ViP VVC 2021 Speakers

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Amelia Carr;
Training Professional Kids, Sunday 14th March

Amelia is a leading Musical Theatre vocal coach specialising in young voices and performance anxiety coaching. Amelia spent her childhood immersed in theatre land, performing notably at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and The Royal Albert Hall before training in professional Musical Theatre at Bird College and London Studio Centre.

During a successful performing career, Amelia fell in love with teaching young performers and has done so for 18 years. In this time Amelia was founder and Director of a large performing arts studio in Sussex until 2018. Amelia now teaches professional Musical Theatre performers in London and Worldwide online and is part of the singing faculty at Laine Theatre Arts, as well as delivering online teacher courses. Amelia has combined her vast industry knowledge, study of vocal pedagogy and a passion for Musical Theatre to become a go-to coach for young singers aspiring a professional theatrical career.

In 2019 Amelia completed an MA in Vocal Pedagogy with University of Wales, in which she developed a strategy for teaching performance enhancement skills to singers. 

Amy Walton; Melodics & Mechanics of Improvisation, Saturday 13th March 

 Amy Walton is a singer/songwriter hailing from Cape Town, South Africa. After graduating with a Bmus in Jazz Performance at the University of Cape Town’s South African College of Music, she moved to the UK to pursue a more international career. She has been a featured soloist with Big Bands and Orchestras across South Africa and the UK and has more recently started releasing her own original music. Amy is currently a senior lecturer at the Academy of Contemporary Music and is passionate about the development of the next generation of singers. She aims to empower every vocalist to see themselves as a musician capable of doing what any instrumentalist can do.

Andrew Byrne; Give Yourself a Brain Physical, Friday 12th March

 Andrew Byrne is a voice teacher, vocal coach, composer, performer and music director. He is the creator of The Singing AthleteTM, a training program that applies functional neuroscience and athletic training to the voice studio. Andrew was twice named one of the “Favorite Vocal Coaches” in NYC Backstage Reader’s Choice Awards, and is also a frequent contributor to their experts column.  In the past few seasons, his students have been seen in many Broadway shows, including Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Mean Girls, Hamilton, Come From Away, Frozen, Hadestown, The Band's Visit, The Lion King, Oklahoma!, Kiss Me Kate, Once on this Island, Carousel, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, My Fair Lady, SpongeBob SquarePants, Ain't Too Proud, Finding Neverland, Anastasia, Kinky Boots, Summer, King Kong, Fiddler on the Roof, Groundhog Day, Something Rotten!, Spring Awakening, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, On the Town, If/Then, and Les Misérables.

Barbara Tanze; Enhancing Performance through Breath Training, Friday 12th March

 Barbara Tanze was born in Germany and has lived and studied in the US and Switzerland before settling in Slovenia. She holds an MA in vocal pedagogy and has been performing on opera scenes around Europe as well as in Australia. Barbara became a certified practitioner of MDH Breathing Coordination in 2014 and has since been a specialized breath coach for amateur and olympic athletes, singers and individuals with breathing difficulties. She is a contributor to the Art of Breath certification, the Breathing Cold teacher training, Modern Vocal Training and The Sing Space as well as the founder of the Voice up Institute providing education and research in the fields of breath, voice and education. She has presented her work at workshops and conferences around the world, including the Pacific Opera Company in Sydney, Australia, the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, the World Voice Teachers Expo in Poland and for many providers of breath related education online.

Crystal Barron, Enhancing Performance through Breath Training, Friday 12th March

 Crystal Barron is a Voice and Breathing Coach for professional voice users and teachers. She’s worked with hundreds of artists who are feeling “stuck,” guiding them to discover and embrace the unique beauty, freedom and strength of their own voice. A self-proclaimed anatomy geek and voice science nerd, Crystal has trained at NCVS SVI, is on the board for Vocology in Practice and NATS-LA, is certified in Vocal Health First Aid, a voting member for PAVA, and is the only MDH Breathing Coordination Advanced Certified Practitioner in the US. She is trained in laryngeal massage and Myofascial release, and holds a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from CSULB. Her students have been top 10 in “American Idol” and “The Voice”, on National Tours and National TV. Crystal has been featured at notable regional and international voice and teaching conferences. She lives in Los Alamitos with her 3 daughters. Learn more about her

David E Hoffman; What the fold! Exploring fold mass in contemporary music & What the fold! Using emotion to shift vocal quality, Saturday 13th March

David Hoffman, DMA, CEMT, is a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches a variety of styles from musical theatre to opera to blue-eyed soul. He regularly performs with the cabaret group Opera Inter Alia holding up the torch for the American Songbook and French jazz. He has performed with the Chicago Folks Operetta, Da Corneto Opera Company, Sinfonietta Bel Canto, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus. In addition to UWM he taught on the Theatre faculty at the Chicago College of Performance at Roosevelt University. He has also served as the president for the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is a certified Master Teacher of the Estill Voice Model and is currently working on certification in Sheri Sanders’ Rock the Audition Teacher Training Program. He is one of the founding members of Integrated Vocal Pedagogy, a voice teacher and performer training initiative integrating multidisciplinary tools with evidence based pedagogy and emotional regulation science. 

Dr. Anca Barbu; Laryngology in Voice Professionals, Saturday 13th March

 Dr. Barbu is board-certified in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and fellowship-trained in Laryngeal Surgery by Dr. Steven Zeitels (the surgeon who operated on Adele, Steven Tyler and numerous other professional vocalists). After completing her fellowship at Harvard under his tutelage, she was offered to join Dr. Zeitels as one of only three laryngeal surgeons in practice at Massachusetts General Hospital. In doing so, Dr. Barbu became the first woman surgeon in the Division of Laryngeal Surgery at the #1 hospital in the U.S. at that time. Currently, Dr. Barbu is in faculty practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. You can read more about her and her practice at

Dave Stroud; Teaching Clinic: Vowels in Practice, Friday 12th March

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Eden Casteel; Becoming Tech Savvy: Improve Your Studio By Upgrading Your Online Tech Skills, Saturday 13th March

 Voice teacher/producer Eden Casteel helps her clinets perform, produce, and create at the highest level. She is an experienced songwriter, lyricist, producer, pianist and performer. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland. She is a past president of the Rhode Island chapter of NATS and a charter member of The Speakeasy Cooperative. Visit to learn more about what Eden does for (and with) her clients.

Gemma Sugrue; Tessa Niles in Conversation with Gemma Sugrue

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Jenevora Williams; How our brains learn: Habits and hang-ups, patterns and pathways, Sunday 14th March

 We will consider the questions of how we learn the skills that are involved in singing and voice use. There is a great deal of recent research into the acquisition of motor learning skills in sport; much of this is relevant for voice education, some needs to be adapted. We can also glean from the last 50 years of education research: what are the best models for teaching style and learning environments? Alongside this theoretical information, we will look into the neurological systems governing our responses at a much deeper level: the autonomic nervous system, vagal responses, emotions and primal sound.

Jennie Morton; The Voice from Foot to Head: A Holistic Approach to Voice, Saturday 13th March

 JENNIE MORTON BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MS Psychology Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider After a long performing career as a Ballet dancer, West End Musical Theatre performer, and lead singer of a London Big Band, Jennie is now a Clinical Osteopath specializing in the field of Performing Arts Medicine. She provides treatment for musculoskeletal, neurobiological, and psycho-physiological issues from her office in Los Angeles. She also works as a Performance Coach for singers and actors, focusing on anatomical efficiency, embodiment of artistry, movement education, and rehabilitation from vocal injury. Jennie is the Wellness Professor at The Colburn School, is on the Board of Directors for the Dance Resource Center (LA), and is on the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education. Jennie lectures internationally to artists, arts educators, and healthcare professionals on the subject of performance-related injuries, and is the author of three books: The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask And The Effect On Health; The Embodied Dancer: A Guide To Optimal Performance; and Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger. Her website contains many of her published articles and educational resources, as well as links to her online courses on a range of health topics.

