InnerVoice Vocal Studio
At our core, we all want to be seen, valued, and heard in the midst of all of the noise in the world. Sam created InnerVoice Vocal Studio in order to foster a safe, comfortable, nurturing and inviting atmosphere for busy working adults to break down barriers, build confidence, learn contemporary vocal technique, communication, and public speaking skills. She offers 1-to-1 training, workshops and community events that train and inspire people to Own Their Voices.
Sam feels enormously grateful and privileged to be able to work with people from all backgrounds and walks of life. She has worked with musicians, attorneys, accountants, filmmakers, engineers, marketing and PR people, managers, start-up entrepreneurs, corporate real estate developers, small business owners, writers, bankers, human resources specialists, and more.
It also brings her great joy that her clients also come from all over the world including China, India, Korea, Croatia, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Italy, Poland, Brazil, Netherlands, France, Lebanon, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Iceland.
Sam began teaching singing lessons in 2007. Her first student was her then 11-year-old niece. In 2008 she opened her first coaching company, Sam Whitehouse Music, later called OpenVoice Studios. At its peak, OpenVoice Studios had 9 additional teachers, and 150 weekly recurring private students (1000+ over the lifespan of the company).
During her years at the helm, in addition to teaching and exploring new curriculum, Sam opened 3 studios in 2 states and produced dozens of shows, events, and workshops. In 2015 she closed OpenVoice Studios and opened InnerVoice Studio in order to have more time, energy and attention to focus on her clients, as well as to develop new training offerings.
You can read more about the deeply moving and personal journey from OpenVoice to InnerVoice here.
Sam Whitehouse, Owner/Coach
For well over a decade, Sam Whitehouse has been helping individuals find their authentic voice and transforming their lives through the process of building confidence through self-expression.
Sam genuinely loves people, and strongly believes that each person has the right to feel safe and confident in this world. Through her warm and authentic personality, and her loving, judgment-free, and personalized approach she creates a safe and inviting environment in which each client is able to experience their voice in an entirely new and immensely powerful way.
Sam knows firsthand how difficult and scary vocal work can be (ask her about the time she fainted and fell off the stage while in the middle of singing a song, in front of a room full of people. Oof!) Because of this, she encourages each person she works with to show up exactly as they are, and she has a unique ability to calm their fears and anxieties, and redirect that energy into a positive vocal experience and confidence-building outcome.
Though she started her career as a contemporary singing and performance coach, Sam realized early on that singing has an undeniable power to help a person feel more comfortable in their own skin, and more confident in their daily lives.
Over time she decided to shift her focus away from preparing singers for the performance track, and instead to explore how the process of learning how to sing, and vocal work in general, can be used as a tool for building confidence and owning one’s place in the world.
Throughout the years, Sam has deepened her research and expanded her coaching program to incorporate a wide range of topics related to self-expression, from communication and public speaking to accent management and volume projection, from singing onstage, or speaking up in a meeting, to having a difficult dialogue with a loved one, and everything in between. Her specialty is helping each client find the tools and resources they need to access their own unique voice and apply these skills in their personal and professional lives.
When Sam is not working she can be found generally encouraging others to take a chance on themselves, practicing yoga, working on music, creating mixed-media art pieces, sipping Cabernet from her favorite InnerVoice Studio wine glass, napping in a sunbeam, or learning Turkish. Yep, Turkish.