David Ley began exploring what became The Vibrant Voice Technique when a friend and client came to him experiencing intense vocal fatigue. A scope of her vocal folds at the otolaryngologist’s office showed no damage, but she was badly in need of a way to release the tension that was contributing to her voice loss. David knew vibration is something that is commonly used to break down muscle tension – "What vibrates and is small enough to place on the front of the neck?" A lightbulb moment and a subsequent purchase at a Canadian “love shop”. This grew into the Vibrant Voice Technique.
David Ley (Creator of The Vibrant Voice Technique)
David Ley holds an MFA in performance from York University with a diploma in Voice Teaching. He is a Professor in the Drama Department at the University of Alberta where he teaches Voice and Speech, Dialects, and Acting. David has extensive experience in private practice teaching vocal skills to a wide array of professional voice users from schoolteachers to politicians and has taught many voice workshops both across Canada and abroad.
David spent ten seasons as a Voice Coach at Canada’s Stratford Festival and continues to be a regular instructor in Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory. He has done numerous feature newspaper interviews commenting on dialects and vocal performance and has been featured in two CBC documentaries on Canadian speech. Media outlets around the world have covered his work on the Vibrant Voice Technique including: the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, The Guardian UK, the Huffington Post, Metro News International, and many others. David has 30 years of experience working as an actor in theatres across Canada and has acted in numerous film and television productions.
Elissa Weinzimmer (Founding Official Instructor)
Elissa Weinzimmer is a vocal health educator and the founder of Voice Body Connection. Her mission is to help performers and professional speakers share their authentic voices more fully and more often. She is also the creator of How Your Voice Works, the online course explaining the anatomy and mechanics of the human voice.
Elissa attended the University of Alberta to earn her MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy, where she encountered David Ley and his idea to use vibrators for the voice. In 2013 she began working with David to build Vibrant Voice Technique, serving as the Managing Director of the company for three years. Elissa is also a certified instructor of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and Hatha yoga, and in 2014 she was the recipient of the Clyde Vinson Memorial Award from the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). She is based in New York City, where she teaches at Anthony Meindl’s Actors Workshop, coaches individuals, and works regularly with theatre, film, media, and corporations. Elissa is also a director, a performer, an avid yogi, and a meditator.
Official Instructors of The Vibrant Voice Technique
These voice teachers have completed our instructor program Please scroll down to find a teacher in your geographic area. Each is available for sessions online or in person.
Eric Stewart, Northeast Ohio, West of Cleveland