Lessons in Portland, Oregon

Historic Entrance of Ascension Episcopal Parish


When: Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15, 2019

Where: Ascension Episcopal Parish, 1823 S.W. Spring St., Portland, OR

Dr. Julia Nielsen will be offering private lessons in Portland, OR from September 12-14, and in Vancouver, OR on September 15, 2019. 

During these sessions, the singer will receive a functional voice assessment–a thorough check-up of many of the component technical skills that are necessary for free, efficient, healthy phonation in the classical/operatic style, including:

Breath and Support

  • Posture and body alignment
  • Inhalation
  • Lower body support, including intercostal, abdominal, lower back, and chest muscles
  • Breath pressure (energy) vs. breath flow (release)

Vocal folds

  • Onset and offset (i.e., initiation and release of tone)
  • Vocal fold closure during phonation (balanced, pressed, breathy)
  • Registration (development and balance of “head” and “chest” mechanisms)
  • Range and dynamic control


  • Open throat (including palate posture)
  • Neck/jaw/tongue release
  • Laryngeal position and flexibility
  • Facial posture and embouchure (mouth opening)


  • Vowel and consonant clarity
  • Freedom and flexibility of tongue/jaw/palate during pronunciation
  • Legato singing in text

Singers will receive:

  • Specific, tailored exercises designed for areas of coordination that need building, improving, or adjusting
  • Self-monitoring tools to employ while using these exercises
  • The opportunity to ask questions freely, regarding any aspect of vocal coordination. The singer’s own curiosity and concerns will help to guide the process!

To request a session, please email Dr. Nielsen at julia@singerspace.com.