Daniel’s teaching is a wonderful marriage of science and art. Who could ask for anything more?
— Josephine Mongiardo, President of NYSTA
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DANIEL JAMES SHIGO is a vocal pedagogue, scholar, and the author of Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel Garcia. He is currently at work on his second book which explores his rediscovery of the old Italian school of singing: It is his mission to provide students and teachers with the knowledge and tools necessary to reveal and transform the voice. 

Daniel made his debut with the Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy, singing the baritone solos in Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. He subsequently became a member of the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera. Equally at home in both classical and musical theater styles, Daniel's students have appeared on concert, opera, and recital stages, and in musical theatre, cabaret, pop and jazz venues, nationally and internally.

He is the Founding Editor of VOICEPrints—The Official Journal of the New York Singing Teachers Association, has served on  NYSTA's board of directors, and blogs at VOICETALK: Historical Perspectives on the Art of Singing, which began as a column in VOICEPrints.

A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing the New York Singing Teachers Association, and American Guild of Musical Artists, Daniel lives in New York City on the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center, where he teaches singing and practices Ashtanga yoga. 

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SHIGO VOICE STUDIO: Historic Teachings from a Revolutionary Perspective

Daniel's studio integrates the principles of the old Italian school of singing, scientific understanding of vocal function, and the healing power of music in a supportive environment.  

It is founded on direct knowledge and deep study of the teachings of three legendary vocal pedagogues: Manuel García, Pauline Viardot-García and Francesco Lamperti, which are illuminated by the revolutionary perspective of Alfred Tomatis—the Einstein of the Ear who explored the relationship between the ear, body, mind and voice. 

Daniel's approach is represented in his studio logo by a Fibonacci sequence—a golden spiral—which represents the inner workings of the ear, consciousness, and transformation. 



VOICETALK: Historical Perspectives on the Art of Singing

A historical vocal pedagogy blog with more than 750,000 readers that gives students and teachers of singing primary sources, original content, and downloadable texts relating to the old Italian school of singing.  Special emphasis is given to the Manual García and Franceso Lamperti schools of singing. 

VOICETALK also explores the role of the ear in singing, tracing a clear line between the work of Alfred Tomatis—a pioneer in the field of psychoacoustics —and Old School empiricism.  


HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel García

Klein brought García's principles to New York City where wrote a manual for singers using gramophone recordings. Revealing unwritten bel canto school teachings from the father of voice science, Klein's manual was lost for more than a century before being discovered and republished in 2013 with an introduction. Exceedingly rare contralto recordings by Janet Spencer were also found and can now be heard at Soundcloud and Youtube. 

The introduction to this pedagogic treatise reads like a detective novel.
— The Journal of Singing