Built to Sing Vocal Workshop

“I’ve created an exclusive workshop experience to share my singing inspiration! Spaces are limited and will fill up quickly, so enroll today for these guided studies of breathing and intense sound production.” ~Victoria Holland


Dr. Holland guides each singer through the precise principles, encouraging a personal path of development and understanding. Breathing in a natural way - the way in which we are built to breathe - forms the strong foundation necessary to craft a compelling performance. You will learn from observing others in additional to putting the work into motion in your choice of repertoire.


Fall 2018


For a one-time fee, students will receive over nine hours of intensive instruction in unique foundational singing concepts. Enrollment includes up to three group workshops with Dr. Holland, plus one private session. Each group workshop is approximately three hours in length, with a collaborative pianist. The half hour private session with Dr. Holland will be scheduled around the workshop sessions and can be used to address specific vocal needs.

Schedule and Locations


Saturday, October 27th, 10am-1pm
Saturday, October 27th, 2-5pm
Sunday, October 28th, 2-5pm
Saturday, November 17th, 10am-1pm
Saturday, November 17th, 2-5pm
Sunday, November 18th, 2-5pm


Sunday, November 11th, 2-5pm (The Annex neighborhood)
Monday, November 12th, 6-9pm (Yorkville neighborhood)
Tuesday, November 13th, 6-9pm (Yorkville neighborhood)



Q: Why Built to Sing?
A: The world of opera and solo singing is highly competitive. To craft a compelling performance, the singer’s technical foundation must be solid. Decision time when you’re on stage is infinitesimal. Build a foundation based on your body’s natural abilities to make and sustain intense sound, then you can craft compelling and spontaneous performances using your fabulous musicianship and interpretive skills.

Q: What is your teaching approach?
A: I am moved by beautiful singing. My search for understanding how to achieve it led me to soprano Delia Surratt, who is teaching me to sing at a level I only dreamed of. As I continue to evolve my singing and performing skills, I share my inspiration with others. The results are amazing! We are using our bodies as wind instruments, making naturally intense sound that is so beautiful and expressive and uniquely our own.

Q: I’m a professional singer. How can I benefit from this approach?
A: To be competitive in the professional singing world, the sound production must be beautiful, expressive, and freely projected throughout the vocal range. The audience doesn’t want to perceive any work or struggle in the vocal production, and the acting must be authentic. I continually see how this approach allows serious, competitive singers to reach their highest potential. Don’t let unnecessary tensions hold you back!

Q: Is this workshop for professional singers only?
A: No! Singers of all experience levels can benefit from the workshop sessions. The most important prerequisite is the desire to sing, the willingness to try a new approach, and the openness to learn from example.

Q: What should I bring to the workshops?
A: Bring sheet music for the songs/arias you would like to work on - three copies (one for yourself, Dr. Holland, and our collaborative pianist). You should also bring a recording device to record your work (nothing fancy - a smart phone will suffice).

Q: Can I learn the technique just by observation and then teach it to others?
A: No, not at all. Anyone can learn this approach to singing but it must be personally developed by the singing teacher before it can be authentically taught to others. Many hours of precise practice go into this approach to singing.

Q: Can I learn the technique quickly and master it after one workshop?
A: When first explained, it often makes a great deal of sense to the singer. The singer may be relieved to use the body as the wind instrument that truly it is! For a singer with a more established technique, this approach may be challenging at first. For both the developing singer and the professional performer, this approach to singing will be a slow evolution.