Seminars in NYC

Immersive Exploration in a Supportive Environment

Learn how to let go of whatever is getting in the way of your greatness as a singer.

Two brand-new FBFV seminars premiered in the fall of 2017 and will be repeated at regular intervals. The participants have not only enjoyed a great time and made new friends, they also have discovered new possibilities of skill, coordination, and well-being for themselves as singers and in every area of their lives.

You can experience these profound results for yourself by attending either seminar or the powerful body+mind combination of both!

  • Do you ever sing below your potential, despite lots of training and practice?
  • Does your technique seem to fly out the window when you need it most, such as at performances or auditions?
  • Do you sound great in the privacy of your home, but fall to pieces when singing in front of people?

You aren’t alone! We are all from time to time blocked from singing our best by physical and mental habits that interfere with the skills we have developed.

This duo of seminars will show you how to identify and let go of such obstacles. In the first seminar, FreeBody = FreeVoice, you will learn how to identify and release habits of tension and poor coordination that get in the way of your vocal technique. In the second seminar, Your Voice & Your Inner Voice, you will learn how to prevent negative thoughts from sabotaging your voice, stifling your creative process, and sapping the joy from your experience. Attending both seminars will completely transform your ability to shine! You will feel great in your body and happier and calmer in your thoughts.

Both seminars involve light-spirited exercises/games, discussions, and a master class format in which each participant will have the option of singing any piece of music with accompaniment from a professional pianist. To ensure that everyone gets plenty of time to sing, a maximum of 8 participants will be enrolled for each seminar. Register early to reserve your spot!

Freebody Freevoice Full Day Seminars

FreeBody = FreeVoice

Here are some of the benefits you will experience from attending:

  • Gain mastery over your posture and coordination
  • Learn how to let your breathing occur naturally to support your singing
  • Feel relaxed and at ease on stage and off
  • Let go of interfering tension in your jaw, tongue, neck, shoulders…anywhere it occurs
  • Find out how YOUR unique voice can emerge without interference

Your Voice & Your Inner Voice

Here are some of the benefits you will experience from attending:

  • Learn how to stop being bullied by the negative thoughts in your head
  • Increase your confidence
  • Connect deeply with the music and your audience
  • Communicate easily with other singers, accompanists, conductors, audition panels
  • Become brilliantly YOU in the world!

You will discover physical ease and peace of mind—available even while you are singing under stressful conditions!

What People Are Saying About FBFV Full-Day Seminars

  • Alexis Martin
    Michael Hanko is a gifted voice instructor, combining thorough technical knowledge with a keen ear for efficient and easeful singing. His words and guidance are clear, and the effects of his precise work are immediate.
    Alexis Martin
    Soprano, Met Opera Nat’l Council Regional Winner
  • Jim Buckmaster
    Thank you so much for hosting yesterday’s seminar. You and the class really helped open me up and get past some of those inner voices that hold me back when singing. I think of it like that Warner Brother’s cartoon where a tiny frog suddenly breaks out singing in a huge voice — I feel like a frog transformed into a singer. You really do have a way of bringing out the best in a singer and I very much appreciate having the opportunity to learn from you . I’ll see you soon at the next studio class. Thank you again!
    Jim Buckmaster
    Cabaret Singer
  • Marguerite Stern
    Working with Michael is always magical! He has an amazing balance of relaxed playfulness and focused precision when teaching. His seminar helped shed light on that voice in my head that says I’m not good enough or I’m not “there” yet. Throughout the class I became more and more aware of how untrue these thoughts are! I was able to slow down and feel content exactly as I was. I found so much joy singing and listening to my wonderful classmates. Michael is so gifted in how he guides his students towards finding relaxation, joy and their true voice, always aware of the connection between mind, body, and voice.
    Marguerite Stern
    Musical Theater Performer


  • Emerging and professional singers of all genres who are looking for an in-depth learning experience
  • Singers who enjoy a communal atmosphere of fun and learning
  • Singers who have been disillusioned with the harsh, judgmental manner in which vocal instruction often takes place and are seeking a compassionate, supportive environment in which to explore under the guidance of a master teacher

FreeBody = FreeVoice will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 9:45 am to 4:15 pm.

Your Voice & Your Inner Voice will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 9:45 am to 4:15 pm.

(Both seminars include a break for lunch/socializing.)

The location is Ripley-Grier Studios in Manhattan. You will receive more detailed information when you register.

SAVE THE DATES: These seminars will be offered again. Stay tuned for the announcement of the dates!

The fee for either seminar is $225.

FreeBody = FreeVoice and Your Voice & Your Inner Voice are usually scheduled within a week or two of each other to give singers the opportunity for a complete mind+body transformation. If you register and pay for both seminars as a pair, the combined fee is $400—saving you $50.

Email me to request attendance. I will email you back more information as well as a link to pay. Your spot will be confirmed once I receive your payment. (My students may also register and pay for seminars in person at their lessons.) If you feel the impulse to attend, email me now: only the first 8 singers to register will be enrolled.

REFUND POLICY: Your payment includes a non-refundable deposit of $50. The remainder of your payment will be refunded if you cancel earlier than 1 week before the seminar. No refunds will be issued for cancellations in the final 7 days before the seminar. Exceptions for extraordinary circumstances may be made at my discretion. Seminars will not be held if minimum enrollment is not met. In such a case, your entire payment will be refunded.

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