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McClosky Institute Faculty Voice Recital


We are Certified McClosky Voice Technicians: voice teachers with training in the McClosky Technique, in vocal anatomy and physiology, and in vocal disorders.


A few of our members studied with McClosky himself, and the rest have all completed an intensive

training course.  


Scroll down to read more about the Institute and David Blair McClosky himself—

and listen to him sing!


In the late 1970s, a group of David Blair McClosky's students, led by Lin Wallin Schuller, came together to found an institute to preserve and continue McClosky's work in the field of vocal health.


Since 1982, MIV has offered annual seminars and workshops in voice and vocal health. Presented in the United States and abroad, these programs have been attended by music educators, voice teachers, choral conductors, speech language pathologists, public speakers, and professional and amateur singers of all kinds.

In 1996, the McClosky Institute of Voice began offering its Certification Program, through which qualified people are trained to teach the McClosky Technique and become Certified McClosky Voice Technicians (CMVTs).  There are now over 60 CMVTs in the United States and abroad.

The Institute is run by four officers, and the curriculum is overseen by six Master Teachers who either studied with McClosky or who went through an additional training program beyond certification.


David Blair McClosky (1902–1988) was an opera singer and voice teacher who served as John F. Kennedy's voice coach during the 1960 presidential campaign. Beneficiaries of his work as a teacher included President Lyndon B. Johnson, Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, sportscaster Curt Gowdy, actors Faye Dunaway, Al Pacino, Jill Clayburgh and Ruth Gordon, folksinger Joan Baez, and opera singer Grace Bumbry. 

Born in Oswego, New York, McClosky graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1925, and later studied in Berlin and Milan. 

David Blair McClosky

While collaborating with otolarynologists at Syracuse University and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, McClosky became an authority on the therapeutic treatment of voice disorders.   The technique he developed had its origins with McClosky’s association with Dr. Irl Blaisdell of Syracuse University in 1946.  During these years he was Clinical Voice Therapist and Consultant to the New York University College of Medicine.  For 22 years, he served as Clinical Associate in Otolaryngology and Director of the Voice Therapy Clinic at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.   



McClosky made more than 20 appearances as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra during the 1930s and 1940s. He also sang in operatic productions in Europe and Africa and appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Minneapolis and Indianapolis Symphonies and at the Bach Festival of Berea, Ohio. 


In 1923 McClosky became the first radio announcer in Boston, on WNAC. During World War II he served as an Army officer performing public relations duties in the United States and Africa. From 1946 to 1955 he headed the Plymouth Rock Center of Music and Drama, in Plymouth Massachusetts.  He taught voice and other music courses at Boston University, The Boston Conservatory of Music, Phillips Academy in Andover, Bradford College, Massachusetts College of Art, Simmons College and Vassar College. He was a consultant at various times to numerous universities, among them Tufts, Cornell, Syracuse and Wellesley College. 

The McClosky approach to the treatment of laryngeal disorders led to the publication of his first book, Your Voice at its Best (1959), an unprecedented approach to the training of the voice, offering specific exercises to free the voice through relaxation, posture and well-coordinated breathing.  With his wife, Barbara Henneberger McClosky, he published a second book, Voice in Song and Speech (1984).  These books have been combined and updated, and have been re-issued as Your Voice At Its Best, 5th ed., Waveland Press, 2011.


Harvard surgeon William W. Montgomery (1923–2003) wrote,

"I have referred my patients with benign laryngeal disease to Professor McClosky for nearly two decades.  His results with the treatment of vocal cord nodules and polyps, dysphonia plica-ventricularis, puberphonic voice, vocal cord paralysis, spastic dysphonia and many others have been indeed outstanding.  I not only recommend

and endorse the McClosky technique, but salute this dedicated man of science.“

Click here to listen to David Blair McClosky at age 62 singing Liza Lehmann's "Myself When Young." 

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