Krzysztof Izdebski
  1. Faculty

Krzysztof Izdebski

Humanities and Sciences

Courses Taught

  • Voice Physiology
  • Voice Health


  • PhD, University of California, San Francisco
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • FK, Lund, Sweden

Awards and Distinctions

  • American Speech Hearing Association, Fellow
  • World Voice Consortium, Vice President
  • Voice Foundation Oscar Recipient

What is your hometown?

Walnut Creek, CA

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Antique maps.

Who were your major teachers?

B. Malmberg, T. Shipp, and H. H. Dedo.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Panta rei.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“Why do I want to be a singer?”

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

A student.

What is your daily practice routine?

Work, think, work, think, eat, write, work, think, sleep.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Chopin, and Locatelli.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

1700-1800, Prague.

What are your most important collaborations?

1: Co-editing two volumes of normal and abnormal vocal folds kinematics
2: Receiving the first ever NIH grant to investigate vocal dystonia
3: Editing a three-volume book on emotions in the human voice

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Natasha Czajka (SFCM), Matthew Blanco (SCU), and Lydia Hyde (SFSU).

What is your unrealized project?

Complete a "Cookbook for Singers.”