Chuck is filled with character and integrity and has endless commitment and dedication. He is a master and a magician with his artistry of music. Music is a part of who he is, and thus, it continues to grow and expand into the realms of exceptional.”
Heather Rose Fenton – Model, Actress, Singer, Dancer
“As a person who has made her living from singing and music for almost 50 years, I’ve studied with the best, and I’ve even studied with some of the teachers who led Chuck Stewart forward on his path, and I unequivocally state that he is the best singing coach in America.”
-Karen Nelson Bell, Professional Singer. Professional Pianist, Professional Show Producer
“I have learned more in the past month with Chuck about how the voice works than in the last 18 years! I am hitting high notes in a range I never dreamed possible and have already begun to experience an increase of strength and smoothness to my entire range.”
-Delisa Dean, Professional Singer and Graduate of the Julliard School of Music
Thank you Chuck for a wonderful two years. I do not believe I would be accepted or attending Berklee College of Music in Boston if it were not for your support and service.” – Dan Palmeri.
I have studied with Mr. Stewart for six weeks and have learned more in that time about tone production and technique than in any vocal class I took in the past. My voice is stronger than it has ever been.”
R.M.F. Chorus Teacher, Winter Park, Florida
Thank you for your help before I left for New York.
Kimmie Louwsma, NYC former Rockette, a singer/dancer in “The Producers” (a Broadway play)
We are very thankful for the instructions they had in the past year. They do their vocal exercises and are getting stronger every day. They would not be getting parts in auditions, if not for your singing lessons.”
Emily Tobin., Singer and mother of 2 daughters
Chuck is awesome to work with. He was very professional and frank in evaluating my singing. He is very positive and is quick to praise when you are doing well. He is also great in explaining the things that you need to work on. He is very encouraging when training and explains anything you might not understand thoroughly. I highly recommend Chuck as a vocal coach.”
Jezabelle Kenealy, an amateur, who sounds professional
Chuck Stewart is the best vocal coach I have ever had. He truly knows his craft and is great at teaching you techniques to bring out the best in your vocal abilities. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in improving their singing, wants to become a singer or just wants to sing for fun.”
Sarim Aponte, Professional Jazz Singer and Musician
“I have been working with Mr. Stewart for about 3 years. I’ll never forget my very first lesson, I was so nervous, for many different reasons, but without even trying he made the atmosphere welcoming, nonjudgmental, noncritical, and enjoyable. He is extremely patient, has never been rude, harsh, or critical, ever within the past three years. He is very professional, very intellectual (on many things, not strictly musically or vocally), very positive, very thorough, very loyal, and very helpful. He is able to coach at a professional level while still always reminding me to keep it fun, and to enjoy the process. He neither sugar coats nor over exaggerates, and has always had my best interest in mind. The past three years under his coaching have been extremely beneficial and I have (and still am) learning so much. It’s been a great three years, and I look forward to the years to come!! In short…I HIGHLY RECOMMEND VOICE LESSONS WITH MR. STEWART, HE IS AWESOME!!”
Chuck has been my vocal coach for about a year. His ability to address what needs to be improved while showing me what I do well is exceptional. He has been very encouraging and his skills of explaining the details of singing and general musicianship are superior. He is not only an excellent teacher but also a superb musician. Lastly, Chuck Stewart has shown me to be a phenomenal human being because he is one. I strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a singer, musician or teacher.”
M.B., Professional singer and musician extraordinaire
LESSONS VIA SKYPE:
I’m very happy with my lessons with Chuck, he combines an extraordinary ear with a gift for teaching. I’m now singing with better pitch and tone and I’m adding songs to my repertoire that I never dreamt would be within reach. The difference between Chuck and other teachers is that he can diagnose singing issues with remarkable accuracy, provide the appropriate technique and in doing so has helped me personally with register breaks, range expansion, tone and style. I am very appreciative of our lessons together and I would recommend him to anyone currently unhappy with some aspect of their singing.”
Don, who lives in Australia
A professional singer friend of mine noticed that I was unsuccessfully trying to sing without pain in my throat and she recommended that I work with her friend Chuck. She set it up for us to meet in Skype session.
Chuck asked me what was going on. 18 years ago I lost my voice completely after speaking for 2 days to a steady stream of prospects at an art festival. I couldn’t even whisper for the following 2 days and I couldn’t call anyone for another 2 days. Then 13 years ago I was in a choir, singing soprano for 2 years but had to numb my throat by sucking on ginger to keep it from hurting.
Then 7 years ago I needed to do a bit of public speaking but couldn’t speak loudly enough and developed pain quickly so I went to an Ear Nose & Throat doctor who examined and told me I had “Muscle Tension Dysphonia” (dys < Gk bad + phone < Gk voice, sound ) which is “a voice disorder characterized by strained, effortful phonation (utterance) using a type of vocalizing or speaking in which the muscles in the neck are tense.
He gave me a prescription to get Speech Therapy at the local hospital, which I did for 9 months. There I learned exercises to project sound from the front of my mouth (which was explained to me is normal) instead of from my throat (which was explained as putting a strain on it that it was not intended for). By doing that I was able to do some public speaking on a limited basis. Then when I wanted to join a choir 2 years ago I found couldn’t sing in my natural Soprano range so I switched to Alto which was easier on the throat and even then I had to do what I could to protect my throat by not singing strongly and by spacing out the days when I sang. Also, for years and years I have not been able to yell to a person a distance away and my dogs only know my call of “whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa”.
Chuck explained to me that the voice box in the throat is the source point of sound, no matter what else you might try to do as far as projecting your voice. He told me:
If you are feeling pain that means that you are getting some friction and that the lubrication of your vocal cords, or vocal folds, as the doctors are calling them these days, isn’t sufficient to keep you from having pain. It sounds also like what I call hyper-adduction: the vocal cords or folds are coming together too hard when they vibrate.
He said that we can’t just tell these cords to relax, we have to change the way that we use them and also do some exercises to train them not to come together so hard.
He told me the way to change the way I use them and gave me 2 exercises to do and I’ve been doing these for a few weeks now. During this time I have noticed that I can sing for longer periods without pain and I am gradually singing more and more strongly.
Then 2 days ago I gave an audition to get into a showcase choir and shocked my socks off with the strength of my voice! I found myself belting out lyrics—something I haven’t been able to do since
I was a kid—and I didn’t go home with a sore throat! And—I passed the audition—I could not have done that 2 months ago!
Thank you so much, Chuck—from the bottom of my heart!!! You have performed a miracle for me. I know that what you did is backed up by science—but who knew it? Not anyone that I have run into. My hat is definitely off to you, and I want more!”
Another former student in a Broadway play!
Hey Chuck I’m good! I just wanted to take the time to send an email and thank you! I moved to NY as you might remember and since then I’ve worked a lot regionally and I did a national tour of the Producers. I just need to do one more show and I can get my equity card! So I just wanted to thank you for all your support and let you know how things have been going! Hope you had a good holiday season!
All the best,