The Vocal Technique of Great Singers

Welcome to the Shigo Voice Studio! 

The Shigo Voice Studio integrates the principles of the old Italian school of singing, scientific understanding of vocal function, and the healing power of music in a supportive environment.  

It is founded on direct knowledge and study of the legendary bel canto song-school teachings of Manuel García and Francesco Lamperti; teachings which have been illuminated through the revolutionary perspective of Alfred Tomatis—the Einstein of the Ear, who explored the relationship between the ear, body, mind and voice.

The Shigo Voice Studio offers you real-deal, practical vocal wisdom that will enable you to fulfill your potential, sing as you have never sung before, and become your own teacher. 

The thought of greatness is the beginning of greatness.
— Pauline Viardot-García

Historic Teachings from a Revolutionary Perspective

Classical & Musical Theatre

Lectures & Masterclasses




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Daniel is an extremely knowledgeable, engaging and kind teacher. I sought him out as I was looking to study the vocal practices that cultivated the greatest singers of the past and present. Our lessons never disappoint. I am singing better than ever and have a technique that is making a difference for my vocal students.
— Laura Kate Marshall
I became Daniel’s student after years of studying voice and performing regularly. As a shouting, bellowing preacher for twenty of my younger years, I hadn’t been kind to my voice! What I needed, since I became a musical theater and cabaret singer, was a keen diagnostician and a patient Bel Canto teacher to help me achieve a pure tone. Over the course of five months, my performance has been transformed. It’s the voice that I was looking for.
— Gary Lizardo
Daniel Shigo is not just interested in your growth as an artist: he is also interested in your growth as a person. He is the first teacher to show me that the two go hand in hand. He is the first teacher to break down singing into something tangible. My voice has completely transformed, and I am so grateful to call him my voice teacher.
— Asha Nelson-Williams
Daniel is a knowledgeable, sensitive and supportive teacher. The vocal philosophy he teaches is organic and rooted in the Italian School, which helps the student achieve a balance of warmth and clarity. I would recommend him highly to students at any level.
— Gregory Purnhagen, Philip Glass Ensemble
I have been studying with Daniel for a while now, and am finding it very beneficial. He’s a thoughtful and enthusiastic teacher. When I do what he tells me, it works!
— Jeff Macauley

About Daniel  

DANIEL JAMES SHIGO is a voice teacher, basso-cantante, scholar and author living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center.  

Daniel James Shigo is pure genius. Within a few months of lessons, I had techniques that would last a lifetime. Working as a musical theatre performer nationally and abroad for many years, I can honestly say I’m now singing on a different level. I’m honored to be able to study with this patient and caring teacher.
— Larry Stephen Hines
Daniel’s teaching is a wonderful marriage of science and art. Who could ask for anything more?
— Josephine Mongiardo, President of The NYSTA
Daniel James Shigo came and worked with our students at Pennsbury High School in a master-class setting. I found his teaching to be enlightening to our young singers, and offering great insight, depth and thought provoking ideas for them to build upon in their study of singing. I would welcome him back anytime!
— James D. Moyer Director of Choral Activities, Pennsbury High School, Fairless Hills, PA.
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There are two divine sensations in life, and one of them is singing!
— Margaret Harshaw


An introductory lesson is recommended, where you will receive a thorough consultation, feedback on your present level of skill, and an overview of how to proceed to the next level.

Many of my students are professional singers seeking advice on vocal technique, while others are enthusiastic amateurs with a passion to sing as a means of musical fulfillment and personal growth. Patient and encouraging, my aim is to guide you step-by-step toward realizing your vocal potential.

Singing is 75 percent technique.
— Manuel García I

Vocal Technique

Learning to sing means learning the think, listen and feel. The process begins with a tailored practicum of exercises that involve the formation of vocal tone, acquisition of pure vowels, and vocalization. In old school terms, this invokes the principles of breath control, open throat, and voice placement. The ultimate goal? With consistent, assiduous practice, the result is an absolute technique that functions at a high level of vocal artistry with great ease, precision, and fulfillment. 



While it is my job to give you the tools to sing, you will have to engage in daily practice to make it happen. I will show you in detail how to do this. At-home practice involves multiple ten-minute practice sessions.


Each musical style, be it bel canto or Broadway, uses the vocal instrument in a specific manner, which every singer can learn with time, skill and practice. Whatever the style, the essential goal is to connect your heart and mind to the music in order to persuasively express the emotions that compel you to sing it, real freedom of expression being a matter of disciplined study. 


Many young singers are at risk because of lack of technique. As the incomparable Tony Bennett stated: 

The young people look great on television. They're youthful and have a lot of energy, but when you see them live, they can only do about 20 minutes because they haven't got the training to hold an audience for an hour and a half. 

Singing is an athletic event that requires training. Talent is the starting gate. To go the distance, you need a working knowledge of your instrument and its abilities, as well as a strong technique.