Donald Gray Miller's


The Online Edition

The Official Workshop of VoceVista Video

JUNE 5-7, 2020

In Memory of

Donald Gray Miller


Sponsored by

The John J. Cali School of Music

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ 07043

Richard Lissemore, Director

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 About The Workshop




Presenters and Staff

Jeanne Goffi-Fynn

Soprano Jeanne Goffi-Fynn is active both as a performer and teacher in the New York City area. Dr. Goffi-Fynn received her doctorate from Columbia University, Teachers College where she was recently appointed as director of the Doctoral Cohort Program in the Program of Music and Music Education.  Her particular area of interest at Columbia is the applied music studio. Previously, she was on the faculty of New York University, William Paterson University, the New School Actor's Studio MFA Program, and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She credits the beginning of her teaching career to Dr. Barbara Doscher (author of The Functional Unity of the Singing Voice) with whom she studied voice and pedagogy in at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She continues working in the area of vocology, specifically in the area of retraining of singers, after completing an internship at the Grabscheid Voice Center, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City with Dr. Linda Carroll, Ph.D. and Dr. Peak Woo, M.D. She has also trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital with Dr. Anat Keidar, Ph.D. in the diagnosis and treatment of singing voice disorders. She has presented workshops and masterclasses with NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), The Voice Foundation, and the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA).


Dr. Goffi-Fynn also remains active as a performer in the New York City area.  She is most active as a recitalist, singing a variety of programs often with newly commissioned works. Operatic roles sung recently include Marie in Daughter of the Regiment (updated version) with Opera Nova, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann).  Concert and oratorio performances include the Cantata Singers (NYC), and Temple Emmanu-El (NYC) while performances in Europe include the Lugano Radio Orchestra (Switzerland) and the Rumanian Radio Orchestra in a tour of Northern Italy. She has also studied and performed at the Zurich Opera Studio and with the American Institute of Musical Studies (A.I.M.S.) in Graz, Austria.


Finally, Jeanne is also a board member of New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) and a co-director of their Professional Development Program, a course of voice studies NYSTA offers now in conjunction with Teachers College, Columbia University. More information may be found either at or

Kelley Hijleh

​Kelley Hijleh holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in voice performance. Ms. Hijleh has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Ashland Symphony, the MasterWorks Festival, the Janus Orchestra, Baltimore’s Pro Musica Rara, the Baltimore Bach Ensemble, the Peabody Symphony, and in major roles with the Peabody Opera Theater and the Houghton College Lyric Theater.  In 2014, she was the soprano soloist for the premiere of Cantate Dominio by composer David Davies at Carnegie Hall and was also a featured soloist at the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers National Conference at Biola University.She sang with Vox Lumine from 20011-2014. Ms. Hijleh is a member of NATS and has served as an adjudicator at district and regional levels.

A member of the Houghton College faculty from 1993-2015, Ms. Hijleh taught studio voice, lyric diction, pedagogy of the voice, and song literature. She was also the conductor of the Houghton College Women’s Choir for a total of 10 years, and completed two years as the director of Vivace Sings at Vivace String Camp. Always interested in improving her teaching, in 2000 she applied for and was selected to participate in the innovative NATS Intern Program. Ms. Hijleh has been mentored since 2005 in vocal acoustics by Dr. Donald Miller, the developer of the voice analysis software, VoceVista. She was a presenter at a VoceVista workshop held at SUNY-Fredonia in 2011 and has presented annually at The Singing Voice Science Workshop at Montclair State University since its inception in 2015. Additionally, she regularly consults on vocal acoustics at colleges and universities throughout the country and co-presented on VoceVista and vocal acoustics with Richard Lissemore at the NATS Eastern Regional Conference in 2016. In 2018, Ms. Hijleh was invited to Voice Pedagogy Summit II at University of Southern California, where she discussed the future of voice pedagogy in the face of many technological and social changes with voice pedagogues from across North America.

In 2015, Ms. Hijleh joined the voice faculty of the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, where teaches studio voice and voice pedagogy class. She also teaches singing in New York City at The King’s College, where her husband Mark Hijleh serves as Provost. In 2020, Kelley additionally takes on the role of Associate Director of Administration for SVSW.

Richard Lissemore

Richard Lissemore, Director and Co-Founder of The Singing Voice Science Workshop, is an internationally acclaimed singing teacher, voice researcher, and performance coach who is equally adept at techniques for classical as well as popular vocal styles such as musical theater, rock, pop, R & B, and jazz. He has taught hundreds of students who perform on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, at New York ‘s Radio City Music Hall, in both american and international touring productions and in theaters throughout the world. He is especially well known for his innovative and entertaining master classes in vocal technique and performance, which have been presented in New York, Canada, Korea, Mexico, and Germany.  As a guest speaker and clinician, he has taught workshops and masterclasses in voice pedagogy and performance for The Voice Foundation, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), The British Voice Association (BVA) at London’s Royal Academy Of Music, The New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA), Columbia University, the University Of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory Of Music, to name a few.  His prize-winning research in articulation and acoustics of the singing voice has been presented at both The Voice Foundation's annual Symposium and The Acoustical Society of America.


