Emily

 

Emily Cunningham is one of the border’s most sought after vocal coaches. With over 15 years experience working as a vocal coach and lead singer in various local bands, Emily is a seasoned professional and Albury Music School’s (AMS) senior vocal coach.

Emily has had the pleasure of training many performers who have debuted on TV series such as Xfactor and Australian Idol, as well as successful hit making artists like Lisa Mitchell, Melanie Taylor, and more. Emily’s methods are tried and true, but most importantly, they ensure students get the best out of their instrument while ensuring the preservation and longevity of the voice.

At a young age Emily discovered her love for music and singing while watching her mother, Penny Parsons singing on TV, at the Sydney Opera House, and at internationally renowned venues across the globe. In the late 70’s / early 80’s, Penny was the most televised female singer on Australian variety TV. Inspired and driven by a strong passion for the art, Emily went on to rigorously study under the tuition of her mother – whose techniques were greatly influenced by Italian master Herbert Caesari.

With a strong preference for contemporary vocal styles and a desire to keep abreast of the latest vocal techniques, Emily spent the next few years pioneering her own singing method that combined the best of traditionalist vocal theory with modern methods. While there are schools of thought that believe you need to study classical training in order to sing opera, or study contemporary styles if you want to sing pop/rock etc. Emily maintains that if you learn how to use the mechanics of your voice correctly you can sing any genre. Supplemented by four years of Conservatorium training, her new method produced the complete results for which she had so long desired, and ignited within her a passion to teach others struggling to reach their full voice potential. Accordingly, Emily began teaching her methods at many private schools in the area including Trinity College, The Scots School, St Pauls and more. Her method was also passed on to her associate teacher’s at AMS, who were initially trained under Emily.

Throughout the course of her study, Emily was simultaneously building her reputation and experience as a prominent lead singer in jazz, pop and funk bands. She has performed throughout Victoria and New South Wales, at an array of high profile events, and was asked to partake at a function as the support act for Celine Dion and Harry Connick Junior.

Emily’s influences include artists such as Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Al Green, Beyonce, and Angus and Julia Stone.

While Emily enjoys performing a wide variety of styles, she has always favoured Jazz and has exclusively sung in a band called ‘Soave’ for the past few years. Soave is a duo accompanied by the talented saxophonist, Brett Spokes, music teacher at Trinity Anglican College and musical director for many Albury Wodonga Theatre Company productions.