Meet the Team
Coaches at HOV
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Alisha Gartland

Director and Head Vocal Coach

Alisha Gartland is a graduate of Melba Conservatorium of Music (Dip.Mus) and the Victorian College of the Arts (B. Mus in Musical Performance: Voice) whom has studied and worked professionally as a contemporary pop, musical theatre and opera singer.

Alisha teaches many students from beginners (of all ages) to students already working in the music industry, rebuilding technique, developing vocal style within original songs as well as preparing auditions. All students whom completed their AMEB Certificates/VCE under Alisha’s guidance have received A Honours/Credit results in both CPM & Singing for Leisure from Preliminary to Grade 7.

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Meet HOV Coach: Nathan

Piano & Piano for Singers Coach

Nathan is a graduate of the University of Melbourne having studied for his Bachelor of Music in Piano. He has performed classical piano and contemporary repertoire at both at the Conservatorium and public events in Melbourne as a piano soloist and accompanist. He actively performs with the Melbourne Bach Choir and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus and is a recipient of the 2019 Melbourne Bach Choir Scholarship where he sings as a tenor. He currently conducts the Citylight Choir and has performed at various community centres, concert venues and events as a pianist conductor, choral accompanist and chorister across Melbourne and Malaysia.

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Meet HOV Coach: Allegra

Vocal Coach and Performer Meditation Coach

Allegra has spent her life thus far singing all over the world including performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House and on London’s West End. She is an ARIA nominated ABC Classic Artist and a PhD candidate at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, specialising in the teaching of Opera and Classical voice, as well as Musical Theatre and Commercial Pop/Rock styles.

Recent recordings include Evergreen Ensemble’s Curious Caledonians on ABC Classic, the Oscar Nominated and Ivor Award winning Anna Karenina film soundtrack and FOXTEL’s mini-series Fighting Season. Past performances include working with: Classic FM, ABC, Channel 7, Channel 10, Dame Judi Dench, Tina Arena, Marcia Hines, Jimmy Barnes, Neil Finn (Crowded House), Richard Tognetti (Australian Chamber Orchestra) and Russell Crowe; featured in the New York Times, The Age, Sunday Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, LIMELIGHT, The Stage UK and others.

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Meet HOV Coach: Sarah

Vocal Coach

A graduate of the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in Music Theatre, Sarah has taught and performed professionally in music theatre, pop, rock and indie styles as well as acting and dance. As a youngster, she toured internationally with Young Adelaide Voices, featured as lead vocalist alongside Kate Ceberano in Lady Marmalade (dir. Michael Degenhart) and performed various lead roles for State Opera SA’s Broadway Jr Series. She has performed as Alexi Darling in Rent (dir. Adam Mitchell), Ensemble/Dance captain in Heathers (dir. Andrew Lewis), Phyllis Dale in 42nd Street (dir. Jason Langley, chor. Lisa O’Dea) and Annie in Chicago (dir. Crispin Taylor, chor. Michael Ralph). Additionally Sarah has performed as a vocalist in K Production’s You Will Be Found-The Songs of Pasek and Paul, enjoys various corporate gigs with FX Entertainment and Ding Productions.

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Meet HOV Coach: Michael

Guitar and Guitar for Singers Coach

Michael has had a long history of excellence studying at at VCA/The University of Melbourne graduating with his Bachelor of Music at VCA for Jazz and Improvisation and Melbourne University: and extending his passion for working with students through his Masters of Music (Performance Teaching).

Specialising in Jazz and Classical guitar however with extensive knowledge in all styles, Michael Klemke has a wealth of performance and teaching experience. Gigging in and around Melbourne in various jazz settings, and tutoring guitar in schools, he has developed a unique teaching style that caters to all ages, abilities, and genres.

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Meet HOV Coach: Jessie

Vocal and Songwriting Coach

Jessie is a folk singer, story-teller, performer and voice teacher.
After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Musical Theatre, at the Victorian College of The Arts, where she trained under Heather Fletcher, Pete Rutherford, Rosemarie Harris and Andrew Byrne (NYC), Jessie’s professional theatre credits include Teenage Girl 1 in ‘Lazarus’, The Production Company,  Ensemble in ‘Vivid White’, MTC, Ensemble in ‘Beauty and The Beast’, Rob Guest Endowment Fund, as well as Featured Vocalist in Morning Melodies at Hamer Hall (2017 and 2018). ]

Jessie released her debut EP, ‘Here, Now’ in 2021 and is currently working on her next full length album, to be released in Autumn 2022.

