By Dawn Pearson
Blair Clark and Heather Ramsey-Clark opened Midwest School of Voice three years ago after accumulating 57 collective years of professional singing, and it’s paying off in different notes.
Their motto is, “Find your voice and be master of your instrument.”
Midwest School of Voice is based in the Arts & Design District of Carmel. And the couple feel their school is the industry leader in modern vocal technique and performance instruction for students of all ages and genres and the only school of its type in Carmel. They have five teachers, and they teach private vocal lessons and coach piano and guitar lessons.
And this month students are in for a treat.
The pair have recruited their mentor and world-renowned vocal coach Ron Browning to teach a class at the school from 3 to 6 p.m. March 23.
“Browning is one of the most sought-after voice coaches in the world,” Clark said. “Ron has coached Grammy winner Patti LaBelle, who called him a ‘miracle worker’ because he restored her voice from a mere whisper by show time.”
According to Browning’s website, his clients also include a variety of major recording artists in various music genres, like Wynonna Judd and RaeLynn, the star from NBC’s The Voice 2012. Browning also has recently produced vocals for 3-time Grammy winner Keb Mo, and produced vocals for 13-time Grammy winner Ron Block. Browning also works with major record labels Arista, Big Machine Records, Curb, Sony, Warner, Elektra, RCA, Decca and Columbia.”
“Students will have a chance to watch Ron Browning work his magic directly with local vocalists of all ages, and some participants will be selected to work one-on-one with him as part of the Master Class,” Ramsey-Clark said. “Browning typically only accepts students by referral from labels, so the chance to work with him this closely is extremely rare and rewarding for any vocalist.”
Clark said, “Ron coaches conversational technique. We’ve been followers and we go to him ourselves. He has a way of helping you find your voice but he finds the avenue for the singer to get to it.”
“Ron is absolutely amazing and brilliant,” Ramsey-Clark said. “Ron said to me ‘sweetie it’s going to be like an old-fashioned vocal tent revival.’ He has a spirit and personality that puts students at ease, and he’s really a specialist at making people feel comfortable so they can free their instrument.”
Tickets are only $125 per class participant. For registration and more information visit
discovermsv.com. Registration will be open through March 21, and there are only a few seats left.
The couple recently purchased a 4,000-square-foot warehouse at 520 1st Street, by the old post office and fire station, and they are calling it The Warehouse.
“We are turning it into a performance facility for local musicians and the community,” Clark said. “But also open up for cabaret style, all purpose all event facility. Heather and I found that we have to pay for the venue, bring in lights, sound, and our new facility is being built from the ground up, and will include state-of-the-art lights, sound, video, a big stage along with a dressing room and long hall or gallery for local artists to hang their pictures.”
The Warehouse is also for the community and there will be dance classes and even a church service. The first performance will be May 4 and will be the Spring MVP Showcase.
“We put things together and really have been pleasantly surprised that what we think people wanted and needed in their professional performances is what they wanted and needed,” Clark said. “And The Warehouse is where they can come and perform.”