Welcome to Tom Burke Voice Studio. I'm Tom Burke! 

As a speech-language pathologist, Certified Course Instructor of Estill Voice Training and voice teacher with 20 years experience, I've honed a fast, fun, scientific, safe and simple way to sing better, speak clearer, and communicate easier with power, versatility and authenticity. 

This summer, I will be offering in-person Estill Voice Training courses, in the Hudson Valley, New York, for emerging and veteran voice teachers, vocal coaches, singers, actors and speech pathologists.

Keep scrollin' to learn more. 


Estill Retreat Dates

Course Descriptions

Estill Level One

Level One: Figures for Voice Control™ teaches the Craft of speaking and singing. During this course students will be introduced to 13 vocal structures that influence voice quality. Each structure has different options for control that produce different vocal sound effects and sensations. Introductory exercises use everyday natural vocal activities to guide the student’s awareness to the featured structure and its possibilities. The Figure for Voice™ for each structure challenges the student to change structural options on different vowels and pitches through the range. After being introduced to each Figure™, participants are given the opportunity to try out their new skills in small group practice sessions. Open Coachings provide the opportunity for participants to work on a speech or song and to explore the Figure solutions to any problems encountered, any vocal goals not realized. There will also be ample opportunity for questions and discussion. The skills developed in Level One will help you add strength, clarity and stamina to your voice! Tuition: $400

When: August 18, 19, 20, 2017
Where: Burkestone Estate Hudson, NY
What Time: 10am - 6pm Daily


Estill Level Two

Level Two builds on the knowledge and skills from Level One by asking students to combine different options learned through the Figures in "recipes" for six "basic" voice qualities. These qualities – Speech, Falsetto, Sob, Twang, Opera, and Belting – appear as specifically defined by Jo Estill. Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities™ gives you a better understanding of the voice’s limitless possibilities, along with how to keep it vibrant and healthy. After becoming familiar with each Voice Quality, participants will be given the opportunity to apply their new skills in small group practice sessions.There will also be ample opportunity for questions and discussion. Level Two: Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities™ will be of interest to singers, actors, public speakers, voice teachers, and clinical voice professionals. Tuition: $400

When: August 23, 24, 25, 2017
Where: Burkestone Estate Hudson, NY
What Time(s): Wed: 10am - 6pm, Thurs: 10am - 6pm, Friday: 10am - 2pm 


Interested in Attending both Level One AND Level Two?
Save $100 and attend both for a discounted rate of $700   

How We Host

Welcome to Burkestone

All on-site retreats are hosted at Burkestone Estate. Nestled in the historic Hudson River Valley, our premier upstate New York facility boasts 5.7 beautiful acres set in the farmlands just outside Hudson, NY.  

Explore Hudson

Voted one of America’s best small towns, Hudson features delicious farm to table restaurants, art galleries, microbreweries, wineries, antique shops, performance venues, beautiful Hudson River views and historic homes. Just 2 hours north of NYC and 2 hours west of Boston, it’s the perfect weekend getaway to recharge and explore your voice and speech technique. 

Housing & Accomodations

At Burkestone, we can accommodate up to 15 guests in either our fully-stocked Barn Suite studio apartments or the Manor House guest rooms with shared-bath. Accommodations also include daily farm-fresh meals. Several AirBNB and hotel locations are within minutes of the estate to provide additional local adventures and respite for our guests. Check out #burkestoneestate on Instagram for some more pics of the estate!  


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