Lisa Popeil's Bio

Lisa Popeil in her Sherman Oaks Studio
Lisa Popeil is one of America's foremost singing and speaking voice experts and has an international reputation as an innovator in the technique and pedagogy of vocal styles. She holds a Master's Degree in Voice from California Institute of the Arts and has taught professionally for over 40 years.

Recently, Lisa sang on the 2015 "Weird Al" Yankovic's Grammy-Award winning #1 album "Mandatory Fun".

Creator of the Voiceworks® Method and "The Total Singer" instructional DVD, Lisa brings her enthusiasm and long experience to the training of singers around the world. Her Voiceworks Studio is located in Sherman Oaks, (Los Angeles) California.

Beginning with piano lessons at age 4 and voice training at 6, Lisa has sung in every style including: opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, and country and her voice has been featured on commercials, television and film. In the 1980's, her self-titled album "Lisa Popeil" was a Billboard Top Album Pick. She has also recorded and performed with Frank Zappa and 'Weird Al' Yankovic.  In 2006, she received an LA Music Award for 'Career Achievement in Vocal Instruction" and in 2013, Lisa was the recipient of "Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Vocal Pedagogy" from the Croatian Choral Directors Association.

For celebrity clients, her experience in instant vocal improvement, song choice, audition/performance prep and maintenance of vocal health keeps her in demand as a resource for actors, managers, directors and record producers.

The Voiceworks Studio has a full digital recording studio, as well as a performance area with stage, lights, sound system and video. Her private students include beginners to celebrities in film, TV, musical theater, and recording worlds.

Lisa has appeared on 'LA Ink', 'Home & Family Show', 'Idol Tonight' and 'Starting Over', 'Biography' and Fox News, over 40 radio programs and featured in magazines including Music Connection, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Karaoke Scene, Singer & Musician and Journal of Singing. She presents workshops and research papers at prestigious voice conferences around the world as an authority on belting and commercial vocal styles. Ms. Popeil has also contributed to the 'Oxford Handbook of Singing' and 'Oxford Handbook of Music Education'.

Lisa is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), is on the Scientific Advisory Board  for the the Voice Foundation, AFTRA (American Federation of TV and Radio Artists), and is a writer-publisher member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers & Publishers) and a voting member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences). She is an invited member of the Iberoamerican Foundation of Singing & Speaking Voice, the British Voice Association (BVA) and the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA).

Private instruction covers singing technique, performance coaching, speech work, voice-over coaching for animation voices, narration, dialects, broadcasting, voice projection, voice preservation, piano, songwriting, demo production, demo recording, charisma enhancement, anxiety reduction and off-site coaching (on-set or in-studio).

Lisa is a member of the famous Popeil family, daughter of Sam (S.J.) Popeil, creator of the Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman and sister to Ron Popeil, whose many products include the Ronco Food Dehydrator, Popeil Pasta Machine, and the Showtime Rotisserie. Lisa has turned her passion in another direction: helping people discover and develop their ability to sing.

Lisa Popeil - Daughter of Ron Popeil




"Working with Singers" - Southern Illinois University - Skype Chat - February

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona - Commercial Vocal Workshop  - April

Voice Foundation Symposium - Philadelphia, PA - May

Master Class - Kennett Square, PA - Awakening Arts Studio - June

PEVOC - Pan European Voice Conference - Florence, Italy - August

Belting Weekend - Palm Beach State College - Florida - October

Total Singer Workshop (Duke Voice Care Center) - Raleigh, NC - October


Ars Choralis - Int'l Symposium of Choral Art - Zagreb, Croatia - April

Zagreb Music Academy- Croatia - April

U. of Cambridge Early Music Program - UK - August

NATS SF/Bay Area - Fall Workshop at Kanbar Performing Arts Center - San Francisco -  Belting and Commercial Styles - November


Instant Singer® Workshop - 2-day Workshop - New York City - April 2013

Voiceworks® Associates Program - 6-day Teacher Training Program - June 2013

N'tl Association of Teachers Intern Program - Master Teacher - U of Colorado-
                     Ft . Collins, CO - June 2012
Gustavus Adolphus College - Total Singer Workshop - St. Peter, MN - August 2012
Physiology & Acoustics of Singing ‘Absolute Range in Singers’ -  Paper-
                    Las Vegas - October
Int'l Congress of Voice Teachers - Brisbane, Australia - Workshop - July 2013
Pan-European Voice Conference - Prague, Czech Republic - Workshops - August 
West Texas A&M University- Amarillo, TX - April
Voice Foundation Symposium 'Care of the Professional Voice' - Philadelphia-May
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine- Madison, WI - August
Pan-European Voice Conference - Marseilles, France - August
Performing Arts Medicine- Freiburg University- Germany - September


