Michelle Eppley – Founder and Director

Michelle Eppley is founder and director of The Sound Center. She helps people unlock their vocal power, redesign foreign and regional accents, and speak clearly and fluently. Accommodating individuals and groups since 1997, Michelle focuses on helping people establish confidence, polish, and image to achieve effective and intelligible communication capabilities. Clientele include executives from all professions, broadcasters, engineers, entrepreneurs, and teachers; corporate clients include Glad Manufacturing, Sears, Lexus, Ford, K-Five Construction, Lawson Products, law firms and many small businesses. Before establishing The Sound Center, Michelle worked in a variety of locations providing instruction and enhancement for voice, speech and accent. She has experience on-site at corporations, hospitals, a speech-language clinic, skilled nursing facilities and schools. She has also served as an instructor in the DePaul University English Language Academy, teaching an intensive accent modification course.

Michelle earned a Bachelor of Music at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, studying under a performance scholarship in voice, and a Master of Arts in speech pathology from the University of Iowa. She is nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the State of Illinois. She holds a professional membership in the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and co-founded the Voice Consortium of the Chicago Audiology-Speech-Language Association.


  • [Now I understand] how to access my authentic voice. [It was] a safe and supportive environment. Don’t hesitate. Take the plunge, it’s time and money well-spent.

    Barbara Dwyer former Director of Community Development Benedictine University
  • I am amazed at the confidence that I know seem to have and the compliments that I receive from people since your class. Thank you for helping me break through the barriers that were holding me back about speaking to a group. Maybe it was in me all along and I just didn’t realize it.

    Susan Heun
  • The difference in my level of confidence is unbelievable. I regularly have the opportunity to speak to hundreds of people and I actually look forward to it!

    Alma Jones Alma Jones and Associates
  • This class helped me to make breakthrough progress on reducing accent. Michelle is a very knowledgeable, encouraging coach.

    Fran Zhang Sears, Roebuck and Company
  • [Video review] was most helpful to me. I am much more aware of the sounds I make.

    Judi Bartik Wohead former Communications Coordinator for Suburban Campuses, Depaul University
  • “This class exceeded my expectations! It was perfect! I learned the importance of pitch and tone modulation. I used to think my low pitched speaking voice was a weakness. I found out it is a strength.”

    Patti Martin Consultant
  • “[I learned about] factors affecting voice. Awareness of what is necessary to achieve desired result. A scientifically based unique, effective, practical learning experience which facilitates behavior modification to achieve a clearer, better sound.”

    Ray Wyzguski Consultant, Labor Regulation Assitance
  • “Thank you so much. I benefited greatly from your suggestions. I felt like a different person when I left! You are awesome!”

    Maureen Radice lifeworks associates
  • “[I gained a greater] awareness of tension, awareness of speech patterns that aren’t healthy (or tonal) and replacement with healthy sounds, open sounds.”

    Janet Anderson Music Teacher
  • “[I gained]: awareness of my breathing and muscle tension, tools to improve my speaking voice.”

    L.R. Art Dealer/Consultant

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