BOB & CLAIRE CORFF have recorded people’s voices from over 50 different regions and countries. With these recording and books they have created individual accent programs in order for their students to be more comfortable and competent with whatever accent they’re performing with
or auditioning for.
Because BOB & CLAIRE CORFF were at one time actors themselves often auditioning for parts that called for foreign accents, they have experienced first hand the pressures of having to know an accent within a day or two or less. They were both fortunate enough to be cast in many of the parts they auditioned for. Between the two of them, they had the opportunity to play people from
New York ,
and, yes, believe it or not, even
As teachers they realize that even when actors have qualities needed to get an accent, (a good ear, the ability to duplicate sound, the openness of a child and the willingness to feel foolish) actors very often don’t have the time to search out a film with that particular accent to listen to and repeat after or the luxury of finding a book and then figuring out those very foreign phonetic symbols that can be extremely confusing.
The CORFFS have put these accent programs together in order for you to be able to obtain “the advantage” by listening and copying an authentic accent. These programs are complete, giving you the most important sounds you need to learn and short cuts that can help you with the sound, such as the attitude of the region and the point of view of a country. BOB & CLAIRE CORFF’S goal is for you to have an accent with speed, precision and authenticity.
||Bob Corff knows first-hand that what a person says is not as important as how it is said. As top vocal coach to thousands of such big-name stars as Vanessa Redgrave and Samuel L. Jackson, business leaders and public speakers, Corff has made a definite impact on their careers and their lives.
"Enriching your voice alters the way you feel about yourself and the way people respond to you," Corff says.
In an age which emphasizes personal development and competitiveness in the workplace, it surprises Corff how many public figures and business people are not aware of the importance of having an effective voice.
"In this society, many seem apologetic--their voices are high and they talk as if every statement is a question," Corff says. "This type of speech pattern denotes self-doubt."
Corff says voice is the purest representation of a person, revealing levels of self-confidence, expectations and attitudes. He claims voice is one of the first and most powerful characteristics people respond to--a strong and self-assured voice commanding attention and respect.
Corff enjoys working with film and recording stars because they know exactly why they are in his studio.
Corff mastered his voice coaching techniques during a long-lived acting career. The actor/singer played lead roles in many acclaimed stage productions including Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and Danny Zuko in Broadway's production of "Grease."
Born in Reading, PA. to an encyclopedia salesman, Corff had no inherent ties to the entertainment industry. However, the family migrated west and Corff spent much of his childhood in California. Here he realized his calling to the stage, and like so many college-age students, started a rock-and-roll band. After one rehearsal in a friend's garage, "The Purple Gang" appeared at the grand opening of a local service station, which led to a contract with MGM records.
Soon thereafter, Corff studied theater and landed his first acting job as the lead in the Los Angeles production of "Hair"--a role he later played on Broadway. Corff has since starred in more than 103 episodes of "Everyday Show," and under contract to Universal Studios, played parts in many television series and movies such as: “McMillan & Wife,”“The Bold Ones,” and a movie of the week titled “Houston, We’ve Got a Problem.”
Bob starred in a Roger Corman cult classic film “Gasss.” He worked personally with Leonard Bernstein in “Mass.” That was one of the 3 plays Bob did at the prestigious Mark Taper Theatre in Los Angeles. Also, Brian Friel’s “Christal & Fox” and “The Dybbuk.”
Corff was 12 years into his acting career when the 1980's actor's strike hit. While his co-workers remained unemployed, Corff embarked upon a new venture. When a friend asked him to teach her to sing, he had no idea he was to become a prominent and much-sought-after vocal coach. Word of Corff's coaching talents spread quickly and his student roster flourished. Corff now has an extensive and impressive client list which includes Sally Field, Elijah Wood, Jennifer Aniston, Antonio Bandaras and others.
"They have a job to do and they use me to do it, Corff says. Corff's clients are his most powerful advocates. By making them more marketable in the work force, he incites a positive transformation in their world.
