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OUR TEAM

Meet your vocal coaches.

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Tania Savelli
Founder, Co-Director &
Principal Voc
al Coach

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) - current

Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)

Estill Master Trainer Candidate

Neurochange Practitioner

LSVT Loud Certified

Vocal Health First Aider

With a wealth of coaching experience spanning over 20 years, Tania combines her sound knowledge of voice science, vocal health, and the performing arts to offer practical solutions to common vocal issues.

 

Tania has a passion for holistic voice training and commitment to continuous professional development – which is why she’s currently undertaking a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at the University of South Australia, which will give her an additional qualification as a voice therapist. She is skilled in working through vocal health concerns for performing artists, in conjunction with voice specialising laryngologists, speech pathologists and voice physiotherapists where necessary, and is experienced in working with voice users who have recently recovered from vocal injury.

Tania holds an Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) and is an Estill Master Trainer Candidate of the world renowned voice model Estill Voice Training (EVT).  The EVT model is evidence-based voice training based on the principles of motor learning to help voice users gain new vocal skills through the art of deliberate practice.  She is certified in LSVT Loud, the gold voice therapy approach for people living with Parkinsons Disease and is also the group facilitator for the Hospital Research Foundation's Shout Out Singing Group. Tania is also a Vocal Health First Aider with Vocal Health Education UK.

Her passion and interest in the mind, body, voice connection inspired Tania to complete her Neurochange Practitioner ™  certification, enabling clients to use the power of neuroscience to help set and achieve vocal goals. This work enables voice users to work through limiting beliefs that may contribute in goal deflection, using the principles of neuroplasticity to make long lasting and positive mindset changes.

She volunteers on the board of directors at the Australian Dysphonia Network and the Australian Voice Association and is a past committee member for the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.  Tania is one of few authorised vocal instructors of Los Angeles based organisation Vocology In Practice and is a member of The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare and a student member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Tania's extensive vocal coaching experience includes working with clients of all ages in varied educational settings. She has coached as part of the vocal team for the University of Adelaide's Bachelor of Musical Theatre, taught vocals for tertiary music students at TAFE SA, and worked with Adelaide youth theatre company Pelican Productions since 2016. She has also taught at countless high schools and primary schools

Of course, she has also done her fair share (maybe more) of performing – everything from cabaret and musical theatre to corporate events and as part of the Adelaide Fringe award-winning act The Three Little Sisters, which she also directs. She’s also the founder and director of Adelaide live entertainment company T&S Live   And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg…

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Melissa Choong
Voice Therapist & Senior Vocal Coach

Masters of Speech Pathology

Bachelor of Psychology

LSVT Loud Kids Certified Clinician

Melissa’s interest in music and learning has brought her on a colourful, musical journey. In her earlier years, she studied classical piano (ABRSM Grade 8), trained in classical voice (Trinity Grade 5) and played the flute and piccolo in a marching band. She has years of experience performing in a variety of settings including church performances, choral performances, and at weddings. Her strongest passion has always been in using the voice as an instrument. Her curiosity sparked a desire to better understand how we can develop the use of this uniquely personal instrument to its fullest potential. This ultimately led her to Adelaide where she completed her Master of Speech Pathology at Flinders University. Melissa has also completed The Estill Voice Training Course Levels 1 & 2 and is working towards the Estill Certificate of Figure Proficiency.

 

Melissa’s former training in psychology, play therapy, and teaching allowed her to gain experience in working with children of all ages. She currently practices as a paediatric speech pathologist working in areas of speech, language, voice, fluency, feeding, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She enjoys working with neurodiversity and believes in empowering every individual with a voice to effectively communicate and express themselves be it through speech or singing. Melissa is also a clinical educator for the Flinders University Fluency and Voice Student Clinic at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

Please note Melissa is currently on extended leave until mid 2024.

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Mary Stapledon
Senior Vocal Coach

Bachelor of Contemporary Art

Mary’s experience as a seasoned performer and qualified artist combine to create her unique and multi-faceted approach to vocal and instrumental tuition. Having performed as a solo vocalist, a multi-instrumentalist and as part of an ensemble in both stage productions and vocal ensembles, Mary understands the many intricacies of live performance and uses her personal experience to inform her teaching practice. 

Mary’s qualifications include: AMEB theory (Grade 5), a Bachelor of Contemporary Art, and Estill Voice Training (Levels 1 and 2). She has 16 years of singing, piano, and performance experience. 

