The Voice Coach:

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Photo © J. van den Bos

 
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Hilary moved to The Netherlands, where, during her singing career, she also built up a large practice of singing students and worked intensively with the famous Belgian singing teacher, Lucie Frateur, in order to be able to carry on her technical innovations as a voice coach. Lucie Frateur, together with Ru Paré and Dr. J.B. van Deinse, founded the Theodora Versteegh Foundation in The Hague, The Netherlands, to research into the physiology of the human voice. She invited Hilary onto the staff, first as her assistant and then as her successor. Thus Hilary gained experience of analysing vocal functions and dysfunctions through extensive testing of thousands of voices, not only of singers, but also of actors, teachers, radio- and T.V. presenters and public speakers. Hilary further extended her expertise in this field by working with movement experts, with whom she has conducted many workshops and courses throughout the years. She has thus learned to bring a many-facetted approach to vocal production.

In 2002, Hilary was invited by the Head of the Music Department of University College Cork in Ireland to take up a post there, teaching Vocal Studies, Art-Song and Opera. Since her arrival in Ireland, she has also given lectures, seminars and courses on voice care and maintenance to drama students, singers, teachers and lecturers at University College Cork and the Cork Education Support Centre and, on the recommendation of Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, helps a large number of people to recover from serious vocal problems.

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