Rachael Thoms is one of a new breed of truly versatile singers. Accomplished in both jazz and classical performance, she graduated from the Australian National University of Music with a BMus Jazz Performance degree with First Class Honours in Classical Performance and a Master of Music majoring in Classical Performance with multiple awards and scholarships under her belt.
Rachael is a passionate teacher delivering a considered mix of vocal pedagogy, performance techniques, music theory, improvisation techniques and music business fundamentals. Her voice training philosophy is closely aligned with the teaching of Janice Chapman, the Estill Voice Training Method, Accent Method Breathing and the Bel Canto tradition. Rachael is a curious and motivated educator, determined to remain informed and well-versed in current scholarly and scientific research related to the voice. She refers students with a perceived vocal deficit or disorder to consult with the appropriate medical specialist and works together with these experts to retrain and remediate the voice.
As a Performance Teaching Fellow at the ANU School of Music, Rachael teaches undergraduate and graduate voice students across several genres including jazz, classical, contemporary and music theatre. She has been instrumental in the creation of assessment criteria for vocalists enrolled in the BMus Performance stream and regularly consults with Performance Convenor Dr Paul McMahon to review and develop assessment guidelines for Performance.
Rachael is a member of the Australian Voice Association, Australia’s leading multidisciplinary association for Voice, and ANATS, the peak body for teachers of singing in Australia.
For more information about Rachael, her teaching, current performing projects and more visit her website: http://rachaelthoms.com