Jennifer John; How To find Soulful Engagement within Your Singing Groups, Friday 12th March

 Jennifer John is an award winning composer, singing leader and music mentor. With over 30 years of international teaching experience leading choirs and vocal coaching specialising in Artistic Development, she has a reputation for bringing out the best in her students often being referred to as a "soul coach" in that she is able to get to the heart of perfomers' intentions and direction. As a vocal coach and singing lecturer her clients include The Voice UK, Royal Northern College of Music, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Brighton Institute of Modern Music. As the music manager of the vocal ensemble, Sense of Sound Singers she has led collaborations and performances with Nile Roders and Chic, Take That, Damon Albarn, Paco Peña and Paloma, Faith Yoko Ono to name a few. Jennifer currently sit on the Liverpool City Region Music Board

Jewels Jaselle; Finding Balance and Success as a Working Voice Artist, Friday 12th March

 Jewels Jaselle has been one of the most in demand voice actors and singers in the voice over industry worldwide for 20 years. She has been coaching for over 15 years. Some notable clients include Disney, Mattel, Leapfrog, Sony, SEGA, Universal Music UK, Nickelodeon, Columbia Pictures and Netflix. She has appeared in countless national ad campaigns as well as major video games to boot. In 2017, she joined the casting and production side by launching a company specializing in foreign language casting and translation services for all areas of voice over. Over the years, she has trained and developed many new voice artists for narration in audio books, toys, commercials, e-Learning, video games, and animation that have gone on to have successful careers. The growth of the casting and production company bring her great pleasure guiding and developing talented artists and helping them discover their “niche”, providing them with the tools they need to start them on the path to voice acting success.

Johan Sundberg; How are vocal sounds generated? & How are vocal sounds controlled?, Saturday 13th March 

 Johan Sundberg professor of Music Acoustics at KTH, Stockholm 1979 – 2001. After his doctoral dissertation on organ pipe acoustics, he turned to acoustical aspects of music, singing voice and theory of music performance being main research topics. He has published more than 350 research articles in scientific journals. In the book The Science of the Singing Voice (Swedish Röstlära, translated into English, German, Portughese and Japanese) he summarizes the status of voice research. He has also written a book on the acoustic aspects of musical sounds (The Science of Musical Sounds, 1991) and has been editor or co-editor of numerous proceedings. He has had extensive experience of performing music as a choir and solo singer. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of York, UK, University of Athens, Greece, and Université de Liège, Belgium.

John Henny; The Teaching Triangle - Your Guide to Successful Lessons, Sunday 14th March

 John has been a leading voice teacher for over 25 years. He has taught thousands of singers, including Grammy winners and top background and session singers. John's students have appeared on Broadway and in major touring companies. John has also trained hundreds of voice teachers, including many industry leaders. He has lectured at USC, The Paul McCartney Liverpool Institute and the Learning Annex. John is known for making complex concepts simple and easy to understand and is a leader in creating online programs for singers and voice teachers.

Justin Stoney; OPERATION PRACTICAL: Make Your Pedagogy Matter, Sunday 14th March

 Justin Stoney is the Founder of New York Vocal Coaching, developer of the NYVC Voice Teacher Training & Certification Program, and author of "Sing Like Never Before". Mr. Stoney has worked with thousands of singers in New York along with students from over 60 countries. His clients also include Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award-winning artists. Justin has been invited as a keynote speaker and presenter both nationally and internationally, appeared on numerous media outlets including NBC, CBS, and ABC, and been featured in multiple publications including The New York Times, Esquire, and SELF. He is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), Vocology in Practice, VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association), The Voice Foundation, Actors Equity, and SAG-AFTRA. He studied classical vocal technique with veterans of the Metropolitan Opera, Musical Theatre vocal technique with veterans of Broadway, and contemporary vocal technique with industry-leading Pop/Rock/R&B instructors. He is devoted to helping all people "Make A Joyful Noise" and passionate about helping Voice Teachers develop their teaching gifts and inspiring them to approach Voice Teaching as a craft and art-form.

Katrina Sheppeard;   Representation of Soprano Resonance Strategies: considering a feminist epistemology, Sunday 14th March

 Katrina Sheppeard is currently completing an MA degree in Voice Pedagogy with Voice Workshop and UWTSD, with particular interest in soprano resonance strategies, the use of emotion in voice pedagogy, and how technology might inform traditional voice training. Her early musical training took place at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts; she subsequently joined the Young Artist Program at Opera Queensland. In 2008 Katrina moved to London and since then has performed across the UK, Europe and Australia, with highlights including performing titular roles in Barber’s Vanessa (Theater Hagen, 2015) and Bellini’s Norma (English National Opera, 2016). She has been awarded scholarships by the Wagner Society of NSW, and covered major roles at ENO, including Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Turandot in Puccini’s Turandot, Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Katerina in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Tosca in Puccini’s Tosca. In her spare time, Katrina is jewellery designer of bespoke pieces from discarded CDs, and collaborates with visual artists, most recently Paul Westcombe’s installation ‘A Soul Twirler Booms Trout Wet’ at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Katrina currently teaches in London.

