NEWZATS runs bi-annual conferences around NZ. These conferences use international keynote speakers and are open to all interested people who wish to attend.
Previous keynote speakers include:
Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin
Creator of Soul Ingredients™, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Teachers College Columbia University in music education with an emphasis in contemporary commercial music vocal pedagogy. In addition, Dr. Trineice holds master’s and bachelor degrees in jazz studies from Indiana University-Bloomington and San Jose State University, respectively, and is a certified instructor in the Somatic VoiceworkTM the Lovetri Method. Her published works are in the Journal of Singing; Teaching in the 21st Century Eds. Harrison & O’Bryan; and in the recently authored and upcoming publications of Voice Training for the Gospel Soloist, and So You Want to Sing Gospel sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
As an accomplished performer, teacher, and scholar, Dr. Robinson-Martin has traveled and taught students from all over the world and lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of Soul Ingredients® topics. Her performance experience spans a variety of musical styles, venues and settings: the intimacy of private parties and local clubs, the grand stages of musical arts centers and large music festivals, and international stages. She has performed with concert choirs and chorales, large and small jazz ensembles, Latin music ensembles, corporate bands, a POP orchestra, and R&B groups, including tours with international R&B recording group CHANGE and Standing in the Shadows of Motown Live.
Dr. Trineice currently teaches private voice lessons at Princeton University and Rider University; serves on the national faculty of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc.; and is the Executive Director of the African American Jazz Caucus, Inc. For more information visit: www.DrTrineice.com
Catrin Johnsson, Mezzo Soprano, was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Awards include the prestigious Christina Nilsson Award.
Catrin has lived in London for many years and has recently moved to New Zealand. Operatic roles include the title role in The Duchess of Malfi for English National Opera, Dido Dido and Aeneas and Medoro in Handel’s Orlando for the Åmot Opera Festival in Norway, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi and Dimitri Fedora for Opera Holland Park., Dorabella Così fan tutte, Carmen, Meg Page Falstaff, Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Adelberto Ottone and Idelberto Lotario (London Handel Festival), Nicklausse Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Prince The Happy Prince, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Second Lady and Third Lady The Magic Flute.
Oratorios and concerts include: Verdi Requiem, Bach Magnificat, St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Handel Messiah, L'Allegro, il Penserioso ed il Moderato, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C minor, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Kindertotenlieder (Purcell Room), Grieg Haugtussa (St John's, Smith Square).
Catrin works as an Artist Teacher at the University of Auckland and as vocal consultant for Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir.
Calvin Baker completed his Bachelor of Music (Honours) qualification in Studio Pedagogy- Voice, and his Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance- Voice, at the University of Auckland. A tenor, Calvin studied singing under the tutorage of Dr. Morag Atchison and Dr. Te Oti Rakena, and has performed in choral, ensemble, and soloist contexts. Having discovered early in his vocal training a passion for vocal science and singing technique, Calvin has carried out independent research considering the effect of laryngeal morphometry on vocal acoustic parameters and, in 2015, music education topics that explored the impact of online learning and technology in the teaching of voice, and gesture as a pedagogical tool. Calvin has enjoyed teaching students of a wide range of ages, cultural, and educational backgrounds, and teaches at High Schools, as well as in his private studio, in Auckland.
Vocal pedagogues face many challenges, which include communicating complex abstract ideas and technical concepts to their students. Kinaesthetic sensations that are internally perceived need to be carefully explained and exemplified in order for the student to fully grasp this information and apply to their emerging technique. These concepts are often complex and can be overwhelming to young students, even if explained in the most simplistic way. A key question, then, in addressing this pedagogical challenge, is 'how can a teacher compensate for the lack of two of the most educating senses, touch and sight?' This paper will discuss the use of gesture as a pedagogical tool in the transferral of singing technique from 'master' to 'apprentice', and how well-integrated gesture rituals can support the understanding of complex vocal concepts, the assimilation of vocal technique, and increase the autonomy of a student singer.
Stephen Robertson is a vocal pedagogue who is much in demand both nationally and internationally– especially in the USA where he has been a regular giver of masterclasses at the University of Indiana. He brings to the post the multi-disciplinary skills of singer, teacher and voice researcher and a clear vision for the future training of young singers.
