Essential Voice brings together the best Estill vocal training team of educators in Australia and beyond, and complements this with great levels of experience in the professional voice arena. Whether you are a just starting out and hoping to explore the possibilities of your voice, or a professional singer, speaker or demanding voice user simply hoping to better develop your voice, Essential Voice has the range of courses and instructors that can help you achieve what you desire.
All of our vocal training team instructors are Estill Certified Master Teachers and many are also Estill Certified Course Instructors with Testing Privileges, meaning that you can be assured that only the best techniques and practices are used throughout our teaching programs, consultations and vocal training.
Essential Voice Vocal Training Team
NAOMI EYERS has been performing and recording for 30 years. She created cabaret group “The Fabulous Singlettes” in 1986 and went on to receive ‘Pick of The Fringe’ at Edinburgh Fringe & then London’s West End where they were shortlisted for Olivier Award. She has extensive recording and television experience both in Australia and abroad with BBC and Channel 4 specials, Royal Variety, as well as charting dance hits. She continues to regularly tour Europe performing in cabaret and in concerts as a jazz, soul and RnB singer.
Naomi studied Jazz Performance in Voice at Elder Conservatorium. She has led master classes at Guildhall School of Music in London, lectured in Singing at Flinders University and in Voice at Contemporary Music Course at TAFE SA & lectured in Voice & Speech at AC ARTS. She was introduced to Estill Voice Training in 2000 and it totally revolutionised her voice & singing. Naomi became an Estill Master Teacher in 2006 and in 2010 achieved Certified Course Instructor status. She now holds Advanced Testing Privileges and a Service Distinction from Estill Voice International. In 2013 she presented Estill Voice Training at Harvard University as part of Estill World Voice Symposium in 2013 with an international faculty and was a guest lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Naomi has continued to perform and teach around the world, with a German cabaret tour and teaching presentations in Thailand, Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra in the last 12 months. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has continued to offer courses and workshops online.
Naomi is currently president of The Estill Certification Advisory Board and has served regularly as a board member since 2013
PAOLO is an accomplished Italian actor, singer and vocal coach. He earned his Diploma of Jazz Singing in 2000 from Centro Professione Musica in Milan, Italy. Paolo studied singing under Francesca Oliveri and Paola Folli. He was introduced to Estill Voice Training during the 2001 course where he studied under Jo Estill, Jim Heiner, and Anne-Marie Speed and later Elisa Turla’. In 2007 he obtains the qualification as Certified Master Teacher and in 2010 becomes Certified Course Instructor in the Estill Voice Training making him one of the seven Australians authorized to teach the EVT in public courses.
With a passion for musical theatre, Paolo studied acting in the Stanislavskij’s Method and has worked with a number of major companies in Italy playing leading roles in Fame, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Sound of Music. He has also directed numerous productions of Cats, The Lion King, and Wicked for San Carlo College in Milan. During his career, Paolo has given his voice to a number of animation movies, TV and Radio advertisements.
Paolo started lecturing in Vocal Studies at Charles Darwin University in 2009. He conducts five choirs, his second biggest passion, for the school of Creative Arts and Humanities: Growing voices, Mixed Youth Choir, VoxCrox community Choir, Still Belting Out! (Senior Citizens choir) and the CDU Students Choirs.
Currently he is the director of the Centre for Youth and Community Music (CDU) and lecturer in Vocal Studies. His academic research focuses on the Employment of the Estill Voice Training in Choral Conducting.
Anne-Marie Speed – Guest Presenter, 2018
ANNE-MARIE has been working as a voice teacher to actors and singers for 20 years.
Her varied and extensive practice includes working with classical actors, international film stars, artists in national theatre companies, leads in West End musicals, actors in film and television and platinum selling pop artists.
She is also one of the most experienced teachers and trainers of the Estill Model in the world and was trained by and interned for Jo Estill many times. She was the first UK teacher to be asked by Jo Estill to intern for her in Denmark in 1994 and continued her close association with Jo Estill from that time. She has pioneered the use of the Estill Model in the teaching of actors, and specialises in the integration of speaking with singing, especially musical theatre.
Through The Voice Explained (Anne-Marie Speed & Associates), she regularly runs popular workshops in Voice, Performance and the Estill Model internationally. She has also been Professor of Voice on the Musical Theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music since the course started in 1994 and was President of the British Voice Association 2001-2002.
As a theatre director, she was the first director to direct a new production of the West End hit ‘Stones in his Pockets’ for a tour of the Gulf in 2004. This was followed in 2005 with a production of ‘Art’ by Yasmina Reza and ‘Into the Woods’ by Stephen Sondheim for the Royal Academy of Music. In 2008 she directed Sondheim’s ‘Company’, and in 2010 ‘A Little Night Music’ also for the Royal Academy of Music.
Since 2009 she is also working as a vocal consultant for Sony Records and SyCo and recently Universal.
In 2011, she was asked to be the vocal coach on Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor and also worked on BGT in 2012.
JENNY CAIRE was introduced to Jo Estill and Helen Tiller in 1997 in Melbourne and undertook her Certified Master exam in 2004 in Pittsburgh, USA. In 2006 Jenny qualified as a Certified Course Instructor and in 2013 she was granted Testing Privileges. Jenny originally trained and worked as an Occupational Therapist, studying anatomy and physiology. “How Does My Voice Work?” which Jenny regularly presents, is an introduction to both vocal anatomy and the Estill Model. Jenny teaches voice at Presbyterian Ladies’ College and from her home studio where she also works with clients for voice remediation. Jenny has been featured soloist for Melbourne performances of Handel’s Messiah and several choral concerts. In 2013 she was guest soloist for Kooyong Chamber Players. Jenny has also written and performed her own cabaret show, “My Luscious LIfe”.
TRISH DELANEY-BROWN is a graduate of the ANU’s School of Music Jazz Dept (1995) , Trish has been singing professionally since late 1991 in Australia and overseas. She was a founding member and soprano (1993-‐2008) of the internationally acclaimed a cappella quartet The Idea Of North; & is an award winning songwriter and arranger.
With the birth of her first child in 2007 Trish found her focus shifting from performance to music education. As a Certified Master Teacher of the Estill Voice Model, the study that she had done initially to benefit her own performance has become an invaluable tool when helping other vocalists understand and improve their vocal performance.
Along with ongoing performances – regular gigs include the Sonic Mayhem Orchestra, the James Valentine Quartet, the Cam McAllister sextet – and her private teaching studio in Sydney’s inner west, Trish is also a sessional staff member of the Contemporary Dept at the Australian Institute of Music.
BETH ATKINS is a Canberra based singer, Speech Pathologist and Estill Certified Master Teacher. Following the completion of a Bachelor of Creative Arts in singing performance, Beth has been involved in various contemporary and classical singing projects and subsequently completed a Masters of Speech Language Pathology (Honours) at the University of Sydney. She is the only Speech Pathologist in Australasia qualified as an Estill Certified Master Teacher. She currently combines performing as a sought after cabaret singer with her role as a clinical voice specialist in a large acute hospital and a private voice therapy and coaching.