Director and Team
Debbie Winter - Director
Debbie Winter (LLB Hons, MA) lectured in Law and sang professionally on the jazz scene before deciding to change careers and become a vocal coach. She noticed a lack of high-quality training provision and certification opportunities, which led to the development of Voice Workshop Ltd. Debbie worked in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University and leading pedagogues to develop a unique training pathway in Professional Practice and Vocal Pedagogy. She has recently established a second MA in Performance Coaching and is currently creating content with leading specialists. UWTSD has recognised Voice Workshop Ltd to be a Centre of Excellence.
Since the MA began, Debbie has mentored and examined the Postgraduate students through the pathway. She is the academic lead responsible for recruiting the lecturing staff, designing and modifying the syllabus, lecturing in qualitative research methods, and managing the student projects. Debbie was also nominated for the Student-Led Teaching Fellowship awards for her outstanding work on the programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University and is the only external provider to receive such recognition. The programme was also shortlisted for the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence ‘Outstanding Music Educational Product’ in 2019.
Debbie has also, recently established the popular, rapidly growing Facebook group Voice Geek, which consists of 4.7k members. This popular discussion forum shares and discusses new research involving the voice. The Voice Geek conferences have enabled new researchers to present alongside leading pedagogues. The Voice Geek Conference ran successfully online during the first Pandemic Lockdown, generating £3,000 in aid of Help Musicians.
Debbie has also authored two articles, published in peer-reviewed journals:
Debbie is also on the Editorial Board of VSR published by Routledge.
Peter Thompson - Director of Operations
Peter joins us from an international Magic Circle law firm, where he worked as a technical lead in their Technology Operations division.
Graduating from Reading University with a BEng(Hons), he has accumulated over 30 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry. Having worked in many different organisations, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the challenges of running an online training environment.
His focus is on collaboration and teamwork – to provide the very best technical framework for students to grow and capitalise on their success with Voice Study Centre, whilst at the same time positioning the organisation for growth and international reach
Tracy Theobald - Head of Pastoral Care and Admissions
Tracy has a Business Administration qualification and has many years’ experience working within Administrative environments in Leadership and Management roles. At the forefront of her interests is people’s wellbeing and she has trained as a Mental Health First Aider with MHFA England.
Tracy joins Voice Workshop as an Office Administrator and is eager to maintain strong positive relationships with all the students, tutors and academic establishments she will be working with within the vocal and performance industry.
Tegen-Sophie Spinks - Marketing & P.R. Officer
Tegen has obtained a triple distinction in Performing Arts Production BTEC and graduated from the University of Bedfordshire with a degree in Events Management. She has worked in admin and marketing roles for various online companies and has been involved in volunteer work such as working within the events team during the London 2012 Paralympics.
She joins Voice Study Centre as a Marketing and PR Officer and is eager to learn more about the vocal and performance industries!
Core Academic Staff
Emily gained a Distinction in her Master’s in Voice Pedagogy, specialising in Singing for Mental Health, Pain Management, and Trauma-Informed Practice. Her pioneering work within this field led her to establish the Signing for Health Network, attracting National funding to sustain and build the initiative. With a clear mission statement to bridge the gap between theory and practice, Emily has drawn together leading academics and practitioners to engage in knowledge dissemination and research.
Emily has presented at several conferences and events, including the BVA, Voice Geek conference, the MARCH Network, and the Spheres of Singing conference. She was also invited to peer review for the World Health Organisation (WHO). Emily’s recent research Exploring Online singing and Mindfulness for Mental Health is published in the peer-reviewed International Journal for Community Music.
She is a trainer for Trauma-Informed Schools UK and is the Director of Music for Good, a music for well-being charity based in Cornwall. In her work in Cornwall, Emily is a practitioner for the Music Education Hub, Primary Healthcare (Social Prescribing), and local hospital.
She has delivered training/workshops for Cornwall Music Education Hub, Arts & Health South West, Sing for Pleasure, Voice Workshop, ArtsLink (West Midlands), Trinity Laban (London), NYMAZ (for Music Education Hub leads in Yorkshire), Sing Space and for the Centre for Child Mental Health (London).
Emily’s expertise is in Singing for Health.
Kate Cubley (BA (Hons), MA) is an advanced level Voice Coach, Singing Teacher, singer and researcher working predominantly from her private studio in Cheshire. Kate has a particular interest in encouraging singing for fun, whilst incorporating her specialist knowledge in voice pedagogy, vocal health, body alignment, phonetics, emotion and performance skills.
