Private Lessons


As far as Elaine is concerned, you are an Olympic athlete of the singing world. You must understand fully and completely how to train, warm-up and work out your voice on a consistent basis in order to develop technique, stamina and artistry.

Then, as an inspired performer, your voice is free to express your deepest emotions and thoughts in your most powerful and magical performance.

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“As you free yourself from your own personal muscle and psychological tensions, discover the centre core of your voice through resonance work, and build your ability to support through proper breathing, you will discover your physical Big Voice. Then your inner Big Voice will begin to emerge – the voice that is completely different from every other person on the planet – the voice of raw emotional power that has something to say.”

Elaine Overholt

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THE PRIVATE LESSON — Vocal Technique & Performance Coaching

A private lesson with Elaine Overholt and the teachers at Big Voice Studios is different with every individual. For some, the lesson will include some technique concepts such as grounding, relaxation, resonance & breathing exercises, depending on the individual. Next these concepts will be put to practice within the chosen song.

Sometimes your work will be all about your “performance technique” – putting your performance or show together—from song choice, to carefully crafting each song, to the “patter” or talk between songs, to movement, to communicating your intentions most powerfully.

Each singer works on material relevant to them, whether it is classical, country, rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz or country. Elaine and her teachers especially love working on original material that the singer has written because it is important to develop the creative spirit in every possible way!

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Please bring one piece of music to sing (any genre) with either piano sheet music or a CD backing track (ie/ karaoke track) for accompaniment. If you play the guitar or piano you are welcome to accompany yourself.

Special Note: For students studying with Michael Hanrahan please bring EITHER a piece of music to sing, a script, speech or monologue that you would like to work on as he does primarily speech, acting & performance coaching. For those planning to sing for Michael you MUST bring a CD backing track as Michael will not be able to accompany you.

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What to Expect from Elaine Overholt and the BIG VOICE teachers

Each teacher will…

  1. Give you 100% of their ability, energy and love for music.
  2. Help you find your most authentic and powerful voice.
  3. Make all comments in a spirit of encouragement, love and honesty.
  4. Record each of your lessons on GarageBand and have it emailed to you at home to work with.
  5. Provide a safe and creative studio for you to explore your voice.

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What We Expect From You

  1. 100% of your attention, energy and love for music
  2. To arrive on time with work prepared
  3. To ask questions
  4. To “Go for It” with complete commitment

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Our Cancellation Policy

Effective April 15, 2012

As of April 15, 2012, we are adopting a new policy, which we believe will be fair to our students, our coaches and the studio.

Our new cancellation policy states that after your first introductory session at Big Voice Studios, when you begin ongoing lessons, we will require payment for 2 sessions.

One payment will be kept as a deposit in case of a last minute cancellation and the other will be applied to your lesson that day.

If you use up your deposit, you will be required to make 2 payments again at the next lesson so that we always have a deposit on hand.

Cancellations must be made no later 24 hours before your lesson time – and unfortunately, there will be no exceptions.

Note: In the case of singers who consistently cancel lessons, even outside the 24-hour notice period, the studio and/or coach may suggest that you hold off on booking further lessons until you are able to commit to this arrangement.

The deposit will stay in our system until you decide to have your last lesson here at Big Voice Studios. Just let us know before your final session is booked, that it is your last session, and the deposit amount will be applied to your final booking.

Methods of Payment

Cheques payable to Overholt Enterprises
Debit Card
Visa or Mastercard
Interac e-Transfer (through online banking) to
To utilize e-Transfer please let us know and we’ll set that up.

Please CLICK HERE to download a PDF of our New Studio Policies and Rates


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Below are new One Hour coaching rates that will become effective as of January 1st, 2017:

Elaine Overholt $140

Mark Masri $120

Michael Hanrahan $120

Chris Tsujiuchi $120

Brent Thiessen $110

Denielle Bassels $95

Bracken Burns $95

Kristina Minchopoulos $95

Hayley Preziosi $95

Kat Lucas $95

Robert Horvath $ 120 (Home Studio)


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863 Broadview Avenue, 2nd Floor,
Toronto, ON, Canada, M4K 2P9
Studio: 416-466-1816

BIG VOICE STUDIOS is 2 ½ blocks north of the Broadview Ave. and Danforth Ave. intersection on the east side of Broadview.

By Subway:
Go to the Broadview Subway Station and walk north 2 ½ blocks to 863 Broadview Ave., 2nd Floor (east side of Broadview).

“Every individual on the planet has an incredibly unique
and powerful voice waiting to be set free…”
– Elaine Overholt

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If you want to speak with more confidence, Elaine’s exercises will open up your speaking voice, by relaxing the musculature, maximizing placement and building strength in the vocal cords. You will learn how to create your own very powerful intention through paying attention to every single split second of every word, every consonant, every thought.

To book a consultation please contact Elyse at

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If you have any pain in the throat, lose your voice easily, or have a constant “breathy” sound, you should see a throat specialist before doing any more singing or excessive speaking. A Laryngologist or ENT Specialist (Ear, Nose, and Throat) will be able to diagnose any infection, excessive vocal stress, allergies, or any vocal damage such as nodes or polyps. Elaine Overholt works alongside many ENT Specialists and Laryngologists in rehabilitating damaged voices.

To book a consultation please contact Elyse at

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Past Students

Richard Gere

Nikki Blonsky

Zac Efron

Megan Fox and Elaine

Lindsay Lohan and Elaine

Michelle Pfeiffer and Elaine

James Marsden and Elaine

Amanda Bynes and Elaine

Carmen Electra, Eugene Levy, and Elaine

Renee Zellweger
Catherine Zeta Jones
Richard Gere
Queen Latifah
Ellen DeGeneres
John Travolta
Michelle Pfeiffer
Zac Efron
Nikki Blonsky
James Marsden
Elijah Kelley
Brittany Snow
Amanda Bynes
Eugene Levy
Carmen Electra
Lindsay Lohan
Megan Fox
Keshia Chante
Jim Cuddy
Alannah Myles
Carol Kane
Holly Stell
Amy Sky
Take Three
Kalan Porter
Melissa O'Neill
Rex Goudie
Eva Avila
Stephanie Martin
Amanda Martinez
Vanessa Olivarez
Colin Mochrie
Skye Sweetnam
Sarah Cornell
Tamara Podemski
Meredith Henderson
Elicia MacKenzie
Trish Stratus
Steven Segal
Ali Slaight
Rex Harrington
Sharon, Lois and Bram
Carla Collins
Amanda Stott
Andy Stochansky
Deb McGrath
Jackie Richardson
Sterling Jarvis
Yvan Pedneault
Michael Kaeshammer
Aselin Debison
Sophie Milman
Nathan Ferraro (The Midway State)
Dee Kaye Ibomeka
Lauren Margison
Chris Dallo
Laila Biali
Emilie Claire-Barlow
Tajja Isen
Liona Boyd
Paul Gross
Susan Aglukark
Slyk Toxyk
I Mother Earth
Rebel Emergency

Cast members of
Hairspray (NYC & Toronto),
Mamma Mia,
The Producers (NYC),
Rent (NYC),
Les Miserables (Toronto),
The Shaw Festival,
The Stratford Festival,
Mirvish Productions,
The Sound of Music (Toronto),
We Will Rock You (Toronto),
Beauty and the Beast

The National Ballet of Canada,
The San Francisco Ballet

Artists signed to
Universal Records,
EMI Records,
Chris Smith Management

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