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 SHIGO is an accomplished vocal pedagogue, singer, scholar, and author. Dubbed the vocal Indiana Jones, Daniel is currently at work on his second book which explores his rediscovery of the old Italian school of singing with a grant from the Agnes Varis Trust.

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.  Extensive experience as soloist and ensemble member in both classical and musical theater genres gives Daniel a unique perspective; the knowledge and skill he brings to students is not second-hand speculation, but that of a seasoned artist with more than twenty-five years experience onstage and in the voice studio.

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.

A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, New York Singing Teachers Association, and American Guild of Musical Artists, Daniel lives on the upper west side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center, where he teaches singing and conducts research at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts.

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SHIGO VOICE STUDIO: Historic Teachings from a Revolutionary Perspective that Transform the Voice

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 Margaret Harshaw, Anna E. Schoen-René, Pauline Viardot-García, Manuel García, and Francesco Lamperti—a historic lineage that is illuminated through 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 800,000 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 teachings of the old Italian school of singing and the work of Alfred Tomatis—a pioneer in the field of psychoacoustics.


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

Klein brought the García Method to New York City in 1901 where he 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. Rare contralto recordings by Janet Spencer were also discovered and can be heard at Soundcloud and Youtube. 

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