Councillor At Large – Singers for events and Pods
Zoe came originally from the West Country and was taught by Linda Marshall Cole (once AOTOS's South West Representative), before going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music. From there she went on to become a freelance classical singer working for Opera de Lyon and a freelance soloist, but for the past 20 years has always taught singing too. She still travels to teach at the City of London School for Girls and also teaches privately at home in Derby.
She joined AOTOS after moving up to Derby from London, thinking that it would be a great way to meet other singing teachers in the area. "Why didn't I join years ago!" she says. "At my first AOTOS gathering I met other teachers from the central area. Of course we were all the same breed – singing teachers! I enjoyed the afternoon immensely and not only gained new friends but gained vital new knowledge about teaching and reaffirmed what I already new. I realised then how important such an organisation as AOTOS is."
She was the Central Area Representative for AOTOS, bringing together singing teachers from the area to further develop teaching skills and ideas for the future. She is now Councillor at Large for singers for events.
Councillor At Large – corporate members
Rachel Sherry studied at Birmingham University followed by postgraduate vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music. She was an ad hoc member of the BBC Singers and London Voices. She worked in the fields of baroque opera and contemporary music as well as seeking out more unusual repertoire. A strong interest in traditional music inspired her to take up the harp, and for many years she toured a one-woman show accompanying herself on a variety of harps.
She has been a member of AOTOS for over 25 years now. Initially she specialised in working with drama students and teaching singing for several university music departments. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. More recently, most of her work is with under 18s. She has taught singing at Junior Guildhall for over 20 years and she was named on the Royal Academy of Music’s honours list in May 2018.
Between 2015 and 2020, Rachel was Head of Vocal Studies at Stowe School. She maintains a thriving private practice, examines for the LCM and is currently undertaking a song publication project