Our Teachers      

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Nathanael Patterson - Singing Teacher

Nathanael is a passionate and energetic individual who enjoys sharing knowledge and singing his heart out. He has received high-quality private tuition in classical voice and has had much experience with musical theatre and contemporary singing and is happy to teach all styles. Nathanael is pursuing a career in voice and has performed in many musical theatre productions including Les Miserable Marius understudy and chorus (2017, Free Rain), Joseph in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat (2017, Rocky Hill Musical Theatre Company), Enrico in Il Campanello (2017, Rockdale Opera) and Guglielmo Cosi Fan Tutte (2018, Canberra Opera). He was also a finalist in the Operatic Voice section of the Sydney Eisteddfod (2017). Nathanael loves to teach and has done so in many forms in various organisations.

Nathanael is currently taking students on Thursdays and Saturdays.


Christina Pilgrim - Singing Teacher

Christina Pilgrim, is currently studying a Major in classical singing at the Australian National University (ANU) as part of the ANU secondary schools’ extension program and takes part in the university's children’s choir, Vocal Fri. She has been performing in operas since the age of 8, having taken part as minor roles in Seeds of the Soul (Central Coast Conservatorium), the Magic Flute, Voices in the Forest (Opera Australia), Esther (Handel in the Theatre), and La Bohème (Canberra Opera), and for several years took part in the Canberra Christmas Carols on Stage 88 with the Woden Valley Youth Choir. She has had the opportunity to take part in many big-name events, such as the Foreigner concert at the National Convention Centre earlier this year as part of the backing choir in the finale, and the 2013 Australia Day concert with Guy Sebastian (as part of the children’s choir). Christina is looking for a career in classical singing and enjoys teaching all ages.

Christina is currently taking school aged children and songful schoolies classes on Saturdays .

Jamison Kentwell - Singing Teacher

Jamison Kentwell is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has privately studied contemporary singing for over 10 years and has completed the Estill Voice Training levels 1 and 2. As a working musician, she frequently sings at various events, concerts and weddings. She also regularly performs her original music, as a solo vocal/guitar act, and in three other local bands. Jamison is passionate about helping students express themselves through music, explore their unique sound and develop the skills and techniques to refine their craft. Jamison is also an experienced teacher, working as an instrumental music teacher and band coordinator at various Primary Schools.

Jamison is currently taking students on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays  .

Madeleine Rowland - Singing Teacher and Vocal Coach


Madeleine Rowland has always loved singing, classical music and music theatre. Madeleine has studied voice privately for over 20 years, primarily with Patricia Whitbread, Colin Forbes and Elisha Holley. She has participated in various workshops and masterclasses including the interntional New Zealand Singing Summer School and with Tenor Stephen Anthony Brown in London. In 2017 Madeleine completed Estill Voice Training Level 1 and 2.

She has appeared in numerous theatrical performances in the Canberra region. Solo roles include Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Phyllis in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Oberto in Handel’s Alcina, Second Woman in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Rosie in the musical Bye Bye Birdie. Chorus roles include Die Fledermaus, Tosca, The Merry Widow, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, La Bohème, various Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and musicals. 

Madeleine began teaching singing in 2009, and has taught all ages from young children to adults. Madeleine particularly specialises in teaching young voices to sing safely and have fun with music. Since working at Canberra Vocal Development, Madeleine has taken a special interest in music therapy and using music and the voice as a healing tool. Her favourite genres to teach include music theatre, Disney songs and opera.

Madeleine is currently fully booked.

Elisha Holley - Singing Teacher and Vocal Coach


Elisha Holley is an experienced teacher and performer having studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. There she received a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy. By studying pedagogy, Elisha has learned the art of singing teaching and is able to pass on to her students the techniques necessary to sing healthily to maintain one's voice for a lifetime. These techniques also enable her to teach all ages and stages whether they are ten with a natural singing talent or forty with severe pitch and tone problems.

Elisha is currently fully booked.

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