Taking her passion for music in to a new realm has seen Mary spend the past three years nurturing the talents of both children (from 5 years old) and adults. In addition to individual sessions, she leads group sessions through Vocal Hub Kids and assists with special projects through Vocal Hub Creative, alongside Vocal Hub director Tania Savelli instructing the studio’s adult ensemble group, Creative Voices and Shout Out, The Hospital Research Foundation’s recreational singing group for individuals living with Parkinson's disease. 

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Mia Ferraretto
Junior Vocal Coach

Bachelor Of Music (Jazz Performance) currently studying

 

Now officially a member of the Vocal Hub Kids Alumni, Mia is excited to be joining the Vocal Hub Kids coaching team.

 

Mia’s love for performing began at a young age and she has since completed many AMEB exams in multiple performing arts specialities including voice, piano, musical theatre, and speech and performance (where she is set to complete her Diploma in 2024). She has also been undergoing regular voice training with Tania Savelli since she was 13 and completed her SACE in 2023, where she received the school award for Dux of Music (Solo Performance).

A highlight of her performing journey so far, is being chosen to attend Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth's Broadway Bootcamp last year in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. It was during this camp that Mia was fortunate to work with many incredible world renowned musical theatre mentors including Kristin herself, Kevin Chamberlin, Elizabeth Teeter, Kenny Ortega, and many more. In 2022, Mia was also selected as a Class of Cabaret Mentee as a part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, under the artistic direction of Tina Arena.

 

Recently graduating from Kildare College, Mia was fortunate enough to play Ms Hannigan in the 2023 production of ‘Annie Jr’ and Mayzie La Bird in the 2022 performance, ‘Seussical Jr’. Mia has also performed in musicals with Adelaide Youth Theatre, featured in their productions of ‘Hairspray Jr’ and ‘13!’ Mia currently trains and dances at LJR Dance Academy, and has been dancing since before she can remember!

 

Mia debuted her first professional role as Penny in the award winning children's show Vintage Vendetta’s Meg in the Magic Toyshop as a part of the 2024 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Mia is now currently at the Elder Conservatorium studying a Bachelor of Music (Jazz). 

Welcome to the other side Mia!

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Nadia Votino
Co-Director &
Principal Voc
al Coach

Vocal Health First Aider

Nadia’s performing career began at a young age when she started singing and dancing classes at the iconic Johnny Young Talent School. It was there where she was selected as a member of the “Young Talent Team Adelaide”, where she performed at many local events.

At 16, Nadia was hired by “Mighty Good Productions”, where she performed at many corporate events and gained a wealth of knowledge about the audition process and what is expected as a performer. For many years, Nadia was a lead performer for “Warner Brothers”, as a vocalist, dancer and even a fursuiter, such as Bugs Bunny and the Tasmanian Devil. A highlight for Nadia was being selected as back up for Tom Jones for his Australian Tour.

Nadia has over 20 years’ experience in vocal teaching, specialising in coaching children and teenagers. Nadia has completed the Estill Level 1 & 2 course and practice group with Estill Course Instructor and Mentor Naomi Eyers, and is currently preparing to sit her Estill Figure Proficiency certification.  She is also a Vocal Health First Aider.Nadia has taught at numerous primary schools and colleges, such as Seymour College, St Joseph’s Hectorville and at Star Academy where she prepared students for their competition sets.

Nadia has been with Vocal Hub for three years, as a vocal coach and studio manager. Her passion and strengths are teaching voice to children and teenagers, vocal technique coaching, preparing clients for auditions, AMEB exams and competitions.

Nadia believes that “Everyone can learn to sing, they just need to find the right coach to help find their voice”.

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Alicia Hage
Senior Vocal Coach

Graduate Certificate in Science

Bachelor of Journalism

Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)

Alicia has been singing ever since she could talk and grew up jamming around her grandparents’ kitchen table in country South Australia. Throughout her childhood she performed at local events, often with her family.

At just 17 years old, Alicia commenced a Certificate IV of Music at TAFE SA in Salisbury, in which she specialised in voice. She then undertook – and completed – a Diploma in Music and the Music Theory component of an Advanced Diploma of Music (purely because of her love of music theory!). 

Alicia began Instrumental Music Teaching in 2010 and undertook teacher training with the founder of the International School of Music in Sydney. Since then, she has taught in schools, homes and studios in Adelaide and Clare (in the Mid North). She has taught individual lessons, as well as groups and choirs, and has worked privately and for the Department for Education’s Instrumental Music Service.  

