Classically Trained: Tapping into the power of the voice

July 21, 2011|By Bradley Zint
  • Dr. Miluna Fausch of the Voice Healer Vocal Studio in Newport Beach. Dr. Miluna's specialties include voice lessons, holistic medicine and vocal care products. Her studio near John Wayne Airport, on Birch Street, opened last month.
Dr. Miluna Fausch of the Voice Healer Vocal Studio in Newport… (Don Leach, Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — There's no mistaking the aura of a small business about to open its doors for the first time.

Not yet dulled by writing, the tips of the pencils are still sharp. A pile of freshly printed business cards sits strategically placed.

The shelves are artistically stocked, price tags clearly displayed, no corners left unclean.

It's the calm showcase — one well-planned, the final product of untold work hours — before the customer/client storm most owners hope to get. But beyond the spick-and-span exterior, there's a more interesting story.

Dr. Miluna Fausch is starting to witness her vision come to life since opening her new venture: the Voice Healer Vocal Studio.

What the Voice Healer offers is multifold: voice lessons, vocal health products, protocol for singers and actors, nutrition and wellness coaching.


There even are classes planned about branding, industry networking tips and marketing.

I visited her small Newport Beach studio one morning last month. It was the week before her grand opening party and, like most every new small-business story I've written, one visit helped me understand the innovation, sweat and sacrifice that goes into opening a new venture.

Dr. Miluna, as she likes to be called, has a novel and philosophical idea: within all of our voices, there is magic. She wants to help us find it.

"I believe in the power of the voice and music," she says. "It's such a force for healing, and a lot of people haven't found their voice."

What that magic is would be hard to say — everyone's is likely different — but it would seem the good doctor has the credentials to uncover it and more.


'Fire of a musician'

Dr. Miluna's own story starts with a small-town upbringing in Hope, Ind., population 2,300. While growing up in the Midwestern hamlet about an hour south of Indianapolis, she always knew she could sing.

Powered by some of the family musical genes, she started piano lessons at age 7. Into her late teens, she held onto dreams of being a famous singer. Maybe another Barbra Streisand.

One of her music teachers sensed her talents, suggesting she teach music too.

"At the time I thought that was ridiculous!" she says. She laughs at the thought now, some 20 years of teaching experience later.

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