What better place is there to learn to sing than right here at the venue named after the Dame herself?
A budding Katy Perry? The next Joan Sutherland? No matter the style, learn to sing with proper vocal technique, style and concert stage manner.
For voice, we offer private voice lessons in the following genres and styles:
- Contemporary Voice
- Classical Voice (Opera)
- Musical Theatre
- R&B (Rhythm and Blues)
Clare began her musical studies at The Joan on the violin at age 5, and by the age of 16 also began studying classical voice. Her focus shifting just to the voice after finishing high school, completing her exams in 8th-grade voice with distinction through Trinity College London, and then continuing onto a Bachelor of Music Performance in Voice from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A recipient of the Elizabeth Todd Leider Prize, and with a great passion for new music, Clare was thrilled to round out her time at university, performing Steve Reich’s, Music for 18 Musicians with Splash Percussion at the Sydney Verge Festival, and also featuring as Amy, in new musical Just A Second. Also while at university, Clare performed with MUSE, singing as lead soprano in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and was the vocal director of their inaugural compilation show.
Michelle uses her international and local experience in Opera as a singer, director and choreographer to prepare students for both leisure and professional performance pursuits and to create joyous music.
Her students have worked for Opera Australia and are regularly accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, excelling in AMEB and HSC exams, appearing on TV and enjoying all kinds of musical escapades. A teacher for over 25 years, she loves teaching the skills that allow singers to fulfil their dreams.
- B.Ed., LMUS., Diploma of Operatic Art
Rebecca Hilder is a highly trained teacher and performer, with over 20 years of teaching experience and over 30 years of performance experience in opera, musicals and concerts. She is a specialist in singing technique, applied to a broad range of singing styles, including pop, rock, alternative, contemporary, classical, and music theatre. She works with students to improve vocal tone, deal with problem areas of the voice, and build confidence in their vocal instruments.
Rebecca has an innate ability to communicate a deep enjoyment of singing and music. She works with students to foster their vocal abilities at all levels and all stages and ages of life and enjoys helping students develop their potential as singers. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Music Education and a Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. These have enabled her to develop a student-centred teaching model, with lessons shaped around the needs and musical tastes of each individual. Rebecca welcomes all levels and ages, including HSC and adult beginners. Her goal is to engage and inspire her students and foster a life-long love of music and performance.
- B. Mus.Ed (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), Dip.Op (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
Since completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performance), Timothy has been working in all aspects of theatre, including drama, singing, musical theatre and dialects.
Timothy currently teaches the High Street Broadway musical theatre ensemble class for Penrith Conservatorium, as well as coaches singing lessons at The Joan in Western Sydney. In 2018 and 2019, he produced and directed the Roving Reporters program for Spot On Children’s Festival at Riverside Theatres, which involved acting for camera.
A Founding Director of 3 Sisters Youth Theatre, Tim’s teaching credits include Katoomba Theatre Company, the Australian Children’s Choir, Wesley Institute, QTheatre’s Weekend Program and the Flanno Festival. He has also taught internationally at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Blu Brick Speech & Drama, SIB KL Productions and the Malaysian school system.
His theatre credits include Two Swells Dinner Theatre, Talking With, Hating Alison Ashley and Going Nowhere. As a founding member of Cufflink Productions, the company produced performances including Cardboard Box and Popular Mechanicals (Nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award).
- BCA (Performance)
Lyn is a singing, piano and musicianship teacher who shares a birthday with Beethoven (minus a few years!) She moved to the Blue Mountains in 2009 after many years on the NSW far north coast, having previously worked at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium (Grafton) and as a private teacher in Yamba. Lyn has a keen interest in Baroque sacred vocal music, as well as art song, music theatre, gospel, jazz and folk. She has directed adult, junior and community choirs and a capella groups. She arranges choral music and piano pieces and accompanies at exams, eisteddfodau and other performances. Lyn is a regular vocal soloist in the Blue Mountains and is actively involved in church music, choral direction (Leura Singers) and private and school music tuition. Lyn combines skill, humour and kindness to teach others how to love music for life.
- L. Mus. A. , A. Mus. A. ,Perf Cert
Yasmin is a soprano with a passion for classical, musical theatre and classical crossover music, having completed a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2018. She has a great interest in vocal pedagogy and maintaining optimal vocal health across different styles such as pop, jazz, classical and musical theatre. She is passionate about nurturing the voice to be produced as comfortably and effortlessly as possible, releasing vocal tension through the development of a healthy vocal technique. Yasmin has been teaching both singing and piano for 4 years at such schools as Griffiths Music School, Cadence Music School and her own business. She has also prepared multiple students for their AMEB grades and HSC in this time. In terms of performance, Yasmin has sung for numerous engagements, perhaps most notably on Studio 10 in 2019.
- BMus Vocal Performance