Historic Teachings from a Revolutionary Perspective

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 deep study of the legendary teachings of Manuel García, Pauline Viardot-García, and Francesco Lamperti—a historic lineage comprising both the scientific and empirical schools of singing that is illuminated through the revolutionary perspective of Alfred Tomatis—the Einstein of the Ear, who explored the relationship between the ear, body, mind and voice.



About daniel 

DANIEL JAMES SHIGO is a vocal pedagogue, singer, scholar, and the author of Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel García. His students are Classical, Musical Theatre, Choral, Cabaret, Pop, Rock, Jazz and Gospel Artists.  


Daniel James Shigo is an extremely knowledgable, engaging, and kind voice teacher.

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Daniel's extensive research and experience has enabled him to rediscover and impart the teachings of the old Italian school in an original manner. His approach is represented in the studio's logo by a Fibonacci spiral—or golden spiral—which represents the ear and its integration with the body, the Singer's Journey, and self-actualization.    

Daniel’s teaching is a wonderful marriage of science and art. Who could ask for anything more?
— Josephine Mongiardo, President of NYSTA

The Vocal Technique of Great Singers 

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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel García

Hermann Klein was an Englishman and student of legendary voice teacher Manuel García, and brought his master's method to America in 1901. While teaching in New York City, Klein wrote a remarkable 84-page singing manual for each voice type utilizing the new technology of the gramophone. In a well-documented introduction, the author recounts how Klein's manual was rediscovered after being lost for more than a century, discusses its importance for modern students and teachers of singing, and addresses the controversial subject of voice placement. 

Republishing Klein's historic manual brought to light a complete set of twenty rare contralto recordings. The vocalist was Klein's student Janet Spencer, who was accompanied by Klein on the piano. The availability of these historic recordings is quite unusual since no recordings are known to have survived other than three soprano discs at Yale University. We owe their existence to the generosity of John Wolfson, a record collector and patron of the arts in New York City. 

You can find the Janet Spencer recordings at Soundcloud and Youtube.

What is said in these pages takes the place of what should proceed from the mouth of the teacher.
— Hermann Klein


The introduction to this pedagogic treatise reads like a detective novel.
— The Journal of Singing
This is much more than just a piece of vocal archaeology. It takes the art of teaching back to foundational elements of voice training.
— Stephen F. Austin