All of my work takes root in voice.
As a voice coach I invite people to find their voices, whatever that means to them. My book, Full Voice: The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence, presents what I’ve learned from decades of “midwifing voices.” Since 2013 I have been training other Full Voice Coaches.
My singing keynotes explore themes of leadership, meaning, voice and community for people in a wide variety of professions: training, health care, law, education, nonprofits and industry. My twelve years as an organizational development consultant helps keep things real and relevant.
I’m also a singer/songwriter with eight CD’s of mostly original music. The lyric-rich songs tap into jazz, gospel and folk roots. My greatest joy is when people make use of the songs in their everyday lives and work.
In 2007 I founded the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer choir that sings for people facing illness, end of life, depression or grief.
And how I love inviting people to sing together! I carry thousands of nourishing community songs and am constantly inspired by how quickly a group of untrained strangers can create beauty and resonance together.
I live across the street from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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Barbara offers a unique blend of skills: many years as a consultant, superb singer/songwriter, and voice coach. It's her mix of talents and perspectives that makes her so good! In our work together, I've observed how much she offers to people and groups. Barbara invites us to the edge -- and does so gently, confidently, and with great skill.
Margaret J. Wheatley, Ed.D.
Author of Leadership and the New Science, Perseverance, and So Far From Home
Barbara is a poet, teacher, songwriter and fabulous speaker.
She brings a quality to thinking and the speaking that is fresh and accessible. Few others have so integrated organizational insight and profound speech. Barbara gives great care to all she does.
Author of Community: A Structure for Belonging, The Answer to How is Yes, and Stewardship