Kaya Herstad-Carney; Melodics and Mechanics of Improvisation, Saturday 13th March

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Kenneth W. Bozeman; Tools for Resonance Tuning: Affect and the Chiaroscuro Whisper, Friday 12th March

 Kenneth Bozeman, BM, MM, Professor Emeritus of Music, taught at Lawrence University for 42 years where he chaired the voice department and from which he received two awards for excellence in teaching. He holds performance degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona, and studied at the Conservatory of Music in Munich. He was awarded the Van Lawrence Fellowship by the Voice Foundation in 1994, is the chair of the editorial board of the Journal of Singing, and was inducted into the American Academy of Teachers of Singing in 2019. His writings on acoustic voice pedagogy include the books, Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers, and Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency, now in a second edition. Bozeman’s students have sung with Houston Grand, Boston Lyric, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dresden Opera, San Francisco, New York City, the Metropolitan, Chicago Lyric, and Santa Fe Opera.

Kerrie Obert; What the fold! Exploring fold mass in contemporary music & What the fold! Using emotion to shift vocal quality, Saturday 13th March

 Kerrie Obert is a Speech Language Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist from Columbus Ohio, USA. She has over 25 years' experience as a voice specialist and is recognized as an international leader in her field.  Ms. Obert spent the first 18 years of her career working in a busy voice clinic at The Ohio State University where she treated singers of every stripe and conducted thousands of laryngeal endoscopies. In addition to her clinical work, Ms. Obert taught voice at Capital University Music Conservatory and in her home studio.  She is currently a founding partner of Integrated Vocal Pedagogy and Executive Principal of Get Vocal Now (  Both of these organizations seek to provide evidence based pedagogy to improve voice training.  Ms. Obert is actively involved in several research projects using MRI and endoscopic technology.  She has written four books on voice and published numerous research articles. 

Line Hilton; Building Resilience Through Flexible Thinking & Teaching Clinic: Meeting your student at their level, Friday 12th & Saturday 13th March

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Liz Jackson Hearns; One Weird Trick:Teaching Trans and Non Binary Singers: a Webinar, Friday 12th March 

 Author/co-author of One Weird Trick: A User’s Guide to Transgender Voice and The Singing Teacher’s Guide to Transgender Voices and co-founder of The Voice Lab, Inc. Liz Jackson Hearns guides voice teachers through an interactive online webinar to serve transgender and non-binary students. Topics include cultural responsiveness, considerations for voice range and repertoire, medical transition for singers, and techniques for gender-perceived voice. A presentation and discussion of techniques for navigating gender expression in voice will be pre-recorded and available as a resource. Ariel Zetina, Executive/Marketing Assistant, will join Liz to conduct a live Q&A immediately following the webinar. She will offer insight into the information as a transgender woman currently exploring voice femininizaton techniques.

Mama J (Jan Smith); Getting the best out of your artists: Q & A with Mama J, Sunday 14th March 

 A nationally recognized singer/songwriter/musician, Jan Smith is also a Grammy nominated producer, GA Music Hall of Fame inductee, and a multi-platinum certified vocal coach/vocal producer who has tended to some of the most distinctive voices in the business. Owner of Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta, a state-of-the-art vocal coaching, artist development, and production facility offering services nationwide to record companies, artists, producers and motion pictures. Clients include Rob Thomas/Matchbox Twenty, Usher, Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, The Band Perry, Jill Scott, Collective Soul, India Arie, Sugarland, Drake, Mastodon, Nicki Minaj, FLA/GA Line, etc. ( Vocal consultation and production credits also include Tyler Perry Productions, Warner Bros Pictures, Universal Pictures, Paramount, New Line Cinema, and Fox Television, as well as work with award winning actors Liam Neeson, Christina Applegate, Ed Helms, Terrence Howard, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and White House Correspondent John Roberts. Jan continues to see clients worldwide, produces records in her Atlanta “Homegirl” studio, and develops aspiring artists under Mama J Music. Jan Smith Studios has created employment opportunities for many others and currently sports the largest roster of charting artists of any vocal coaching facility in America.