Stephen studied Music at the University of Oxford and singing with Marjorie Thomas and David Johnston of the RAM. He sang at Bayreuth, Frankfurt, and the Salzburg Osterfestspiele where he was invited to join the music staff. He taught at the RNCM for six years and has been teaching at the RSAMD for nine years. Stephen’s students have sung at many of the worlds leading opera houses, including Covent Garden, La Scala, Le Chatelet, Netherlands Opera, Vlaamse Opera, Canadian National Opera, Norwegian National Opera, Strasbourg, Wiesbaden, English National, Glyndebourne, Opera North, and others. He has two articles in preparation for publication in the Journal of Singing, “Resonance Characteristics in Upper Passaggio Tenor Singing” and, “Predicting the secondo passaggio in the Male Voice”. This year he was an invited speaker at the international Physiology and Acoustics of Singing conference in Stockholm.
In his spare time Stephen is also an enthusiastic sportsman and an accomplished organist having been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists.
Caitlin Smith is a vocal and writing coach as well as a fulltime gigging musician, songwriter and poet. Mike Alexander described her as having "A voice that imagination created". She currently teaches singing and songwriting at MAINZ and is a consultant for the SIT School of Music in Southland. She coaches privately, facilitated group classes, workshop and taught choirs at PAS, TAPAC, Unitech and the University of Auckland. Smith has been teaching for over 17 years. Caitlin's column 'Finding your Voice' is NZ Musician Magazine's most well read column. She has released (and produced) six CDs to date: Stick a fork in It 1999, In a Blue Vein 2000 and Down to the Rind 2013 with her jazz trio The Fondue Set, Stories to Tell: The Thorndon Project 2013 and The Caitlin Smith Group Aurere 2004, with You have reached your Destination due for release in early 2014.
A presentation and discussion on the criteria and repertoire requirements for NCEA levels 1-3 Performance Voice
Stephen’s musical background has been shaped and influenced by an exceptionally gifted passionate and diverse group of musicians. Growing up in Christchurch with a father who taught and breathed music all his life, it was little wonder that he would come into the contact with the rich musical expertise of the region. Charles Foster Browne, Dorothy Buchanan, Don Whelan, Stu Buchanan, John Ritchie, Frank Dennis, Mary Adams Taylor to name a few. They all helped to in still an absolute love of music making.
Being a member of The National Youth choir and Voices New Zealand for fifteen years with conductors Guy Jansen, Peter Godfrey, Sir John Willcocks and Karen Grylls opened his eyes and ears to the national and international choral scenes and honed his skills for overseas study and his teaching /conducting career. However not one to be pigeoned holed Stephen has sung and played in Barbershop Quartets, Jazz ensembles, Musicals, Bush bands, Baroque, Church, Jazz and Community groups.
Stephens career as a high school music teacher, music facilitator and now National Co-ordinator for the Arts has given him plenty of scope to pass on his knowledge, leading and facilitating students and adults in all aspects of music education.
Dame Malvina Major
PCNZM. DBE. ATCL. LTCL LRSM. Hon D Litt [Massey] Hon D Humanities [Waikato] Dame Malvina Major was born in New Zealand. After winning the New Zealand Mobil Song Quest and the Melbourne Sun Aria, Dame Malvina went to London to study at the London Opera Centre. She also won the Kathleen Ferrier competition while studying at the London Opera Centre. In New Zealand her singing teacher was Sister Mary Leo, and in London she was taught by Ruth Packer from the Royal College of Music. Dame Malvina's international opera career has included twenty eight major roles, highlights of which include Mathilde in Elisabetta Regina d'Inghilterra, Rosina in Il Barbiere de Sivilgia, Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera, Donna Elvira and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Violetta in la Traviata, Gilda in Rigoletto, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Anna Glawari in The Merry Widow and The Countess in the Marriage of Figaro.She has extensive concert, oratorio and recital repertoires. In New Zealand Dame Malvina has sung with all the major opera companies and orchestras, and Christchurch City Choirs. A highlight is Benjamin Britten's War Requiem for the New Zealand International Festival in Wellington in 1994. Outdoor concerts have become a feature of the summer season in New Zealand, and Dame Malvina has sung inconcerts will be held in Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington. Outdoor events at which she has performed include Carmen at North Harbour Stadium, the Starlight Symphony and Symphony Under the Stars in Auckland, Lakeside at Rotorua, the Stadium Spectacular in Wellington, Opera in the Park in Christchurch and the Stadium Spectacular in Wellington in February, The Opening Concert for the Nelson School of Music, The Dame Malvina has chosen to live in New Zealand, while maintaining an active international singing career. Her services to opera and the community were acknowledged in 1991 when she was invested Dame of the British Empire and in 2008 was awarded in the New Zealand new year Honours the title Principal Companionion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.(PCNZM)the highest rank in the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 1992 she was named New Zealand Entertainer of the Year. She has received Honorary Doctorates from both Waikato and Massey Universities, and has accepted a teaching Professorship in Vocal Studies at Canterbury University. The Dame Malvina Major Foundation Emerging Artists has been formed to support the training of young New Zealand artists.
