Dane Chalfin

Vocal Rehabilitaiton Coach

Singing & Voice Teacher

Dane Chalfin is one of the West End and British Recording Industry’s leading vocal coaches. He is also a Vocal Rehabilitation Coach (Clinical Singing Voice Specialist) working in Singer-Specialist ENT Clinics. Clients include major recording artists, West End productions of Wind in the Willows, Rock of Ages, Sunny Afternoon, Tell Me on a Sunday, and Motown; and national tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, Shout, The Producers, and Wicked. He has also looked after performers playing lead roles in Hamilton, &Juliet, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Waitress, Saturday Night Fever, Mamma Mia, Fiddler on the Roof, Beautiful, Kinky Boots, Book of Mormon, Chicago, Tell Me on a Sunday, Tina the Musical, and Six. Dane has coached charting artists for record labels including Sony, Universal, Columbia, Capitol, Rough Trade, Decca and Polydor. 

 

His private practice in London consists of around 70% vocal rehabilitation for performers with voice trouble and 30% high-profile performers who want regular coaching to stay in peak performance condition. Dane routinely works with pop/rock/theatre singers, radio/tv broadcasters, presenters, transgender performers, and other vocal coaches/singing teachers who want to upskill. 

 

His ongoing clinical research (2006-present) into the endoscopic assessment of disordered singers and the laryngopharyngeal gestures of primal sounds and contemporary singing now has over 500 professional singer subjects, and he has been present for over 2000 hours in Voice Clinics since 2013. This work has been presented at international conferences including numerous Pan European Voice Conferences (PEVOC), Choice for Voice London, and The Power of Emotion in Australia where he was keynote speaker. Very few people have had the opportunity to look at so many professional singers from so many angles, inside and out, in the clinic and backstage.

 

Dane is a past President (2015-16) and Director (2005-2014) of the British Voice Association. He was Vocal Advisor (2016-2019) to the Medical Committee of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) where he pioneered the creation of competencies for Vocal Rehabilitation Coaches working in multidisciplinary voice clinics in the UK. 

 

Academic appointments include Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching and Rehabilitation at Leeds College of Music, where he was also Principal Lecturer of Artistry and Performance (2007-17). Other academic posts include Teaching Fellow in Pop Voice at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (2003-6), Senior Lecturer in Pop Voice at the Royal Northern College of Music (2008-10), and Lecturer in Voice at University of Salford (2001-03). 

 

Publications include TC-Helicon’s Ultimate Guide to Singing (2016), and Bloomsbury’s The Singer-Songwriter Handbook (2017), Training Contemporary Commercial Singers (Compton 2020) and the 2nd edition of Compton Publishing's seminal The Voice Clinic Handbook (2018).