Tim studied voice with renowned vocal coach, the late Mr. George
Peckham, from 1971 to 1985. Other Seattleites having studied with George
include Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Grammy winning jazz vocalists Diane
Schurr & Ernestine Anderson, Merrilee Rush ("Angel of the
Morning"), Jane Lambert (head of Voice Dept. at Seattle's Cornish
Institute of Art) and Kelly Harland. Tim began teaching "The George
Method" (as taught to him by his teachers: James Stevens, Claude
"Pops" Saner, and George Walker) in Seattle and now teaches in
July, 19, 1904 - December 22, 1994
George at work.
Photo by Tim.
Tim studied and learned from George
the classic technique that has been employed by opera singers for over two
hundred years and has applied it to modern-style singing.
surprisingly open-minded about modern singing (as evidenced by the wide
variety of students he worked with, from opera and chorus singers to jazz
stylists and even entire rock bands). His theory was that if one learned
to sing correctly, from the diaphragm and without throat tension, then one
could do just about anything with their voice. He didn't care for abuse of
the voice, however. He felt that, as the one truly "human
instrument", it should be respected and well cared for.
Today, Tim acknowledges that George saved him from destroying his voice in
his teens, due to incorrect vocal technique, and is happy to credit
everything he knows about good vocal technique to his study and work with
George F. Peckham
George photo 2
George photo 3