Gregory Yurisich is now recognized as one of the world'sleading baritones. His portrayals of the great Verdi repartory have earned him tremendous critical acclaim at the Bregenz Festival, Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Geneva. He regularly works alongside Placido Domingo and performs in many major opera houses in Europe and America as well as Australia in a wide variety of roles. He appears on many recordings and videos and works regularly in concert with Zubin Mehta, Sir Charles MacKerras and Edo de wart. He had private teaching studios in Sydney and Melbourne before developing short courses which combine master class and tuition, tailored for each young artist, which has been highly successful throughout Australia and Europe. Gregory is devoted to his work. He conducts master classes ,voice seminars and workshops for both artists and teachers the world over.
Kenneth H. Phillips is Professor of Music and Director of Graduate Studies in Music Education at Gordon College, Wenham ,Massachusetts, USA and Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa. An award winning researcher and teacher, Professor Phillips has written three books: Teaching Kids to Sing, Schirmer Books Basic Techniques of Conducting, Oxford University Press Directing the Choral Music Program, Oxford University Press Professor Phillips is one of the world's leading Experts in Voice pedagogy for young singers and has authored numerous articles on the child and adolescent voices. He has presented workshops throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Recently he was keynote Speaker at the US national conferences of NATS and the organization of Kodaly Educators. Professor Phillips believes that singing should remain in the core of the school music curriculum and that everyone can be taught to sing with confidence when provided with developmental instruction in both psychological and motor skills.
Dr Jean Callaghan is a freelance voice expert, working asteacher, researcher and consultant in vocal performance and pedagogy. She has sung and taught around Australia and in New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, England and Germany, working in universities, privately with individual singers and teachers, and giving recitals, masterclasses, lectures, workshops and short courses for voice professionals. Jean holds advanced diplomas in singing, a PhD in vocal pedagogy, and a research MA in music and language theory. As Associate Professor of Singing at the University of Western Sydney she was head of postgraduate research for the School of Contemporary Arts, and designed and delivered Australia's first full postgraduate qualification in singing pedagogy. She has authored research papers and books, including the acclaimed Singing and Voice Science (2000), She is one of the research team that developed Sing&See™, specialised computer software to give acoustic feedback on the singing voice, and author (with Pat Wilson) of the accompanying manual, How to Sing and See (2004).
Julia Moody Head of Voice, Acting Department, Western Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University Julia Moody has a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University (Perth) a Graduate Diploma in Voice studies from NIDA(Sydney), is a fully accredited teacher of Fitzmaurice work and did her actor training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre school in the United Kingdom. Julia has performed as an actor in Theatre, Film, TV and Radio with companies right across Australia. She has worked as a Voice trainer and Consultant in the professional Media with SBS TV and Radio since 1994, and with various other companies such as Channel 10, Open Channel, Public Radio News,5UV and 6PR. She has run specially designed voice training sessions for professional speakers in all domains: the corporate area, Education Theatre and Film, Medical professionals and many others. At this conference Julia will explore the text used by singers and speakers and the way a performer commits to the text in speech or song. Julia has lectured in Voice at the Victorian college of the Arts School of Drama, The University of Ballarat Academy of Performing Arts
PhD Theory (Washington), MM Choral Conducting (Washington),MMusHons(Auckland), LRSM, LTCL, Dip Teaching Karen Grylls, ONZM, Associate Head of Undergraduate Studies, Associate-Professor in Conducting and Head of Choral Studies at the University of Auckland, directed the Auckland Dorian Choir (1985-1998), and assumed the position of Artistic Director of TOWER New Zealand Youth Choir in 1989. Karen founded TOWER Voices New Zealand in March 1998.In addition to being the current Artistic Director of both these national choirs Karen also directs the University of Auckland Chamber Choir. A graduate of both Otago and Auckland Universities, Karen studied post-graduate Conducting and Music Theory at the University of Washington, Seattle where she studied for four years with Professors John Rahn, Abraham Kaplan and Joan Catoni-Conlon. In 1985 she returned to NZ to teach at the University of Auckland take up the directorship of the Auckland Dorian Choir. As a result of her musical directorship, the prestigious National Youth Choir of NZ has enjoyed notable international successes including: the Silver Rosebowl in the "Let the Peoples Sing" radio competition in 1992, the "Choir of the World" at the 1999 International Eisteddfod in Llangollen and the "Grand Prix Slovakia" also in 1999. With equal success TOWER Voices New Zealand won first and second placings in the mixed choir section of the Tolosa International Choral Competition in October 1998. With these choirs, she has participated and won further prizes and accolades in Gorizia 2004 and Marktoberdorf 2005. Karen is much in demand as a choral clinician and has many CD recordings to her credit. Invitations to adjudicate have taken her to Australia, Singapore, Tolosa and Hong Kong. In 1996 the university honoured her with a Distinguished Teaching Award in Music and in 1999 she received a New Year's Hounour ONZM for her services to choral music. Karen has recently been appointed to the board of the International Federation for Choral Music IFCM. In May 2005 she was awarded an Artistic Leadership Scholarship Award 2005 from Creative New Zealand to attend the Seventh World Choral Symposium in Kyoto. Most recently she was awarded the KBB Citation for Services to NZ music from the Composers' Association of NZ.
