Voice Journey Sound Center founder Stephanie Rooker is a vocalist, composer, ethnomusicologist, music educator, and sound healing facilitator. Performing since she was a young child, Stephanie has a background in over 15 years of Western Classical vocal technique as well as study of and experience in Jazz, Blues, and Gospel. Since 2007, she has distinguished herself as a force of soul on the NY music scene with her band The Search Engine, duo work with guitarist Ben Tyree, and freelance work with ensembles throughout the city, including the Riverside Church Inspirational Choir and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Revelations chorus. She has released two albums of original music –Tellin You Right Now (2008) and The Only Way Out is In (2010) – with a third album currently in the works.
A graduate of Oberlin College with a B.A. in Ethnomusicology, Rooker’s continuing studies in that field focus on West Africa & the Diaspora, with an emphasis on the evolution of that musical lineage through the United States. In her teaching and performance, Stephanie employs a distinctive grasp of cross-cultural indigenous archetypes, incisive listening, and mindful facilitation to demonstrate the vast possibilities of broadening trans-cultural awareness as well as healing & empowerment through music.
Stephanie is certified as an Integrative Sound & Music Practitioner by the Sound & Music Institute in New York, an organization in which she now teaches & assists with program coordination. Stephanie has also completed a 200-hour practitioner certification in Yoga of the Voice, as developed by Silvia Nakkach/Vox Mundi School.
Stephanie’s teaching is accessible to people of all backgrounds and levels of singing experience. It is especially effective in freeing the voice from the constraints of past trauma, inhibition, & fear and in opening the way to expanded awareness & creative expression.