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Meet HOV Coach: Ben

Drums Coach

Ben Hendry is a graduate of the Victorian College of Arts B. Mus and also holds an advanced diploma of music performance (jazz/popular) from Northern Metropolitan Institute of Technology (NMIT Collingwood)

Ben is a creative and diverse musician. Known for his unique and thoughtful approach, and his versatility on the drum kit. Ben has worked extensively with some of Melbourne’s most well respected Jazz musicians, popular singer song writers, as well as within Circus, Comedy and Cabaret scenes. He also tours and performs throughout Australia, Europe and South America with many different bands and companies. As composer and music director, Ben is highly sought after for projects including film, theatre, television, and recording session work. His C.V. boasts a long list of artists including The Jazz Party, Circus Oz, Flap!, The Cat Empire, Tim Rogers, Mark Seymour, Deborah Conway, Eddie Perfect, Tim Minchin, and many more.

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Meet HOV Coach: Kimberley

Vocal Coach & Early Childhood Music Coach

Kimberley is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, with a Bachelor of Music Performance majoring in Voice. Although she is a classical voice/operatic major she has sound training in both classical and contemporary styles.
Kimberley has been a finalist in many prestigious classical singing competitions and was the 2014 winner of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition.
Subsequent to completing her degree Kimberley has been fortunate to work with multiple opera and theatre companies around Melbourne, and has received scholarships to study and perform in Italy and Germany. She also performs regularly in concert and cabaret.

 

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Meet HOV Coach: Kat

Violin and Viola Coach

Kat has completed her Bachelor of Music Performance in Violin at the Victorian College of the Arts and a Masters of Music Studies at the University of Melbourne. Kat has over 20 years’ experience teaching violin and viola from beginner level to AmusA, working with students from 4 years old to 70 years old.

Kat has premiered many solo and chamber ensemble works by Australian composers on both violin and viola for groups including the Melbourne Composers League, Forest Collective, Allotropy String Quartet, Opera Scholars Australia, Zelman Orchestra and the New York Tropfest Film Festival. Kat has toured Italy, Austria, Czech Republic and China and often performs as concertmaster, principal violin or viola with Peninsula Chamber Musicians, Australian Discovery Orchestra, Art of Sound Orchestra, Melbourne Musicians and the Australian Composers Orchestra and tutti violin with Melbourne Opera.

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Meet HOV Coach: Olive

Vocal Coach

Olive is a passionate, enthusiastic, Melbourne based performer and teacher and is from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (Bachelor of Music Performance) trained under Linda Barcan.

Recent performing credits include ensemble in Mahagonny Songspiel and 7 Little Australians with Opera Carnivale, featured artist in the Crystal Clear Productions Cabaret, the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland with Theatremax, Caroline Hodgson/Madame Brussels in Lachlan Boldt’s Madame for UMMTA’s 2021 Sitzprobe, and featured performer in the Club Voltaire Vaudevillian nights.

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Meet HOV Coach: Crystal

Vocal Coach

Crystal is a graduate of the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Having graduated with both a certificate in Music Theatre as well as Bachelor of Music Theatre, Crystal has refined her skills in music theory, aural, harmony, musicianship, character, performance presence as well as vocal ability. Crystal’s studies and professional performance has given her the ability and knowledge in all styles of voice including, rock, pop, jazz, musical theatre, cabaret, and gospel. Crystal has performed in all major theatres within Perth and has been in touring shows of Big Dreams. Alongside productions of Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, 42nd Street, Self written Cabaret and a soloist for Burton Lane in Concert.

 

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Phoebe Baker

Songwriting Workshop Facilitator

Phoebe Baker is co-frontwoman, vocalist, and songwriter of Melbourne-based indie-pop band Alpine. Signed to Ivy League Records in Australia and Votiv in North America, the band has released the EP ‘Zurich’ (2010) and the albums ‘A Is For Alpine’ (2012) and ‘Yuck’ (2015).

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Meet HOV Coach: Jonathon

Guitar & Guitar for Singers Coach

Jonathon is now available as the expert guitar tutor here at the House of Voice. Jonathon is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts where he specialised in jazz and improvisation, studying under some of Australia’s finest musicians such as Stephen Magnusson, Chris Hale, Geoff Hughes, Andrea Keller, David Jones and many more. Jonathon is also currently completing his Master’s Master of Music (Performance Teaching) at the University of Melbourne.

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