Educated at The Juilliard School (Oren Brown), Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (Andrew White), and Rutgers University (Valorie Goodall), Mr. Lissemore enjoyed a varied performance career that encompassed opera, music theater, orchestra concert, oratorio, and voiceover for radio and television. His professional affiliations include The Acoustical Society of America (ASA), The Voice Foundation, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), and the National Association Of Teachers Of Singing (NATS).


He expects to finish his Ph.D. in Speech, Language, Hearing Science at The City University of New York in 2020. His research interests are centered around articulatory effects on vocal tract transfer functions in professional singers. Experimental protocols include acoustic analysis, ultrasound of the tongue, optical tracking, electroglottography (EGG), and VoceVista Video Pro. Please visit for more information.

Donald Gray Miller

Designer and developer of the software program VoceVista Video (Visual Feedback for Instruction in Singing), Don Miller began his career as an opera singer and voice teacher. Having completed his formal studies at the Yale University School of Music in his native USA, he continued with singing lessons in Milan and Berlin, making stage appearances in both cities. After a further year's engagement with the Wiener Kammeroper, he joined the faculty of the Syracuse University School of Music, where he taught for over two decades, rising to the rank of professor. During this time he was very active as a bass-baritone, singing over 25 leading roles from the standard repertory, along with many roles in contemporary works.


His interest in the application of voice science to the singing voice grew in the late 70's, and in 1984 he spent a semester in Groningen, the Netherlands, on a project with otolaryngologist Harm K. Schutte and the late , renowned speech scientist Janwillem van den Berg. In 1987 he moved permanently to Groningen to devote himself to research on the acoustics and physiology of the singing voice as an associate of the Groningen Voice Research Lab. This has resulted in a number of scientific publications together with Dr. Schutte, as well as a doctoral monograph, Registers in Singing, published in 2000.


An important result of his work in Groningen has been the program VoceVista Video, a real-time feedback program for instruction in singing. VoceVista was first introduced in 1996, when personal computers became powerful enough to perform real-time spectrum analysis. Since then it has been further perfected, is now known as VoceVista Video (or VVV Pro with electroglottography capabilities), and is now in use in voice labs and facilities for training singers, particularly in the U.S., Germany, and the Netherlands.

Ronald Callaway Scherer

Ron Scherer, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Bowling Green State University, teaches voice disorders and voice and speech science courses.  His research interests include the physiology, mechanics, and acoustics of basic, abnormal, and performance sound production, and the methodologies involved in such research. He was Senior Scientist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts voice laboratories and taught in the DCPA's theatre voice and speech trainers program. In 2005 he was a Research Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, a master's degree from Indiana University in speech-language pathology, a B.S. degree in mathematics, and also spent two years as a music major at Indiana University. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the American Speech Language Hearing Association. He enjoys golf and ballroom dancing a little too much.

Ereni Sevasti

Ereni Sevasti is a singer, actor, musician, and singing teacher whose performance highlights include The Visitor with Mandy Patinkin (Public Theater); The Bacchae (Shakespeare in the Park); and Lili in Carnival! (Kennedy Center).  Ereni holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  She has provided pedagogical demonstrations for Richard Lissemore’s presentations for NATS, the Voice Foundation, the Singing Voice Science Workshop and his PhD dissertation in Speech and Language Hearing.  Ereni joined the Montclair State University music theater voice teaching faculty in 2017 where she is expected to complete her Master of Music in vocal performance in the spring of 2020.


A student of Kelley Hijleh and Richard Lissemore, Ereni serves as Associate Director of Operations for The Singing Voice Science Workshop and hopes to pursue doctoral studies in science-informed voice pedagogy in the very near future.

Kevin Roon

Kevin Roon received his Ph.D. in linguistics from New York University in 2013, with a specialization in phonetics and phonology. Since 2013, he has been a post-doctoral associate with a joint appointment at the CUNY Graduate Center (New York City) and Haskins Laboratories (New Haven, CT). His research interests include speech production, how the speech production system interacts with speech perception, computational modeling of phonological planning, and using ultrasound feedback to improve the pronunciation of non-native sounds by foreign language learners. Recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition; the Journal of Memory and Language; Psychonomic Bulletin & Review; and Laboratory Phonology. Since 2011, he has conducted workshops at the Oxenfoord International Summer School (Edinburgh, Scotland; Malcolm Martineau, Artistic Director) using ultrasound imaging of the vocal tract to aid singers and singing teachers in visualizing tongue placement during singing, as well as to aid with the correct pronunciation of foreign-language sounds.

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Director and Co-Founder:

Associate Director for Administration:

Associate Director for Operations:

Richard Lissemore

Kelley Hijleh

Ereni Sevasti

Scientific Advisor:

John J. Cali School of Music University Liaison:

Interim Director of School of Music:

Co-Founder Emeritus:

Donald Gray Miller

Lori McCann

Thomas McCauley

Stephen Oosting


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