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Irene's teaching centres on the development of healthy, sustainable singing technique and performance longevity for singers of all styles. Currently the Coordinator of Contemporary Voice and Vocal Pedagogy, Lecturer in Jazz/Contemporary Voice, Griffith University, Irene delivers training for postgraduate and undergraduate singers and teachers of singing. Recognized internationally as a leader in the field of contemporary commercial music (CCM) styles and vocal pedagogy, Irene presents public workshops and speaker/keynote presentations at national and international conferences and symposia. She is a past Master Teacher for the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing and a visiting lecturer to voice training institutions including: the Sydney Conservatorium, University of Tasmania, Central Queensland University, University of Otago (NZ), Massey University (NZ), National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA, NZ) and the New Zealand National Singing School. Irene's present and past students have successful careers in the contemporary commercial music industry (inclusive of Jazz, Pop, Rock, Country, R&B and all associated sub-styles) as well as nationally touring Musical Theatre productions. Some of these working professionals are recipients of prestigious industry and academic awards including: multiple ARIA awards, three Bell Awards (Best Jazz Album), the National Jazz Award, multiple James Morrison 'Generations in Jazz' Scholarships and a range of grants including Churchill Fellowships, The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, Lord Mayor's scholarship, Artstart and the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund. As both an independent artist and featured vocalist in small combo, big band and cabaret, Irene has an extensive and ongoing career singing across the full range of contemporary styles. In support of this enduring performance career her current research is focused on building a specific pedagogy for singers of contemporary commercial music styles. She is the author of three book chapters and numerous journal articles in singing voice and music education publications.
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY APPOINTMENTS
- MemberQueensland Conservatorium Research Centre2011