrence, Rodney Atkins, Rick Trevino, and JoDee Messina. Lora teaches Brett’s method in her Farmington, NM voice studio where she and her husband own a music store and sound production company.
James Gardner
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James Gardner

Fort Worth, TX
James Gardner is a performing artist, music teacher, and worship leader who recently moved to Poteau, Oklahoma from Nashville, TN.  While in Nashville, he worked in the music business for 6 years as a record producer, vocal coach, worship leader, songwriter, and pianist/vocalist.  James holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music from Wheaton College and the University of Miami.  As a recording engineer, he is Pro Tools HD Certified.  As a vocal coach, he is Brett Manning certified.  In 2008, he taught on Music Row as a Brett Manning Associate. A diverse musician, he has taught traditional and modern music to children and adults of all ages.  Currently residing in Poteau, OK, James teaches piano and voice, leads worship for youth, and plays piano for the local Cavanal Chorale.
Bostjan Korosec
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Bostjan Korosec

Slovenia

Boštjan Korošec, born in Celje - Slovenia, got his basic vocal training at Velenje music school, where he graduated with honors, continuing his studies at the Faculty of Education in Maribor and Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He got his BA in June 2006 in the class of associate professor Irena Baar under mentorship of assistant professor Vlatka Oršanić.

In 2008 he won third prize at the International singing competition in Moscow and debuted the same year as Count Urh in the opera The Noblemen of Teharje.



He later further improved his knowledge at Academie Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts London, with acclaimed vocal coaches Dragica Kovačič, Barbara Jernejčič Furst, Valentin Enchev, Vlatka Oršanić. Elizabeth Vidal, André Cognet, Brett Manning, Melissa Cross, as well as various seminars at home and abroad. He is making regular concert appearances at home and abroad with various vocal ensembles.



Orchestra of The Academy of Music Ljubljana, Symphonic Orchestea of Slovene National Theater Maribor, Orchestra of the House of Culture Celje are only a few orchestras he has worked with.

Mikael Popovic
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Mikael Popovic

Ostergotland, Sweden
Mikael started off as a bass player, but unfortunately he got tendonitis while attending a music school in California. Mikael then decided to take vocal lessons while his hand healed. One day he saw a few Brett Manning clips on the web and decided to get the Singing Success Program. This technique filled in the blanks for him at a more rapid tempo than he ever thought possible. He has been teaching voice in Sweden for several years and is exited to share this technique with his students. Putting the bass on the shelf and zoning in on the fantastic instrument, that is the voice, wasn’t unfortunate after all; it was a blessing in disguise.
Charmaine Brown
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Charmaine Brown

Kitchener, Ontario
Charmaine Brown studied under numerous vocal coaches before experiencing dramatic results in her own voice through both Brett Manning’s Singing Success program and from studying with Brett himself.

Along with her many years of performing and teaching experience, Charmaine has recorded two albums of original songs that have both received national distribution and radio airplay. In 2008, she was signed to Avante Records, toured over 100 dates in Canada and the United States with her music, and was a Canadian GMA nominee for “Female Vocalist of the Year”. Charmaine is passionate about inspiring other singers and systematically helping them achieve their own goals. Although she loves performing, her true passion is in coaching others. She is currently Canada’s only certified Brett Manning Associate.
Ken Taylor
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Ken Taylor

Orlando, Florida
Ken Taylor discovered his passion for singing in 2005, and has devoted his life to helping singers grow their talents ever since. Ken experienced some success early on as a singer, both performing professionally and earning a degree in vocal performance, but his journey wasn’t always an easy one. He constantly struggled to create the range and vocal freedom he desired. That is, until he met Brett. After working with Brett for only a few months, Ken’s voice was transformed from an effortful 2 octave range to being able to easily connect 5 octave scales. Today, Ken coaches singers of all levels out of Orlando, FL, sharing what he’s learned and helping his clients unlock their full potential.
Brandon Hahs
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Brandon Hahs

St. Louis, Missouri
As a full time Ministry of Music and a Professional Voice-Over artist located in St. Louis, MO, Brandon has been using his voice and singing for as long as he can remember. And for 37 years, his voice did exactly what he needed it to do when he needed it to do it! But that all changed when a bout of Bronchitis and Laryngitis, and a diagnosis of Silent Acid Reflux took his voice completely. After several months of studying with local Vocal Therapists and Coaches nothing was helping. Enter Brett Manning! After just two lessons with Brett things began to change, and the rest is history. Brandon thought he had control of his voice before he met Brett, but now - WOW!

