EMPOWERING THE CREATIVE: WORKING TOWARD EXPRESSIVE SINGING In the highly demanding and difficult discipline of classical singing, singers need to engage their creativity in order to thrive in performance. A singer's own creative process needs to be deeply involved to bring singing to life on stage. I am exploring a variety of methods in the fields of singing, acting, psychology and the creative aspects of indigenous Sami culture (part of my own lineage), with the goal of developing a pedagogy to lead classical singers into deeper levels of expression, freedom and creativity. There is a link between these disciplines in their use of reaching the creative within a person. Through my research and experience, I have come to believe that through a structured set of practices a singer can access creativity beyond ego. I refer to this as "the creative." This source is accessible through practice and communicates primarily through images. For the performer, it is a vibrant energy that can fuel expressive performances. Pre-modern cultures valued creativity as the heart and soul of education. The demands of modern life often leave little room for that kind of education, which grew out of myth, ceremony and storytelling. Indigenous people are often highly attuned to the wellspring of the creative. Sami yoiking is used with the hopes of stimulating the synergy between the academic mind and an indigenous creative ideal. I have examined literature about creative expressiveness and reviewed important literature regarding the underlying dynamics of performance and creativity. My personal experiences as a performer and teacher have also contributed to my work and my intent is for students to have a foundation from which to reach creativity and bridge to the creative spirit that can connect us all through performance. This is the heart and focus of my research. It has been my work for many years and continues to fuel it.