Te Oti Rakena
Lecturer in Voice, School of Music, University of Auckland Dr Rakena is first and foremost a creative artist. A performer all his life he professionally debuted at 9 on Baroque Recorder and depending on who you talk to at various moments of his life you will hear him described as pianist, violinist and finally singer. Te Oti left for the USA in 1986 and received a Masters degree in New England Conservatory in voice and a Doctor of Musical Arts form the University of Texas at Austin Te Oti returned to New Zealand in 2003 after 3 years post doctoral study in Germany. He is currently employed as a lecturer in Voice. At the School of Music, a department of the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries at the University of Auckland where he teaches studio voice, diction for singers and initiated the voice class at the Academy of Music
Vincenzo Antonio Manno
Professore Di Canto. Vincenzo A. Manno was born in Cleveland, Ohio and studied at Oberlin College with Prof. Richard Miller. On a Fullbright Fellowship, Manno continued his studies in Rome, Milan and Bern. His repertory ranges from the baroque to the traditional to the modern. He currently is a permanent member of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. Awards for his recordings include the "Grand Prix du Disque" for baroque music and the "Best Recording of the Year" from Gramophone Magazine for his solo recording of tenor music from the 17th century, "Strana Armonia d'Amore" Maestro Manno currently teaches technique at the world renowned Accademia dei Giovani Cantanti (Academy of Young Singers) affiliated to the Teatro alla Scala and the Accademia Internazionale della Musica (International Music Academy) in Milan, Italy. His teaching has helped create emerging singers on all continents Manno is also known for his wide experience in pop music, Broadway and operetta. The students of Vincenzo Manno can be heard regularly around the world in opera houses and concert halls, on recordings and on radio and television. He was recently awarded a "Tribute" by the United States Congress for his significant contribution to the world of music.
Dr Robert Mitchell
Head of Voice at Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts. Robert Mitchell, PhD, has sung both as a chorister and soloist with Opera Australia since the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. He has a chorus repertoire of more than 110 operas. His OA singing and video roles include Lillas Pastia: Carmen, Messenger: La Traviata and Frère Jean: Roméo et Juliette, plus a wide range of musicals. Robert has performed with some of the greatest singers and conductors of our time including Dame Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. He has been a soloist in concert with numerous Australian Orchestras and in radio broadcasts and festivals. Robert is also currently a lecturer and tutor at Macquarie University, He maintains a private teaching practice and is a Past President of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS). He writes articles on singing for 'Australian Voice' and has presented papers at ANATS conferences.
Emily is a vocal pedagogue from Longy School in Boston. Emily was the founding chairperson of the Voice Department there and has developed under graduate and Graduate Diploma courses, a Master degree in Vocal Performance and also performance activities for pre-tertiary vocalists. She enjoys working with young solo singers of high school age. She was a presenter at 3ICVT in Auckland. She frequently adjudicates for NATS vocal competitions and Festivals. Her performance career includes recitals, chamber music, opera and concert appearances throughout the eastern United States and in France and England.
