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 excited to become the Central Area Representative for AOTOS and has brought together singing teachers from that area, to further develop teaching skills and ideas from future with professional development days, meeting present members and welcoming new members.