Advanced Professional Development Course 2016

Advanced Professional Development Course 2016

Event Details

Arched gateway and gardensWe are delighted to present our newly designed, intensive and stimulating residential Advanced Professional Development Course for voice teachers, with individual mentoring and focused tuition. The course is aimed at singing teachers with at least four years’ teaching experience. The deadline has now passed for booking this course.

There will be studio mentored teaching work as well as group sessions, all held in the delightful Beswick building at Chester University. The format of the course gives you a unique opportunity to work one to one with experienced teachers who will facilitate, encourage and develop your teaching skills and abilities:

  • Liza Hobbs: Royal College of Music Junior department, London; Aberystwyth Summer School
  • Margaret Izatt: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland;  Head of Singing – National Youth Choir of Scotland
  • Russell Smythe: Royal College of Music, London

As well as studio mentoring, the course will include a tag night with team teaching by the mentors, and a question and answer forum.

This course will not be on offer again until 2018, as in 2017 we’ll be focusing on courses for less experienced voice teachers. So do come and join us – this is a splendid opportunity to develop your skills in a secure environment.

I look forward to welcoming you to the course!

Margaret Aronson, Training Director


The University of Chester is on the banks of the River Dee, surrounded by award-winning gardens, a stone’s throw from Chester’s historic city centre. We’ll be in the new Beswick building, with use of nearby communal areas, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and a bar; there’s good access for wheelchairs.

Overnight accommodation is in the university’s brand-new Grosvenor building. All rooms are generous singles with three-quarter-sized beds, and are en suite with shower and toilet. Towels, bedlinen and complementary toiletries are provided, and there is free wi-fi.

High-tech dining hall at Chester UniversityPrices

Your fee includes all tuition, an en suite single room and full board: Tuesday dinner; Wednesday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Thursday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Friday breakfast. (We end around noon on the Friday, and there are lots of nearby places nearby to eat.)  Vegetarian and gluten-free options are always available.

  • AOTOS members £425
  • Non-members £455 (you pay a special rate of £30 for membership from July to December)

Chester University single room

Some rooms are specially adapted for disabled users: if you need more details, please contact the conference director, Andrea Calladine, to find out what is available.


Chester has excellent transport links, and the university is close to the city centre. Find out more at the tourist information website for Chester.