Sunday 19 July to Thursday 23 July
St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh
This intensive and stimulating residential course, with individual mentoring and focused tuition, is aimed at singing teachers with at least four years’ teaching experience.
There will be studio mentored teaching work as well as group sessions, including a tag night with team teaching by the mentors, and a question and answer forum.
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:
Born and brought up in Scotland, Eleanor Forbes graduated from Aberdeen University then studied singing with Lyndon van der Pump on the postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music. She has performed regularly as opera and oratorio soloist and recitalist with a large and wide-ranging repertoire in Germany, Italy and the UK. For more than two decades she has dedicated herself to teaching vocal technique at university and conservatoire level, and this has involved working with jazz, pop and musical theatre singers as well as classical. Many of her students have developed successful careers as performers and teachers. A former board member of the German Voice Teachers’ Association (2014 to 2018), she is also a qualified teacher (EMT) of Estill Voice Training. She currently holds an honorary professorship from the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin, where she teaches a class in vocal technique in the Jazz Institute Berlin. She also taught at the University of Music in Dresden from 2007 to 2019 and was a vocal tutor at Stage Entertainment’s Joop van den Ende Academy in Hamburg from 2011 to 2016. She has given workshops and masterclasses in German conservatoires and is in demand as vocal coach to experienced professional singers, due to her extensive knowledge of healthy vocal function.
After graduating from Aberdeen University and the London Guildhall, Margaret enjoyed a busy operatic, concert and choral career. In 1995 she joined the vocal staff at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD), where she has tutored and coached a steady flow of singers now active either as teachers or performers. She also enjoys a busy private practice, teaching singers of all ages and levels with very varying aspirations. Very close to her heart is her work with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, where she is head of singing for the flagship youth choir and the National Girls Choir. Since 1995 she had been involved with and responsible for the vocal welfare of the choristers, coaching soloists and advising the creative director.
Kathleen McKellar Ferguson
Scottish mezzo soprano Kathleen McKellar Ferguson graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), in both piano and singing, and then pursued post-graduate studies in singing at the Royal College of Music in London. After a successful international singing career in she is now a sought-after singing teacher and vocal coach both at home and abroad. She has been teaching singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 2001 and many of her students are now flourishing as international professional singers. She gives masterclasses at home and abroad and is a regular guest teacher at conservatoriums in Australia. She has been vocal coach at the New Generation Festival in Florence and for many choirs including the National Youth Choir of Scotland, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. An active member of the Association of Teachers of Singing, she is involved in mentoring young singers and singing teachers and arranges conferences in Scotland for their professional development.
Linda Hutchison is a singing teacher, lecturer and vocal rehabilitation coach involved in the multi-disciplinary world of voice. She teaches at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, working with both singers and actors. She has taught on the Royal Academy of Music’s post-graduate Musical Theatre course and is a guest tutor at the Irish College of Music Theatre, Dublin. Privately she works with a wide range of professionals from the classical world, musical theatre and jazz. Linda is Vocal Rehabilitation Coach at the Lewisham Voice Clinics, Lewisham University Hospital. She is co-author with Dr Ron Morris of If In Doubt, Breathe Out!, a book on breathing and support for singing based on the Accent Breathing Method.
Located in the heart of the city of Edinburgh, just a two minute walk from Haymarket train station with its extensive travel links, St Mary’s Music School is a perfect location for us.
If you are booking for the course, you might also want to consider booking a place at our Eurovox 2020 conference, also in Edinburgh, from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July 2020. Booking opens on 1 January 2020. Find out more at the Eurovox website.
The price is just £495 and this fee includes all tuition, an ensuite single room and full board: Sunday dinner; Monday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Tuesday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Wednesday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Thursday breakfast. The course begins from 4pm on the Sunday and we end around noon on the Thursday.
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- The Penny Price Jones Songlines bursary supports an AOTOS member who has completed a Pathways Access Course and would like to attend the Professional Development Course, but is experiencing difficulty in finding sufficient resources to cover the cost. The deadline for applications is a month before the Development Day.
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Details of your teaching
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