Sunday Aug. 6

Main hall (Kungasalen)

09.00-10.00 Keynote Stefan Johansson

“The past is a country where they did things differently”. Why and how to listen to a heritage of almost 130 years of vocal art. (With rare examples of Scandinavian voices, beginning in 1889.)

10.30-12.00 Masterclass Barbro Marklund

13.00-14.30 Aksel Rykkvin, boy soprano. An extraordinary young musician in song and interview. With his teacher Marianne Lewis and accompanist Sean Lewis

14.30 Closing Ceremony and presentation of the hosts for ICVT10, 2021

Presentations, other venues


‘Rise and shine – your early- morning wake-up call’

The Early Bird catches the swing – jazzing it up with voice and nature and Sanni Orasmaa


Mentoring: Models for a Changing Culture of Collaboration

Mentoring strengthens pedagogical practice through open communication and continued learning. Informed in part by principles of self-determination theory, the American Academy of Teachers of Singing offers models for incorporating mutually beneficial mentoring relationships into vital aspects of our profession.

Katherine Ciesinski, internationally renowned American mezzo-soprano, has taught at the Eastman School of Music since 2008 and is on faculty at summer opera institutes in Italy and Mexico.

Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, soprano, is active as a performer, clinician and teacher in the New York City area. She is director of Columbia University’s Doctoral Cohort Program in Music and Music Education.

George Shirley, American tenor, Grammy winner, sang for 11 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera and decades internationally. Since 1987, he has been Distinguished Professor at the University of Michigan.

Pedagogy | Lilla Salen

Survival of the fittest

This roundtable is comprised of voice teachers and professional singers who have collectively worked extensively in teaching, research, voice care and rehabilitation. Each contributor addresses the concept of ‘vocal health’ by detailing its relevance in their respective teaching, research and performance practices, by outlining the types of vocal overload and injuries that can occur, and by discussing preventative strategies that may be utilised for improving vocal heath issues and impaired vocal function.

Associate Professor Diane Hughes (PhD) lectures in Vocal Studies and Music at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her research areas include the singing voice, vocal health, pedagogy, film and sound, recording practices, songwriting, the music industries, and popular music and song. She is also the Director of Learning and Teaching for the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University.

Dr Daniel K. Robinson is a freelance artist and educator. He is the editor of VoicePrint, the official newsletter of the Australian Voice Association (2015–), and has served as National Vice President (2009–11), as well as National Secretary for the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (2006–11). Daniel is the principal Singing Voice Specialist for Djarts (, presenting workshops across Australia and abroad for Universities and community groups.

Veronica Monro (Honours in Creative Arts) is a singer, teacher and PhD candidate researching the singing voice and the creative process of Australian singer-songwriters at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She is the principal voice teacher and singing instructor of the Sydney Voice Studio and has been teaching and coaching singing voices of all skill levels for over ten years. She now frequently works with contemporary singer-songwriters and coaches artists in sustainable vocal, musical and entrepreneurial creative practices.

Belinda Lemon-McMahon (Honours in Contemporary Music) has worked as a private singing teacher in her own studio for fifteen years. Belinda is also a PhD candidate and is currently a tutor in contemporary voice at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Previously, Belinda has worked as a peripatetic singing teacher in several Sydney private schools, as a registered voice tutor for the University of New South Wales, Australia, and as the resident singing teacher at the Ensemble Studios Acting School. Belinda has also had a successful career as a cabaret and corporate performer.

Nadine Manion (BCA) lectures in contemporary voice at JMC Academy, Sydney, Australia. She is a National Council member of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Ltd (ANATS) and is the editor of the ANATS national newsletter, Voice of ANATS. Previously, Nadine both founded and taught at Elite Vocal Academy, a large contemporary music studio in New South Wales, Australia. With a special interest in vocal health, Nadine has worked extensively in vocal habilitation. She continues to work with contemporary vocalists while maintaining a successful performing career.

Pedagogy | Nathan Milsteinsalen

Vowels & harmonics: Twin siblings

Science lets us know that vowels are subsets of the harmonic series—what distinguishes an “ah” from an “aw” is the place that each vowel has in the overall mix of harmonics for a given fundamental. I believe that singers and singing teachers can benefit a lot from becoming more deeply and broadly aware of the harmonic series and its manifestations as vowels sounds in speech and song. The more you sense the harmonics, the better you speak and sing. In this workshop I’ll introduce the concept of vowels-as-harmonics through demonstration, narrative, jokes, anecdotes, and exercises.

Pedro de Alcantara is a musician, writer, and teacher. His books include “Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique” and “Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound”, both published by Oxford University Press. In April, 2016 Pedro was named a Visiting Professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, for a three-year term.

Pedagogy | Seminarie 1

Strategies for Lifelong Singing: The Older Singer

The workshop will present best practices regarding vocal/choral pedagogy for the older singer, including sound ideals, vocal exercises and repertoire. It will be interactive, demonstrating the principles and practicing the strategies that have proven valuable to singers over 50. Participants will learn approaches to healthy singing and score preparation suitable to the unique needs of this population.

