The quality of our voice profoundly mirrors the physiological patterning of our lives. Voice-work effectually makes room for our fullest, reinvigorated and clarified expression in the world.
I’m Leslie Helpert, voice-coach, composer, artist and long-time performer. I’ve supported voices around the globe for over 20 years. I understand what it takes to nourish expression, having performed original musical works in over 300 venues and recorded dozens of compositional projects in studios worldwide. Passionate about the intersection of sound, wellness and culture, I've had the honor to be the country of Bermuda and Denmark’s elected resident musician. My professional work with the voice encompasses many facets: from speaking, writing and singing copy, supervising voiceovers, coaching major label international artists in recording session, and writing/directing music scores for commercial projects. My clientele ranges from the top-most international consulting companies of the world to main-stage TED speakers. I work with the voice to extensively support those on healing journeys, guiding the voice toward reversing chronic pathological conditions, forming new, healthy muscle memory and nourishment for the nervous system. With my support, clients' vocal explorations often results in significant gained insights and physiological shifts. I offer voice-bathing to individuals and groups worldwide, accessing vocal frequencies to invite deep relaxation and physiological well-being. My background of 3 decades of writing over 1,000 lyrical songs, novels, and volumes of poetry, ghost-writing, branding and editing others' work --as well as being an avid illustrator commissioned worldwide-- informs my offering as a high-performance coach and creative project manager. For 20 years, I've been a yoga educator who is Yoga Teacher Alliance-certified and I hold a master's degree from The Berklee College of Music in Performance with a focus on Holistic Practice and Productivity.
Whether your aim is to produce musicals, sing through registers effortlessly, develop creative-wellness programming for your company employees, heal chronic physical conditions, project your sound on stage, repair from grief or trauma, produce a pop song, become more comfortable speaking and being heard, or learn how to integrate voice and sound therapies into your life, I work with all of my clients to bring their ultimate ambitions to light.
To me, there is no area of our lives that the voice does not support bettering. I think of each person's voice as its own symbolic "big bang", a fortifying resource that sets into perpetual, expansive motion our greatest potential. In sessions, I am meticulously dedicated, "working out" the voice in a plethora of simultaneous approaches, integrating traditional eastern arts, holistic medicine, areas of physics, theater, musical technique, neurolinguistic programming, and handfuls of synergetic methods. Through voice work, I can help you learn how to relieve physical pain, deeply relax, break habitual patterns, energize physical performance-- all while supporting you to finesse your greatest creative projects, project your sound effortlessly or deliver a significant public talk with confidence.
In working with hundreds of voices globally, I’ve come to understand the voice as the “master cleaner”, purifying and activating our creative wellness. While I teach "vocal" work, the voice is a vehicle for my greatest offering, to truly provide others with clear paths for self-care and joyous, self-realized lives.
Science shows us how creative practice bridges the left and right brain's relationship, helps us center, find presence and ground. It is my experience that creative practice, as well, is the link bridging together our mental and physical health. As science explores the wide-ranging possible implications of the sounds and songs produced by animals like whales and birds, we step into an era of re-framing the potential of our own voice. When my clients successfully learn to maximize their expressive power, they resultantly support their longevity, drive and purpose-- and, as studies confirm, feeling purposely connected to our lives is a key factor to happy hearts, healthy minds and sustained relationships.
You may wonder, "is voice-work for me?" Working with your voice, no matter how you vocally identify yourself, is like physical exercise, or practicing good oral hygiene, it's truly a basic form of self-care.
I'm happy to provide you with a short phone/video consultation to hear more about your unique vocal interest and to explore how we may work together. I design programs for individuals, groups, institutions, companies, theaters, yoga studios and more. Additionally, I have a teacher training program and an e-course (the latter which you can purchase on this site). I work virtually, individually and in groups all over the world, and in-person where I am based in Manhattan, NYC.
I'm honored to be here as a guide to help you empower your most joyous vocal expression.