Jenks Voice Studio

Books

The Singing of the Future by David Thomas Ffrangcon-Davies

The Singing of the Future

by David Thomas Ffrangcon-Davies

An eloquent 1906 work on the subject of establishing priorities in one's study of vocalism. Unapologetically spiritual, it asks the singer to think about their studies as an effort in developing themselves, not only their mechanical skill.

Jean de Reszke and the Great Days of Opera by Clara Leiser

Jean de Reszke and the Great Days of Opera

by Clara Leiser

Biography of Victorian Era Tenor Jean de Reszke, of whom I am a great admirer. His artistic and pedagogical legacy are valuable models even for our own time.

Who’s My Bottom? by Christopher Gillett

Who’s My Bottom?

by Christopher Gillett

One of the most candid looks at the life of the singing professional that I have had the good fortune to read.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

by Robert M. Pirsig

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" is a thought-provoking book on the subject of finding value and meaning in the learning process.

Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa

Musashi

by Eiji Yoshikawa

One of my favorite books - the novelized story of samurai Miyamoto Musashi, a famous martial artist who has long been a model of single-minded determination toward the learning of a craft.

Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters To A Young Poet

by Rainer Maria Rilke

A correspondence on the subject of the artistic life and process, and meditations on the compulsion to creativity.