Welcome If you are in a situation where you can't find a local voice teacher but you do have high speed
web access and you wish to improve your singing voice, you have come to the right place.


In my 40 years teaching in my New York City studio I trained hundreds of amateurs and professionals
from all areas of the vocal world. I have worked with people from 10 to 80. I have shown pop and
rock performers how to sing without damage and fatigue. I have helped individuals with week,
narrow ranged voices build strong versatile vocal instruments. I have shown the shy how to focus
and free themselves from self doubt. I have shown Broadway performers how to survive eight shows
a week.


Much of my work involved working with actors and dancers who had come to realize that they couldn't
survive in the theatre world without being able to sing.  Stephanie Pope came to me as a young dancer. 
Being an Alvin Alley student dancer, she understood hard work. She has since gone on to a fine Broadway
and film career. I worked with Elaine Cancilla  over her long Broadway career. Our work together
enabled Greta Martin to enjoy a nice career including 3 Broadway Shows.  Another hard working student,
Cynda Williams a wonderful legit soprano as well as pop singer, started a movie career playing the female
lead as a jazz singer in Spike Lee's first movie, "Mo Better Blues". I helped actor Daren Kelly develop
a powerful baritone voice which enabled him to land his first Broadway musical role in "Woman of the Year".
After hard work, Susan Mansur made her Broadway debut in "The Best Little Whore House in Texas".
Fleur Phillips, an extraordinarily hard worker, mastered a dozen different voices as understudy to the lead
in the short lived Broadway production of  "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice". Mirla Christi made a living
for years in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon. David Wasson has done the same with "Man of La Mancha.
Bill James tucked 4 Broadway show under his belt and then made a living for many years in the Broadway
revival and national companies of Camelot.
Marci Harriell played Maria in West Sid story as well as Mimi
in the Broadway production of "Rent".
Many others, like Fred Major, Melanie Lerner, Marcial Gonzales,
and Bill Wendt have had fine careers touring and/or performing in regional theaters.

I recently received this email:

"Hello Richard. I don't know if you remember me, but I certainly remember you. I 
studied voice with you thirty some years ago...was it on 80th street?  
I still warm up using your exercises and am known for it's uniqueness  
by my colleagues. I don't know if you know it, but I was nominated for  
a Tony some years back for my performance in Kiss Me Kate. I couldn't  
have had the career I've had without you and hope you are well and  
enjoying your life in Colorado. I think of you often and fondly.
Lee Wilkof "


I have also worked with  pop and rock singers, helping them to survive the vocal strain their
musical style requires. Michael Hill  was one who really seemed to understand what needed
to be done in order to maintain his vocal health and has gone on to record 5 great CDs and tour the world.
 
" Special thanks to Richard Hilty, Vox  Coach xtraordinaire,
for invaluable vocal science" Quote by Michael Hill from the CD jacket
"New York State of Blues"   Michael Hill's Blues Mob        


I have also worked with many individuals over the years who weren't interested in being professionals but who wanted to enjoy singing.  One example is Arthur Kirson  who came to me as close to tone deaf as any one could be.  Arthur was a high school teacher. He wanted a second life as a cabaret singer. Arthur worked and learned that his tone deaf problems were mostly mental.  A classic case of someone trying so hard he missed completely. Eventually Arthur developed a workable voice and actually lived his dream becoming  a well known New York City cabaret performer, and song writer.

How did these performers achieve their goals? They learned to understand their voice. Simply put, they learned how to put together the head voice, the chest voice, and breath support. Above all, these experienced professionals learned it takes time to build and develop a good, healthy singing voice.


How do we do this through the internet?

We will first set up a session, free of charge, to help you get a feel of what we will be doing. We then will discuss basics and build a program of vocal exercises which will be tailored to your specific needs. We develop these exercises during our online sessions, just as I used to do in my NYC studio. My job as teacher is to show you the way, your job is to put in daily practice.

You may wonder why I'm interested in teaching via the internet. The town I have retired to, Loveland, Colorado is rather small. That's why I love it here, up against the Rocky mountains, and only 25 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. My wife no longer wanted to put up with the comings and goings of a vocal studio. With that in mind, I began playing around with the idea of "one on one" lessons over the internet. There would be no traffic through the front door to bother her. I thought it would be interesting to find people who really had a desire to sing but weren't in situations where they could find an experienced vocal teacher. I have since worked with several individualson line, including a young opera singer in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, a gentleman in an out of the way town in the deep south who wanted to improve his own voice for his choral singing; a woman in Alaska who is working to lead her choir in a Greek Orthodox church and a gentleman from Isreal who is working to reclaim his voice. It's fun and I enjoy working with people who are truly interested in developing their vocal abilities.

With that in mind, why not give me a call at 970 667-7593 or email me at richardhilty@yahoo.com. I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.