Dr. Michelle Yagoda specializes in the care of the professional voice for aspiring and seasoned voice users. She diagnoses and treats the voices of adults, young adults, teens going through puberty, and children.
Regarded as one of the best voice doctors in New York, NYC, and Manhattan; patients travel in from around the world to see her. As one of New York’s top expert laryngologists, she offers a unique and integrative approach to voice care, combining natural and alternative therapies, lifestyle changes, and nutritional supplementation with state-of-the-art injections, lasers, and surgery. She understands that many complaints about pitch, vibration, volume, and tone originate not in the throat but in other facial structures such as the nose, sinuses and mouth. Read Dr. Yagoda’s comments on singer Sam Smith’s vocal surgery.
Recognized as a top NYC voice doctor by the New York Singing Teachers’ Association for her comprehensive approach to vocal care, Dr. Yagoda was one of the the first to incorporate a team approach to vocal care. As distinguished medical director of the Grammy-award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dr. Yagoda is a proponent of the Cross-Choral Training Technique that allows singers to be safely trained in all musical genres. It also allows young adults to sing safely through puberty.
Dr. Yagoda treats these and other conditions of the ears, nose, and throat that also affect the voice:
Dr. Yagoda’s patients include voice students and professional voice users of all ages. Students of the Julliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, the New York Singing Teachers’ Association, and the Grammy-Award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus see Dr. Yagoda, as do professional opera singers from the Metropolitan Opera, NYC Opera, and DiCapo opera. Grammy award winning rock, pop, reggae, rap, and folk singers seek Dr. Yagoda’s expertise as do Broadway stars of all ages from Hamilton, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, A Chorus Line, Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, Hadestown, Mary Poppins, Fun Home, RENT, Billy Elliott, HAIR, A Christmas Carol, Assembled Parties, Brighton Beach Memories, Mamma Mia!, Bridges of Madison County, Les Miserables, The Lion King, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A View From the Bridge, Little Mermaid, Memphis, Legally Blond, Lion King, Wicked, and Avenue Q. Dr. Yagoda also treats television anchors and correspondents from Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, WPIX, NY1, CNN, and CNBC; radio announcers from WPLJ and Q104; screen actors; clergy, gospel and religious singers; performers in off-Broadway productions and traveling theater companies; and other professionals for whom their voices are their livelihoods. Dr. Yagoda’s professional singers even include one with a vocal cord paralysis!
As medical director of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dr. Yagoda is especially proud of the children and teen singers that will be featured in video segments on Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s OTR II world tour. The audio from BYC’s young singers’ first album, Black Mountain Songs, featuring composer and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw will be incorporated into the show as well! The BYC’s children’s chorus has previously won a Grammy with Elton John, and has performed with Meredith Monk and others. BYC’s teen and young adult singers have performed at venerable locations such as BAM, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The New Victory Theater and on David Letterman.