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10 & 17th Oct 2021| ONLINE |Vocal Wellness

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

Two exciting workshops for singers and singing teachers exploring a number of aspects of Vocal Wellness with highly regarded presenters, Dr Debbie Phyland and Gary May. Join us for either or both sessions!

Session 1 - Reversing voice problems and restoring optimal vocal function

(Content: assessment of the troubled singing voice; typical signs and symptoms of voice problems and technical issues, favourite exercises and tricks to restore function and vocal health with underlying rationales, live demonstrations and Q and A)

Session 2 - Developing and enhancing vocal beauty and sustainability

(Content: assessment of the “healthy singing voice”, development and extension of vocal quality, dynamic range, power and flexibility, best exercises for vocal re-sets, developing, maintaining and improving vocal fitness with underlying rationales, live demonstrations and Q and A)


What: Two online events

Venue: online - link will be sent with ticket confirmation

Date & Times:

Session 1 - Reversing voice problems and restoring optimal vocal function

Sunday 10th October, 2 - 4:30 pm

Session 2 - Developing and enhancing vocal beauty and sustainability

Sunday 17th October, 2 - 4:30 pm

TICKETS - per workshop

$20.00 ANATS members

$35.00 non-ANATS members

$20.00 students/concessions


** IMPORTANT BOOKING TIP - When booking to attend both sessions, be sure to add both workshop dates to your booking cart before completing payment. To do this, add one date to your cart, then select “buy more tickets” (written in the cart window) and add the second date. Alternatively, you can complete a booking for one session date and pay, then start over and choose the second date. Thank you!


Dr Debbie Phyland

PhD, MAppSc, DipEd, BAppSc, FSPAA

Dr Debbie Phyland is a speech pathologist having primarily worked for the past 33 years in acute hospital settings, part-time lecturing in voice, neurological and dysphagia subjects and running her private voice practice. Debbie is also a music theatre singer-performer combining her love of performance with her speech pathology career, bringing voice medicine to the performing arts.

In 2002, she was the recipient of a Churchill and Kilpatrick Fellowship and travelled to the USA and Europe to study occupational voice management. As well as being a co-founder and owner of the Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre team, Debbie is the principal speech pathologist (SP) for her private practice Voice Medicine Australia (a team of 8 speech pathologists).

She is appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor for the School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University working part-time as Clinical Research Director for the ENT Head and Neck Department of Monash Health. For twenty years Debbie has been the resident voice consultant for Melbourne Theatre Company and countless professional productions including Matilda, Kinky Boots, Mary Poppins, War Horse, King Kong, Lion King and Les Misérables. She is currently voice consultant and speech pathologist for the national productions of Billy Elliot The Musical and Six the Musical amongst others.

She was the recipient of a Victorian Green Room Award ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Melbourne Stage’ in 2012. Along with the Fellowship category (2014), Debbie has also been honoured with the prestigious Speech Pathology Australia Association’s Elinor Wray Award (2010) for ‘Outstanding contribution to the profession’ and an Australian Voice Association Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Australian voice community’ (2014).

Gary May

DSCM (singing), LMusA (piano), DipMusEd (Music Education).

Gary May graduated from The NSW State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney in 1976 with a DSCM (singing), LMusA (piano) and DipMusEd (Music Education). The following four years were spent as a lecturer/repetiteur with The Conservatorium Opera School.

From 1981 to 1989 he was Assistant Conductor/Head of Music for The Western Australian Opera Company in Perth. He was also the Musical Director for Perth’s Playhouse Theatre’s summer musicals. While in WA he travelled to Italy in 1985 for ten months and again for 6 months in 1989 to study voice and coaching the Italian operatic repertoire with Fernando Bandera in Milan on Opera Foundation and WA Department for the Arts grants.

In September 1989, Gary accepted the position of Senior Vocal Coach/Chorus Master with the former Victoria State Opera and then in 1991 established GMV, his own private singing studio in Melbourne. Since establishing GMV Studio he has been a Musical Director of musicals, Chorus Master for The Australian Opera, a presenter for ANATS and the AVA, a vocal consultant for Opera and Musical Theatre companies and a contract singing teacher for the VCA and Melbourne University.

During his time away in 2004/2005 he taught privately in London and Toronto and was also a Visiting Artist at The Lasalle-SIA college of the Performing Arts in Singapore where he helped establish the vocal component of the BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre.


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