Voice & Singing Santa Barbara

Voice and Singing Lessons

Singing is not just singing

With a lifetime of dance coupled with performing repeatedly on national television and to live crowds of many thousands, Christine Holvick understands entertainment. Audiences hear songs with their eyes. Singing is visual. All singing is acting and the visual expression of a mood and story from head to toe - even if the singer is behind a piano, guitar, or harp. The body is the frame for the voice-painting. This is why so many successful singers don't necessarily have "great" voices if evaluated from the perspective of the classic "clear tone voice."

"Bel canto"

Professor Holvick brings out the pure true unencumbered voice within every student and then empowers that voice. From there, sometimes students choose to stylize their voice to fit a certain genre of music.


6 years old to 85 years old.

All Levels

Beginners to professionals. Professor Holvick firmly believes everyone can learn to sing well. She delights in unveiling the exquisite singing voices from those astonished students who considered themselves to be "non-singers."

Audition Preparation

Professor Holvick specializes in coaching students to win musical theater auditions and to prepare for competitions such as American Idol. Acting is always incorporated for the polished singing performance whether for the musical theater or the classical recital.

User-friendly Vocal Method

Are you tired of hearing conflicting and complex directions from singing teachers? Professor Holvick has honed a unique method of teaching singing that is simple and results in rapid improvement.

Components of Voice Study

Elements of study include posture alignment, anatomical vocal support structures, spacious breathing, clear unimpeded tone, vocal range expansion, the seamless transition between and the blending of ranges, broadened volume, spot-on pitch, audience-grateful immaculate diction, Queen's English, Cockney and Irish accents, facial expression, relaxation, microphone techniques, arm and hand gestures, dance embellishments, stage presence, costuming, stage makeup, transcending stage fright.

Practicing Voice and Song Accompaniments

Lessons are recorded to make it convenient for pupils to practice at home or to sing their favorite songs while they drive. Pupils' songs are accompanied by live piano, harp, or professionally recorded C.D.'s.

Vocal Repertoire

Although classical repertoire is available and accessible, most students gravitate to non-classical music in the realm of popular music or musical theater. However, often these students also delightfully engage in classical pieces as "etudes" (student study pieces) to warm up their voices during practice time. Song language options include: French, Spanish, Latin and Italian.