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Thank you to our conference delegates & speakers!

For information on the Singing Futures conference, please see below!

Singing Futures: 

Pedagogies, Practices and the Digital Age

The 2014 ANATS National Conference


National Council is proud to announce our 2015 ANATS National Conference, titled: Singing Futures: Pedagogies, Practices and the Digital Age to be held in beautiful Hobart, Tasmania, from the 24th to the 27th of September this year.


The conference title “Singing Futures” represents a range of topics related to pedagogies, practices and future opportunities to be covered in leading keynote addresses, panel discussions, papers and masterclasses within the following themes: 


• Motivating singing teachers and singers 

• One-to-one singing lessons and teaching in the private studio

• The realities of teaching group singing across styles

• Research in voice and singing-related studies 

• Incorporating technology in your teaching and business practice


The program will be jam-packed with invigorating discussion on the use and relevance of social media and singing related technologies for implementation in your teaching and business practice. 



Special Interest Groups

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



The Baha'i in Hobart, Tasmania

National Council is delighted to be hosting the event in our newest chapter – Tasmania. We can confirm that the conference will be held at the Baha'i Centre of Learning for Tasmania (1 Tasman Highway, Hobart) and that our conference hotel is The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel (1 Macquarie Street, Hobart).


Registration details and how to book accommodation at the Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel (conference rate) can be found HERE



View our jam-packed program and itinerary of keynote addresses, presentations, papers and workshops


Hear this welcome message from one of our keynotes,

Karen Jacobsen – from her home in New York!


Keynote Speakers & Topics

Meet our keynote speakers

Professor Graham Welch, Ph.D

The Psychology of Singing | Young Voice


Professor Graham Welch holds the UCL Institute of Education Established Chair of Music Education (since 2001). He is elected Chair of the internationally based Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE), a past President of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) (from 2008 to 2014), and past Co-Chair of the ISME Research Commission. He holds Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Queensland (Australia) and within the UK at UEL, Liverpool and (recently) Canterbury Christ Church University, Roehampton and the Royal College of Music. He is also member of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Review College for music. Publications number over three hundred and fifty, including lead editor of the Oxford Handbook of Singing (OUP, expected later 2015). External research funding awarded over the past decade as Principal Investigator totals over £4m and embraces over 35 projects. 

Linnhe Robertson

Classical Voice & Arts Practice 


Linnhe Robertson has worked extensively in the major music centres throughout the world as a vocal coach, repetiteur, accompanist and harpsichordist. Her career began on the music staff of the Australian Opera. After a period of study in Germany in Lied Accompaniment, Linnhe remained there working as a vocal accompanist and as assistant to vocal Professor Kaiser-Breme at the Bayreuth International Wagner Festival. With her move to Great Britain, Linnhe changed music direction and pursued a high profile career as a harpsichordist throughout the UK and Europe. She performed and recorded as the resident harpsichordist with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and with other notable early music ensembles, such as the English Baroque Soloists under John Eliot Gardiner. During this period, she also worked as repetiteur with the English National Opera under the Music Directorship of Mark Elder. In 1989 Linnhe was invited to take up the position as Head of Music and Director of the Young Artists' Programme at the Victoria State Opera based in Melbourne Australia, a position which continued with the merger of that company and the Sydney-based national company (renamed Opera Australia).


Karen Jacobsen

Contemporary Singing & Motivating Singers


Meet the GPS Girl. Karen sings, speaks and motivates people on stage, on screen and in the recording studio. Known as The GPS Girl, Karen gives directions in over 100 million GPS units and as the Aussie Siri in 300 million smart phones around the world. of The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future, through her strong social and traditional media presence, she both entertains and inspires people to perform in a world class fashion, and recalculate when things don’t go as planned.  An award-winning Singer and Songwriter, Karen's musical career highlights include: sharing the bill with Norah Jones, Neil Sedaka and Christopher Cross and singing the national anthem at major sporting events including 80, 000 people at Giants Stadium for the New York Jets and a Suncorp Stadum  TriNations Rugby match for 52, 000.


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