If finding vocal freedom and unlocking your artistry was just about learning vocal techniques, and if working on your vocal skills would be the only thing it takes to silence your Inner Critic…
…then every singer studying vocal techniques would feel powerful and free to express themselves, and have that magic that it takes to truly connect with the music and your audience. You know, that magic that gives goosebumps.
But we all know this isn’t so.
True vocal freedom doesn’t come from singing technique alone, but from an alignment of voice, body, mind, spirit and energy.
Artistry isn’t only about vocal skill, but it’s about how you bring your music alive with your sound, music interpretation and storytelling, and highlighting what’s unique about you.
Your artist identity has got to do with your background story, experiences, values, style & personal quirks and as much as it has got to do with your unique sound, storytelling and music interpretation skills.
Hi! I’m Katja.
I help singers explore their vocal artistry beyond just vocal technique, to help them unlock their voice, musicality and creativity. If you’re looking for personal guidance in unlocking your artistry, or need support on your journey toward a personal growth or project milestone…you’ve come to the right place!
Ways we can get to the source
of your vocal artistry:
I help you design your unique sound, while maintaining a healthy, effective and sustainable vocal function.
You’ll get to experience a voice that is expressive, authentic, confident and powerful, flexible across the range, able to switch styles and access a variety of colours and effects.
You’ll gain understanding in how your voice works, and learn to relate to it with curiosity, openness, patience, appreciation and trust, rather than from a place of fear, judgment, impatience or criticism.
My methodology for teaching vocal technique has developed over the past 20+ years of having been at the cutting edge of vocal pedagogy and studied methodologies including Complete Vocal Technique, Estill Voice Training based techniques, Bel Canto, from continued education in the fields of voice science and various vocal pedagogy approaches, and from having taught and coached hundreds of singers on all stages of their vocal journey from complete beginners, devoted hobbyists, music university students and emerging artists to seasoned professional recording and performing artists.
Your Artistry & Creativity
I’ll guide you to the source of your own artistry, help you develop and highlight what’s unique about you, clarify your why and your vision.
We can get there through a variety of ways, including music interpretation, style study, storytelling, using vocal effects like growls and creaks, improvisation, vocal and musical embodiment, and tapping into your imagination and creativity. Joyful and playful music making is at the heart of this work: creativity does not flourish in a paradigm where rigidity rules and we’re afraid to make mistakes.
At times, it can be helpful to include aspects of artist coaching into the work, to clarify your values, your mission and vision.
You’ll have access to my wealth of knowledge and experience from years of extensive studies in jazz, world music, and contemporary commercial music styles, vocal improvisation, from having toured with my own concert productions and theater show, worked in theater as a maker and coach, having taught voice and music interpretation at music university, and having coached recording and performing artists in developing their signature sound, clarifying their artistic identity and vision.
Your own mindset can be either supportive or unhelpful to your attempts to develop new skills, learn and confidently perform new repertoire, create new artistic work, and work on new goals in your creative career and artist business.
In our work together, I’ll help you identify and shift the mindset, patterns and habits that are limiting your creative work and affecting it negatively. You’ll learn to recognise what stories you’re holding on to that aren’t supporting you in achieving your creative goals and the vision you hold for your artist life and career.
You’ll also learn how to develop mindful practice habits that help you stay in the now and increase your focus and productivity.
Your Energy & Spirit
The energetic and spiritual aspects of being a singer, artist and performer have long been overlooked in vocal and performance training. Yet, everything in this world is energy, and in essence you are an energetic and spiritual being having a human experience.
The physical body is only a small part of the human energy field, which in turn is part of a greater energy field. Your voice, performance, and ability to stay present and achieve flow state in your creative practice & work, as well as the quality of your artist life, is directly affected by the state of your energy field. Managing, cleaning and aligning your energy, and raising your energetic frequency are therefore essential tools and life-skills for any singer, musician and performer.
My personal interest in energy work began in my early years of spiritual seeking, but it wasn’t until I had gone through some challenging experiences in my own artist life that I began actively practicing and seeking continuous training in techniques that helped me manage, clean and align my energy. Since 2020, I have been including practical energy work techniques in my coaching methodology.
Besides energy work, I can also help you develop a personal spiritual practice to support your well-being as an artist and creative. A spiritual practice helps you establish a personal connection with the source of your creativity, explore purpose and meaning in your work that reaches deeper than the material outcomes and rewards, and deepen your feeling of interconnectedness with other people and with nature. Having a spiritual practice is also linked to many positive benefits that are relevant to an artist and performer, including being able to handle stress better, experiencing more positive feelings and less stress, even during challenging times.