Hello and Welcome to Laurie's Voice
My studio is dedicated to helping you develop and
nurture your talents, and help you reach your full potential as a
singer. Laurie's studio is exclusively a Speech Level Singing
Studio. The Speech Level Singing (SLS) Technique, developed by
Seth Riggs, has an unsurpassed track record of training some of the
best voices and artist in the music business. It is the
technique behind 120 Grammy Award Winners, 4 winners of the New York
Metropolitan Opera Awards, numerous Star Search winners, American
Idol finalists, countless Broadway stars, television personalities,
and recording artists.
I am proud to be a part of a worldwide community
of the best in the music business with SLS. The studio is
proud to participate in special events and programs, such as local
events bringing in the best SLS teachers from around the world. We go
to great lengths to make these opportunities available to our
students, and feel these events greatly help our students grow and
we strongly encourage our students to participate.
Getting the most out of your lessons....Weekly
study is the fastest way for best results. Your monthly
Tuition guarantees a permanent weekly spot in the
Practicing, practicing, practicing...Also, practicing is KEY to
training your voice. The more you practice, the sooner you'll
Attitude is everything.
Voices are different and some have to work harder than others.
The more you give, the better you become. So lets not be
afraid to work hard.
My training is from key people in the music industry!
Seth Riggs who is the key figure
in developing this method and has been the vocal coach for Michael
Jackson, Bernadette Peters, Natalie Cole, Julie Andrews, Josh Groban
and Kelly Clarkson and more.
Dean Kaelin trained and was the
accompanist for Seth Riggs for over 2 years, while working in Los
Angeles. Dean now lives in SLC and for over 20 years has coached
many who have become professional. He coached the group," She
Daisy". Carmen Rasmussen, (American Idol) 5th place 2005. David Archeleta
(American Idol) second place 2008 and (junior American Idol winner) and many others who have
signed record label contracts and those who have toured and sung on
About Me: I grew up singing and performing my whole
life. At the age of 13, I began singing lessons. I went
on to perform in many high school music groups, school plays and
musicals. I received a 4 year VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP to Utah State
University, where I studied Broadway singing and some classical and
opera. I studied both Voice and Theatre. While there I
performed and soloed in various musicals and choir productions.
I was a participant in the Miss Utah pageant in 1976 and again in
1977. I married Doug Vandegrift 1979. We started a band
in 1980, called "Starflite". We performed all over northern
Utah from 1980 until 1994. During that time we also were very
involved in local theater productions, as a family.
I began to study with Dean Kaelin in the Fall of 1997 and began
teaching SPEECH LEVEL SINGING in the Fall 1998 and I continue my
education with the many training sessions and seminars put on by the
Speech Level Singing Association. I am currently a certified teacher
of SPEECH LEVEL SINGING. In my lessons I also coach theatre audition
technique, theatrical character & performance technique.
MY Students success in school
and local theatre: I have seen rewarding vocal
success come to those I have taught. Many have been selected
to be in the Madrigal and Chamber choirs. They have received
leading roles in high school musicals and at Rogers Memorial,
Bountiful Performing Arts, Hale Theatre and other community
productions. Students have received full tuition Musical Theatre
Scholarships to both Colleges and Universities.
Many of my young students ages
8 through Junior High School
have had opportunities to play lead roles in
both their school plays and musicals and at Rogers Memorial
Theatre and Centerpoint Theatre. Listed below are mostly my adults and high school students.
I tell my students this!
"If you want the lead in a musical show,
together we can get you there, as long as you are willing to
practice hard and do as I tell you!"
STUDENTS SUCCESS INFORMATION
Rylie Halliday, age 14- Fairfield Junior High to play Adelaide in Guys and Dolls 2013
Elizabeth Olson, age 14- Farmingtom City to play Glinda in the Wizard of Oz 2013
David Barlow- Bountiful High School performed his senior year 2013 as Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chapperone. In his junior year, 2012 he played Muarice in Beauty and the Beast and in 2011 he played the King in Cinderella
Megan Lund, age 14- Bountiful Junior High performed as Baker's Wife in Into the Woods 2012
Annakeya Evans, age 14- Farmington City performed as Belle in Beauty and the Beast 2012
Frankie Ferreira, age 13- Centerpoint Theatre performed as an Islander in South Pacific 2012
Whitney Brimley- Woods Cross High School performed her Senior year 2012 as Frenchy in Grease.
