Style: Opera; Jazz; Folk; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Ph.D., CCC/SLP
Bio: Deirdre D. (“D.D.”) Michael has been a singer all her life, a singing teacher for over forty years, and a speech language pathologist since 1991. She has a B.A. in music from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and an M.A. in speech-language pathology and Ph.D. in communication disorders, specializing in voice science, both from the University of Minnesota. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota’s Medical School, and director of the department’s Lions Voice Clinic. There she treats patients with a wide range of voice disorders, specializing in caring for professional singers. She also runs the voice research and education programs. Following her passion for making voice science accessible to singers, she lectures extensively across Minnesota and the USA. Michael continues to maintain an active private studio of both voice and piano instruction, and performs frequently in a variety of venues. In the studio, she specializes in helping students rehabilitate their voices after some vocal injury or disorder, returning them to performing, healthier than ever. Michael serves NATS as a member of the Voice Science Advisory Committee, and moderator of the Vocapedia website, sponsored by NATS.
Voice Type: Soprano
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Jazz; Folk; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter