Maestro David P. Kyle
Maestro David P. Kyle, Legendary Contemporary Voice Coach
Vocal teacher for rock, metal and jazz singers for over 50 years. The “Maestro” became a local Seattle icon and was considered by the industry to be one of the best vocal instructors for contemporary singers in the country. Unique to the “Maestro’s” approach was his method for expanding vocal range into multiple “registers”, while eliminating psychological barriers that hinder singers’ freedom of expression, by use of creative visualization techniques. The use of amplification and embracing technology was also an important part of the “Kyle” experience. The TVS Method with is today presented in Robert Lunte’s “The Four Pillars of Singing” book and course, offers several concepts and vocalize from Maestro Kyle’s teachings, in addition to the original concepts developed by Lunte.
Today at The Vocalist Studio, vocalists continue to work with eleven essential Maestro Kyle workouts designed for bridging and head voice development, in addition to new vocalizes developed and researched by Robert Lunte to round out the repertoire of TVS vocalizes and techniques. The innovation of training with amplification continues has also been a cornerstone of TVS training, also inspired by the late Maestro Kyle. The TVS Method.
Professor Dr. David Alt
Dr. David Alt, Professor (Voice)Chair, Department of Vocal Performance, and Program Director for Musical Theatre
Received a D.M.A. degree from the University of Iowa and a Certificate from the Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva, Switzerland. Alt studied opera with Wesley Balk, Minnesota Opera Institute, and voice with the French baritone Gerard Souzay and soprano Maralin Niska. Nominated for the Carbonell Award for Best Actor for his work in Brecht on Brecht, Alt has been heard in reviews of the music of Bernstein, Coward, Gershwin, Berlin, Sondheim, and Weill. He also has performed with the New World Symphony, the Deerfield Beach Symphony, the Miami Bach Society, the Chamber Singers of Iowa City Bach Festival, the St. Louis Municipal Opera, the Quad City (Illinois) Symphony, the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Carmel (California) Bach Festival, and New Theatre in Coral Gables. Alt’s articles have appeared in journals of the Music Educator’s National Conference, American Choral Directors, and National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Robert Lunte studied classical technique with Dr. Alt from 1988-1992 at the University of Miami where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Voice and Music Industry/Business. As a result of Robert Lunte’s work with Dr. Alt, he was exposed to a large repertoire of classical aria and art songs for Baritone voice. Robert’s work with Dr. Alt helped develop classical theory and baritone formant, melodic analysis, music theory, articulation and text interpretation.
Peter Egan, Voice Coach
Peter Egan, Renown Estillian & Voice Coach
Robert trained under the tutelage of Peter Egan, one of the world’s leading experts on Estill Voice training. The Estill Voice Model with compulsory figures for Voice is an approach to voice training and speech pathologists. Figures for voice control include mastering 13 structures along the vocal tract and laryngeal mechanism.
The Estill system focuses on the study of, and the ability to, produce six vocal qualities; speech, Sob, Falsetto, Twang, Opera, and Belt. Training with Estill focuses on both craft and artistry. Craft is learning how to control the various structural components of the voice. Artistry is the application of the craft to the art and this has become an important value that underlines the consciousness of each TVS vocal athlete. The TVS Method offers a set of 8 “Physical Modes” that are inspired by the EVTS “figures” or vocal modes. Robert Lunte has added two additional physical modes to the EVTS 6, quack and distortion modes. The TVS physical modes are; speech, sob, opera, falsetto, twang, belt, quack and distortion.
Steven Fraser, Voice Expert
Steven Fraser, Phonetics and Vocal Formant Expert
Robert studies with Steven Fraser, noted expert on vowel modification, phonetics, and formants for singing. Mr. Fraser is a recognized expert in the analysis of spectrograph analysis of singing. Mr. Fraser has a Bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education from Millikin University and a Master’s in Choral Conducting from Washington University in St. Louis.
A spectrogram is a time-varying spectral representation (forming an image) that shows how the spectral density of a signal varies with time. In the field of Time-Frequency Signal Processing, it is one of the most popular quadratic Time-Frequency Distribution that represents a signal in a joint time-frequency domain and that has the property of being positive. Also known as spectral voiceprints or voicegrams, spectrograms are used to identify phonetic sounds, to analyze the harmonics and formants of singers to help a singer tune dominate harmonics to create the desired effect in singing. Spectrograms are useful in assisting in overcoming speech defects and in speech training for the portion of the population that is profoundly deaf.
With the help of Mr. Fraser’s instruction on the acoustics of singing, the TVS Method has been able to present a new way of associating visual colors with 10 fundamental singing vowels or formants. This innovation enables students and teachers to be able to “see” singing formants in the context of training, modification, and tuning of the formants. The end result is a much greater understanding and grasp of the abstract and complexity of singing acoustics.