2020 KFF Voice Workshop Faculty
Named "The Creativity Shaman" by her artist to CEO clients, Rebecca inspires whole system transformation through vocal discovery and mastery. She is a full time nationally touring artist , has a 4 octave range, and has been facilitating Vocal Freedom and Vocal Mastery for over 25 years. Rebecca's workshops are fun, impactful and guide participants to their authentic voice through releasing habitual patterns of limitation. Mixing Taoist, Toltec and Yogic practices with traditional vocal techniques, Rebecca's embodiment exercises support singers to gain vocal resonance, endurance, ease. She has helped thousands of singers of all levels. Come experience the joy of lasting Vocal Freedom!
Siobhán Quinn is a profoundly versatile vocalist and teacher and writes and performs songs in folk, blues and adult contemporary pop styles. Known as a dynamic singer of Chicago & New Orleans style electric blues, Siobhán has performed many other styles from jazz and big band to classic R&B.
As a teacher, Siobhán Quinn’s careful attention to each individual is renowned. Her teaching experience with songwriters includes being a revered master instructor at the Warren Wilson College Swannanoa Gathering for 15 years, WUMB Summer Acoustic Music Week, Kerrville Folk Festival Teacher and Songwriter School education programs, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School, NERFA, Great American Masters Music Industry Workshop, and coached voice at the Summersongs & Wintersongs songwriting. Constantly exploring new approaches to the voice, she updates her own credentials regularly, through such programs as the international British Voice Association Conference master classes performance/ otolaryngology, CCM at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester VA, and Somatic Voicework, all on top of the university level classical vocal pedagogy she uses as a part of her toolkit.
She was named Best Vocalist and Best Interpretive Musician by Metroland Magazine, awarded a WAMMIE for Best Traditional Folk Vocalist, has been a top-five songwriting finalist in the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting contest, Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and (with Michael Bowers) here in the Kerrville New Folk Competition. Now relocated from Washington DC to Austin TX, Siobhán continues her work with touring professionals and consulting for vocal performance on recordings.
Michael Kahl was raised in El Paso and earned his undergraduate degree from University of Texas at El Paso in Music Education in 1991. He then earned his Master’s degree in vocal performance from SMU in 1993. From 1993 to 1997, Michael gained extensive performing experience by singing with opera companies in Arizona, Chautauqua, NY, Connecticut, El Paso, Portland, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. He also sang in several professional choirs such as El Paso Pro-Musica and the Phoenix Bach Choir. Mr. Kahl started his teaching career at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ in 1995.
In 1998, Michael became the Music Director at Travis Park United Methodist in San Antonio. In 2003, after two years of teaching at Palo Alto Community College in San Antonio, he began teaching at Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX where he currently directs multiple choirs and ensembles and teaches voice related courses and Music History and Music Composition. In 2005, Michael became the Associate Music Director at First United Methodist Church in Kerrville. In 2009, he earned his second Master’s Degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. Also, in 2009 he became the Choir Director at First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville where he currently directs the Adult Chancel Choir.