Samantha U’Ren – Speech and Voice Pathologist and Jenny Caire – Estill Mentor and Course Instructor.

Many Musical Directors of Theatre productions, whether it be Professional, Pro-Am, Amateur or School level may find when it comes to working with large groups of singers, that challenges often arise, especially when singers are prone to getting vocally fatigued and often sick (especially during Production week or during the performance run). As an MD, how could you benefit from knowing more about how singers work, how the vocal folds and laryngeal anatomy functions, and how to recognize when a singer is showing signs of vocal fatigue? How can you direct your singers to safely achieve the vocal sounds you want, especially if it’s a character voice you’re after, which can potentially place strain on your singer’s voice? What is the importance of warming up and what are the best vocal warm ups to use? A vocally healthy cast equals a higher quality of performance. If you feel you would like more knowledge in any of the above areas, then this workshop is definitely for you.

A personal word from Sam and Jenny –

In our experience as singers, we often found that many Musical Directors, albeit brilliant musicians, had a vast experience with conducting instrumentalists, but not as much with singers and often treated them the same.  After recently hearing an MD state proudly that “his singers sang so hard at rehearsal camp they had no voices at the end”, we decided that it might be time to spread the word on vocal health to Musical Directors. We had also received a lot of positive feedback from our last workshop “Achy Breaky Voice” for the ANATS  Victoria and some Musical Directors have expressed an interest in attending a workshop aimed at MDs and choral directors.  They felt they wanted to learn more about their singers’ voices as can be quite problematic when a lead soloist goes down with a vocal issue on opening night, and often in amateur theatre there is no understudy to step in!

Our aim is to help MDs and anyone directing groups of singers or actors to feel more comfortable and confident working with singers and reducing the amount of illness and vocal injuries caused from overuse and misuse at rehearsals and during the performances. Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to vocal health.

The workshop is directed at MDs of both pro and amateur theatre, drama teachers, dance teachers, school musical production directors, vocal coaches, choral directors and anyone who directs voices.

This is a professional development workshop. Detailed notes and a Certificate of Attendance will be given.

Jenny Caire is a Voice Teacher at Presbyterian Ladies’ College. She has been involved in over 50 musical productions as a chorus member, principal and Musical Director with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria, Park Players and Loyola Musical Society and the Savoy Opera Company. Jenny’s training with Estill Voice International has given her expertise in vocal technique and safe, healthy singing for all styles and genres.

Samantha U’Ren- is a Speech Pathologist with a specialization in voice therapy. She has worked in Sydney, Melbourne and London as a voice therapist with some of the leading ENT and voice teams. She is also a professional Opera Singer who has worked with Opera Australia, Victorian Opera and Melbourne Opera to name a few. She has performed in principal roles with CLOC (Carlotta) and also in major and minor roles in Musicals in Belgium, New York and London.

Samantha and Jenny have presented on Vocal Health and have assisted many singers, teachers and Professional Voice Users. Here are a few testimonials from some of their previous attendees.


Ive learned a huge amount about the voice and its structures; invaluable information for me as a teacher and as a performer.

I also learnt a lot about my own voice which was a great bonus!


Ashleigh Southam

Voice Teacher Christchurch Grammar

Sat Aug 18, 1pm – 4pm


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