MA, Florida Atlantic University
Senior Instructor of Music
Areas of Expertise
• Voice/Vocal Rehabilitation
• Alexander Technique
• Music History
Her musical career began early singing with the Children's Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Ballet of England. She graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree and received the Arthur B. Whitney award for highest scholastic honors. She went on to sing with the New England Opera Center and the Light Opera of Manhattan. She sang the theme song on a popular children's television program for WGBH-TV in Boston.
Ms. Dorchin had a voice studio in New York City for twenty years. Her students included professionals engaged in operatic, Broadway, cabaret, jazz, blues, rock n' roll, film, television and voice over careers. Private students studying with her received college credit for their vocal studies at New York University and Hunter College. Before joining the faculty of Florida Atlantic University nineteen years ago she taught at Texas Tech University.
In 1996 she was hired as the University's second voice teacher as FAU broadened its musical horizons and expanded the department. She has created new courses for the curriculum which include Vocal Pedagogy, Introduction to Vocal Pedagogy and Survey of Vocal Solo Literature. She is the director of Opera Workshop. During that time, she earned her Masters of Music Education from Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Dorchin is a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique.
In addition to teaching singing, she specializes in vocal rehabilitation. She has worked extensively and effectively with singers and other voice professionals who have severe vocal problems as a result of faulty technique and bad vocal habits. Ms. Dorchin has developed successful techniques for eliminating vocal nodules. She has treated people suffering from various dysphonias, including those who have lost the capacity for speech as a result of intubation during surgery. Her teaching also extends to people afflicted with asthma, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy. She has given seminars on vocal health to voice professionals in the Palm Beach area.
She has given master classes in Voice and the Alexander Technique for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Music Entertainment Industry Students Association (MEISA), as well as seminars on vocal health for Palm Beach County music teachers. In the past her community service has included an annual Thespian Workshop at the St. Andrews School.
She was the writer and host of WXEL's Opera Theater on 90.7 FM radio for eleven years.
Some of her performance roles include Mabel ( The Pirates of Penzance, Susanna ( Le Nozze di Figaro), Olympia ( Les Contes D'Hoffman), Zerlina ( Don Giovanni), and Elvira ( L'Italiana in Algeri).