Michael Harrington once helped land men on the moon. Now he brings that same passion to landing your voice in the right spot
"Every singer has a break between their speaking voice and their singing voice" he says, "I help them to eliminate that....I get the voice free, and then they can do what they want with it."
So how did this aerodynamic scientist get into vocal arts? "I don't know how I did it, except I knew I was very unhappy." After leaving NASA, he went to work for another engineering firm, who placed him on a project developing bombs for use in Vietnam. That was the last straw for Harrington, and he left his old life behind, ending up living out of a storage container in Berkeley, while he pursued his new career in performance. Those hard years paid off in lead acting roles on NBC, ABC, PBS and lead roles in many musicals. To date, he has trained nearly 900 singers in his 45-year career.
So are there any similarities between his approach to voice and his approach to science? "Well, yes. An airplane can't flap its wings and fly. You have to calculate the proper flow of air over the airfoil to generate lift. The same is true with the voice. You must co-operate with nature."
If you are interested in working with Michael, he can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org