At the heart of Anna Connolly’s teaching philosophy is that the act of making sound should be physically pleasurable and empowering for the singer. This quest to assist singers toward a free, full-bodied and physically gratifying sound, has led Anna to undertake studies in physiology and anatomy along-side training as a Feldenkrais Practitioner.
As the former Head of Voice for the Victorian College of the Arts, Anna wrote and delivered a progressive training program of applied acoustics, anatomy, physiology and Feldenkrais for singers - the first in Australia. She received the VCA Teaching Excellence Award for her outstanding contribution to student learning. As an Education Associate with Victorian Opera, Anna devised, wrote and delivered pedagogical training programs for singing teachers and choral conductors. An ongoing part of Anna’s practice is actively mentoring singing teachers throughout Australia. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Anna has taught and mentored more than 150 singers from 200 GD/VG £9 The Cockney Kids amateur status through to that of professional. Her students have won every major competition in Australia as well as international competitions such as Neue Stimmen, the regional Metropolitan Opera Award and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Past and present students now guest in the world’s major opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Vienna Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Paris Opera. In a single season, up to 29 past and current students have appeared as Principal Artists and made up over half the Opera Australia’s chorus.