Meet the team who keep Vocal Health Education running on a day to day basis
Dr Jenevora Williams
Co-Founder & Director of Education
Dr Jenevora Williams is a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. After a successful career in Opera, Jenevora turned her attention to investigating healthy and efficient vocal function. The combination of academic study and practical experience has resulted in a unique perception for understanding the human voice. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the 2010 BVA Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research.
Her book, Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults, has been enormously popular with singing teachers throughout the world. She is well known for her imaginative and rigorous training courses for singing teachers in the UK, the US and Europe.
As a teacher of singing, she works with professional Opera and Choral singers. As a Vocal Rehabilitation Specialist, Jenevora not only helps singers of all vocal styles, all over the world to regain their health, wellbeing and confidence; she is also is a director of Vocal Health Education, providing the only accredited training for those working in vocal health.
Co-Founder & Director of Strategy
Voice users from all over the world trust Stephen with their vocal recovery and rehabilitation. He has personally worked with Hollywood A-listers right through to World Champion Beatboxers, and owns the multidisciplinary Voice Care Centre in London’s West End.
As a published researcher and passionate about professional development, Stephen has acquired a breadth of knowledge from his qualifications in Advanced Clinical Massage, Medical Acupuncture, Manual Maxillofacial Therapy, Spinal Manipulation, Anatomy (including human dissection) and Voice Pedagogy, and is now continuing his studies into Counselling and Psychotherapy.
As an advocate of health and wellbeing, Stephen co-founded the not for profit Vocal Health Education, seeking to educate every single voice user around the world on the subject of Vocal Health with the pioneering; Vocal Health First Aid. As a teacher and educator across the world, Stephen can be found seeking out beautiful natural vistas whilst running (normally barefoot on a beach!)
Gillian is a classical soprano, born and raised in Western Australia and now resident in the U.K. A graduate of the Western Australian Conservatorium (BMus Voice) and the RNCM in Manchester (PG Dip Performance), she has sung as a soloist for major U.K and European companies such as English National Opera (including at the BBC Proms), Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Goettingen International Handel Festival, Opera de Oviedo, Teatro di San Carlo, Salzburger Landestheater and English Touring Opera.
She runs a thriving private teaching practice and is a qualified Vocal Habilitation Professional and Vocal Health First Aider. As a teacher, she is passionate about providing her clients with a holistic path to vocal wellness in a space that is creative and compassionate. She has been known to buy too many vocal pedagogy textbooks and also loves walking in the woods with her family and cooking.
Eimear McCarthy Luddy
Vocal Health First Aid Course Manager
Eimear McCarthy Luddy is a singing teacher with a keen interest in vocal health and singing voice rehabilitation. She was the first Irish person to complete advanced training in voice science (also called vocology) at the National Centre for Voice and Speech in Salt Lake City and remains committed to expanding her training by completing regular CPD courses. She qualified from the Royal Irish Academy of Music with a Masters in Music Performance where she also conducted research investigating attitudes and practices toward vocal health in Ireland.
As a singing teacher she maintains a busy practice from young students to professional singers. Eimear founded Vocology Ireland in 2020 with the goal of bringing an approachable voice science and vocal health resource to Irish shores. As part of this goal she presents voice science and vocal health education workshops for singers and singing teachers. She is also currently a vocal health trainer with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and a Vocal Health First Aid Assessor for Vocal Health Education.
Lydia has worked in education since she graduated from University, with a BA hons in Music and Drama. in 2007, she started teaching at Italia Conti as a singing teacher followed swiftly by a 10 year stint at Mountview. All the while she pursued various avenues of CPD which is where she met Jenevora. She worked with Stephen at Urdang and it was after this they set up their own studio in Soho (Pro Voice Care London) taking referrals from the Voice Care Centre. Throughout this time she has supported Stephen’s vision to radically change the vocal health of the singing community in the UK and wider afield.
Sally is a professional singer after having graduated from Urdang Academy with a degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.
Throughout her time at Urdang Academy, Sally was taught by Stephen King, co-founder of Vocal Health Education and she was always inspired by his innovative teaching methods, pushing boundaries and his willingness to show up for everyone in the room.
Since graduating, she has taken the redirection from Musical Theatre into the event singing world, regularly performing at various venues across the country.
Dr Trish Rooney
External Accreditation Consultant
Doctor of Music Education, Trish is a lecturer on the MA and BA in Popular Music in voice, vocal ensemble, popular music history, and research as well as being a course co-ordinator of the MA.
Trish is also IQA and exams officer for Vocal Health Education, London, accredited by the CPD Certification Service and is an examiner for the Postgraduate Certificate and MA in vocal pedagogy that is run in conjunction with Cardiff Metropolitan University.
A published author on the topic of music education Trish has written a chapter for the recently published vocal pedagogy book called CoreSinging: A Joyful Approach to Singing and Voice Pedagogy, is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, a reviewer for the British Journal of Music Education (BJME) and International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) and regularly presents her work at International conferences (see comprehensive list below). Additionally, Trish was a Judging Panelist in the category of Music, Film, and Theatre for the Global Undergraduate Awards, 2018.
Trish is an advanced CoreSinging™ Teacher and Vocology in Practice Coach and regularly provides workshops and teacher training courses around Ireland and the UK.
Dr. Trish Rooney is also principal and director of the Academy of Popular Music – Ireland’s only popular music second level school providing graded tuition in voice, drums, electric guitar, electric bass, piano and music theory as well as providing tuition in songwriting, band ensemble and beat-making.