“In a business full of self-serving posturing, name dropping and ego, Heather Hightower
has created something completely different. When I first arrived at The Center for Vocal
Study I was in awe of the warm, inviting, and safe space she had created for her
students and teachers. It was a place of discovery, self-awareness, and exploration.
The students varied in vocal levels, experience and accomplishment, and yet, there was
absolutely no negativity among the singers, only honest communication, expression and
acceptance. They were given tools for success, space to exercise those tools, and a
judgement free environment to assess their successes.
The open conversations I was invited to conduct were completely free of agenda. No
one was trying to “look smart.” Attendees felt comfortable asking personal and sensitive
questions about their voices and their vocal development without fear of saying or
asking the wrong thing. Every person was treated with value, respect and space. It was
some of the most awakened and honest interactions I’ve ever had with a room full of
singers. Perhaps most importantly, I personally learned so much about what others
singers thought and felt about expressing their art, the things that were most important
for them to take away from a learning experience, and how I can better serve those who
come to me for guidance.
I cannot express enough how impressive The Center for Vocal Study is to me, and how
much its creator Heather is as well. Something this special can only be created by
someone equally as special. I encourage anyone interested in their vocal, and also their
personal development to seek out and experience Heather and the Center for Vocal
Study for themselves."
Dr. Jamison Lee Walker, Professor of Voice, James Madison Univeristy