Vocal Health Education
Meet the Admin Team
Meet the Admin Team
Dr Jenevora Williams is a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. After a successful career in Opera, Jenevora turned her attention to investigating healthy and efficient vocal function. The combination of academic study and practical experience has resulted in a unique perception for understanding the human voice. 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, Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults, has been enormously popular with singing teachers throughout the world. She is well-known for her imaginative and rigorous training courses for singing teachers in the UK, the US and Europe. As a teacher of singing, she works with professional singers of all ages, as well as training teachers in rehabilitation for Vocal Health Education and BAPAM.
Voice users from all over the world trust Stephen with their vocal recovery and rehabilitation. He has personally worked with Hollywood A-listers right through to World Champion Beatboxers, and owns the multidisciplinary Voice Care Centre in London’s West End. Passionate about professional development, Stephen has acquired a breadth of knowledge from his qualifications in Advanced Clinical Massage, Medical Acupuncture, Manual Maxillofacial Therapy, Spinal Manipulation, Anatomy (including human dissection) and Voice Pedagogy, and is now continuing his studies into Psychotherapy. As an advocate of health and wellbeing, Stephen co-founded the not-for-profit Vocal Health Education with Dr Jenevora Williams, seeking to educate every single voice user around the world on the subject of Vocal Health.
Martha is a professional actor, having graduated from Urdang Academy with a First Class BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. She was taught by Vocal Health co-founder, Stephen King, throughout her training and was incredibly inspired by his commitment to providing the best vocal training in the world. Since graduating, she has performed in various professional roles, such as Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, Jill in Jack and the Beanstalk and was set to go on an international tour around South East Asia before the pandemic hit!
After completing her Level 7 Diploma in Executive Personal Assisting, Martha took the leap to join the Vocal Health Education team, leading the social media and marketing division of the company. She is thrilled to be working with such a remarkable team and is extremely excited to aid the worldwide development of VHE!
Eimear McCarthy Luddy is a singing teacher with a keen interest in vocal health and singing voice rehabilitation. She was the first Irish person to complete advanced training in voice science (also called vocology) at the National Centre for Voice and Speech in Salt Lake City and remains committed to expanding her training by completing regular CPD courses. She qualified from the Royal Irish Academy of Music with a Masters in Music Performance where she also conducted research investigating attitudes and practices toward vocal health in Ireland. As a singing teacher she maintains a busy practice from young students to professional singers. Eimear founded Vocology Ireland in 2020 with the goal of bringing an approachable voice science and vocal health resource to Irish shores. As part of this goal she presents voice science and vocal health education workshops for singers and singing teachers. She is also currently a vocal health trainer with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and a Vocal Health First Aid Assessor for Vocal Health Education.
Dr. Trish Rooney lectures at the CIT Cork School of Music in voice, popular music history and research on the BA in Popular Music and MA (performance) programs and is also the course co-ordinator of the MA (CCM). Trish is an advanced CoreSinging™ Teacher and Vocology in Practice Coach and regularly provides workshops and teacher training courses around Ireland. She is also an examiner/marker for the MA in vocal pedagogy run by Voice Workshop.
Dr. Rooney is a Director and Principal of The Academy of Popular Music – Ireland’s only popular music second level school providing graded tuition in voice, drums, electric guitar, electric bass, piano and music theory as well as providing tuition in songwriting, band ensemble and beatmaking. The Academy has also recently become a national exam board for popular music – Grades 1-8. 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 and has presented her work at the World Congress on Music Education, London College of Music, Oxford University, Athens Institute of Education, Vienna University for Music and the Arts, as well as other International Universities and conferences.
As well as being the dedicated vocal coach for RTE’s The Voice of Ireland, Trish is a regular performer who has worked extensively in the music industry, touring and performing with high profile acts such as Una Healy, Cliona Hagan and Derek Ryan. Her students have performed on The Voice of Ireland, The Voice UK, The Late Late Show and for president M.D Higgins.
Gillian is a classical singer with a BMUS from the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music and a PG Dip in Opera Performance from the RNCM. She also has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Journalism. Gillian has sung roles with major UK companies such as ENO (including at BBC Proms), Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, ETO and in Europe with Salzburger Landestheater, Goettingen International Handel Festival, Opera de Oviedo and Teatro di San Carlo, Napoli. She teaches from her own private studio in Hove on the south coast of England. In her spare time she loves outdoor walking, running, yoga, cooking and reading vocal pedagogy books!
