Alma studied at the New York College of Music majoring in Classical Music and Performance in Opera and also studied under the direction of Enrico Rosati who was a Voice Coach of the renowned tenors Mario Lanza and Beniamino Gigli. Alma received a scholarship from the Music Department at the New York City College of Music performing the lead role of ‘Fiordiligi’ in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Over the years, her musicianship encompassed a broad scope of German Lieder, French Chant, Italian Anthology, and Art Songs.
Over her performing career she performed many Chamber Music Concerts and Recitals throughout New Jersey and New York. Her accompanist was Armen Boyajian who accompanied Beverly Sills, Paul Pliska and Samuel Ramey and has been the Rehearsal Pianist at the Metropolitan Opera House for many years. Alma also studied under the direction of Gergard Pechner of the Metropolitan Opera House, Leo Taubman, world famous Vocal Coach and Sigfried Landau, Composer and Conductor.
After many years of performing Alma became a vocal coach. After many years of teaching Alma became interested in researching ways to improve the quality of the singing voice and studied with Dr. Raymond Smolover of New York City who is a well know Voice Teacher and Cantor. Dr. Smolover worked on identifying methods to improve the voice and Alma became actively involved in Dr. Smolover’s research projects that are the foundation of developing the Vocal Behavior Training VBT a promising intervention for performers whose voices had been negatively impacted by overuse and/or misuse of their voice in performance.
Over the years of observing and successfully tracking vocal improvement for the singing voice, Alma also worked with individuals who had voice disorders and developed specific exercises and defined the Vocal Therapy Solutions VTS methodology based on the quantitative VBT research findings. Alma and Dr. Smolover still collaborate and share the same passion in voice improving methods.
Theresa Vasile began studying voice with Alma in the early 1980’s and played a significant role in the VBT research findings. She was a performing singer in choirs and community theatre, held a Master of Teaching for special needs children. After the VBT Symposium, Theresa holds a B.A. from Douglass College, Rutgers University with a Major in English and Minor in Music, a Master of Science in Language Disorders – Speech Pathology, MAT, Master in Teaching Special Education K-12 from William Paterson University, and a Certificate of Clinical Competence ASHA and a Music Certificate in Music Therapy.
Theresa has twenty-years in Community Theatre in performances such as: Coffee Cantata, South Pacific, Down In The Valley, Oliver, HMS, Three Penny Opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Brigadoon, Sound of Music , Hello Dolly, The Christmas Caper and was also a member of two semi-professional choirs – Voorhees Chapel Acapello Choir and Ridgewood Concert Choir performing a number of classical spiritual works. In addition, Theresa has been working in education as an educator and a speech and language therapist for more than 25 years and periodically worked with individuals with voice disorders, as well as collaborating with Alma in the quest to identify ways to improve the voice.