Florence Riggs

Florence Riggs teaches a vocal technique which is predicated on singing as an extension of your speaking level: speech level connected singing. It’s applicable to all styles of singing and helps to remove the mystique about the middle voice mix and navigating through the passaggios/bridges of registration.

Florence has a B.A. in Voice from Caldwell College, N.J., and a Master’s Degree in Voice and Opera from the Manhattan School of Music, NYC. Vocal technique teacher for 40 years. Vocal Toning workshops for 20 years. Performer for over 45 years. Co-founder of five music improvisation groups…”Song Waves 1,” “Song Waves 2,” “Voce Arcana,” “Musement,” and “Gaia Mama.” As a member of the Independent Composers Association helped to pioneer the concept of a non-jazz, free-form, improvisational, spontaneous mode of vocal music called “Toning.” She has taught many singers and non-singers to consciously hear and sing overtones as a mode of chanting.

A partial list of artists who have studied with her include: Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen, Syreeta Wright, Carnie and Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips ), Katey Sagal (Married With Children, Eight Simple Rules), Barry Bostwick (Spin City), Dixie Carter (Designing Women, Family Law), Sam Harris (Star Search), Paulo Costanzo (Joey), Keith David, Jim Sloyan, Peter Reckell (Days of Our Lives), Dale Kristien (Phantom of the Opera), Wally Kurth (General Hospital), McKenzie Westmore (Passions), Talia Sodi, Martin Short, Michael McKean (Spinal Tap), Jeff Goldblum, Helen Slater, Triniti, Michael Pinder (Moody Blues), The Rooney Band (Robert Carmine, Ned Brower, Taylor Locke, Louis Stephens), John Saxon, Peter Mark Richman, Millicent Martin, Alan Rich, Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blues), Yumi Matsutoya, Cindy Yamamoto, Miho Nakayama, The Rock ‘n Roll Soldiers….. Also including singer/songwriters Penny Nichols, Severin Browne, Kristina Olsen, Linda Schack, Tena Moyer….

Voice studio is located in Sherman Oaks. CA. – 818- 990- 1221