Laurel Massé is a highly-respected teacher of the art of song interpretation who teaches in settings as varied as The Esalen Institute, Singer’s Forum, and The Cabaret Conference at Yale. She draws on her 40-plus years of professional singing and a broad knowledge of many genres to coach each student to a more effective, eloquent, and elegant performance. “I am not interested in turning out carbon copies of Laurel Massé,” she says. “No two singers are alike: every one is living a unique life and has a unique perspective and set of gifts. My job is to help clear away the false mannerism or unclear stylistic choice that obscures that uniqueness.”
In her Master Classes she works with a maximum of ten students, giving each singer individual attention to fine-tune their performances, and assist them to develop an appreciation of their fellow artists. “There’s no reason whatsoever that we should be at each others’ throats,” she states. “We all need to support and be supported by our colleagues.”
Vocal ensembles and choral groups can benefit from the group singing skills honed by her years of performing and recording with the Manhattan Transfer, Moxie (with Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne), and Jalala (with Janis Siegel and Lauren Kinhan) and various studio ensembles. Laurel is available for individual and small group private coaching in the Northeast and in the New York City/ Tri-State area. To arrange coaching sessions, or to be part of (or to help organize) a Master Class, send an email through the Contact page of this website, or contact Park Road Management.