In mid-February, celebrity vocal coach Lisa Popeil held a special workshop for Harker Conservatory students in music teacher Susan Nace’s classroom. Widely recognized as one of America’s top singing experts, Los Angeles-based Popeil has performed with artists including Frank Zappa and “Weird Al” Yankovic and has long been an in-demand vocal instructor among professional singers, actors, managers and record producers.
Nace noticed Popeil’s work two years ago while attending a San Francisco workshop and organized the Harker workshop as part of the Harker Conservatory’s certificate program. Popeil demonstrated breathing and singing techniques in a wide variety of vocal styles, including pop, rock, rhythm and blues, musical theater and opera. “Lisa is very good at teaching concepts clearly and efficiently as she has worked with all the major international voice researchers in their labs,” said Nace.