Introduction to Estill Voice Training

A collaboration between Music Literacy Ireland, VanKeith Vocals, and Maynooth University Department of Music

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When: Sunday, 24th September 2023
Where: Maynooth University, Logic House, Bewerunge room
Time: Registration 09:45–10.15, course 10:15–17:00
Cost: €150

Led and delivered by: Kaeylea VanKeith, Ireland’s only Estill Master Trainer

Please note that service is excluded from the cooling-off period and is therefore non-refundable. If you need to cancel, as a goodwill gesture MLI will endeavour to refund you only if all places have been filled on the day of the event. PayPal administration fees are included in the cost of the service – any administration fees incurred by MLI will be deducted from the refund amount.

What to expect

  • Understand options of how to train your voice using the Estill Voice Model
  • Exercises in kinaesthetic awareness and observation of corresponding acoustic outcomes
  • Dispelling ‘myths and mysteries’ about the voice
  • Basics of Anatomy and Physiology and Acoustics of the voice
  • Introduction to Voiceprint for visual feedback
  • Masterclass in the afternoon with a limited number of individual coaching to experience application of the model.

Who is this for?

This course is aimed at singers, singing teachers, voice coaches, choral singers, as well as speech & drama teachers, speech & language therapists, actors, public speakers, or any professional voice users.

About Kaeylea VanKeith

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Kaeylea VanKeith is a singer, singing teacher, vocal coach, musical director, composer, lyricist, pianist and clarinettist. She is a certified Estill Master Trainer (EMT), the only teacher in Ireland with this qualification. She has been trained and mentored extensively by Licensed Vanguard Estill Mentor and Course Instructor (EMCI) Anne-Marie Speed.  VanKeith has been Practise Group Leader on many Estill Level 1 & 2 courses in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Switzerland.

Having graduated from the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland with a B.Mus (Hons) in performance, VanKeith continued her studies as a postgraduate student at the St Louis Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She also trained in the Conservatory program at The Acting Studio in Hollywood, Florida.

VanKeith has over twenty years performance experience in concert halls and theatres, including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, working across genres including musical theatre, classical, big band and CCM. VanKeith has performed with, among others, Joni Mitchell, Kristin Chenowith, Bernadette Peters, Marvin Hamlisch, Joel Grey, Linda Eder, Barbara Cook, Mel Torme and Placido Domingo.

She has also performed with the St Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, Florida Classical Orchestra, Miami City Ballet, Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Ballet Florida, Palm Beach Opera, Young Victorian Opera Theatre, Seaside Music Festival, Bristol Music Theatre, Pine Mountain Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival, among others.

VanKeith wrote the current Musical Theatre & Popular Singing syllabus for the Royal Irish Academy of Music Local Centre Exams and is also a music examiner for the RIAM.

She teaches the London College of Music exam singing programme at Westside Performing Arts in Lucan, CCM at Maynooth University, and has a busy private teaching studio. She is a vocal coach and consultant for artists signed to Universal Records, Warner Music and Island Records as well as for numerous independent artists, labels and songwriters. She was the vocal coach for Ireland’s entry in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and served as consultant for the 2018 Eurovision Song contest Czech Republic artist. VanKeith’s students have also performed on the X Factor (Celebrity), Eurovision Junior, The Late Late Toy Show and in numerous competitions and festivals. Many of VanKeiths’s clients and students are active Musical Theatre performers, performing in leading roles.

As part of her continuing professional development, Kaeylea attended a course in ‘Laryngeal Manipulation & Osteopathy’ at the Deutsche Stimmklinik in Hamburg, Germany, training with renowned Osteopath Dr Jacob Lieberman and ENT/Laryngologist Professor Markus Hess. She has also participated in a video endoscopy research project on vocal function with singing teacher colleagues and Professor Hess in Hamburg.

She has attended workshops in the UK with ENT/Laryngologist Dr John Rubin, covering topics such as vocal health, common problems and pathologies; courses on the Developing Voice as well as The Aging & Menopausal Voice with Speech & Language Therapist Kiereen Locke; Breathing, Support & the Estill Model, utilizing sonogram machines, with Specialist Physio Therapist Ed Blake and Professor Anne-Marie Speed of The Royal Academy of Music, and Vocal Acoustics with Kenneth Bozeman.

VanKeith is composer/lyricist of “Sisters – A New Irish Musical”, with book/lyrics by Tracy Ryan, which premiered at The Mill Theatre in September 2022. Sisters was winner of the Musical Theatre Initiative at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2013 and 2014, sponsored by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. Sisters has also received workshop performances in Italy. Other composing credits include documentary soundtracks and sound design for the British Museum, London; National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth; and Athlone Castle Museum, Ireland.

As a singer-songwriter VanKeith has been recipient of the B.E.A.M grant and has been heard on radio and television, including National Public Radio, National Public Television and the Discovery Channel.