Irene is Coordinator of Contemporary Voice, Head of Pedagogy and Jazz Vocal studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University where she delivers lectures, 'in person' training, mentoring and degree supervision for postgraduate, undergraduate and doctoral students. Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of contemporary commercial music (CCM) styles and vocal pedagogy, her teaching centres on the development of healthy, sustainable singing technique and performance longevity for singers of all styles. To date, she is one of only two pedagogues to receive the prestigious award of Australian Master Teacher from the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Irene’s present and past students maintain successful careers in the contemporary commercial music industry (inclusive of Jazz, Pop, Rock, Country, R&B and all associated sub-styles). These professional singers work in recording studios, movie productions and, in ‘live’ performance settings for CCM gigs and musical theatre. Many are recipients of prestigious industry and academic accolades including multiple ARIA awards, Bell Awards (Best Vocal Jazz Albums), the Australian National Jazz Award, James Morrison 'Generations in Jazz' Scholarships, Churchill Fellowships, Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarships, Brisbane Lord Mayor's scholarships, Artstart and the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund.
In addition to her work at Griffith University, Irene has been a visiting lecturer to many prominent national and international voice training institutions including, Sydney Conservatorium, University of Otago (NZ), National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA, NZ), Berklee College of Music (USA), Shenandoah University (USA), Metropolia University of Applied Science (Finland) and Sibelius Academy (Finland). Continuing this outreach, she accepts invitations for speaker and/or keynote at national and international conferences and symposia presenting research papers, workshop and masterclass sessions on topics including singing voice pedagogy, practice-based voice science, contemporary music styles and performance.
Throughout her extensive career as a professional singer Irene has performed the full range of contemporary styles. This lived experience informs her ongoing research and teaching practice and is reflected in her extensive publication record of book chapters, journal articles and, most recently, as a featured contributor for international publications “So You Want To Sing CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music): A Guide for Performers”, “Training Contemporary Commercial Singers” and “Vocal Studies for the Contemporary Singer”.
DR Ron Morris
Dr Ron Morris, Speech Therapist, Audiologist and Counter-Tenor, initially graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 with an Honours degree in Speech Therapy. Ron also holds a Performer’s Certificate from Trinity College London and in 2001 he completed a Masters of Music Studies (Vocal Performance) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where he studied with Ms Margaret Schindler. As part of that degree Ron undertook additional vocal studies in London with Mrs Janice Chapman OAM as well as studying Accent Method Breathing with Ms Dinah Harris and Mrs Ingrid Rugheimer. Ron was awarded a PhD for a study examining the use of Accent Method Breathing with singers.
Ron is in demand both nationally and internationally as a speaker at conferences, workshops and summer schools having presented on numerous occasions for the British Voice Association, to the Pan European Voice Conference (PEVOC), the Australian Voice Association (AVA), the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) and to the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) in the UK. Ron has been a guest tutor at the Aberystwyth Music Fest and Summer School as well as working with choristers from St Paul’s Cathedral London, Canterbury Cathedral and King’s College Cambridge. Ron also works annually within the Vocal Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Royal Academy of Music and The Royal Northern College of Music where his work is focussed on breathing, articulation and vocal pedagogy. He is the Senior Lecturer in Vocal Pedagogy and Health at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University.
Ron continues to sing regularly both as a member of St Stephen’s Cathedral Choir and Schola (Brisbane) and the Opera Queensland Chorus. and as a soloist in oratorio, opera and other sacred music. Recent engagements include the Durufle’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.
Ron has recently completed a book with his eminent co-author Ms Linda Hutichson entitled “If In Doubt Breathe Out” which focusses on breathing and support for singing based on the Accent Method. Ron is also co-author with Janice Chapman of her book “Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice”, now in its 4th edition as well as writing a chapter for Scott Harrison’s book “Teaching Singing in the 21st Century”.