A Voice and Beyond
A Voice and Beyond
May 30, 2021
Episode #13 - Dr Elizabeth Benson: A Voice for Social Justice
Play • 1 hr 8 min

In this episode, Dr Elizabeth Benson offers us a rare insight into her professional career highlights as a singer who performed across multi genres from classical art song to musical theatre and pop/rock. She describes the training regime that helped her manage the vocal demands of each style, how she built vocal stamina and created the requisite style elements across the spectrum of sounds. Elizabeth discusses the training program at Auburn University and how this boutique program is designed to ensure that students are offered every opportunity for success by not only learning the practical skills required to be a triple threat in the industry, but also how they can build other necessary skills such as resilience. Elizabeth shares her core values, inspiration for her book, and her personal mission now is for social justice and reform in the voice community in areas such as gender equality, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. There is so much more in this episode and I am sure you are going to love it!

In this episode:

01:08 - Introducing Dr Elizabeth Benson

04:47 - Dealing with the pandemic

09:04 - Elizabeth’s early singing days

12:42 - Performing at Carnegie Hall

15:54 - Writing a cabaret 

20:32 - Transitioning to voice teaching

25:25 - Auburn University programs

32:54 - Covid’s impact on current students

37:33 - Dr Elizabeths new book

45:00 - The belting chapter

48:42 - Resources within the book

49:39 - What’s next for Dr Elizabeth

55:46 - Equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging

Contact Dr Elizabeth Benson

Visit Benson Music Studios - Offering Online Training for Music Theatre, Popular, and Contemporary Singers and Online 1:1 Voice Teacher Training.

Purchase Dr Elizabth Benson's Book

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Learn more about Dr Marisa Lee Naismith:

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