Guest Artists

We welcome amazing, talented and caring colleagues and friends to bring their gifts and knowledge to our Soundation programs.

Singer, award-winning composer, arranger, educator and author Gabrielle Goodman has made an indelible print on the musical world with her CDs and live performances. To date she has recorded four CDs of jazz and soul music that feature her with luminaries in the industry. Goodman has toured the world providing backing vocals for legendary artists like Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Patti Labelle and many more. She is Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music.

Some people are born to sing. Mark Baxter was not one of them. Undaunted, he studied, probed, inquired, explored, practiced and applied his findings until he achieved the voice he had always wanted. His value as a vocal teacher is unique in that he draws equally from his stage experience, some 3000 gigs and counting, and an unusually diverse training.

One of contemporary music’s most highly-respected voice teachers, Mark has completed hundreds and hundreds of voice lessons, exploring various methods, and attended countless seminars including: Vocal Pedagogy by the Functional Voice Foundation of West Germany, Neuromuscular message, nutrition, The Alexander Technique, acupressure, reflexology along with various psychological and visualization techniques. Even though he is now considered a leading authority in his field, he continues to research with a passion.

“I don’t think I’ll ever tire of learning about the voice… Many of the singers I work with have vocal damage. The medical courses allow me to speak freely with doctors and then translate their findings into singers’ terms for my clients. As a performer myself, I know exactly what it feels like to sing in the worst conditions. Combining my understanding of anatomy with stage experience allows me to help others reach their potential… and there’s nothing I’d rather be doing.”

Breakout artist Alisa Amador’s music is a synthesis of the many styles she’s voraciously absorbed: rock, jazz and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin sounds she grew up with. With her soulful singing, poetically incisive lyrics, and syncopated rhythms, her music is likely to make you cry, laugh and dance all within one set.
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Assistant professor in Berklee’s Harmony Department since 1997, Alizon Lissance is a well-rounded musician with decades of experience as a multi-keyboard player, vocalist, songwriter, and arranger. She is also a certified Yoga instructor. She has earned regional and national accolades, ranging from critical acclaim in Musician Magazine to receiving a Boston Music Award as Outstanding Keyboardist in 1991. Her CD So What About You is an eclectic collection of original material. She is a founding member of the Love Dogs, an established jump/swing R&B band that has released four CDs and has toured in North America and Europe since 1994. She also keeps busy with freelance recording and performing engagements.

Marcelle Gauvin is associate professor at Berklee College of Music where she teaches Survey of Vocal Styles and serves as the department’s voice retraining specialist. She has been a faculty member at Shenandoah University’s Contemporary Commercial Music Institute for the last nine years and is a professional jazz vocalist by trade with four CD’s to her credit. Her clients cross all musical genres with national and international credits to their names. She owns Double Bar Music, a music school/store located in Southeastern Massachusetts with her two daughters.

Bob Lada is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique having received his certificates from Tommy Thompson and from Alexander Technique International. Bob is a professor at Berklee College of Music and a member of the Effortless Mastery Institute there. He teaches at the Boston Conservatory, the Alexander Technique Center of Cambridge, Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies, American Repertory Theater and Harvard Extension School as well as in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He has taught workshops throughout the USA. Korea, and Europe and is a charter member of Alexander Technique International. Bob has also completed Actors Secret training with Betsy Polatin which he continues to study. Bob’s primary background is in athletics and analytics and he looks at the Technique as a tremendous aid in getting out of one’s way in performance situations so that creativity and skill can come through. His perspective on AT is one of transformation as the path to more fully participating in the present.

Doug Johnson is a pianist and an educator and is Associate Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music. Doug has performed or recorded with Esperanza Spalding, Luciana Souza, Phil Woods, Terry Lynne Carrington, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, Ingrid Jensen, Jason Palmer, Marty Erlich, the Jazz Composer’s Alliance, and Grace Kelly. Doug has performed in London (Ronnie Scotts), Paris, Berlin (A-Train), Vienna (Jazzland, Porgy and Bess, Joe Zawinul’s Birdland), Madrid, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Warsaw, Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles and New York (Dizzys Club Coca Cola, Jazz Standard, Birdland); also Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival. As an educator Doug has done workshops and masterclasses at the University of Vienna, the Vienna Music Institute, the Krakow Jazz Academy, the Freiburg Rock and Jazz Hochschule, American Scociety of Alexander Technique Teachers, (AmSAT) National Convention, the Performing Arts Medicine Association National Conference (PAMA) and Wellesley College and Boston University. Doug is a Licensed Andover Educator (Body Mapping Certification) and a founding member of the Berklee Performance Wellness Institute. M.M from the New England Conservatory.

Award winning vocalist and songwriter Jamie Lynn Hart is best known for her powerhouse vocals and infectious melodies. She’s been teaching at Berklee College of Music for over seven years, and strives to inspire students to dig deep into their hearts to connect with their intention and passion for singing. In 2018 Jamie became a Certified Life Coach and now coaches people on everything from how to uncover their life purpose to how to begin a spiritual practice. Throughout her experience, she’s discovered the most effective results come from uncovering the blocks and fears that hold you back. By truly connecting with yourself and listening to the desire of your heart, you are able to unlock the Holy Grail of your potential. From this point, your life becomes an empty canvas of possibility.