Continually committed to teacher training and personal development through practical education, Kate completed the Voice Study Centre and UWTSD MA in Professional Practice and Voice Pedagogy in 2019 with Distinction. Her body alignment research was shortlisted as a finalist for the Van Lawrence Prize in 2016 and her poster gained 1st Place at Teaching Singing in Higher Education – Core Competencies.
Kate has a BA (Hons) from the University of Sheffield in English Language and Linguistics and is a qualified Level 7 coach and mentor. She is a certified CoreSinging® Teacher, has attended Estill teacher Training Courses, a selection of Vocal Process Singing Teacher Retreats. She is an active member of the British Voice Association, AOTOS, The Musicians Union and The European Voice Teachers Association.
Kate specialises in vocal health.
Kerrie Obert is a Speech Language Pathologist/Singing Health Specialist from Columbus, Ohio (USA).
She is co-founder of Integrated Vocal Pedagogy and Executive Principal of Getvocal-now.com, an online continuing education platform.
Ms. Obert spent nearly 20 years working as a part of an interdisciplinary team, performing thousands of endoscopies and conducted clinical research.
She is actively involved in on-going research to study twang, ring, false vocal folds, velum and ethnophonetics.
She has co-authored four books on the voice and has presented internationally.
Kerrie joins Voice Study Centre as a Senior Lecturer in October 2022.
Sophie Scott (MA English, PG Dip vocal pedagogy, PG Dip acting, ALAM) is a vocal, performance and presentation skills coach and a Sustained Dialogue Moderator. With a background in the performing arts and publishing, Sophie’s work connects voice in all its concepts: as written and voiced communication, and identity. She is an alumnus of Cambridge University, The Oxford School of Drama, and University of Wales, Trinity St David’s.
Through her work Sophie is committed to understanding and informing the real-world impact of language and voice on communication – in both performance and conversation – for relationship development. Her research interests focus on voice as a relational resource, talk-in-action, and the liminality of authentic performance. As a facilitator of Sustained Dialogue, she supports groups through a five-stage dialogue to action process for building relationships and creating community change: intra- and interpersonal, organisational, systemic. She is also a Gestalt skills practitioner and keenly interested in voice and trauma, having worked as an employability coach with women survivors of modern slavery.
Sophie specialises in voice as a relational tool (speech & singing).
Pippa Anderson is a senior lecturer and vocal health consultant for the musical theatre programme at Leeds Conservatoire, a British Association for Performing Arts Medicine registered Vocal Rehabilitation Coach, the Vocal Rehabilitation Coach in a voice clinic for performers at Freeman Hospital.
She represents ‘the spoken voice’ on the Education Working Party panel for the British Voice Association.
In addition to the roles listed above, Pippa also runs a busy private practice working with actors and singers and she facilitates workshops and masterclasses on vocal health hygiene and vocal technique throughout the UK.
Associate Academic Staff
Dr. David Juncos
Dr. David Juncos is a licensed clinical psychologist based in Philadelphia, PA. He received his Psy.D. and M.A. degrees in clinical psychology from La Salle University, and his B.A. in psychology from Vassar College. David has wide ranging clinical experience. He has over 10 years’ experience treating adults and teens with substance use disorders, both in individual and group IOP settings. He also received clinical training in college counseling centers, inpatient hospitals, and community mental health centers. Currently, he works for Hornstein, Platt, and Associates, a group practice in Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA. In his role as clinical psychologist, he provides individual therapy to adults and teens ages 16+ for a variety of conditions, including mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, AD/HD, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and work related stress/burnout. He also provides couples therapy and psychological testing for AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Specific Learning Disorders, and for clients with immigration related hardship.
David considers himself a “third-wave” therapist, with extensive training in a newer, mindfulness and acceptance based therapy, i.e., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He also has training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Meta-Cognitive Therapy (MCT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT), Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
In addition to his clinical work, David has expertise in treating musicians with performance anxiety. Specifically, he conducts research on the effectiveness of ACT as a treatment for music performance anxiety, and he sees musicians in his private practice. He is co-authoring an ACT-based self-help book for musicians due out in 2020. In his role as performance psychologist, he provides consultation to music faculty in the Philadelphia area on managing students’ performance anxiety and enhancing their performance skills. He also has collaborated with Phil Towle, a renowned performance coach whose work with Metallica was featured in the 2004 documentary, Some Kind of Monster.
