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Matthew Hoch


In Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer, Matthew Hoch and Linda Lister create order out of the chaotic world of singing. Both professors of singing and active professional singers themselves, their combined professional experience includes extensive work in the genres of opera, oratorio, chamber music, professional choral singing, and musical theatre, as well as teaching voice-related subjects such as lyric diction, vocal literature, stage direction, and bodywork.

Hoch and Lister examine all aspects of singing, including nontechnical matters, such as auditioning, performance anxiety, score preparation, practice performance tips, business etiquette, and many other important topics for the advanced singer. Voice Secrets provides singers with a quick and efficient path to significant improvement, both technically and musically. It is the perfect resource for advanced students of singing, professional performers, music educators, and avid amateur musicians.

The Music Secrets for the Advanced Musician series is designed for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, and other instructors and professionals seeking a quick set of pointers to improve their work as performers and producers of music. Easy to use and intended for the advanced musician, contributions to Music Secrets fill a niche for those who have moved beyond what beginners and intermediate practitioners need.

Book Reviews

Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer
Rowman & Littlefield, 2016

Voice Secrets is a well-written and straightforward book that will provide worthwhile information to singers hoping to continue to advance their understanding and production of the craft… Hoch and Lister discuss multiple aspects of what it means to be a successful singer.

                Pan Pipes – Sigma Alpha Iota

[Voice Secrets] attempts to unravel the mysteries of singing by delineating its essential elements…The volume contains tried and true advice that is consistent with best practices… The authors prove successful in organizing myriad aspects of the vocal art into short essays… Hoch and Lister have provided a well organized and well researched summary of the essential elements of singing.

                The Journal of Singing

Relevant, well written, and approachable… Hoch and Lister show themselves to be experienced and current in their writing. I would recommend this book for any teacher’s library and will recommend my voice students purchase their own copy. Recommended.

                The Opera Journal

Authors Matthew Hoch and Linda Lister generously share useful information and practical perspectives while providing an extensive list of resources... [They] do a wonderful job of providing the most important bits of information on a comprehensive list of subjects. There is much here for the advanced singer to ponder, with new ideas alongside fresh approaches to previously learned material. The addition of the detailed bibliography simply ensures that Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer will be frequently revisited.

                Classical Singer

Voice Secrets is an excellent practical reference for singers and voice teachers… Well organized and easy to use, the book is a quick look at a myriad of vocal topics… The breadth of information in Voice Secrets demonstrates the authors’ vocal expertise and knowledge of today’s music industry… The writing style is engaging, accessible, and non-academic, even when addressing highly technical topics. The book is full of golden nuggets of singing wisdom, some lighthearted and others pulling no punches…. With a detailed index and extensive bibliography, Voice Secrets is a valuable reference that belongs on every singer’s bookshelf.

               The Triangle of Mu Phi Epsilon

I recommend Voice Secrets to anyone who quickly wants to get immersed in the issues of the language, the science, the execution, and the business of becoming a singer. To me the most valuable feature of the book is the exhaustive bibliography of reference books. In an age where books are valued secondary to research articles, it is nice to have access to the wisdom and opinions of those who work in the trenches. Voice secrets, when unveiled, become 100 performance strategies for the advanced singer, an excellent pedagogical resource.

Ingo Titze, PhD
Distinguished Professor, University of Iowa
Executive Director, National Center for Voice and Speech
President, Pan-American Vocology Association

Matthew Hoch and Linda Lister have written a practical, well-organized compendium of good practices in singing, bringing fact-based pedagogical ideas and advice to singers of all genres.  Its user-friendly format and clear, succinct style offer insight into a wide spectrum of the vocal art, including, technique, musicianship, vocal health, singing styles, performing tips, etc. The 100 “secrets” are a clever introduction to 100 aspects of the singing art that will be an asset to all singers and singing teachers. 

Lindsey Christiansen
Professor of Voice, Westminster Choir College

Voice Secrets cleverly and succinctly covers a wide diversity of topics about being a successful singer. The scope of this book is rich with up-to-date information singers need to know at the core of their art form along with peripheral, practical advice. Topics range from repertoire, languages, genres, vocal skill, decorum, practice skills, finances, networking, different ways of having a singing and/or teaching career, auditioning, to working with the various professionals. The excellent list of resources at the end encourages the reader toward further pursuit of knowledge and a variety of perspectives.  

Karen Brunssen
Associate Professor of Voice, Northwestern University
President Elect, National Association of Teachers of Singing

The voice world is filled with challenges and obstacles for which a singer must prepare herself/himself. Voice Secrets provides the reader with a guide to navigating these challenges. This highly enjoyable read addresses myriad voice topics and provides concrete approaches to dealing with everything from performance anxiety and vocal health, to exploring different singing styles and tackling some of the business aspects of a career.

Brian Gill, DMA
Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy, Indiana University


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