Theater Academy- Amsterdam, Holland - April
Hogeschool Logopedie - Utrecht, Holland - April
Nat'l Association Teachers of Singing - National Convention - Salt Lake City - July
British Voice Association - 'Choice for Voice' - London, UK - July

Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Voice - San Antonio, TX - January
Int'l Congress of Voice Teachers - Paris, France - July
8th Pan-European Voice Conference - Dresden, Germany - August

University of Stockholm - Stockholm, Sweden - April 2008
Voice Foundation - Philadelphia, PA - May 2008 (Multiplicity of Belting workshop)
Choice for Voice - British Voice Association - London, UK - July 2008
Voiceworks Associates Program - Los Angeles, CA - July 2008

Speech Language & Educational Asso. - Studio City, CA - January 2007
Brazosport College - Lake Jackson, TX - March 2007
Belmont University - Nashville, TN - May 2007
Voice Foundation- ‘Comparative Analysis of Elite Belters’ Philadelphia, PA - June 2007
American Acoustical Society - ‘Singers’ Self-Perception of Harmonics’
Salt Lake City, UT - June 2007
Voiceworks Associates Program - Los Angeles, CA - July 2007
'Belt Your Way to the Top' - Pleasant Hill, CA - August 2007
Pan-European Voice Conference 7 - Groeningen, Holland - August 2007

3rd Int'l Physiology & Acoustics of Singing - York, England - May 2006
Voice Foundation Symposium - 'Art of Pop Stylisms' - Philadelphia, PA - June 2006
Singer's Edge Workshop - Ambler, PA - June 2006
Int'l Modeling and Talent Association Convention- New York, NY - July 2006
Canadian Voice Care Foundation Symposium - Banff, Alberta - August 2006
Wake Forest University - Winston- Salem, NC - September 2006
NATS Fall Symposium - Winston-Salem, NC - September 2006
Alberta Music Educator's Conference - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - October 2006

Wake Forest University - Winston-Salem, South Carolina- Februrary 2005
NATS Redwood Chapter - Sonoma, CA - May 2005
NY Singing Teachers Association - Teachers College, Columbia Univ - May 2005
Singer's Edge Worskhop - Philadelphia, PA - June 2005
Summersong - Fantasy Studios - Berkeley, CA - July 2005
6th Pan-European Voice Conference - London, UK - August 2005

Spring Vocal Clinic - Atlanta, GA - March 2004
Total Singer Workshop - Brugges, Belgium & Utrecht, Holland - May 2004
Voice Foundation Symposium - Country Singing Workshop
Philadelphia, PA - June 2004
Summersong -Jazz/ R&B - LaFayette, CA - July 2004
Voiceworks Associates Program - Los Angeles, CA - August 2004

3rd World Voice Congress - Antalya, Turkey - June 2003
Total Singer Workshop (in association with Columbia University)
New York, NY - October 2003

Vocal Arts Medicine & Voice - Salzburg, Austria - August 2002
Logopedic & Audiology Symposia - Utrecht, Holland
Brugges & Leuven, Belgium - October 2002

NATS - Bay Area Chapter - Hayward, CA - May 2001
Voice Foundation Symposium - Philadelphia, PA - June 2001
4th Pan European Voice Conference - Stockholm, Sweden - August 2001

Care of the Professional Voice, Philadelphia, PA - July 2000
Vocal Arts Medicine & Voice Care - Salzburg, Austria - August 2000
International Voice Institute - San Francisco, CA - November 2000

2nd World Voice Congress - Sao Paolo, Brazil - February 1999
U. of California at Irvine - Drama Department - April 1999
Care of the Professional Voice - Philadelphia, PA - June 1999
Occupational Voice Symposium - Utrecht, The Netherlands - August 1999

NATS Central Coast Chapter - February 1998
NATS National Convention - Toronto, Ont. - July 1998
NATS - Victoria Chapter - Victoria, BC - July 1998
California PolyTechnic University - Pomona, CA - October 1998

NATS Los Angeles Chapter - November 1997

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Convention
Seattle, WA - July 1996 (with Dr. Cleveland)

Voice Foundation Symposium - Philadelphia, PA - June 1995
(with Dr. Thomas Cleveland)