CIERA PEKARCIK- MISS DAVIS COUNTY 2010-11 Her
talent was her singing voice! She took 2nd runner up to Miss Utah 2011-12
Wayne Eckman age 55- In November 2010 - selected to become a
member of the Tabernacle Choir.
Bethany Barlow -
Bountiful High School performed her
Senior year 2011as Fairy God Mother
Crazy For You. In her junior year 2010
she performed as Sylvia in
All Shook Up and
West Side Story. She is also in
Catlin Leger - Bountiful High School
performed her Senior year 2011 as
(Stepsister) in Cinderella
and as Irene in
Crazy For You. In her
Junior year 2010 she played
Graziella in West Side Story
and Shoe Shop girl in
All Shook Up. She also
performed in Rogers Memorial Theatre of Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat. She is also in
Chamber Choir. Kitty in Centerpoint All shook Up
Tiffany Erickson -Bountiful High School
performed her Junior year 2011 as
Fairy God Mother in
Crazy For You. In her Sophomore year 2010 she played
Betty in West Side Story
and in the ensemble of
All Shook Up.
Lauren Kasparian -Viewmont High
School performed her senior year 2010 in
Madrigals and in the ensemble for
Cody Butler- Bountiful High School
performed his senior year 2009 as
Riff in West Side Story
Amanda Ramsey -Viewmont High School performed her senior year
2009 as Aida
in Aida. In
her junior year 2008, she performed the roll of
Muzzy Van Hossmere
in Thoroughly Modern Mille
Jordan Williams- Bountiful High School performed her senior year
Seth Jerome -Woods Cross High School performed his senior year 2009 as
in Beauty and the
Beast. In his junior year 2008 he performed the role of both
Joseph and the
Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat.
In his Sophomore year 2007 he performed as
Zoser in the production of
Arianne Green - Viewmont High School performed her Senior year
2008 as Dorothy
in Thoroughly Modern
Millie and as Kim in Rogers Memorial Theater
production of Bye, Bye Birdie
- Viewmont High School performed her Senior year
2007 as Jane Eyre
- She also performed
in her ninth grade year 2003 as Winifred in Bountiful Junior
High, Once Upon a Mattress
McKenna Walker (age 10) performed as
Mary in Bountiful Performing
Arts production of Secret Garden in April of
Natalie Bigelow in summer of 2006 won the
City of Syracuse -
- Morgan High School performed in her
Senior year 2005 as Dolly in
Mary Cleverly -
Bountiful High School performed her senior year
2003 as Eponine in the musical
Aimee Pettegrew Geddes
- Davis High School
performed in her senior year 2002 as Anita in
West Side Story.
Angel Vandegrift - Bountiful High School performed her senior year
1999 as Marian the Librarian, in
The Music Man.
Students with professional music
and theatre experience:
Erik Ward (age 10) Auditioned
here in Salt Lake City and was chosen and performed the role of
Gavrosh with the
Les Miserable Touring Company in 2003, traveling all over
the world for a year.
Aimee Pettegrew Geddes Was awarded a full
tuition Musical Theatre Scholarship to Weber State University
. She was then selected to perform in a music/theatre troop
that entertained guest coming off of the Cruise ships, in Alaska.
She was a finalist in the Star of the West competition for
this year - here in Utah. In August
of 2008, She performed singing and acting
in a local Hertz car commercial.
Angel Vandegrift - received a full tuition
Musical Theatre Scholarship to Western Wyoming College. and a
Musical Theatre scholarship to Weber State University.
From 2004 until 2009, she worked fulltime
at Walt Disney World. She performed
in the roles of Ariel,
Snow White (in the Castle show), Mary Poppins and the role
of Drizella, Cinderella's wicked step sister. In her
last year of working there She was promoted to a
"Princess trainer". In July of 2007, she performed live at
Epcot in there summer variety show, where she solo performed When
You Wish Upon A Star. She sang the song of her life dream
and that was to perform and sing at Disney World. She opened
the show singing the song with tear filled eyes.
This is what my teaching is all about! Making dreams come
true through voice and song. I love to teach.
I Teach all ages from young children on up to Adults.