Julian is a London-based vocal and choral coach, and multi-instrumental musician and teacher. After an MA in Philosophy at Edinburgh, he spent too long avoiding teaching music for various misguided reasons and finally taught a piano lesson. And loved it. After a stint in the classroom gaining Qualified Teacher Status, he started working for a music hub as a peripatetic teacher and youth choral leader, as well as in various administrative and managerial roles. Loving working with singers the most, and a keen barbershopper, he attended Harmony University in the US, where he stumbled across Dr Steve Scott and Dr Rob Mance. Having discovered modern voice science and formed his first pedagogic crushes, courses with Dr Jenevora Williams, Kerrie Obert, Ingo Titze, Ken Bozeman, Ian Howell and Walt Fritz followed. Most recently he become a Vocal Health First Aider and qualified in Vocal Massage Therapy and Laryngeal Manipulation with Stephen King. He’s loving working with the VHE team and with our wonderful worldwide VHE community as he continues his own vocal health journey.
Pippa Anderson works with both the speaking and the singing voice. She is a senior lecturer and vocal health consultant for the musical theatre programme at Leeds Conservatoire, a voice and performance tutor at Newcastle University, a recommended singing teacher (vocal health and rehabilitation) at Durham University, a British Association for Performing Arts Medicine registered Vocal Rehabilitation Coach, a Vocal Rehabilitation Coach in a voice clinic for performers at Freeman Hospital and she represents ‘the spoken voice’ on the Education Working Party panel for the British Voice Association.
In addition to a roles listed above, Pippa also runs a busy private practice working with actors and contemporary commercial artists and she facilitates workshops and masterclasses throughout the UK.
Having graduated from Durham University with a First Class Honours degree in Music, Emily Owen went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, completing an Extended Artist Masters with Distinction in 2017 and becoming a GSMD Ensemble Artist Fellow with early music ensemble Ceruleo in 2017/18. She is coached by Tim Evans-Jones. Emily leads a varied freelance career as a consort singer and soloist, she features on two CDs of Purcell Odes with The Kings Consort released in 2020/21.
Emily is a soprano at St Bride’s Church Fleet Street and the West London Synagogue and also sings with the Choir of the Enlightenment, The Kings Consort, a cappella group Apollo5 and Dame Emma Kirkby’s Dowland Works. With her lute and soprano duo Melismata, Emily performs for the charity Live Music Now and Music in Hospitals, taking baroque music into alternative social settings, and as a passionate educator she leads workshops with the VOCES8 Foundation in their outreach work across Europe and is a choral practitioner for the Voices Foundation. She is a visiting singing teacher at Harrow School and Davenies Prep School, holds an AAT qualification in Accounting and is currently training to become a Personal Performance ICF accredited coach with The Coaching Academy. In her spare time she enjoys tending to her allotment and learning new skills!
Lydia has worked in education since she graduated from University with a BA hons in Music and Drama. She started out immediately after graduating as a singing teacher for Surrey County Arts working in Primary and Secondary schools as a peripatetic singing, flute and recorder teacher. By 23 she was a course leader for a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts and also taught on the HE courses at the same college with a specialism in Musical Theatre. This was alongside performing work as an actress and singer and running her own theatre company for a while. In 2007 she relocated to London and immediately started teaching at Italia Conti as a singing teacher followed swiftly by a 10 year stint at Mountview. All the while she pursued various avenues of CPD which is where she met Jenevora. She worked with Stephen at Urdang and it was through this working relationship that they set up their own studio in Soho (Pro Voice Care London) taking referrals from the Voice Care Centre Throughout this time she has supported Stephen’s vision to radically change the vocal health of the singing community in the UK and wider afield. She still teaches at Urdang and has recently started at Guildford School of Acting. As a qualified counsellor and an experienced teacher it is with pleasure and an awareness of the responsibility that she has agreed to take on the role of Safeguarding Officer for Vocal Health Education.
Sophie Scott (MA Cantab, PG Dip., PG Cert., ALAM) is a vocal, performance and communications coach, and editor. Currently studying for an MA in vocal pedagogy, she is training in conversation analysis (both talk and text), working with clients to understand how conversation design, word choice and vocal tone affect relationships and communication. Following a career as an actor–musician, Sophie worked in publishing, first in literary agenting, then as a literary scout and finally as an in-house editor publishing fiction, non-fiction and memoir. As a coach, Sophie combines her performance and editorial experience, using story, narrative form and vocal technique to enhance content, performance and messaging and to improve confidence.