If You Can Speak, You Can Sing
Meet The Team
Richard Fink IV
Founder of Throga
Richard is the founder of Throga®, #1 Best-Selling Author in vocal education and labeled as the “world’s leading online vocal coach” by the Wall Street Journal. He has worked with singers in over 100 countries around the world, including multi-platinum selling artists, professional actors, political leaders, and Broadway stars. As a vocalist, Richard is a 3x Guinness World Record holder and award-winning singer for solo performances as Jesus (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Jean Valjean (Les Miserables). He released multiple albums as a songwriter and vocal-producer between 1991 and 2005, which led to co-writing and demoing songs for top charting artists such as Josh Groban and Michael Jackson. Other career highlights as a vocal coach include adjudicating the 2016-2017 Voice of Dance Life Unite in Australia and Suncane Skale televised throughout Europe, coaching at Talent Camp at Universal Studios, and teaching Masterclasses at various Universities in the USA and Australia. Richard’s crowning achievement, however, was becoming the first and only person in U.S. history to be awarded a full-utility patent on a vocal training technique with the 7 Dimensions of Singing.
OAM, Bmus, MFA
Stephen is a leader in his field as former president of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (NSW Chapter) and recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his contribution to vocal and performance education. Stephen holds a masters degree from Macquarie University and played a pivotal role in developing the curriculum for the Bachelor of Music at JMC Academy in Sydney. He was also a keynote speaker and guest lecturer in voice and performance at numerous government accredited music Academies and Universities and Masterclass lecturer for ANATS workshops. As a three time winner of the Australian Achiever Awards for Sydney’s Music & Entertainment Services, Stephen’s performing career includes several major musical productions, guest vocalist with the Australian Ballet Company and over 120 live television appearances as a solo vocalist across all major networks. Although recently retired after 18 years as Senior Lecturer for Voice and Performance at JMC Academy, Stephen continues to teach select students in his private practice at the Sydney Singing Centre.
Laurence has been an active music educator for over 30 years and is currently teaching classroom music grades 7-12 at Byron-Bergen Central schools, New York. After receiving his BM and MM in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, he continued to teach there for 6 years in the music department. As a composer, Laurence has written over 200 works for various ensembles and performers at all levels and in 2009, he received the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra award for Outstanding Music Educator in the area of Classroom Music. Additionally, Laurence served as the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) chairperson for High School Classroom Music, and has served on the Content Advisory Panel for the New York State Standards for the Arts.