Irene Bartlett is a professional singer who also manages afull load of academic work as a sessional lecturer in Jazz/Contemporary Voice at the Queensland Conservatorium and as a Visiting Lecturer in Jazz/Contemporary Voice at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of music. In a performance career spanning thirty three years, Irene has sung all contemporary styles. Her musical flexibility has enables her to work consistently from her first television pop performances to her current full booking schedule with her concert/corporate band MoodSwing. She has a post graduate Master of Music studies degree from Griffith University, the focus of her research being "the Relevance of the Classical Model to the teaching of Contemporary Styles" Her vision statement to address the growing demand of students seeking voice training in Rock and Pop and to provide a pedagogy of healthy vocalising. Her professional development includes masterclasses at UCLA and private studio instruction with Seth Riggs, workshops with Jo Estill, Helen Tiller and Professor Ellen Muller-Priess. She undertook Jazz studies with Professor Richard Davis at the University of Wisconsin in 1995 where she tutored undergraduate and post graduate students in jazz voice and Combo. Since 1985 Irene has worked with students of all ages at Dansing Talent School in Brisbane
Singer Musician,Lyricist, composer, actress,Arts journalist, Theatre Critic,Pianist, Singing Teacher,Musical Director,Satirst and Author, Pat Wilson has mucially directed many theatrical productions over the past twenty years in Sydney,Melbourne and other parts of Australia. She has written performed and staged many shows including Not a Vicarage Tea Party and Sod'em and Tomorrow. Several of these have featured her partner Adrian Barnes. She has been involved in television raio and film for many years and has also been a solo pianist/vocalist in restaurants and piano bars and Luxury hotels throughout Australia. As well as running a busy private Music Studio, Pat runs singing and voice workshops and master classes, and has been on the staff of a number of Centres of Performing Arts,including the Eora Centre for Aboriginal Studies and The Actor's centre, Sydney. She is currently understanking work towards a master of Applied Science degree at the university of Sydney, focusing oin the singing voice and visual feedback. She is the author of The Singing Voice – An Owners Manual and co-author with Jean Callaghan of How to Sing and See: Singing Pedagogy in the Digital Era.
Gillyanne Kayes is a teacher and researcher with aninternational reputation as an authority on musical theatre singing. Her first book, Singing and the Actor, is widely recommended as a reference text for teachers of singing working in musical theatre and non-classical styles. Demand for presentations on the book has taken her throughout the UK, Europe and to the USA. Her second book, Successful Singing Auditions, was co-written with husband Jeremy Fisher and published in 2002. Gillyanne founded Vocal Process with Jeremy Fisher to meet the changing needs of vocal performers and teachers who must work with different music genres. In order to promote excellence in teaching of non-classical vocal styles, Gillyanne created and directs the Integrated Voice™ Programme for vocal educators run by Vocal Process. She is guest tutor for Central School of Speech and Drama, where she teaches a pedagogy unit for MA Voice Studies and is vocal advisor to the Musical Theatre Post-Graduate course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Gillyanne has presented papers, workshops and keynote speeches on singing voice for the Pan-European Voice Conference, The British Voice Association, and the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing International Conference. She is currently researching voice quality and style in female singers of Contemporary Commercial Music at the Institute of Education, London, where her research is supervised by Professors Graham Welch and Johan Sundberg.
Jeremy is a musical director, performance coach, writer and internet voice nerd. Creator of the UK's first downloadable video endoscopy ebooks, he was recently commissioned by the Science Museum in London to create a Voicebox Video for their Dana Centre. Jeremy has worked extensively in the West End since 1988, on everything from a Chekov play to a rap opera via Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. As an MD he has toured the UK and Europe with shows including Calamity Jane and A Chorus Line. As a classical musician, Jeremy won the Britten/Pears accompanist prize in London at the tender age of 21. He has worked as repetiteur on eleven productions for Scottish Opera and Opera North, three for the D'Oyly Carte and three for Music Theatre London. He was guest solo artiste for the Yamaha Corporation for five years and Musical Director for the Scarborough Spa Orchestra. As a vocal coach he now works with opera singers, actors, singing teachers and songwriters on repertoire, style and performance integration. His first book, Successful Singing Auditions (co-written with Gillyanne Kayes) was based on his experience of more than 8,500 auditions in the West End. Jeremy has written for The Music Teacher, Classroom Music, Classical Music and Early Music Today magazines, and has published over 300 articles on opera for the internet. He is currently a guest lecturer at RSAMD, and is pianist with Hatstand Opera. He is responsible for the Vocal Process website (www.vocalprocess.co.uk).