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Life & Work with Kerrie Obert

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kerrie Obert. 

Hi Kerrie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
A little over 25 years ago I began my career at The Ohio State University as a speech-language pathologist specialized in treating singers who had injured their voices. My first degree was in musical theatre performance and so it was a natural pairing of my interests and abilities to work with performers. Years later, I began to organize workshops to try to help singers develop in a way that would prevent an injury from ever occurring. These workshops turned into opportunities to travel the globe to destinations that included places such as Japan, England, Australia, and the Netherlands. Each place I went singers asked about how they could continue their training from a distance. When the pandemic started and everything went online, I realized I could provide services to clients all over the world from my own computer screen. This past January I decided to launch my own company, Obert Voice Studios, LLC, as a place where I could teach and mentor other voice teachers, give private lessons to singers from a variety of times zones, treat patients through a Telehealth portal in my private practice, and continue to give workshops. I feel I’m at the start of something new and exciting even though I’m really “past the halftime show” in my career. I hope to keep helping singers for as long as I live. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a business is never easy. You need a strong support network of people you can turn to for advice and people who will be honest with you. One of the hardest parts for me was learning to manage the books and keeping up with the documentation. I am still learning what these “best practices” include and am certain I haven’t made my last mistake but am determined to keep learning from them. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an inquisitive person by nature and have enjoyed conducting clinical research on the voice. I have been studying a voice quality called “twang” for several years and have discovered the physiology involved in producing this bright/piercing quality that is a part of every genre of singing (not just country music!). Twang is what gives the voice its brightness and it is a very important element in helping a person learn to project. I am so proud of the research and the way in which this information can help singers train. As a result of my obsession with twang quality, some now call me a “twangspert”–a nickname I gladly accept! 

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I can be found at my website 

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