Historic Teachings from a Revolutionary Perspective

Classical & Musical Theater


The Vocal Technique of Great Singers

The Italian Bel Canto Song School Teachings of Manuel García, Pauline Viardot-García & Francesco Lamperti as illuminated by the revolutionary perspective of Alfred Tomatis—the Einstein of the Ear. 

Heavily-researched, scientific, tried and true method that will enable you to develop your voice to its full potential and become your own teacher. 

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

Voice lessons in New York City workshops ◦ Lectures masterclass ◦ SKYPE 

Shigo Voice Studio 

31 West 69th Street, Apt 1B

New York, NY 10023

(917) 526-1588

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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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Teaching Philosophy 

My 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.  

Its nuts and bolts are the teachings of three legendary vocal pedagogues: Manuel García, Pauline Viardot-García and Francesco Lamperti, which are illuminated by the revolutionary perspective of Alfred Tomatis—the Einstein of the Ear who explored the relationship between the ear, body, mind and voice.



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 technique and interpretation, 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.

Vocal Technique

Learning to sing means learning the think, listen and feel. This process involves a tailored practicum of exercises, which enable you to find your voice, use it with great freedom, ease and expression, and ultimately become your own teacher.

Lessons focus on vocal technique which is then applied to repertoire.



While it is my job to give you the tools necessary for singing, you will have to engage in daily practice to realize your goals. 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, the greatest freedom of expression being a result 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.