IVACON 2021 Speakers
We have a great range of teachers and speakers at IVACON 2021. We'll be adding more speakers as the schedule is confirmed.
Kenneth Bozeman, Professor of Music, tenor, holds performance degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona, and subsequently studied at the State Conservatory of Music in Munich on a Rotary fellowship. He is chair of the voice department at Lawrence University, where he has received two awards for excellence in teaching. He was awarded the Van Lawrence Fellowship by the Voice Foundation in 1994 for his interest in voice science and pedagogy and is the chair of the editorial board of the NATS Journal of Singing. His former students have sung with Houston Grand, Boston Lyric, Opera Colorado, Washington, Wolf Trap, Seattle, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco, New York City Opera, the Metropolitan, and Santa Fe Opera.
Dave Cottrell is a mindset and mental health coach who operates under the name Mindset By Dave. Dave came to this style of coaching having spent his entire life learning to live with Bipolar disorder. Having tried every coping strategy in the book, starting at food and working it's way up Dave began to turn his own life around in his late 20s.
After taking care of his own physical health first he noticed the benefits on his mental health. This lead him into a career initially in personal training where he says dedicating his career to helping other people was one of the final pieces of the puzzle.
Now trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Mental Health First Aid and suicide prevention - as well as an ongiong Cognitive Behaviourly Therapy qualification - Dave's focus has shifted from physical health to mental health which he helps people with via 1 to 1 sessions, school talks, seminars, online content and live streams on Twitch; as well as hosting the mental health podcast Master The Mind, Master Anything.
Fiona coaches Oscar-winning actors, chart-topping singer-songwriters, and the stars of Broadway and the West End. For almost a decade, she has overseen vocals globally for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production company, the Really Useful Group.
From mediocre to maestro, Fiona takes every singer way beyond their limits. Feelings of awkwardness and tension turn into excitement and possibility, at the revelation that they are capable of so much more.
CVT authorized singing teacher and CVI teacher, Coordinator for the 3 years Singer/Singing Teachers Diploma Course and active as a rock singer.
She has been a singing teacher since 1996 at different music schools in Denmark and vocal coach for different vocal groups.
Graduated as a CVT authorized singing teacher in 2005 and has been part of the teaching staff at Complete Vocal Institute, since the beginning of the institute.
Complete Vocal Institute is an international singing school for advanced and professional singers and vocal teachers situated in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Christina has also been around Europe making several CVT presentations and workshops.
Dr. Hubert Noé
Dr. Hubert Noé, Austrian ENT doctor, voice teacher, and researcher, was born in Heidelberg in 1952. He currently lives in Fürstenfeld, Austria, where he has practiced since 1989.
From 1971 to 1975, Doctor Noé studied voice, song, and opera performance at the universities of Graz and Vienna. At the University of Vienna, he studied medicine and phonetics, and at the phoniatric university clinic in Graz, he assisted singers and actors both medically and as a voice teacher.
In 1992, general manager Gundula Janowitz invited him to serve as the medical-vocal specialist of the opera house, where he developed exercises for the relief of acute vocal edema, which even saved performances.
Since 2003, Dr. Noé has been a scientific research associate of Donald G. Miller, who authored Resonance in Singing: Voice Building Through Acoustic Feedback. Some of his VoceVista analyses can be found in Don’s famous book.
In 2003, coming from classical voice teaching, Dr. Noé started to teach modern singers as well. Today he works as ENT doctor and as voice teacher for classical and modern singers. The scientific focus of his work is now the exploration of the registers in singing.
Trelawny Rose is the head vocal coach for the Emmy Award winning singing competition show, The Voice. Trelawny has been a vocal coach for The Voice since 2012 where she continues to prepare and coach all the artists on the show for live television. Trelawny was also the head vocal coach for the first 2 seasons of The Masked Singer where she had the privilege of working with Gladys Knight, Kelly Osbourne, T-Pain, Seal and Patti LaBelle. Additionally, Trelawny was the vocal coach for Real Country, a country music singing competition filmed in Nashville. Trelawny trains with private clients in Los Angeles, and online including YouTube star Claire Crosby, Miami sensation Cris Cab, and recently toured with Maroon 5 as the vocal coach for lead singer, Adam Levine.