David is an amateur musician and songwriter himself. He performed as a vocalist/guitarist in an original rock band in Philadelphia, a guitarist/keyboardist for a cover band, a composer of electronic music, and he has performed solo at numerous open mics. His music has been played on several Philadelphia radio stations. He also teaches guitar and piano.
Kenneth Bozeman, BM, MM, Professor Emeritus of Music, taught at Lawrence University in Wisconsin for 42 years where he chaired the voice department and from which he received two awards for excellence in teaching. He holds performance degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona and subsequently studied at the State Conservatory of Music in Munich. He was awarded the Van Lawrence Fellowship by the Voice Foundation in 1994 for his interest in voice science and pedagogy and is the chair of the editorial board of the NATS Journal of Singing. Mr. Bozeman was inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Teachers of Singing in 2019. His former students have sung with Houston, Boston Lyric, Opera Colorado, Washington, Wolf Trap, Seattle, Chicago Lyric, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dresden, New York City Opera, San Francisco, the Metropolitan, and Santa Fe Opera.
Mr. Bozeman was an active performer of oratorio, including singing the tenor roles in the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, the Christmas Oratorio, the B Minor Mass, the Magnificat, and various cantatas of Bach, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Vaughn Williams Hodie. He has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Green Lake Music Festival, the Purgatory Music Festival of Colorado, the Louisville Bach Society, the Historical Keyboard Society of Wisconsin, and on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Live from the Elvehjem.”
Mr. Bozeman is a frequent presenter at universities and international voice science conferences (Stockholm, Marseilles, Prague, Zagreb, Copenhagen, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Philadelphia), and has written several articles on the topic of acoustic pedagogy (Choral Journal, Journal of Singing, Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, VOICEPrints). He has published two books on acoustic pedagogy: Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers with Pendragon Press, and Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency with InsideView Press. Mr. Bozeman has been a featured presenter on voice acoustics at the 2012, 2014, 2018, and 2020 national conferences of NATS, was selected to be a master teacher for the 2013 and 2017 NATS Intern Programs, and was a featured presenter at the 2015 NATS Winter Workshop. He continues to be in demand for seminars and master classes on acoustic pedagogy at universities and interdisciplinary conferences and will be a keynote speaker for the British Voice Association conference in Leeds, 2020, and the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Vienna, 2021.
Dr Trish Rooney
Dr. Trish Rooney is a Voice of Ireland vocal coach, singer, researcher and director of the Academy of Popular Music. She is also, currently, a voice lecturer on the MA and BA in Popular Music at the CIT Cork School of Music, is an advanced CoreSinging™ Teacher and Vocology in Practice Coach. She completed her Doctorate in Music Education at the Institute of Education, London with supervisor Professor Susan Hallam.
A published author on the topic of music education Trish is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research (IJLTER) and has presented her work at Oxford University, Athens Institute of Education, Vienna University for Music and the Arts, as well as other International Conferences. Her research on the formal learning practices of popular musicians will be presented at the upcoming World Congress on Education (July 2018).
Dr. Rooney has worked extensively in the music industry, touring/recording with high profile acts and was the dedicated vocal coach for RTE’s The Voice of Ireland. Her students have performed on The Voice of Ireland, The Voice UK, The Late Late Toyshow, with Shane Filan & Daniel O’ Donnell on RTE and for president M.D Higgins.
With a first class honours degree and Master’s degree in flute performance from the Cork School of Music she has also been a member of and performed with many ensembles down through the years including the Cork Youth Orchestra, Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Cork Pops Orchestra, Cork Chamber Orchestra, CSM Wind Ensemble and Vocal Chamber group, and the International Youth Wind Orchestra.
Juliette trained for a decade at Redroofs Theatre School, debuted in the Original Cast of ‘Les Miserables’, played Christ’s Guardian Angel in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Last Temptation of Christ’ and created the role of Bertrande in the Original West End Cast of Martin Guerre.
Following her twenty year performing career appearing in over 200 film, television, radio and theatre productions, Juliette pivoted from Performer to Practitioner retraining with Voice as her specialism. In 2005 she founded School Of The Arts (SOTA) in Berkshire.
Currently Head of Voice at Kingsclere Performing Arts College, Juliette also hosts the VocalScope podcast, a listening experience curated especially for Vocal Coaches, Singing Teachers and professional voice users interested in voice science, research and performance.
Juliette is passionate about opportunities for voice practitioners to further develop their knowledge, understanding and experience of voice training and is thrilled to be hosting the Voice Workshop Short Courses Programme.