radiant creature inside of
Embedded in your body-mind-spirit-voice are wild truths.
DeArmor Your Voice to know these truths and to sing with freedom, speak without pain, and express your aliveness.
I work with people who want to liberate themselves for the sake of All That Is and know singing and voice-giving is A Way.
Professional Singers on and off Broadway
Therapists (psychologists, psychotherapists, SE practitioners) who want to free their own blocked throats for the sake of their healing and the healing of their clients
C-Level Executives who want to speak with more Truth and confidence and learn to connect to their own power and aliveness
Bodyworkers and Yogis seeking to explore the fertile territory of the voice (beyond chanting)
Instrumentalists and Composers who want to work with voice and embodied musicianship
Breathwork Facilitators who want to deepen into a more spontaneous and free way of being with breathing
Medicine Workers and Healers who want a somatic, experiential and theoretical understanding of voice in order to weave more vocal life into their work
Tantric Practitioners who want to access even more freedom and ecstasy through voice
Voice Teachers who desire to level-up their pedagogic intuition and skill
Any human seeking to connect with their inherent life force
Working with Marisa has been an ecstatic awakening to my own self.
"Working with Marisa has been an ecstatic awakening to my own self. In my time with her I have touched places of grief and longing; I have felt into my own desire and engaged in playfulness in a way I had only ever imagined. All of these experiences have been embodied expressions of the moment that connect me more fully to the past, the present, and the future. The courage to step into myself in this way has felt possible only in the resonance of relationship and witness. I trust Marisa. Her willingness to feel into her student with total awareness and her acute perception, of what is most alive in the moment, is a kind of magic that has brought me to other worlds and lifetimes. These are the things I had not expected. I had hoped for a letting go of long held tension in my throat and my voice, a felt sense of constriction I could not seem to release. This is beginning to unfold and soften in its own time, in its own beautiful way. I am in no rush to arrive anywhere, just utterly grateful to be in process with this work and this remarkable teacher."
PILAR GIZZI, Psychotherapist
I work with people who want to liberate themselves for the sake of all and know singing is a Way.
Whether you are professional singer on or off-Broadway or touring with your band around the world or a newer singer craving more freedom, artistry, and mastery; whether you a business leader or coach who wants to speak without getting hoarse or uncomfortable; whether you are an actor who feels disembodied when it comes to your voice - if you are any human who wants to evolve and grow, I will support you via a trauma-informed - and edgy! - process that is personalized, joyful and radically present.
I’m known for my grounded, deep-listening approach to helping people of any level sing, speak, and move through the world with more skill, more truth, and more joy.
My perspective is grounded in the Libero Canto© Approach. I have studied singing and singing pedagogy on this path for over fifteen years (under Deborah Carmichael) in Vienna and New York City. The Libero Canto Approach was first developed by Lajos Szamosi in Budapest before World War II. This holistic, process-oriented approach rooted in the Western Classical Tradition is my primary pedagogical lineage.
I’m the founding director of the embodied vocal-performance ensemble, Constellation Chor. We seek wild embodiment through voice and body. Want to know more about us? Click here.
I am also an accomplished and award-winning composer working at the nexus of theatre, experimental music, opera, new music, and improvisation. Want to know more about this part of my work? Go here!
In addition to working privately with professional and avocational singers, I’ve worked as a vocal coach for a number of musicals (Octet at Signature Theater; Moby Dick at American Repertory Theatre). I’ve taught workshops at the American Theater Wing, The Performing Arts Project (TPAP), Prospect Theater Company, Signature Theatre, Millikin University, the University of Puget Sound, and at the Goetheanum in Switzerland.
What else? I was trained classically as a pianist. I got my B.F.A from NYU (Tisch) in Musical Theatre. I’m a former yoga instructor. I studied Hindustani singing in India. I’ve deep-dived into Anthroposophy for many years. I’m studied Tibetan Buddhism. I consistently practice Circling, Tantra, and Tibetan Buddhist meditation. My ancestors are Jewish, Irish, and Scottish. Being in intimate relationship with singing is my life’s passion, encompassing all. I believe process is product, that we are vessels for beauty and spirit, and that all black lives matter.
Marisa Michelson is a
"Marisa Michelson is a genius. I come from an opera background later pulled into musical theater and jazz, and this is my first time working with someone who is more interested in authenticity than anything else. She is somehow able to capture the purest form of music that erupts from an experience within our bodies and is never interested in imposing any sort of ideal sound on to the people with whom she collaborates. Her philosophy of music is unique and it is a privilege to be in the same room with her."
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