Corff hopes that someday more people will learn the value of having a good voice. He feels that developing an effective voice is as important as developing a toned and healthy body. So corporate leaders, business professionals, performers and politicians, listen carefully, watch the lips and repeat..."The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain."
"A great teacher convinces you that you can get better than you ever dreamt. And Bob knows how to get you there through his love of the art of the voice and his brilliant first hand knowledge of how the voice is technically produced. He is a great professional and a great teacher."
"Since I started studying voice with Bob, I've become a real woman."
Jenna Elfman, DHARMA AND GREG
"Thank you so much. You gave me so much confidence, you're truly amazing."
Catherine Bell, JAG
"In the years I've worked with Bob, my range has doubled and my confidence soared. I really love you man."
Beth Hart, SCREAMING FOR MY SUPER
"You have always been not only a terrific human being, but a wonderful and inspiring teacher as well. Your tremendous support and encouragement helped me to finally make it to Broadway."
Cynthia Sikes, INTO THE WOODS
"Bob Corff is as mysterious as the larynx itself. He feeds you enough technique to help you skid into a new areas as an artist, and he gets you excited enough about art to make you bone up on your technique. Personally I think he's some sort of latent Jedi Master posing as a voice teacher, for the good of mankind."
Bronson Pinchot, PERFECT STRANGERS
"Bob is a master at what he does - but equally important he is a master of a person. Sweet, caring, responsible, humorous."
Milton Katselas, Director, Teacher, Artist
"Your support and encouragement is truly the best."
Kim Delany, N.Y.P.D.
"Not only is Bob a wonderful teacher, but he is truly a special human being, filled with white light and positive spiritual energy. He is an inspiration."
Howard Fine, Teacher/Director
"When the pupil is ready, the teacher appears. I truly got lucky, Mr. Corff literally gave me back my full voice. I will work with him forever."
Eileen Brennan, PRIVATE BENJAMIN
"I came to Bob with a specific vocal problem. It was handled within a month. I continue to study with him because of the safe environment that I find creative and stimulating. I recommend Bob for actors and performers."
Ted Danson, CHEERS - BECKER
"I have had the pleasure of experiencing Bob Corff as a fabulous performing star and a premiere professor of the performing arts. I have seen the results...Bob knows how to do it."
Louis J Horvitz, Director - The Academy Awards
"The most important thing that I learned from Bob is it's never too late to change who you think you are. Bob convinced me that the world was not waiting to laugh at my voice and that the main difference between a singer and a non-singer is one sings and the other doesn't. Now, thanks to Bob's expert tutelage and infinite patience, I now not only sing, but get paid for it!"
Jennifer Tilly, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
"Give your soul to heaven, but give your voice to Bob."
Reuben Cannon, Casting Director - THE COLOR PURPLE
"Studying with Bob has helped me to understand the mechanics of my voice. He's taught me how to sustain a purity and suppleness of vocal sound longer than I've previously known possible."
Dan Hill, Singer/Songwriter - SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH
"Thanks to you, I can now order pizza on the telephone without being asked to speak to my mommy or daddy. You are an excellent teacher and a wonderful person."
Kathy Ireland, Supermodel/Actress
"My mom taught me to talk...Bob taught me to speak. There's a big difference."
Shirley, 97.1 STAR RADIO PERSONALITY
"Bob Corff knows like no other teacher I've met, how to open the voice in an extraordinary and dramatic way."
Rick Pagano, Casting Director - CHIGAGO HOPE
"Bob is a gifted and sensitive teacher. He has been instrumental in my expansion as an artist in all areas of performance by helping me build both vocal technique and confidence."
Alison LaPlaca, LARAQUETTE
"The international meeting that I was preparing for was voted the most successful ever, and I feel you helped me a lot in preparing myself for it."
Graeme Irvine, President - WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL
"I went from Minnie Mouse to Mae West with the help of Bob Corff. It's made a huge difference in the way I express myself as an actress and in my career."
