In addition to regular singing lessons, I also offer and enjoy vocal coaching in a variety of contexts:
- Choirs – working with singers to achieve the sound the conductor is seeking
- Amateur opera companies – assisting soloists and chorus to produce a healthy sound appropriate to the role/opera/their vocal development
- Individuals preparing for particular performances, roles or auditions
I am currently the resident vocal coach for: Cambridge Youth Opera | Phoenix Chorale | and Director of the Song School at Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church, Cambridge, where I run a Junior Choir (7 to 12 year olds) and a Youth Choir (13 to 18 year olds). I love my work with the two choirs! During the pandemic, the Juniors have been rehearsing online, and the Youth Choir have been able to rehearse face to face when the lock down rules have allowed.
- “Julia is an inspirational singing teacher. She inspires confidence in anyone with whom she works, whether on a one-to-one basis or in a group situation. I have the privilege to work with her at Cambridge Youth Opera, where she will easily put a group of 40+ teenagers at ease, producing an amazing sound within a very short time.”
Yvonne Williamson, Head of Music, Chesterton Community College
Musical theatre auditions
I have been preparing students for auditions to vocational college for musical theatre for more years than I care to remember! I am proud of my success rate, but it is all down to the work the students themselves have put in over a long time. I’m delighted to say that students of mine have been offered places and bursaries at Guildford School of Acting, Mountview, Central School of Speech and Drama, Millenium, Laine Theatre Arts, Chichester and Trinity Laban.
If you are hoping to prepare for vocational college entry, please allow for a year of lessons at least in advance of the audition season to develop your singing technique to the appropriate level. Musical theatre singing requires a lot of training. Good musical theatre performers are exceptionally skilled singers, and this technique does not appear magically over night. You have to put in the time and the work. But it pays off.
What does it take to be a good musical theatre singer?
You will need to be willing to learn to do things differently – open minded, and happy to learn good singing technique and how to produce the different vocal qualities needed for musical theatre. It will take time, but if you have it in you to get on in this career, you won’t be put off by hard work!
“Hi Julia, I’m back in Australia now and just like to say thank you so much for your help with singing lessons. I am pleased to tell you that I did make it into the course. Out of the 2000 people that auditioned, I got into the 24 that made it and start the 3 year course in late January.” Ryan Morgan, actor