Dr. Jon Skidmore
Dr. Jon Skidmore is a performance coach, clinical psychologist, educator, researcher, author, and singer. He co-authored Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance. Currently, Dr. Skidmore is on the faculty of the Brigham Young University (BYU) School of Music and teaches "The Psychology of Music Performance." He has a private psychological practice in Orem, Utah.
Dr. Skidmore has worked with thousands of performers from around the world. He recently presented at the International Voice Teachers of Mix (IVTOM) annual conference and to Rise Up Children's Choir. He was a guest at Disney's Inspiring Brilliance 2017 for music educators.
West End leading lady Savannah Stevenson is best known for starring as Glinda in the London production of Wicked, a role she played for 3 years and at over 1,000 performances.
Also a specialist "Acting Through Song" coach, Savannah has over 15 years of experience leading masterclasses and teaching in some of the UK’s top drama conservatoires, universities, and private coaching practices.
Graduating from the prestigious Guildford School of Acting in 2004 with the Principals Award, her West End theatre credits include the original cast of Mary Poppins, Guinevere in Camelot, Sybil in Chariots of Fire, and the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love.
Television and film appearances include Emmerdale (ITV), My Dinner with Hervé (HBO), Holby City (BBC), Doctors (BBC) and Grace Notes (Kaleidoscope Pictures). Savannah can be heard on the original cast recordings for Mary Poppins and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies concept album.
IVA Master Teacher
Stephanie Borm-Krüger was born in 1975 in Munich and has pursued an education in pedagogy and teaching since graduating from high school. She earned a degree as a teacher at the Munich LMU University and has taught at schools in Munich and San Francisco.
Stephanie is a respected authority in the field of vocal training. She was a vocal coach for the TV show The Voice of Germany in its first two seasons. She has also been a jury member at the West Coast Songwriter’s Competitions in San Francisco several times.
Among Stephanie’s clients, you’ll find professional and internationally renowned singers, actors, lecturers, speech therapists, and voice teachers.
It is Stephanie’s mission to familiarize singers of all levels and styles with the best vocal technique possible and to support them in developing their full vocal potential.
Roberto Delli Carri
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Roberto delli Carri is considered by many as one of the most experienced voice teachers in Italy—and even beyond. As an expert singer and pianist, Roberto has many years of live performance experience. He was a background vocalist for Italian television shows (RAI / MEDIASET) and vocalist/keyboardist for some Italian performers.
He constantly shares his passion for beautiful and healthy singing by running a very successful vocal studio in Rome, teaching long-distance students abroad, including students from Spain, Switzerland, Poland, the United States, Russia, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, and more. His clients are singers ranging from amateurs to the internationally-acclaimed. He collaborates with ENTs and speech therapists dealing with the vocal re-education of their patients. He is also often called to assist his clients in-studio recording sessions or before their concerts.
Roberto teaches with great energy and empathy. He is a great motivator and excellent communicator; he knows how to really inspire his students and how to constantly push them toward success
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Kathy brings over 25 years of real-world experience as a singer to her thriving teaching practice. She has enjoyed a long performance career in the San Francisco music scene. As a lead singer in one of the Bay Area’s most sought-after party bands, she has performed before thousands at corporate events around the world, opening for acts like Sheryl Crow, Donna Summer, and Tony Bennett.
She greatly enjoys working with people of all levels of development. As a teacher, Kathy has a wonderful ability to meet each student at their level and tailors lessons to what her students' particular issues are to help them reach their desired goals. She can quickly analyze a voice and get it functioning better. Her students rave about how she has helped them develop the technical skills they need to feel confident. Whether her students are total beginners or seasoned pros, she helps singers understand how the voice works and how to get the most out of it.
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Singer, producer, pianist, and top vocal instructor, Jeffrey Skouson trains some 150+ students from all over the world. Most students study at his studio in Las Vegas, while long-distance students (based in Asia, South America, New York, Australia, and England, to name a few) take lessons by Skype or other internet applications. With extensive experience as both a performer and educator, Jeffrey is a uniquely qualified and effective teacher.
Jeffrey’s abilities as a vocal teacher have expanded to many professionals throughout the music world, including bands such as The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Panic! At The Disco, and over 30 Broadway Stars.
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Linda Tomkinson is the vocal coach and owner of SingWithLinda’s Artist Hub. She is known as the voice teacher who gets results. Linda enjoys the challenge and satisfaction of helping develop the vocal talent of both professionals and non-professionals alike. She has been teaching voice lessons for over 22 years.
Many of Linda’s clients have met with great success, having performed with Rihanna’s world concert tours,The Voice,American Idol,The X Factor, Disney, Jimmy Fallon, Capitol Records, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Cascade Recordings, Dreamworks, Big Idea Productions, Hale Center Theater, Usana, BYU Young Ambassadors, Noteworthy, and Vocal Point. Many of Linda’s clients have won numerous talent contests and scholarships.
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After a successful career as a recording artist, studio musician, producer, and vocal coach, Spencer Welch is known for his ability to quickly assess a singer’s challenges, and prescribe solutions that produce healthy, marketable results. Trained by some of the top voice teachers in the industry, Spencer has been recognized as a Master Teacher of vocal technique by two of the most prestigious certifying programs in the world, including the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA) where he is currently the Director of Education.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Spencer is often called upon to prepare recording artists and actors for studio, concert, theatre and film work. His clients include Juno Award winners and artists signed to Universal, Interscope, Capitol, and Integrity Hosanna.
I love what I do and it makes me so happy to be able to share my passion with others.
As a performer I was looking for ways to improve my craft. I tried different teachers and techniques over the years but still struggled with inconsistencies in my singing and performance. I just never felt like I could really trust my voice.
In 2005 I found a voice teacher who taught a technique that changed and improved my voice in a way I never thought possible. I finally had the right tools to give my voice consistency and my performances greater confidence.
With a love for teaching, I joined the Speech Level Singing Teacher Certification Program. After certifying to a Level 3 Instructor, I moved to The Institute for Vocal Advancement to continue my education and certified to a Level 5 Mentor Instructor.
Now I am privileged to help so many students discover their natural abilities and reach results they never dreamed were possible.
Heather has studied voice and the teaching of voice continually since 2001, working with some of the world’s greatest vocal experts to perfect her knowledge and teaching abilities. She is a Mentor Teacher and Ambassador with IVA, and she has a love of sharing her knowledge with teachers and singers.
Heather runs a large vocal studio in the UK and has several other IVA Teachers working for her, training singers of all ages, abilities, and styles. Her private client list includes gigging musicians, songwriters, television personalities, journalists, signed artists, MOBO Award and Mercury Award nominees, Malta Music Award winners, and a vast selection of amateur singers. She has been consulted for nationwide music industry books and local news articles. She has taught at performing arts institutes in the UK, Malta, and Israel. For two years, she lectured regularly at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) on the music course. Heather has also taught at the Institute for Vocal Advancement’s teachers conferences (IVACONs) in California, Edinburgh, and Vienna.
Rafael has studied voice and the teaching of voice continuously since 1998, working with some of the world’s greatest vocal experts. He has been a musician since he was eight years old. Rafael has performed as a singer, drummer, bassist, and guitarist, besides his work as a composer and bandleader.
Rafael’s client portfolio in Brazil includes gigging musicians, songwriters, actors, entrepreneurs, lecturers, vocal groups, and many clients via Skype. He worked at Gabriela, Um Musical and in the Sunset Boulevard musical as voice teacher of Marisa Orth (actress) and Daniel Boaventura (actor).
He is currently an IVA Ambassador and Worldwide Area Representative Coordinator.
Sharon is an Mentor (Level V) certified instructor for the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA), a global organization of voice teachers offering high quality continuing education and training to its members.
In addition, Sharon is a certified Level III instructor in Somatic Voicework - The LoVetri Method, a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Voice Foundation. She attends voice conferences regularly including IVACON, NATS National Conference, World Voice Teacher EXPO, Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at NEC, Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and The Voice Forum conference.
With her blend of formal music training, continuing education, vocal skill, performance history and teaching experience, she has all of the elements needed to be a successful vocal instructor.
Voice instructor, vocal producer, and lawyer, Andreas Grussl runs a very successful voice studio in his hometown of Graz, the second biggest city in Austria. He trains singers from all over Austria and Europe in-person and over the internet. Andreas is known for high-quality vocal instruction, effective in helping singers of all genres and levels.
Sue Kingham has been performing and teaching singing in Perth, Western Australia, for over 30 years. She has been running her own successful singing studio for 18 years and was instrumental in bringing out SLS™ and IVA Master Teachers to WA. She has studied under some of the world’s top voice and vocal pedagogy trainers. In 2013, after ten years of training to the highest level, Sue left SLS to join the new Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA). Sue became an IVA Mentor Teacher in 2014 and was made an IVA Ambassador in 2017; she is also Area Representative (AR) for IVA in Western Australia.
Sue taught principal studies and performance skills for over 26 years at the prestigious West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in the Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance and Contemporary Music Education courses.
Renée Maranan is a vocal instructor, singer/songwriter, and the creator of the Monday Motivation content at The Balanced Singer.
Renée has over 17 years of experience as a vocal instructor, starting out as a teacher in Vancouver, BC (Canada) before establishing her private studio in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. She is a certified Mentor-level instructor and Ambassador with the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA), and she is also a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
Renee also performs the role of Community Manager at IVA, helping to facilitate discussion and networking amongst the IVA teachers around the world.
Gary-John Peinke, born in South Africa, has been involved in theatre and music productions since the age of 10. He studied piano and flute through the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London. In 1996, he moved to Germany to begin his professional training in the performing arts, including a teacher training course in theatre and mime. Afterward, he began working at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. He has also toured with various performance ensembles throughout Europe, Japan, and South Africa. He started his voice studies with SLS (Speech Level Singing) and left the organization to join the newly formed Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA) in 2013. He is currently a certified IVA Mentor (Level 5) Instructor.
Lara is a Sydney based vocal coach, vocal producer, session singer, songwriter and musician.
Raised in a family of singers, music has been Lara's passion her whole life. Since studying with IVA (The Institute for Vocal Advancement) for the last 8 years after transferring credits from SLS, Lara has excelled in the organisation and set herself apart from other vocal coaches by being examined yearly by a master trainer within IVA and consequently is now an Advanced, Level 4 educated voice instructor.
With her expertise in vocal technique and her ability to get amazing results from a multitude of different singers, all styles and genres. She is a sought after coach, vocal producer and voice/film editor.
Her student base includes Sony signed artists, finalists in X Factor and Australia's Got Talent, voice instructors, International touring singers, beginning singers, recording artists and future artists in development.
Jay Veerayano is an accomplished vocal teacher, singer-songwriter and business executive, and TV personality of GMM Grammy, Thailand largest record label and entertainment empire. He began working professionally as a voice teacher since 1999.
At GMM Grammy, He oversees a part of its artist development program and new artists recruitment. As one of the most successful vocal teachers in Thailand, he was awarded with The Excellence In Music Teaching Award for Pop Rock Vocals from the Trinity College London in 2019. Jay's students have become popular recording artists, won national and international singing contests, scholarships of prestigious music colleges, and landed roles on TV shows on a major network like NBC. He helped discover, train and launch the careers of many GMM Grammy's performing and recording artists that have hits after hits on the charts. His vision is to help lift the standard of Thai singers to international levels.
Jay travels across Thailand to conduct vocal workshops and seminars for schools and universities as a part of his community outreach program to help improve the quality of vocal education in Thailand.
Jay is proud to be certified as a mentor Instructor of an international vocal instructors organisation, the Institute for Vocal Advancement.
Darren Wicks is a vocalist, jazz pianist and choral director with a passion for helping people achieve their vocal potential. His career spans 30 years and includes: work as a high school music teacher; work with community music groups; studio teaching; directing school and community choirs; musical theatre; university lecturing and teacher education.
Darren’s holds 5 degrees in music, including qualifications in jazz, choir conducting, aural training, a Master of Music Education degree and is one of a few contemporary voice teachers in Australia to hold a PhD in voice pedagogy. Darren’s doctoral studies looked at the practices of exemplary voice teachers and how these can be used to build models of professional development for singing teachers.
Darren has studied many different approaches to singing and music education; is widely-published; and regularly presents at teacher conferences and workshops. Darren maintains a busy studio in inner Melbourne specialising in vocal techniques for contemporary commercial music and working with artists, university and high school students. He also directs the Melbourne Singers of Gospel, a 120-voice adult community choir, that has achieved national acclaim for its soulful performance style.
Darren teaches on a variety of topics, including: performance, voice technique, correcting vocal faults, musicianship, sight-singing, ear training, choral music, music education. He has a special interest in mentoring teachers, teaching musical skills to singers and supervising academic projects. His musical tastes include jazz, pop, music theatre, blues, soul, RnB and gospel.
Chelsea Wilson provides unparalleled vocal training to singers both locally in New York and all over the world via online lessons. Her students are on Broadway and are playing leading roles on Broadway national tours, have been featured in national commercials, and are pursuing independent musical careers. Chelsea is also the vocal coach forSchool of RockandThe Phantom of the Operaon Broadway.
Chelsea began her voice teacher training in 2007 with Speech Level Singing™. In 2013, she joined the newly formed Institute for Vocal Advancement, where she has since earned her Mentor-level certification after over ten years of rigorous education. One of her greatest joys is helping to create “light bulb moments” for her students, when they realize something is possible within themselves that they never imagined before.
Megan is the co-owner of Yates Vocal Studio and teaches professional singing lessons and performance/style coaching in Utah and internationally via Skype. She specializes in Musical Theatre, audition training, pop riffing and stylization, and performance coaching. With over 10 years of teaching experience, Megan has trained hundreds of voices to sing with functional freedom and vocal balance. She is a Mentor Level Certified Instructor with the Institute for Vocal Advancement- an international organization dedicated to the education and integrity of voice teachers around the globe. Megan has an extensive performance background in National Tours, US Premiers, and professional theaters across the nation. She feels especially grateful to be following and living her passion of teaching singers to utilize their complete instrument and watch them dominate! And being able to do all of it alongside her incredible husband and business partner, Preston Yates!
John is happy to have finally got his Mentor certificate at the end of 2020, after many, many, many, many years of wonderful education at IVA, thanks to our amazing Master Teachers! He is a vocal coach from Singapore, focusing on jazz and pop genres. He is a songwriter and member/music director of the vocal group, Vocaluptuous. As vocal coach/vocal producer and arranger, he has worked on various local stage musicals (since 2008) including La Cage and Beauty World, as well as with many Asian recording artists such as Sandii Suzuki, Sandy Lam, Emil Chou, Laura Fygi, Kit Chan, Taufik Batisah & Nathan Hartono. He has also acted in several plays and TV series on Singaporean networks.
John is thrilled & excited to be conducting a fun warm up session at Europe IVACON 2021!
Manica Smrdelj is an IVA Mentor Instructor and a professor by profession. For 13 years (1996-2009) she was regularly employed in Slovenian education. She taught in both high school and elementary schools, one semester also in college. For 10 years she taught music education and led choirs (children, youth and adults).
Since 2007 she has been teaching and training successful artists, active contemporary music singers, professional opera singers, singing teachers, choir leaders and singers, professional speakers, actors and, of course, amateur singers from Slovenia and around the world.
In addition to constant teaching, Manica has been active on stage since she was a child. For many years she performed as a soprano in various choirs. As a soloist, she has performed at various concerts and events in the last 20 years, collaborating with many music groups, orchestras and many musicians.
Wendy Tan is a qualified music teacher who graduated from the Trinity College of London. She is also a Mentor Level Vocal Coach under the Institute of Vocal Advancement USA. With 40 years of combined musical and coaching experience, Wendy’s advanced pedagogical knowledge has proven to deliver quick and lasting vocal results. With both classical and contemporary musical knowledge, she is flexible in coaching across all genre of musical styles.
Her passion is in using singing encounters to impact and change every single life that comes through her vocal studio. Her caring and patient approach makes learning effective and enjoyable. Her clients come to her with a myriad of needs including being recording ready, gaining resilience and stamina for live performances, musical and college entry auditions, winning competitions, vocal damages and more. Being a successful business woman who owns a growing preschool enterprise with schools in Singapore and China, she also provides business consultation and mentorship to vocal coaches and young aspiring artists in the market place.
Laurie is an Mentor Level voice teacher, the Assistant Worldwide Area Representative for IVA as well as the Area Representative for Texas (Southern US). She is also a Nashville Music Exec with PCG Universal, a emerging artist development program and holds the title of National Vocal Education Coordinator and Marketing Director. She serves as a music industry panelist, vocal instructor for PCG events in Texas and Nashville. Laurie is vocal a full time private voice instructor, and also serves as coach and judge for the Round Rock Express AAA Baseball Affiliate as well as served as Vocal Instructor for the World Class Drum Corps International, Boston Crusaders 2015 & 2018 seasons.
Alice Wong, the founder of Passion Vocal Studio in Singapore, teaches voice to both singers and speakers in-person and online via Skype/Zoom. She specializes in English and Mandarin contemporary pop singing, and is also familiar with musical theatre performances. Alice was trained in both pop and musical genre in her early years, and had performed in different set ups such as Mandarin pop choir, events emcee and singing, local musicals, “unplugged” live singing, as well as church choir and worship lead.
As an IVA Mentor Instructor, Alice teaches singers and teachers all over the world. With more than 11 years of teaching SLS and IVA methods, Alice has helped countless number of singers achieved vocal balance via strengthening their MIX voice in singing. Recent years, she has also helped non-singers in their day-to-day speech requirements.
"The greatest joy all these years of being a vocal teacher, is to see my clients improving in their musicality and vocal ability in a healthy way. In this career, while teaching them to be better, I have also learnt many things from them! Grateful to be in this journey." -- Alice
Adeline is a qualified, passionate, and committed music educator with more than 12 years of coaching, 27 years of singing, recording, and stage performing experience. She has the rare ability to skilfully deliver quick yet lasting results and never ceases to transform the voices of aspiring and professional singers.
A well-loved gospel singer in the local community, Adeline is also a familiar face who leads worship to an audience of more than 30,000 in Singapore and more across the globe through the online platform.
Some of her work includes fronting worship albums in English, Mandarin, and Chinese dialects. She has performed as the lead in the musical, The Love Story Of Xiao Niang. (2007), and on local Television Christmas Showcase, The Christmas Wish (2003). She has also collaborated as a solo artist in album recordings with renowned gospel artists and labels like Bob Fitts for Integrity Music and Hillsong (Hillsong Global Project) (2002, 2013). In recent years, she has recorded music videos that are well-received in the churches of China and Taiwan (2015, 2017).
Since the founding of Adeline Gan Vocal Studio in 2018, she has inspired and trained over 380 singers through her individual and small-group lessons. Plus hundreds more through her vocal workshops, placing a strong emphasis on IVA singing techniques.
Challenged with vocal damage and health issues in 2007-2011, she has emerged as a change-maker at heart, a vocal coach with a wealth of real-life stage experience, and able to empathize with her clients' struggles and performance anxieties.
One of her current clients includes Taiwanese/China Celebrity, Angela Zhang who has requested constant support from Adeline for her live shows and tours in China. (2019-2021)
Her continual mission is to educate and inspire while building confidence and unlocking the greatest potential in every singing voice.