Danielle Meunier

Job title
Head of Theatre & Dance
Email
danielle.meunier@falmouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01326 255877 Ext: 5877

Danielle Meunier's origins lie in classical singing, and voice and speech with a BMus (Canada) and MA Voice Studies from Central School of Speech & Drama (UK). Performance experience developed as a classical singer specialising in Baroque and contemporary performance, with a practice that spreads across Canada, UK, and Ireland, with notable residencies through Heritage Canada and Music on the Shannon (IRL). As a voice coach she works with occupational voice users in the fields of acting, singing, teaching, and business. Her research interests lie in the intersections between speech and song, extended vocal practices, textual expression, and vocal improvisation.

Danielle is a Designated Linklater Teacher, a Certified Core Singing Teacher (Meribeth Dayme), and Certified Natural Voice Practioner (Frankie Armstrong). Her vocal and physical work is informed by additional studies with: Barbara Houseman, Roy Hart practitioners, Feldenkrais, and Alexander Technique. A keen enthusiast of many musical styles, Danielle has explored singing practices with Kevin Crawford (Roy Hart Theatre, Fr), Frankie Armstrong (UK), Meredith Monk (USA), Theatr Zar (Poland), and The Pilpani Family (Georgia) in contemporary, folk, Eastern European and Georgian singing styles, as well as connecting with her heritage of French Canadian and Scottish folksong. Danielle continues to perform in her spare time through the mediums of early music, traditional song, and multichannel on location performance recording tinged with electronica, through collaborations with composers such as Philip Reeder, Federico Reuben, Tobin Stokes, Stephen Brown, and Murray Adaskin.

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
2010
Core Singing™ Teacher Certification
Dr Meribeth Bunch Dayme
2005
MA Voice Studies
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London
2005
Certified Natural Voice Practitioner
Frankie Armstrong
1998
BA Music: classical vocal performance
Vancouver Academy of Music
1996
Diploma of Music: vocal performance & pedagogy
Victoria Conservatory of Music, Camosun College
2015
Designated Linklater Teacher (DLT)
Kristin Linklater

Honours and awards

YearDescription
2005

Wendy Greenhill Memorial Award, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

Membership of external committees

Member of Board of Directors, Volcano Theatre Co. (2007-2010)
Member of the Board of Trustees, Voice Care Network (2010-2013)

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

  • Somatic pedagogical approaches to vocal training.
  • Singing as a vehicle for the development of the spoken voice.
  • The development and application of extended voice and song in theatre.
  • Neuroscience applied to the context of performer training.

Research topics

Linklater Vocal Training applied to training of the singer

Research outputs

Events

YearDescription
2011

'Creative Vocalising: putting the fun back into warm ups', International Drama Association Conference, Swansea University

2012

'Voice, Mind and Language', Voice Care Network Annual Conference 2012. Bristol University. (Organiser)

2012

'Sounding the Space', Townhill Theatre, Swansea

2011

Soloist for 'Dona Nobis Pacem' by Vaughan Williams, Swansea Philharmonic Choir & Chamber Orchestra of Wales, Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

2010

'Cantatas & Sonatas' Recital, guest soloist with Boxwood Baroque Consort, St Peter’s Church, Swansea

2010

Soloist for 'Regina Coeli' by W A Mozart, Swansea Philharmonic Choir, Oystermouth Church, Mumbles

2010

Folksongs with Steve Cooney, Liberty Hall, Dublin

Teaching

Areas of teaching

Musicianship
Phonetics
Singing
Speech
Text
Vocal Improvisation
Voice & Movement
Voice Technique

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Acting
BA(Hons) Theatre
BA(Hons) Music
BA(Hons) Popular Music

CPD delivered

Presentation & Speech Skills for Lecturers
Vocal Skills for Teachers in Training

Professional engagement