Mary Ann flyer

Thank you for your patience. I’m in the process of rebuilding this site to include the Breathing Coordination MDH work which has become so integral to my own singing as well as to my students and clients.
If you have questions about vocal technique or Breathing Coordination MDH, or if you’d like to make an appointment for a consultation or lesson, please feel free to contact me at 818-219-8226.
You may also find information about Breathing Coordination MDH at www.breathingcoordination.ch.
First introduced to Breathing Coordination in 2011 at a voice lesson in New York with my long-time voice teacher David Jones, I’ve began receiving training from Robin De Haas and Lynn Martin beginning in 2012, and as I wrap up roughly 350 hours of intensive training, I hope to become the first certified practitioner of their procedures in the United States. The demand for this technique has been staggering to me. What begins with introducing an existing voice student to Breathing Coordination inevitably leads to a chain of referrals of other singers, teachers, and a whole range of people with breathing challenges. These can be high-performance athletes or the very ill suffering with COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Of course the technique serves singers beautifully, and I’ve often heard the very words I used myself when I made this discovery: “This is the missing piece!”
Although many in the fields of singing, Pilates, athletics, respiratory therapy etc. have long been aware of the challenge of exhaling more fully without over-blowing or locking the ribs, I’m astounded by the level of precision that Lynn and Robin have brought to the techniques of the late Carl Stough.
Carl Stough was a renowned voice teacher and conductor who, when asked to try to help end-stage emphysema patients to breathe more easily, worked instinctively. Through one-on-one sessions with every imaginable kind of client, he developed Breathing Coordination over many decades of private without being able to explain exactly what he was doing and why he achieved such astounding results, including the 1968 U.S. Olympic track team which swept the gold medals in very smoggy, high-altitude Mexico City. But despite requests from the medical profession to train others to do what he was doing, Carl was unable to spread the techniques effectively. All that remained after Carl passed were a handful of enthusiastic clients who had taken sessions with Carl, only a few of whom attempted to duplicate his work.
It was Lynn Martin’s thirty years of sessions with Carl Stough combined with her accomplishments in Functional Anatomy and Ideokinesis that have brought about the medical understanding of Breathing Coordination. Everything is rooted firmly in functional anatomy. In my own studies with Lynn, we have focused intensely on every structure in the body, whether muscle, bone, or cartilage, which has any part of or influence on on the breathing cycle. Every rib, the roughly 100 articulations of the ribcage, intercostal muscles, the abdominal muscles, the spinal column and optimal alignment, the psoas, the crura of the diaphragm, etc.. The list is nearly endless, and the process is truly fascinating. Certainly I find it immensely rewarding to help singers to improve their breath control, but the other benefit for singers is much more important, and that’s vocal health.
Robin De Haas, a voice teacher in Switzerland who’s is renowned all over Europe for his work with repairing damaged voices, has been tremendously informative. I’ll write more in time as much is happening!
I’m so excited to see the developments in 2014 and 2015 as we begin to see an explosion of interest of Breathing Coordination according to the principles of Lynn Martin and Robin De Haas. I’m so grateful to David Jones for introducing me to these two extraordinary people.