This week, we have an amazing conversation with vocalist, voice teacher, choral instructor, and educator, Danielle Marie Steele. Danielle is currently completing her doctorate at Columbia University with a focus on queer and trans inclusivity in the vocal and choral space. She is additionally the founder and organizer of the Transgender Singing Voice Conference. She has been working with trans and gender diverse singers since 2013 and is a faculty member at the Voice Lab in Chicago. We talk about the changing dynamics of choirs, how gender can be separate from voice type, the intersection of singing and speaking voice training, how choir directors can be more inclusive in their programming, arrangement, dress code, and how to give more voice teachers the tools to help all of their students.
For more on Danielle and her work, visit her website at https://daniellemariesteele.com/
The Voice Lab in Chicago: https://www.thevoicelabinc.com/
The Young Professionals Choral Collective In Cincinnati: https://www.ypccsing.org/sing
The Transgender Singing Voice Conference: https://earlham.edu/about/transgender-singing-voice-conference/