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Conservatory of Performing Arts

Kimberly Steinhauer, Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor
Head of Private Voice

Kimberly SteinhauerContact information


  • Ph.D., Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A., Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught

  • Private Voice
  • Singing for Actors


Kimberly Steinhauer, Ph.D., has devoted her entire career to voice. As a singer, she has performed in venues ranging from pop, opera and sacred music. As an educator, she has taught in public school and university settings. As singing voice specialist, she tailors voice exercises and repertoire specifically for clients who have experienced vocal injury.

As a scientist, Steinhauer was awarded a federal grant to study voice motor learning in aging singers and speakers. She combined her passion for voice and inquiry into the science of voice for her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies.

Steinhauer’s work has been published in the Journal of Voice and in Professional Voice: The Science and Art of ClinicalCare. She is editor of The Voice Foundation newsletter and a founding partner of Estill Voice International, LLC, a voice training and software company in Pittsburgh, PA.  

Curriculum vitae

Professional Memberships

  • Acoustical Society of America
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • The Voice Foundation
  • American Speech and Hearing Association



  • Phantasmagorilla? No! Phantasmogoria, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • The Magic Flute (concert version), Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, 2006
  • The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • The Ring Saga, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, 2005
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors, Uniontown Chorale, 2005

Music Director/Accompanist

  • Guest conductor, Indiana County Choral Festival, 2009
  • Director of choirs, Mt. Lebanon Lutheran Church, through 2004

Research Interests

  • Voice motor control: training the expert vocal athlete, implications in a dynamical systems model; physiology of pathologic, normal and expert voice
  • Voice motor learning: the role of bio-feedback in training and rehabilitation for singers and speakers; strategies for training and rehabilitation of pathologic, normal and expert voice


  • Co-authored "Vocal exercise may attenuate acute vocal fold inflammation," Journal of Voice, 2012.
  • Co-authored "The Estill Voice Model: Physiology of Emotion," Emotions in the Human Voice: Volume II Clinical Evidence, 2008.
  • Co-authored "A novel treatment for hypophonic voice: twang therapy," Journal of Voice, 2007.


  • Co-presented on "Estill Voice Training for the Voice Studio and Clinic," Care of the Professional Voice Symposium, 2015.
  • "Estill Voice Model: Level One & Two," Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec, 2015.
  • Co-presented on "What Belters Can Learn from Opera Singers: Estill Voice Training Figures for Both!," Care of the Professional Voice Symposium, 2014.
  • "Estill Voice Model: Level Two," University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance, 2014.
  • Co-presented on "A Fail-Safe Prompt for False Vocal Fold Retraction," Estil World Voice Symposium, 2013.
  • "Estill Voice Model: Level One," University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance, 2013. 

Selected Honor

  • Guest conductor, Indiana County Honors Choir, 2009