 

Alicia has competed and accompanied vocalists at the Balaklava Eisteddfod on many occasions, but the highlight for her is taking home first place with her Mum and sisters in the 2018 Eisteddfod in the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble section.  Also in 2018, Alicia was Anne in Segue Productions’ If / Then musical. Alicia also undertook a songwriting and sound production course at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium in the same year. 

Other performance highlights include being the support act for international touring artist Bloom at one Norwood Hotel show in 2022, and performing at the Adelaide Show in the same year – both alongside her Mum and sisters, as ‘The Hages’.  However, her most notable performance was on the stage of the Voice Generations, for the blind auditions. This experienced fuelled Alicia’s interest with being behind a camera and she began training at Ann Peters School of Acting – she is now more than two thirds through the program. Alicia completed a two-day Ultimate Scene Study workshop with James Harvy in November 2023, and is now gearing up to be a supporting character in Yogambling at the 2024 Adelaide Fringe. 

After initially undertaking the week-long Estill Level 1 and 2 Voice Training in 2011, Alicia completed it again in 2023, to refresh and build on her knowledge. 

Outside of music, her qualifications include a Bachelor of Journalism, Graduate Certificate in Science (Environment and Sustainability) and Graduate Diploma in Science. She has worked in communications since 2016 – specialising in social media management – and has tutored bachelor-level courses for UniSA Online. 

Alicia is currently tutoring Media Law and Ethics, but previous courses include Writing for Digital Media, Introduction to Social Media, and News Writing. 

She is currently undertaking the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) Women in Music Mentorship, performing locally, and working on the release of an all-original, solo EP. 

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Katelyn Crawford
Senior Vocal Coach

Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance and Pedagogy) 

Bachelor of Music (Honours) (Classical Voice)

Diploma in Languages (German Studies)

Katelyn Crawford is a mezzo soprano / soprano, classical guitarist and composer. Katelyn completed a Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance and Pedagogy) in Classical Voice at the Elder Conservatorium in 2023, and is commencing a PhD at the Elder Conservatorium in classical voice performance and pedagogy in 2024. In 2022, she completed an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) with first class honours at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, under the guidance of soprano Rosalind Martin. Katelyn also completed a Diploma in Languages (German Studies) with Advanced German at the University of Adelaide in 2021.

Katelyn began vocal lessons at twelve years old, and started taking vocal lessons at Tania Savelli’s vocal studio, Revolution Vocal Studio, in 2014 where she began learning elements of Estill Voice Training. In 2023, Katelyn completed the Estill Voice Training Level 1 and 2 Course to refresh her knowledge.

 

From 2015 to 2018, Katelyn completed AMEB Contemporary Popular Music Vocal Advancing exams, and performed folk, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary pieces. Katelyn began classical voice lessons in 2017, which she continued throughout her classical voice studies at the Elder Conservatorium.

Katelyn has been awarded the Elder Conservatorium’s Clement Q. Williams Prize (2020), The Frederick Bevan Prize for Singing (2021), The Rae Cocking Memorial Prize (2022), The Robert Whinham Prize (2022), The Lucy Josephine Baggott Prize (2023) and The George Boland Scholarship (2023).

Katelyn loves to perform art songs, and has had the opportunity to perform multiple recitals through Recitals Australia. She received a Recitals Australia Lunch Hour Award in 2022. Katelyn has also been fortunate to be a participant in the Recitals Australia Elder Conservatorium Fellowship Program for 2023.

In 2022, Katelyn performed the role of La Zelatrice in Puccini’s opera Suor Angelica with Mopoke Theatre Productions, and was a member of the chorus in Verdi’s Messa da Reqiuem in the Adelaide Festival in 2023.

Katelyn also performs contemporary and classic songs in a folk style self-accompanied on classical guitar around Adelaide at events and functions. Katelyn has extensive experience performing in choirs, and was a member of the Australian Girls Choir from 2010 to 2018. Katelyn was a member of the most senior level of the choir, Performing Choir, for four years, and a member of the specialist singing group Bel Canto for three years. During her time in the choir, Katelyn performed solos at venues including the Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide Entertainment Centre and Adelaide Convention Centre. Katelyn was awarded the June Bronhill Encouragement Scholarship for South Australia by the Australian Girls Choir for 2018, for having the potential to pursue a career in the performing arts.

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