Marco Guzman; What should we control during voice training with water resistance therapy?: research findings and practical demonstrations, Saturday 13th March

 Dr. Guzman is a voice pathologist with nineteen years of clinical and academic experience. He received his Ph.D. in Speech Techniques and Vocology from the Tampere University, Finland. He also holds a certification in vocology from the University of Iowa and National Center for Voice and Speech (USA). Dr. Guzman joined the faculty at the Universidad de los Andes, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2018 following a 15-year academic career at the University of Chile. He also works as a clinician in the Department of Otolaryngology, Las Condes Clinic, Chile. Moreover, He joined the Tampere University (Finland) as Adjunct Professor in 2018. Dr. Guzman is an active researcher and author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters related to the underling physiology of semi-occluded vocal tract exercises, physiologic voice therapy, and supraglottic constrictions during singing and speaking voice. Dr. Guzman is frequent speaker and lecturer at national and international meetings on topics related to assessment and management of voice disorders. He belongs to the editorial board of the Journal of Voice and to the Pan American Vocology association (PAVA) Advisory Board.

Matthew Ellenwood; What the fold! Exploring fold mass in contemporary music & What the fold! Using emotion to shift vocal quality, Saturday 13th March

 In addition to partnering with Integrated Vocal Pedagogy, Matthew is the owner of Ellenwood Studios- a voice and acting studio in Chicago, Illinois. As a lecturer, he has presented voice and musical theater workshops for universities, professional theatre companies, and at NATS, VASTA and PAVA events and conferences. Matthew is also a co-founder and the Artistic Director of Terra Mysterium, a freelance vocal and musical director, pianist/conductor, and has served many professional artists and companies nationwide. Masters of Music-Northwestern University. Professional affiliations include NATS, PAVA, VASTA, MTEA, MICHA, the Alba Method Association, and ASCAP.

Megan Durham; Creating Co-Harmonic Spaces: An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Voice Care, Sunday 14th March

 Megan Durham (she/her) is a singing voice specialist and trauma-informed voice care facilitator located in Louisville, Ky. She is a certified practitioner in YogaVoice®, LifeForce Yoga®, Transcending Sexual Trauma Through Yoga, and Movement For Trauma (Jane Clapp).  Megan is a member of the Voice and Trauma Research and Connection Group, founded by Dr. Elisa Monti ( Megan holds a Master of Music degree in voice pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Richmond. She completed her certification in singing voice habilitation with Dr. Karen Wicklund at the Chicago Center for Professional Voice. Megan has served on the voice faculties of DeSales University, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.

Michelle Markwart Deveaux; Pricing for Generosity: Intentional Pricing to Bring Greater Impact to Our Clients and Ourselves & Vocologists to the Core: Embracing our Core Values as Transformational Pedagogy, Saturday 13th March

 Michelle Markwart Deveaux is the CEO of FaithCultureKiss Studios and Founder of The Speakeasy Cooperative. When she’s not teaching singers, actors, podcasters, and influencers to use their voice to change the world, Michelle revels in the nitty-gritty of entrepreneurship, business shenanigans, and personal development. She’s been featured on podcasts such as What Works, Rebel Therapist, The Women’s Advocate, Dr. Dan’s Voice Essentials, Vocal Fri, The Naked Vocalist, and The Full Voice. A frequent speaker and workshop leader, Michelle has led seminars for NATS, University of Utah, New England Conservatory, The What Works Network, and Expand Online. BA in Music from Patten University, MA in Worship, Theology, and the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. Cut formal education teeth at University of Northern Colorado in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance. Based in Rancho Cordova, CA, Michelle and her husband are raising their two amazing kiddos to be deep thinkers and strong leaders through careful study of The Fugees, Star Trek, and the MCU.

