The 2018 National Conference: October 4th-7th


ANATS warmly invites you to celebrate its 30th anniversary in style at “Resonate”, our 2018 National Conference - the peak professional development event for singing teachers in Australia. Held from the 4th to the 7th of October in the stunning surrounds of the Blue Mountains, near Sydney, this conference is an opportunity to bring together singers, singing teachers, voice practitioners and those involved in voice research in a collegial and informative environment. All participants will be recognised with a professional development certificate of attendance.


Headed by two keynote presenters - both luminaries of current vocal practice and research in the US, David Sisco and Brian Gill, there will be lively discussion encompassing a range of topics relating to the conference themes:


  • Looking back, moving forward: the profession of singing teaching

  • Perspectives of learning and teaching ​

  • Singing endurance: vocal health and care

  • Technologies and pedagogies

  • New horizons: research, findings and implications


In addition to keynote addresses, poster presentations and panel discussions, there will also be ample opportunity for practical workshops, masterclasses and networking with colleagues.

Lunch, morning and afternoon tea each day is included in the registration price.

Masquerade Ball

Don’t miss the Conference Gala Dinner, an important part of our 30th anniversary celebrations! Join us for a 3-course Masquerade Ball (drinks included), where delegates will celebrate the history of the past 30 years of ANATS, whilst being entertained by local artists.  Held on-site at the Fairmont Resort, this is sure to be a beautiful evening of memories, masks and fun!  Dress code: formal


Special Interest Groups

Special interest groups – classical, contemporary, musical theatre, research, and young voice – will again run throughout the conference with allocated times for discussion and networking.

Fairmont Resort - Leura, Blue Mountains

ANATS is delighted to be hosting the event in one of the most stunning locations in Australia - the spectacular Blue Mountains, a 90 minute drive from Sydney. The venue for the conference will be the Fairmont Resort, Leura (1 Sublime Point Rd, Leura). Accommodation is available onsite, with many other options close by.

How to get to the conference

Information on how to get to the conference can be found HERE.


Further information on accommodation and instructions on how to book the discounted conference rate at Fairmont Resort can be found HERE.

Download the program

To view the preliminary conference program click HERE

(Full conference program to follow soon).

Keynote speakers

Brian Gill
Classical Voice | Contemporary Voice | Voice Research

Tenor Brian Gill, D.M.A., Certificate in Vocology, and 2011 Van L. Lawrence Fellowship winner, is Associate Professor of Voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has performed numerous operatic and musical theatre roles, concerts, and recitals in the United States and abroad. From opera companies and world famous churches/cathedrals to sold out arenas, recording studios, and packed houses playing/singing hard rock, funk, country, jazz, and even indian classical music, Gill has enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, a very diverse performing career entertaining a broad range of audiences around the world.

A sought-after master clinician/guest lecturer, Gill has taught/presented for the New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA), U.S. Army Soldier's Chorus, South Carolina Governor's School, NYU’s Communicative Sciences and Disorders, New York Voice Study Group, the Los Angeles and the Michigan National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Fall Voice Conference, The Voice Foundation, The National Center for Voice and Speech, Acoustical Society of America, Physiology and Acoustics of Singing conference, Pan-European Voice Conference, OPERA America, and Johan Sundberg’s Science of the Singing Voice course. His students perform throughout the United States and abroad, including at The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, English National Opera, Sante Fe Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, The Royal Opera House, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, On and Off Broadway, in Broadway national/international tours, The Soldiers’ Chorus, and many regional theaters in the United States and abroad. He has been published in VOICEPrints (NYSTA official journal), Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology, and Journal of Voice. 

David Sisco
Music Theatre | Art Song | Studio Practice

David has served on the voice faculties of Northeastern and Suffolk University, and Marymount Manhattan College. He currently maintains a private studio in New York and leads masterclasses around the country and internationally on preparing contemporary art song and musical theatre. He has presented papers at the 2010 NMTA (National Music Teachers Association) Conference, 2012 & 2016 NATS Conferences, and the 2013 & 2017 ICVT (International Congress of Voice Teachers) Conferences. David is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (Advanced) and is an

alumnus of the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio in New York. He is the author of Here I Am: A Musical Personal Ad, Variations on a Theme of You, and BAIT n’ SWISH. 

A winner of the 2010 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Composition Award, David is a prolific art song composer. His songs have been heard at concerts produced by Friends & Enemies of New Music, New Music New York, Joy in Singing, Lyricfest, Songfest, Songfusion, and at Carnegie Hall. With Alexandra Foucard, David formed “Comes Love Duo,” a cabaret act with an eclectic repertoire, from American Songbook standards to contemporary Country songs. The pair enjoys their artistic home in Provincetown, MA and have also performed to multiple sold-out audiences at The Triad in New York. With business partner Laura Josepher, David runs, the largest online database of contemporary musical theatre writers and songs. David and Laura recently released their book, “Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions: Sound Advice for the Student, Teacher, and Parent,” which is available on Amazon. David earned a BA in Vocal Performance with Composition Honors from Syracuse University and a MM in Vocal Performance from Boston University. 

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