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Dena Murray was born in Los Angeles, CA, where she began her singing career at the age of 12. Her performance career included musical theatre productions, television and motion picture work, and singing for radio commercials. Specializing in vocal technique instruction for over 20 years, her passion has been to help singers to achieve their dreams. Dena teaches privately in home and online, working with both beginning and professional singers worldwide. Additionally, she is Patron for VIDLA (Vocal International Distance Learning Academy) and contracted to work internationally online as a master teacher and coach (www.vidla.org) She is also a key Subject Matter Expert for The Modern Vocalist, a large and growing website serving the needs of vocalists internationally (themodernvocalist.com).
In 1994, she joined the teaching staff at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. From 1996-2006, Dena coordinated the technique taught by all of the vocal instructors and wrote the curriculum for that department. Some of her students have included Holly Valentine (Hyper Crush), Sarah Hudson (Ultraviolet Sound), Michael Salerno (Gemini Syndrome), Jon Hensley, Lauren Adams, demo-and-session artists, along with talent from CBS, NBC, HBO, motion picture films, and television.
Dena’s first book, “Vocal Technique: A Guide To Finding Your Real Voice” (Hal Leonard Publications, 2002), features an introduction to the vocal mechanism and why it can be necessary to separate the head and chest registers. Her second book, co-authored by Tita Hutchison, “Advanced Vocal Technique: Middle Voice, Placement, and Styles” (Hal Leonard Publications, 2008) is a combination of both author’s experiences teaching a unique method for proper mask placement through physical sensations, and how to practically apply this method to all styles of singing. “Vocal Strength & Power: Boost Your Singing with Proper Technique and Breathing” (Hal Leonard Publications 2009) contains little known secrets behind the art of breath technique, and how to use it for a much more powerful one-register sound and singing voice.
Dena graduated from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, with a Bachelor of Science in Speech.