Philippe Clark Hall; Welcome to the Jungle, Friday 12th March

 Hello Singers & Teachers! I'm a professional performer and educator. I've performed in 80+ Operas, Musicals & Plays, 100's of concert venues from 4 to 60,000 people & styles ranging from Baroque to Rock. I've tallied up 3,000+ performances in 28 countries. I'm what I call an 'academic' performer or a 'studied' performer, meaning I have Bachelor & Master degrees in arts & pedagogy. I speak & teach in French, German & English. I've taught part time at Universities in Germany & the US. I'm the author & founder of Singing Revealed. Our mission is to "Change the world one voice at a time. Sharing Knowledge across boarders & methodologies." This is why I'm such a fan and supporter of VIP. Being a "Cross-Over" or multidisciplinary artist/educator has been my way of life for 30+ years. My specialty is "connecting dots" and bringing diverse people together.

Richard Swan; Show & Tell: Using Jamulus for rehearsing and teaching LIVE online, Sunday 14th March

 Irish/South African musician Richard Swan has over 25 years’ experience as a musical director, teacher, composer and gigging musician. He is a graduate of University of London Goldsmiths’ College, and is the founder and director of London City Voices, a 400-strong non-audition choir.He recently collaborated with Annie Lennox on her reworking of Dido's Lament. The choir's first lockdown project, "You've Got A Friend", raised over £100K for Women's Aid, a domestic violence charity. Notable performances have been conducting at the Royal Albert Hall for the first Irish State Visit, performing with Damien Rice at the Palladium, and conducting his own commissioned work for the 500th anniversary of Hampton Court Palace in 2015.

Sarah Whitten; Alignment and the Singer's Body & Alignment in Motion: A movement class to explore how simple, gentle motions bring about shifts in how the body feels and how it is positioned in space, Sunday 14th March

 Voice and movement expert, Sarah Whitten focuses on whole body wellness and function for singers. Her work is built on the concept of Vocal Interdependence, recognizing that the voice is influenced by every other system of the body and acknowledging that vocal technique alone cannot solve every issue. Using principles of biomechanics, research-backed movement and pain science, as well as a hefty dose of intuition, she works with singers’ bodies to resolve pain and physical dysfunction and trains voice teachers to better understand the singing body. She holds an MA in Vocal Pedagogy, and MM in Vocal Performance both from The Ohio State University. Additionally she has studied Trauma and Breathing, is a 500hour Certified Yoga Instructor, Level 1 Movement for Trauma Certified, Restorative Exercise (TM) trained, and Module 1 and 2 Yoga Therapy trained.

Tanya GK Bentley; Enhancing Performance through Breath Training, Friday 12th March

Tanya Bentley, PhD, is Co-founder and CEO of the Health and Human Performance Foundation (HHPF), a non-profit research organization ( that brings together experts and organizations from around the world who are passionate about health, human performance, and well-being. Together, they are studying how breathwork and other mind-body approaches relate to health, well-being, and physical and mental performance among broad populations and ages. Dr. Bentley also conducts economic analyses for clinical trials conducted out of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center (UCLA MARC). She is skilled in business development, study design and implementation, health economic analyses, decision sciences, scientific writing and presentation, and team leadership. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University, and a Master's and PhD in Health Policy/Decision Sciences from Harvard University.

Tessa Niles; In Conversation with Gemma Sugrue, Saturday 13th March

 If you've listened to music during the past 3 decades then chances are Tessa Niles performed live with some of your favourite artists and sang on your most loved tracks. Tessa's first break came when she joined 'The Police' on the Synchronicity World Tour. Niles performed with David Bowie at Live Aid and sang on Bowie and Jagger's hit 'Dancing In The Streets'. She joined Eric Clapton's band and collaborated on the first of MTV's Unplugged series which spawned the classic versions of 'Layla' & 'Tears In Heaven'. Tessa toured with Clapton and featured on four albums with Tina Turner, recording the worldwide hits 'What's Love Got To Do With It' and 'Simply The Best'. She sang on movie soundtracks 'Love Actually' & Ronan Keating's 'When You Say Nothing At All' from 'Four Weddings And A Funeral'. Tessa hosts Masterclasses, shares her insights and experience on Radio and is a regular contributor to TV Music Documentaries. In 2015 she published her autobiography 'Backtrack - The Voice Behind Music's Greatest Stars'.

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