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Friday 24 July to Sunday 26 July 2020

Stewart's Melville College, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3EZ, Scotland

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AOTOS are delighted to be hosting a European Voice Teachers Association conference for hundreds of singing teachers from across the globe. It promises to be an exciting event with masterclasses, workshops and recitals in a variety of styles and genres. Many languages will be represented in song including Icelandic, German, English, American, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese and Scottish.

Scottish music will, of course, be a showcase allowing for exploration of a wonderful folk-song tradition as well as a traditional ceilidh (Scottish dance) for all delegates. Singers from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will present a showcase of contemporary Scottish music. AOTOS will also share the excellent teaching programme that we have been refining over the last 20 years. It promises to be a fantastic weekend so keep the dates free!

We will be using the fabulous facilities at Stewart’s Melville College (and in particular the Tom Fleming Centre) which is situated in the heart of Edinburgh.

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Roderick Williams OBE, British baritone – Recital with pianist Susie Allan; Masterclass

Cecilia McDowall, British composer – Masterclass on her songs Flights of Angels

Karen Brunssen, NATS President (USA) – International pedagogy; The evolving singing voice: changes across the lifespan; Masterclass

Kim Chandler – Masterclass on Contemporary Commercial Music

Scott Harrison – Musical theatre masterclass

Norma Enns – Teaching English song to non-native speakers; English contemporary commercial Music in contrast to 'English classical song'

Martin Vácha – German Romantic Lieder ensembles (Schumann's Minnespiel); Phrasing in Schubert’s vocal music

Ineke van Doorn – Breathing technique for pop and jazz singers; Masterclass on pop and jazz

Sascha Wienhausen – Complete Vocal Technique presentation; CVT workshop

Nicholas Gibbins – Voice science

Patricia Caicedo – Workshop on pronunciation for Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese songs; Masterclass

Barbara Hoos de Jokisch, German Singing Teachers Association – Talk on teaching: Kaleidoscope-Model

Andri Björn Róbertsson with Eileen and Christopher Field – Masterclass on Icelandic songs

Margaret Bennett – An overview of Gaelic or Scots traditions, with examples; Gaelic work songs

Jenevora Williams – Adolescent voices

Frikki Walker – Boys' changing voices

Heather Nicoll – Performance psychology and mindfulness

David McCabe, osteopath – Working with singers

Sue Mitchell – Emmett therapies

Julie Harvey and the Cheyne Gang – Community singing for people with respiratory issues