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Voices Co. Academy


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Voices Co. Academy


THE ACADEMY.

 

Voices Co. is New Zealand’s first and only contemporary a cappella academy. WE are passionate about HELPING EVERY PERSON FIND THEIR VOICE - starting with you!

 

Based in Christchurch NZ, VOICES CO. is the country's first Academy to specialise in contemporary a cappella!

Inspired by music like Pentatonix, the Pitch Perfect movies, and NZ's rich choral tradition,  at Voices Co. we are passionate about seeing singers of all ages EQUIPPED with the very best in vocal training, ENCOURAGED in their passion for music, and EMPOWERED to find their voice.

From private tuition and open classes, through to specialist contemporary a cappella ensembles, we have something for singers of all ages and stages!


What we do

Simply put, the term ‘a cappella’ refers to singing without accompaniment, though the literal translation of the word is actually 'in the style of the chapel'.

 

A cappella harmony itself has been around for centuries and has reinvented itself over and over again!  

At Voices Co. we train our vocalists in all aspects of contemporary singing and contemporary a cappella, from the more traditional elements such as vocal technique, musicianship, group harmony right through to vocal percussion, performance artistry, and even beatboxing!

The addition of more 'contemporary' elements such as beat-boxing and vocal instrumentation has helped reintroduce a cappella singing to pop culture and open up an even broader range of opportunities to those willing to take up the challenge!


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Learn It / Do It / Share It

 

Voices Co. Academy uses a tiered training approach. We offer three streams of training: non-auditioned Open Crews / Classes, auditioned Squads, and a professional level Ensembles.

Our programme is structured so that we can offer contemporary a cappella and contemporary vocal training to anyone at any level, from beginners right through to experienced professionals.

We also love to celebrate the hard work and talent of our students, and a the end of each Semester (July / Dec) we hold an Academy Show featuring all our different ensembles!


Location Location Location

 

Located within Christchurch's fancy new 'Boxed Quarter' on the corner of St Asaph and Madras Streets, BeatBox Studios is the home of Voices Co. Academy. 

BeatBox has 3 purpose built, soundproofed studios with professional P.A systems, microphones and a full back line (drum kit, bass rig, and guitar amps), which means that our vocal squads have the unique opportunity to train in a fully mic'd environment!

Beatbox is one of the hidden gems of the Christchurch music scene and Voices Co. is thrilled to be able to call it home! For more information on BeatBox or if you're looking to hire a studio yourself, make sure you check them out: www.beatbox.nz



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Our Tutors


Our Tutors


OUR TEAM

TEAMWORK IS AT THE HEART OF WHAT WE DO, AND HOW WE DO IT!


Along with a passion for developing great singers, at Voices Co. Academy we are also committed to developing great educators.

We have a fantastic team of highly qualified tutors who are keen advocates for contemporary a cappella. Along with first-hand experience singing at the top tier of contemporary a cappella in NZ, our tutors also bring a range of other unique skills that complement the work that we do at Voices Co. Academy.

While we have a main tutor for each class we also work to offer diversity in content and delivery, so all our tutors feature heavily across the Academy.


  JULIAN HAY   /  Musical Director + Squads Tutor  With Voices Co. recently taking out the win on TVNZ's  'The Naked Choir' , Julian is a leading light in the national contemporary vocal and a cappella scene and his innovative and meticulous arrangements have become a trademark of Voices Co.    With a MusB in Composition as well as his DipABRSM in Performance, Julian is a sought after arranger, vocal tutor and music communicator. A staunch advocate for the importance of ensemble singing, his knack for combining music and education is both inspiring and infectious.   Alongside his current work with Voices Co. Julian has spent the past 10 years as a tertiary tutor specialising in Contemporary Voice, more recently as a vocal tutor at NZ’s National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA), runs a growing private vocal practice, and is a self-confessed coffee addict.

JULIAN HAY  /  Musical Director + Squads Tutor

With Voices Co. recently taking out the win on TVNZ's 'The Naked Choir', Julian is a leading light in the national contemporary vocal and a cappella scene and his innovative and meticulous arrangements have become a trademark of Voices Co.  

With a MusB in Composition as well as his DipABRSM in Performance, Julian is a sought after arranger, vocal tutor and music communicator. A staunch advocate for the importance of ensemble singing, his knack for combining music and education is both inspiring and infectious. 

Alongside his current work with Voices Co. Julian has spent the past 10 years as a tertiary tutor specialising in Contemporary Voice, more recently as a vocal tutor at NZ’s National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA), runs a growing private vocal practice, and is a self-confessed coffee addict.

  MALIA HAY   /  Manager + Creative Director  Malia makes up the other half of the husband and wife duo that head up Voices Co.  and is known for her love for all things monochrome and shameless overuse of exclamation marks!  Malia has been involved in music since the tender age of 3. She spent a number of years in Burnside High School’s Specialist Music Programme for classical voice, as well as singing with the NZ Secondary Schools' Choir, and went on to pursue study in Opera at the NZ School of Music. Malia has also spent time teaching both violin and voice, and works alongside Julian managing and directing the Academy.  Beyond her experience as a musician Malia also has a corporate background in event management, programme administration and as a Ministerial Advisor for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), as well as being Mum to Felix (4) and Cleo (2).

MALIA HAY  /  Manager + Creative Director

Malia makes up the other half of the husband and wife duo that head up Voices Co.  and is known for her love for all things monochrome and shameless overuse of exclamation marks!

Malia has been involved in music since the tender age of 3. She spent a number of years in Burnside High School’s Specialist Music Programme for classical voice, as well as singing with the NZ Secondary Schools' Choir, and went on to pursue study in Opera at the NZ School of Music. Malia has also spent time teaching both violin and voice, and works alongside Julian managing and directing the Academy.

Beyond her experience as a musician Malia also has a corporate background in event management, programme administration and as a Ministerial Advisor for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), as well as being Mum to Felix (4) and Cleo (2).

  JASMINE SALAM   /  Crews Tutor  Jasmine is the newest member to the Voices Co. team and comes to us with a wealth of technical and practical experience. As a qualified Speech and Language practitioner her knowledge of the voice in action is second to none!  Alongside her work as a Voices Co. tutor Jasmine has also recently completed her Grade 8 Voice exam through the Trinity Rock&Pop syllabus, and boasts a pretty impressive list of live performances with Voices Co. - from the Horncastle Arena (ChCh) to the SkyCity Theatre (Akld), and many places inbetween!   Jasmine is our secret weapon when it comes to student culture and connection - she has a knack for engaging students of all ages and is passionate about nurturing both talent and CONFIDENCE!

JASMINE SALAM  /  Crews Tutor

Jasmine is the newest member to the Voices Co. team and comes to us with a wealth of technical and practical experience. As a qualified Speech and Language practitioner her knowledge of the voice in action is second to none!

Alongside her work as a Voices Co. tutor Jasmine has also recently completed her Grade 8 Voice exam through the Trinity Rock&Pop syllabus, and boasts a pretty impressive list of live performances with Voices Co. - from the Horncastle Arena (ChCh) to the SkyCity Theatre (Akld), and many places inbetween! 

Jasmine is our secret weapon when it comes to student culture and connection - she has a knack for engaging students of all ages and is passionate about nurturing both talent and CONFIDENCE!