Kelly Rutherford, MELROSE PLACE
"Over the past 7 months, while attending your performance classes, you have been a great inspiration to me both personally and professionally. With your help and guidance, I have realized my most treasured dream. My singing has finally come out of the shower and onto the stage. I will value your professional guidance forever."
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Senior Vice President - PARAMOUNT PICTURES
"We go to Bob Corff for confidence, direction and affirmation of our musical talent. Bob allows us the freedom to experiment, and guides us to discover what is special and unique in ourselves."
Suzanne Rogers, DAYS OF OUR LIVES
"I'll never forget when I came to Bob and said, 'They want me to sing on FALCON CREST' I told them I couldn't sing and they said, 'okay that's even better - that will be funny'. I was a wreck and Bob said, 'Don't worry, we'll get you to sound good'. We worked without stopping for a week, since that's all the time we had. You know it came out pretty good - he saved my face."
Ana Alicia, FALCON CREST
"Bob's class is better than sex."
Julie Brown, Comedienne/Singer, TV
"What can be said of Bob Corff? The man I wined and dined - and he still turned us down to play 'Jean Valjean' in the Los Angeles production of 'Les Miserables'! Unbelievable! But he still has gained my respect and friendship and has done incredible work teaching my friend Amy Irving to sing - Great! P.S. - maybe the movie???
Richard Jay-Alexander, Executive Director, CAMERON MACKINTOSH, Inc
"Those of us who saw Bob on stage, experienced a charismatic performer with a remarkable singing and acting talent. Those of us who know him personally have a dear, caring and compassionate friend."
June Lockhart, LASSIE - LOST IN SPACE
"Your gifts and talents are so great, and I don't know anyone as young as you who's been as unselfish and helpful to so many other careers."
Stephanie Edwards, AM IN THE MORNING
"The best performers are obliged to assume two primary responsibilities: they must please their audiences, but equally important is pleasing themselves. That's the kind of thinking Bob Corff brings to his students in his performance classes. Corff comes excellently credentialed wit starring roles in 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Hair' and 'Grease' on Broadway, in his background. Bob Corff's kind of approach to entertaining should be fundamental to all lines of endeavor. The joy in one's job always makes it possible to do it more skillfully."
Cleve Herman, KFWB NEWS 98
"Thank you for your talented contribution."
Joel Schumacher, Director, BATMAN
"The amazing thing about Bob is the compassion he has for performers. He always comes up with supportive and encouraging words."
Winifred White, Director of MOTION PICTURES FOR TELEVISION, NBC
"Bob gets right to the heart of the matter and mines for the gold. He is relentless, extremely intuitive, very focused and so caring. I have gained so much more than expected, (and that was a lot), and consistently continue to do so. Bob is a master."
Shanna Reed, MAJOR DAD
"For the last thirty years, I have spoken with a thin, raspy, high pitched quality. Because of this condition, my words came out breathy. As a television director, I wanted to make powerful statements and all I produced were whispers. After working with Bob my voice now has greater range. It is deeper, stronger. I feel more in control. What is more incredible to me is that my confidence has increased. I no longer am afraid that my instrument might fail me. As for my work, I feel so much better about my directing. I am much more self-assured about presenting my point of view. Thank you, Bob Corff."
Bob Heath, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
"I have been in speech therapy for as long as I can remember. But I never really had the confidence in my speech until I began working with Bob. My speech battle is over. Thank Gawd!"
Kristina Malandro Wagner, GENERAL HOSPITAL
"Thank you for your patience, and your clear and practical technique. Thanks for coming through in "emergencies" and thanks, most of all, for Juliet, (Romeo and Juliet).
Laurie Walters, EIGHT IS ENOUGH
"...The guy who helped me grow from a 20 year old to a woman! The men love my sexy new voice and 'Ashley' sure has matured too!"
Brenda Epperson, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS