Debbie Winter (LLB Hons, MA) lectured in Law and sang professionally on the jazz scene before deciding to change careers and become a vocal coach where she noticed a lack of high-quality training provision and certification opportunities. This led to the development of Voice Workshop Ltd. Debbie worked in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University and leading UK based pedagogues to develop a unique training pathway in Professional Practice and Vocal Pedagogy.
This successful pathway generated a range of inspirational, innovative projects undertaken by the students involved. Voice Workshop Ltd has now achieved formal accreditation via University of Wales Trinity St David and a full MA Pathway in Voice Pedagogy has now been developed. This allows students to specialise in spoken or sung voice and is the only flexible route available in the UK.
Since the MA began, Debbie has mentored and examined the Postgraduate students through the degree. She is the academic lead responsible for recruiting the lecturing staff, designing and modifying the syllabus, lecturing in qualitative research methods and managing the student projects. Debbie was also nominated for the Student Led Teaching Fellowship awards for her outstanding work on the programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University and was the only external provider to ever receive such recognition. The programme was also shortlisted for the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence for the development of an Outstanding Music Educational Product in 2019. She is currently in the process of establishing a PhD pathway with UWTSD and is passionate about student progression and achievement.
Debbie has also, recently established the popular, rapidly growing Facebook group Voice Geek which consists of 3.7k members. This popular discussion forum shares and discusses new research involving the voice. The Voice Geek conferences have also been established to enable new researchers to present alongside leading pedagogues and both successful conferences presented Keynote speakers such as Ken Bozeman, Kerrie Obert, Carolyn McGettigan and resident speaker Jenevora Williams. The conference mission statement was fulfilled enabling new researchers to present alongside established pedagogues reflecting Debbie’s commitment to educational inclusivity and development.
Danielle Moughton recently graduated from the University of Suffolk, where she obtained a 2:1 Criminology degree with honours. She worked at a managerial level at Tesco’s Superstores and was fast tracked onto the talent programme before making the difficult decision to return to full-time Higher Education and complete her degree.
She has joined Voice Workshop on a graduate progression track and is expanding her role into marketing and educational learning where she will be given opportunities to gain a postgraduate qualification and develop expertise in the field of both Education and Marketing.
Dr Jenevora Williams is a passionate pedagogue and a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK and won the 2010 BVA Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. Her book and DVD Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults has sold several thousand copies worldwide.
As voice science is a relatively young discipline, she has engaged in pioneering work at a grass roots level through the delivery of innovative lectures on Vocal Health, Performance Anxiety, Vocal Pedagogy, Teaching Young Singers, Voice Acoustics, and Teaching Studio Communication Style for bodies such as the British Voice Association, British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and the Association of Teachers of Singing. She wrote the first Vocal Pedagogy syllabus for a university-accredited MA.
Some of her teaching work is in vocal rehabilitation; she offers guidance for singers who may have challenges with vocal health or technique. Jenevora’s PhD research looked into the vocal health of intensively trained child singers.
Kenneth Bozeman, tenor, holds performance degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona. He subsequently studied at the State Conservatory of Music in Munich, Germany on a fellowship from Rotary International. He is chair of the voice department and teaches voice and vocal pedagogy. Mr. Bozeman has received both of Lawrence University's Teaching Awards (Young Teacher Award, 1980; Excellence in Teaching Award, 1996). 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 participated in opera internships at Sante Fe, Tanglewood, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Central City Opera, and Utah Opera, and have sung with Houston Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Seattle Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Santa Fe Opera.
Mr. Bozeman was an active performer of oratorio, including singing the tenor roles in the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, the Christmas Oratorio, the B Minor Mass, the Magnificat, and various cantatas of Bach, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Vaughn Williams Hodie. He has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Green Lake Music Festival, the Purgatory Music Festival of Colorado, the Louisville Bach Society, the Historical Keyboard Society of Wisconsin, and on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Live from the Elvehjem."
Mr. Bozeman is a frequent presenter at international voice science conferences (Stockholm, Marseilles, Prague, Zagreb, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Philadelphia) and universities, and written several articles on the topic of acoustic pedagogy, especially as applied to male passaggio training (Choral Journal, Journal of Singing, Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology). He recently published book on acoustic pedagogy, Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers with Pendragon Press. Mr. Bozeman presented on the acoustics of male passaggio at the 2012 convention and general acoustic pedagogy at the 2014 NATS convention, was selected to be a master teacher for the 2013 NATS Intern Program at Vanderbilt University, and was a feature presenter at the 2015 NATS Winter Workshop on acoustic vocal pedagogy. He continues to be in demand for seminars and master classes on acoustic pedagogy at universities and interdisciplinary conferences.
Dr. Ian Howell is a member of the voice faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he also directs the graduate voice pedagogy program and coaches students in Baroque voice repertory.
Dr. Howell's work explores the special psychoacoustics of the singing voice, with an eye toward practical applications for singers and voice teachers. Human senses interpret reality according to a dependable set of rules. These same senses also perceive greater detail once we internalise more precise labels and conceptual models. Dr. Howell’s work produces new aural/visual models that better characterise the perceptual qualities of sung vowels and voice registration. He unpacks and identifies the perceptually coherent components of a vowel, showing how absolute, objective labels apply to the relative scale of tonal brightness.
Dr. Howell has presented original research at the Pan American Vocology Association's Symposium (2015, 2016), The National Association of Teachers of Singing's National Convention (2016), Harvard's ArtTechPsyche III (2017), and The Society for Music Perception and Cognition (upcoming summer of 2017). He is a guest faculty member at the Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (2017), and Kenneth Bozeman's Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Seminar (2017).
As a classical countertenor, Ian Howell has sung on most major international concert stages as both a soloist and a member of the Grammy Award winning ensemble Chanticleer. He appears on recordings on the Warner Brothers, Rhino, Gothic, Yale, American Bach Soloists, and Naxos record labels and has published multiple live concert performances on YouTube. Ian Howell hold the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from NEC, the Master of Music degree from Yale University, and the Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University.
Dr. David Juncos is a licensed clinical psychologist based in Philadelphia, PA. He received his Psy.D. and M.A. degrees in clinical psychology from La Salle University, and his B.A. in psychology from Vassar College. David has wide ranging clinical experience. He has over 10 years’ experience treating adults and teens with substance use disorders, both in individual and group IOP settings. He also received clinical training in college counseling centers, inpatient hospitals, and community mental health centers. Currently, he works for Hornstein, Platt, and Associates, a group practice in Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA. In his role as clinical psychologist, he provides individual therapy to adults and teens ages 16+ for a variety of conditions, including mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, AD/HD, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and work related stress/burnout. He also provides couples therapy and psychological testing for AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Specific Learning Disorders, and for clients with immigration related hardship.
David considers himself a “third-wave” therapist, with extensive training in a newer, mindfulness and acceptance based therapy, i.e., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He also has training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Meta-Cognitive Therapy (MCT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT), Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
In addition to his clinical work, David has expertise in treating musicians with performance anxiety. Specifically, he conducts research on the effectiveness of ACT as a treatment for music performance anxiety, and he sees musicians in his private practice. He is co-authoring an ACT-based self-help book for musicians due out in 2020. In his role as performance psychologist, he provides consultation to music faculty in the Philadelphia area on managing students’ performance anxiety and enhancing their performance skills. He also has collaborated with Phil Towle, a renowned performance coach whose work with Metallica was featured in the 2004 documentary, Some Kind of Monster.
David is an amateur musician and songwriter himself. He performed as a vocalist/guitarist in an original rock band in Philadelphia, a guitarist/keyboardist for a cover band, a composer of electronic music, and he has performed solo at numerous open mics. His music has been played on several Philadelphia radio stations. He also teaches guitar and piano.
Dr. Trish Rooney is a Voice of Ireland vocal coach, singer, researcher and director of the Academy of Popular Music. She is also, currently, a voice lecturer on the MA and BA in Popular Music at the CIT Cork School of Music, is an advanced CoreSinging™ Teacher and Vocology in Practice Coach. She completed her Doctorate in Music Education at the Institute of Education, London with supervisor Professor Susan Hallam.
A published author on the topic of music education Trish is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research (IJLTER) and has presented her work at Oxford University, Athens Institute of Education, Vienna University for Music and the Arts, as well as other International Conferences. Her research on the formal learning practices of popular musicians will be presented at the upcoming World Congress on Education (July 2018).
Dr. Rooney has worked extensively in the music industry, touring/recording with high profile acts and was the dedicated vocal coach for RTE’s The Voice of Ireland. Her students have performed on The Voice of Ireland, The Voice UK, The Late Late Toyshow, with Shane Filan & Daniel O’ Donnell on RTE and for president M.D Higgins.
With a first class honours degree and Master’s degree in flute performance from the Cork School of Music she has also been a member of and performed with many ensembles down through the years including the Cork Youth Orchestra, Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Cork Pops Orchestra, Cork Chamber Orchestra, CSM Wind Ensemble and Vocal Chamber group, and the International Youth Wind Orchestra.
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