Singing Teachers

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)
  • Pop/Rock

Voice Teachers

Timothy Wells

Timothy Wells

Timothy started his professional career in the performing arts industry at the age of 8. Since completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama Performance), he has worked in all aspects of theatre including drama, singing, musical theatre and dialects. His true passion is in nurturing the creative and performing arts skills of others.

With the pedagogy of “tension being the enemy” for performers, Tim approaches voice training by “breaking down the elements of voice into 5 categories - instigation, vibration, support, resonation and emotion. I work with students of all genders and age groups from bass to soprano to release the tension and achieve their performing goals.”

Having taught for over 11 years he has been successful in supporting his students gain scholarships, prepare for University entrance and professional auditions, achieve excellent results in AMEB and HSC exams and be selected for the NSW Board of Studies Encore program. Tim caters his students needs and musical styles. He is at home teaching contemporary, rock, blues, jazz, classical and musical theatre.

“...thank you for your amazing teaching skills and constant support. You have helped me grow and become the confident woman I am today.” - Clare (Penrith Conservatorium Scholarship Recipient, 2021).

Tim’s teaching credits include founding director or 3 Sisters Youth Theatre, Roving Reporters Acting and Camera workshop for Riverside’s Spot On Children’s Festival, Excelsior University, Katoomba Theatre Company, Australian Children’s Choir, Q Theatre and Flanno Festival. He has also taught internationally at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Blu Brick Speech & Drama, SIB KL Productions and in the Malaysian school system.

Over the years he has worked or performed with numerous Australian greats including Mariette Rups-Donnelly, Shelley Dettmar, Deborah Wells, Tony Taylor, Christa Leiman, Ron Stevens and Raymond MacDonald.

Tim employs his wealth of knowledge and experience in the performing arts industry in teaching his students. Highlights in his career have included starring in productions of Into the Woods, Steven Schwartz’s Children of Eden, Hot Mikado, Talking With, Hating Alison Ashley, Cardboard Box and Popular Mechanicals (Nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award).

  • BCA (Performance)
Yasmin Arkinstall

Yasmin Arkinstall

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
Michelle Foreman

Michelle Foreman

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

Rebecca Hilder

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)
Lyn Phillips

Lyn Phillips

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
Clare Richards

Clare Richards

Clare began her musical studies at Penrith Conservatorium at age 5, and has now returned as a teacher herself, acquiring three years of teaching experience building her own studio. As well as one on one tuition in both voice and violin, Clare works as the vocal director with the voices of Inspire Choir and River Valley Singers, and has been assisting in the re-development of choir, and vocal study at Penrith Selective High School.

After completing her exams in 8th-grade voice with distinction through Trinity College London, Clare then continued 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. In addition to her vocal direction across both musical theatre ensembles and choirs, Clare has also performed as both a chorister and soloist with both the Sydney Philharmonia Choir and St James Cathedral Choir, as a young artist for the Canberra International Music Festival performing alongside the Song Company, and with Voci Stupende.

Clare’s technical practice is based mostly on her success with the Bel Canto technique, which she finessed towards the end of her tertiary training alongside tenor Dennis O’Neill, and voice coach Nicole Dorigo. This attention to technique is then applied to various styles of music applicable to students musical interests, to help them achieve the best possible sound.

  • B.MUS