Dr. Brenda Smith, DMA, teaches studio voice, singer’s diction, and vocal pedagogy at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She presents strategies that promote lifelong singing through healthy choral singing.

Professor Ronald Burrichter, MM, teaches studio voice and voice skills for instrumentalists at the University of Florida. He conducts a chorus of senior citizens residing in a retirement community in Gainesville, FL.

Workshop | Seminarie 2

Use of Vocal Function Exercises for Improved Resonance, Phonation, and Breath Management in Singers

Vocal Function Exercises (VFE’s) address the three subsystems of resonance, phonation, and breath management. Developed to address the disordered voice, VFE’s work equally well to improve normal, healthy voices and even to enhance the vocal technique of singers. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn the exercises and to observe VFE’s applied pedagogically.

Kathleen Wilson, Professor of Voice at FIU, has a doctorate from Columbia Univ., several CDs and an anthology of Latin America Art Song. Honors include two Fulbrights and the Van L. Lawrence Award.

Pedagogy | Movement room

10.00-10.30 Morning Coffee


Between Speech & Song: Clarifying the Sprechstimme of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire

A review of current neurological research sheds light on the technique of Sprechstimme as created by Arnold Schoenberg in his Pierrot Lunaire, while musical analysis and a practical performer’s guide help to clarify a performer’s approach. This info promises to have an impact on Sprechstimme as well as musical theater and commercial music studies.

Acclaimed as “sensitive to every expression in the text,” New York City-based soprano Sara Paar is an enthusiastic interpreter of contemporary classical music, opera, vocal dance, and music theater.

Interpretation | Lilla Salen

Teaching Men to Soar (until 12.00)

Young male singers usually struggle with upper register singing from the beginning. This presentation will discuss common challenges faced by studio teachers, offer suggestions for approaches which have proven effective, citing current and traditional sources for insights. Includes demonstrations by a young baritone.

Alan Bennett, tenor and Head of Vocal Studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore. Extensive performing career in concerts, festivals, recitals and opera.

Pedagogy | Nathan Milsteinsalen


Vocal identity: What is it, how does it develop, and why does it matter?

This presentation will discuss findings from current qualitative research on vocal identity from the perspective of singers and singing teachers. This includes what they consider vocal identity to be, whether or not it is connected to the singer’s identity, and possible contributory factors to vocal identity development.

Belinda Lemon-McMahon is a contemporary voice tutor and PhD candidate at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Belinda also has extensive experience
as a private and peripatetic singing teacher.

Pedagogy | Seminarie 1

Onsets & Offsets in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM)

An interactive workshop introducing various stylistic onsets & offsets used in a range of well-known contemporary repertoire from the 50s to present day. Vocal health implications will also be discussed regarding the current heavy usage of the glottal attack with alternatives given and demonstrated as suitable replacements for live performance.

Kim Chandler MMus. Industry vocal coach. Coach: Abbey Road Studios and The Voice UK. Former President: British Voice Association and Senior Lecturer: London College of Music, Leeds College of Music.

Workshop | Seminarie 2


Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy: It’s Legit!

Despite the overwhelming increase in demand for CCM vocal instruction, a pedagogical model specific to CCM singers has not yet been acknowledged. This paper reports the preliminary results from a larger study, which investigates how a CCM pedagogical model can be developed by examining the training approaches of ten prominent CCM pedagogues.

Marisa Lee Naismith is currently teaching voice at Queensland Conservatorium. With over 40 years CCM industry experience, Marisa is currently undertaking a PhD program investigating CCM Vocal Pedagogy.

Pedagogy | Lilla Salen

The (confidently) singing actor: strategies for teaching music and singing skills to developing actors

In the current global arena of theatre and screen, actors are being called upon to develop a greater range of skills than ever before. This presentation will outline the context of my work as a singing teacher & lecturer in musical skills in a tertiary level acting degree (Brisbane, Australia), & will offer practical ideas and strategies to assist singing teachers working in interdisciplinary arts programs.

Kate Schirmer holds a BMus (Hons Class 1) from UQ, and a MMusSt from QCGU. Kate works as a singing teacher in the QCGU Music Theatre Department, at the University of Canberra in the Bachelor of Acting and Performance, and at JMC Academy.

Pedagogy | Seminarie 1


28 Calories Per Aria: Energy Expenditure in the Opera Singer in Rehearsal and Performance

A presentation of the results of a pilot study on measuring energy expenditure in professional opera singers in rehearsal and performance. As we begin to understand that singing is an athletic endeavour, it is important to understand the toll it takes on the body in order to prepare for performances, fuel, and refuel properly!

Dr. Vicki St. Pierre is a professor of voice at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. She is an active classical singer (contralto), conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and researcher.

Research | Movement room

12.00-13.00 Lunch Break

This is a preliminary programme and is subject to change.