Brandon’s main goal for his students is for them experience the same freedom, range, control, style and passion that he has during his time of study with Brett Manning and his Master Associates. He wants you to be able to accomplish the things you want to accomplish with your voice and truly believes that the only thing standing in your way is YOU! You will quickly be able to do things you never imagined possible as learn to use your voice the way it was meant to be used and build a relationship with Brandon as your coach! AND PROFESSIONAL SPEAKERS – this same technique can set you free as well!
Annelise LeCheminant
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Annelise LeCheminant

Bay Area/San Francisco, California
Annelise has been writing, recording, and touring as an independent artist for 14 years. Her early vocal instruction left her unable to talk after her lessons, eventually causing partial cord paralysis. She was later introduced to Brett Manning who changed her life. He was the only coach, out of 6 or 7, who could hear the problem and fix it. Six months later, Annelise moved to Nashville to work with Brett intensively. Now, having used his method since 1999 she has power, control, confidence and artistry she never knew she could have. With many vocal obstacles to overcome, she has acquired the tools, as a coach, to strengthen weak or damaged voices. She has more than just vocal technique to offer her students. She has done everything from writing a song to producing a show, giving her real life experience to pass on to her students. She chose to become a Brett Manning Associate because of her love of teaching and everything Brett has done for her. She believes in paying it forward. Where much is given much is required.
Konstantin Zander
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Konstantin Zander

Vienna and Berlin, Germany
Born and raised in Berlin, Konstantin was surrounded by music since his childhood. When he was six, he became a member of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin and started studying Piano and wooden flute with Etta Hilsberg. At age ten the flute turned into a tenor saxophone, and he joined the United Big Band Berlin as a soloist. Right after his 16th birthday, Konstantin moved to Canada where he had his first two stage engagements as "Arab" in West Side Story and "the baker" in Into the Woods. After two years, he returned to Germany and prepared for university auditions. In 2012, he graduated from the Conservatory in Vienna where he played in pieces like The Three Penny Opera (Sägerobert), The Wild Party (Eddie), Urinetown (Schmier, Alter Stark, Willi Wetzstein) and Frau Luna (Lämmermeier). He sang as a soloist and duet-partner with the famous Maya Hakvoort on her Solo conert tour Maya's Musical Life and most recently played "Theodorus" and in the ensemble in Germany's biggest Summer-Musical "Pope Joan". He is now the only German speaking Brett Manning Associate.
Iaian Thompson
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Iaian Thompson

Virginia Beach, Virginia
From the time Iaian was a child, he has cultivated a heart for music as a multi-instrumentalist and singer.  Growing up, he spent time performing in Bluegrass, Country, Christian Rock, and Worship groups in his community.  He has also developed a passion for people all over the world and has reached out to their hearts through music as a touring artist for US and Coalition Soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and Kuwait for a total of 27 months.  Iaian has been a student of Brett Manning Studios since 2008 and feels that it is a privilege and a blessing to have had the best vocal training in the world. He is thrilled to bring the same anointing in his coaching to every student he teaches.  Iaian is currently the Vocal Instructor at the US Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Jean-Luc Berkovits
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Jean-Luc Berkovits

Geneva, Switzerland

After trying out many different music schools and methods in Switzerland, Jean-Luc was about to give up singing altogether. Fortunately, he found Brett Manning Studios on Skype and has been training with all the certified coaches since October 2010. Seeing immediate and amazing results in his voice, he decided to fly to Nashville to be part of the team of international associates and share the method back home.

"With a solid music theory background and sound engineering skills, Jean-Luc is the first French-speaking Brett Manning Associate, and is ready to help singers turn their projects into a professional career."

Melody Taylor
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Melody Taylor

Jacksonville, Florida
Melody's background contains vast experience in musical theatre and classical singing in the professional and collegiate realms. Having done tours as well as various community venues, she quickly desired to further her studies in voice to help her professionally, and to be able to coach and mentor future artists. That is when she came across Brett Manning's method, where she saw the tools necessary to take her teaching to a new level and broaden her artistic scope. Through Singing Success, Mastering Mix, and the coaching of Brett and his Associates, Melody's voice has found more freedom and power than she ever dreamed possible. She is honored to be an Associate of this method and to have the ability and privilege to help others develop their own instrument to be the absolute best it can be.

 

 

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