Oamaru vocal coach Vanessa Kelly-Brown is in for a busy few months.
She is this week bound for New York, where she will be based for the next few weeks to complete her certificate in vocal pedagogy at New York Vocal Coaching, under the tutelage of Justin Stoney, considered one of the state’s best vocal coaches.
Vocal pedagogy is the study of the art and science of voice instruction.
It is used in the teaching of singing, and helps define what singing is, how singing works, and how proper singing technique is accomplished.
“I started the course last year, so this is the final stage of it,” she said.
“At the time, I couldn’t find anywhere in New Zealand that was related to vocal pedagogy. But it’s recently started here, through an old colleague in Otago. He set up a programme at Otago University, which is great.”
Kelly-Brown said she wanted to study for the certificate to help those she coached better understand the nuances involved with the art of singing and vocal range.
“It’s about what actually happens when you’re singing.”
While in the United States, Kelly-Brown also planned to meet music promoters to discuss her latest foray into music, which she has embarked on with young Christchurch singer Miranda Clare.
The duo forms The Manuka Set, and performs a contemporary style of music which is far removed from that which made Kelly-Brown a star with Deep Obsession.
The pop duo, which also featured Zara Clark, topped the New Zealand charts on three occasions with singles Lost in Love, Cold and One and Only in 1998 and 1999.
The Manuka Set will release the single Run next month, along with a music video, an as-yet-unnamed album will be released in November.
Kelly-Brown, who fronts Oamaru band VKB and the Fellas, said it was great to be back in the studio.
“Miranda got in touch with me last year. She’s a bit of a younger singer and she was keen to do some singing with me.
“It’s an opportunity to work in what is a newer industry . . . with new technology and new ways of promoting things as well, so it’s been great.
“It’s been really good to be back doing some recording.”