Hertel Voice Studio
Savoy, Illinois
Now accepting new students for private study.

To schedule a private lesson,
call (217) 356-6663 or email rahertel@illinois.edu.

Tenor Richard Hertel received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. He also holds Master's Degrees from UIUC in Teaching English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics, and French. He started his academic career in music at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Education. He received his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
He has formal training in eight languages and is skilled in coaching lyric diction for singers in the following: Latin, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, and Czech. Dr. Hertel has over 35 years of voice teaching experience. He also had a 24-year career in Public Radio at the University of Illinois and is available for coaching public speakers as well as singers.
Dr. Hertel's textbook, 344 Exercises For Singers: A Linguistic Approach To Clear Diction and Flowing Tone was published in 2008. The exercises in this book have been tested in the studio over many years. They were developed applying not only principles of vocal production, but also the principles of linguistics, particularly articulatory and acoustic phonetics, to focus on singing understandable words with full flowing tone.
Richard's first textbook was published in 2000 by Captus Press in Toronto, Canada under the title, Speaking and Singing French: Lessons and Exercises for Conversational and Formal Pronunciation. It focuses on the differences between casual conversation and the formal use of French in singing.