Jean Skeffington, M.A., CCC-SLP, Voice Pathologist/Singing Voice Specialist joined the team at Lakeshore Professional Voice Center in March of 2014. Jean holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Rhode Island, and continued her professional musical training in Boston, MA; New York City, NY; and at Munich, Germany’s Bavarian State Opera. Jean received a Master’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology with a special interest in Voice Disorders, from the University of Pittsburgh, where she trained with Katherine Verdolini, PhD, and Jacqueline Gartner Schmidt, PhD. She completed a Fellowship in voice disorders at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Voice Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Jean is an active member of the voice community. She has contributed to published book chapters on vocal health and Resonant Voice techniques, and is active in clinical voice research. As a performer and teacher of singing, Jean has more than 30 years of experience in the world of professional singing voice. She has taught singing at the university and college levels, and is Clinical Faculty at Michigan State University in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department.
She is equally at home on the concert, opera, and musical theatre stages. An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Jean has worked with professional performers, individuals preparing for careers in the arts, and large groups of performers as well. She has achieved success working with choirs and show choruses, and has coached choruses to national acclaim within the Sweet Adeline’s community. She has served as stage and musical director for many musical theatre organizations, and frequently offers workshops and seminars on subjects related to vocal health and auditioning for the Musical Theatre, among others. Jean maintains a private voice studio focused on vocal health, pedagogy, and rehabilitation of the injured performing voice, and her students are well represented nationally and internationally in the world of professional vocal performance.