Susan Hanlon Ferrer
Voice Teacher and owner of Susan Hanlon Vocal Studio
Studying classical & jazz voice at UNT for my BA (2004) and MA (2012) led to discovering my love of voice science and teaching voice lessons.
My thesis focused on commercial music resources (commercial music includes non classical styles of music such as pop/rock/country/r&b etc) for singers and teachers of singing. This led me to realize that my passion was to help singers develop flexibility in their technique that will allow them to perform the styles of music they choose in a sustainable and authentic way.
My teaching career began in Plano ISD in 2004. Since then, I have enjoyed working in Denton and Wylie ISD as well. Teaching voice lessons within the school system allowed me to work with hundreds of singers ages 11-18 with vastly different skills and definitions of success. This truly increased my ability to see every student as an individual and treat them as unique singers...each with distinct capabilities, voices, levels of kinesthetic awareness, and goals.
I also enjoyed my role as Professor of Commercial Voice at Collin College from 2009 to 2021. I worked with many talented and hard working singers studying Commercial styles as well as Musical Theatre.
Since 2017, I have been an Associate Teacher for Tom Mckinney Voice. Tom has helped hundreds of top stars (Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, Scott Hoying, Mario) with their vocal techniques and I have had such fun working as his Dallas Teaching Associate.
In June of 2021 I made the decision to leave the academic world of voice and focus all my energy into my thriving private studio. I am thrilled to see how the studio has grown and shifted over the years and am excited for the future!
My areas of specialty are:
*helping artists prepare for gigs and recording sessions
*working with adult singers who want to get back into performing
*preparing high school singers for college & musical theatre auditions
It is important to me to stay on top of new voice research and trends in the music industry so lifelong learning is an absolute core value of mine.
Currently, I am a member of:
NATS (entering my third year as auditions co-chair for DFW chapter)
Jazz Education Network