Your Voice, Your Story

Sessions 3 & 4: Grades 1–6

  • Learn why your voice becomes a story
  • Learn how your story becomes a relationship
  • Learn what relationships do to open a student’s voice
  • Hear what vocal teachers do to make words clear and pleasant to listen to
  • Find out why the voice and the body both speak the same language- or not!


RoelofRoelof Vel

Roelof Vel was born in The Hague, Holland and immigrated in 1952 to the United States with his older brother and parents after WWII. The family settled in a Hudson River town at the base of the Catskill Mountains called Kingston. After high school, Roelof began a long anticipated study of music, while attending New York University. As a music student, Roelof also played a great deal of music in many genres like, orchestral, dance band, jazz, Broadway and Shakespearian festivals. His two memorable and unusual engagements were opening an art gallery exhibition for Andy Warhol, and playing a music concert side by side with heavy weight boxing champ, Joe Frazier & The Knockouts.

In 1976 Roelof moved to Utah to pursue a teaching degree in music education & pedagogy at Brigham Young University. After graduating in 1979 he began teaching for the Jordan School District. Roelof currently directs the Jordan Youth Symphony which he helped start in 1983. He adjudicates music festivals, performs with his dance band “BUGZ”, and continues to write, arrange and record music. Roelof has been married for 38 years with 5 children and 11 grandchildren. Roelof believes in his creed that music and the arts in all of its forms, permeates every discipline taught and are the very reason for our best humanity.