Peisha McPhee (World-Class Vocal Coach, Performance Coach, & Audition Specialist) is in a class of her own. As an internationally renowned singer and vocal coach, Peisha has improved the performance of thousands of singers over the past three decades. Her cutting-edge training on how to audition, how to sing, and how to perform gives her students a significant advantage over their competition.
As a vocal coach for Fox’s hit TV series American Idol, Peisha is responsible for helping contestants deliver their optimum singing performance onstage and in front of a national TV audience. Her vocal lessons help performers overcome singing challenges such as vocal straining and provide invaluable training in proper singing technique. She effectively teaches her students how to sing with greater range, including how to use breath control to maximize and sustain power notes.
Peisha is also one of the world’s best teachers on how to perform and audition. She coaches her students on microphone technique, developing the subtext of a song, body stance, song choice, and how to cultivate unshakable singing confidence.
As one of the most sought-after and respected vocal coaches in the industry, Peisha works with singers from all walks of life and every age -- from 6 years old to 70 years young. Each of Peisha’s students learns so much more than simply how to sing and audition; they are given the tools to become a star. Peisha’s students have gone on to perform on Broadway, star in blockbuster films and on hit televison shows, and WIN American Idol!
Michael Orland (World-Renown Vocal Coach, Songwriter, & Arranger) began his impressive musical career at the tender age of three, when he escorted each member of his family, one by one, to see Mary Poppins and then sat down at the piano and played the songs by ear. Since this auspicious beginning, he has become one of the nation’s most acclaimed concert and theatre musical directors.
Michael holds the prestigious position of Associate Musical Director for the hit TV show, American Idol. A world-class performance and singing coach, Michael has worked on every season of American Idol, as well as multiple seasons of America's Got Talent, and hundreds of Broadway Shows. Having seen thousands of auditions across the country from network TV to Broadway, Michael is a seasoned expert on how to audition and what makes people outshine their competition. He has trained and accompanied thousands of artists from Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and Adam Lambert, to every American Idol winner -- as well as thousands of contenders.
Michael has appeared on Oprah, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The Ellen Show (more than 60 times), People Magazine, and dozens of other national media outlets. Michael has also collaborated with some of the music industry’s biggest names such as: Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Martina McBride, Tony Bennett, and many other acclaimed musicians. Michael’s talents span beyond training performers how to sing and how to audition, as he has produced multiple hit singles and co-authored the best-selling book, Chicken Soup For The American Idol Soul.
Peisha McPhee and Michael Orland met back at the world famous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Cinegrill club where both were performing and presenting shows. However, it wasn’t until Season 5 of American Idol that the two got to know each other better. A young beautiful girl by the name of Katharine McPhee was a contestant and Peisha was at the show every week as both Katharine’s mother and coach. During this time the two grew close and years later formed a powerhouse alliance to dramatically improve the vocal and performing skills of singers globally.
Michael and Peisha started teaching master classes together in 2009 and found they had identical styles in teaching, coaching and performing philosophies. After a few overwhelmingly successful master-classes together they realized that with their combined expertise, there couldn't be a more unstoppable pair. After traveling around the country teaching master-classes to teens and adults alike, they've now joined forces to create world-class coaching programs and products to help singers achieve their dreams.