She has nurtured some adults from their first live performance all the way through to paid gigs at music festivals. Alison has helped many students break into the professional market and even international success. Alison’s students have been lead singers at elite venues including Lunar Park events, Sydney Opera House appearances, Music Festivals and cruise ships.
Alison has had many students receive offer and scholarships at competitive high schools and universities including WAPPA, AIM, McDonalds Performing Arts College and Newtown Performing Arts, and has continued support for these students during their studies.
In 3 separate years Alison’s young students were selected as featured soloists in the Ryde School Spectacular. She has had vast numbers of students cast in lead roles in musicals including Stage Arts, Manly Musical Society, school productions and many more.
SVS Director & Principal Vocal Coach
Vocal Technique Specialist
Alison is an accomplished singer and experienced vocal coach. Starting her professional career at a young age as a lead singer and session singer, her solo career has seen her perform at many large concerts including to a crowd of 30,000. Early on it became apparent that teaching is where her heart lies. Alison has already been teaching voice for over 14 years, and has had the privilege of helping many singers achieve their personal and professional goals. Her students regularly achieve an elite level of performance. This is proven by the many awards & titles held by a vast number of past and current clients.
Her students regularly compete at a high level with many titles to boast including professional and community awards. Coached Matt Quayle, Lead Singer of “Breaking Orbit”, who have had amazing international media reviews. Their album “The Time Traveller” saw them do three national tours including touring with Dead Letter Circus. They were even nominated in the Top 5 Rock artists at the 2012 MusicOz awards. She also coached Emma Louise while she was in Sydney preparing to record her album “Full Hearts and Empty Rooms” which had international success and a ‘Breakthrough Artist’ award at the 2011 National Independent Music Awards. Other wins include winning the Crestwood Idol twice with separate students, Won the Granny Smith Festival twice. A vast number of Eisteddfod wins including last year Jordyn Richards went in 5 events in the Ryde Eisteddfod and won 1st place in all 5 categories.
Alison's passion for vocal science has allowed her to research and develop a teaching framework that can be individualised to suit the needs of the modern singer and the individual needs of each student, and has a talent for helping prevent vocal injury and maintain healthy voicing. She has helped professional singers who were finding their voice was tiring after multiple gigs, who are now able to manage full National tours without vocal fatigue.
Alison enjoys working with varying ages and skill levels of clients and particularly enjoys being able to help singers with medical complications. Alison has struggled with significant health and medication difficulties but, with excellent management has avoided any vocal injury throughout her whole singing career.
Emma Waugh ~ Singing Teacher
Music Industry & Brand Specialist
Emma has been singing for the last 15 years, her performance experience includes singing at weddings, birthday parties and other functions. When she was younger she was even named Umina Idol after winning the central coast eisteddfod. Recently she even sang in the choir as a part of Wes Carr's performance of Feels Like Woah for the recording used for the Sunday Herald. Emma started as a student at Starfish Vocal Studio and her dedication has seen her excel. Emma has a passion and great exposure to all genres of music but excels in the Pop/ RnB / Soul world.
Emma has immense experience within the music industry. She has been performing since she was very young and has a flare for the behind the scenes work that enables our music stars to be successful both nationally and internationally. Emma has worked full time for major record labels Sony BMG and Warner Music for many years in their marketing department, and has worked along side some of Australias biggest artists. Her work has allowed her to understand all of the aspects that are needed to be successful in the current music market including whats required to land your dream record deal and what skills are needed.
Tina Friede ~ Singing Teacher
Marcus Rivera ~ Singing Teacher
Marcus is a versatile singer and actor having performed professionally in Classical Music, Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Film and TV. He produced and performed in the vocal group ENCORE and recorded their debut CD ENCORE “LIVE!”- Vincero! His theatre credits include; Packemin Productions, Miss Saigon; Cameron Mackintosh, Miss Saigon Australia (2007-08); Opera Australia (The King and I), Opera Queensland (Sweeny Todd); The Production Company (The King and I, Anything Goes); Melbourne City Opera and ABC Network. Recipient of the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod’s 2012 - Counter Tenor Award and the IBLA Grand Prize, Ragusa, Italy - Most distinguished musician. He is also the co-producer and co-host of a new Filipino-Australian comedy and variety TV show “The Marcus and Michelle Show”.
He obtained a Bachelor in Musical Theatre from Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in 2002. Over the years he has taught at several institutions including AIM, The Actors College of Theatre and TV (ACTT), Choirmaster at Mitchell Conservatory (Forbes). He also regularly conducts masterclasses and lessons at ACI (Arts Culture and Innovation) Central (Campbelltown). He has joined Starfish Vocal Studio as he feels it is now time to pass on his skills to aspiring performers.
Casey Pike is an accomplished young singer, with many achievements to her credit. She has loved everything to do with music and especially singing since she was little, She started private tuition for piano, trumpet and singing at a young age. Casey has already extended her music studies through Starfish Vocal Studio, Tafe NSW and Oxford Creative Art Factory. She has received an early offer to study at JMC Academy where she gained early entry prior to completing her HSC. She will be Studying a Bachelor of contemporary music and performance, starting in February 2018. She is currently finishing off her HSC at Davidson High School where she is studying the music 1 course.
Over the last few years Casey has started getting herself out there playing gigs at venues such as the Oxford Art Factory and Competing in various eisteddfods. She has also been a part of Packeman productions "Back to the 80's" and Sydney Youth Musical Theatre’s production of "42nd Street". Casey has been a part of various school choirs over the years that have led her to sing at amazing venues such as the Opera House, Town Hall and many more. Over the past few years she has filled in as a relief teacher for the Starfish Vocal Studio kids groups where she began to develop a passion for teaching kids singing and helping younger people grow as artists. Casey is a motivated, talented young musician and has a promising career ahead of her.
Casey Pike ~ Singing Teacher
Modern singing technique has developed and changed a lot in recent years. Claire’s varied experience in front and behind the mic gives her a great depth to her understanding of what is needed from a singer to achieve great recordings. We look forward to also exploring her recording experience to bring some of our workshop ideas to life in the near future.
Claire Protas is a musician and audio engineer from Sydney Australia. As an artist Claire had success with her first release. ‘All I Wanted’ was the number one breakout on the Billboard dance/club charts and officially charted at number twenty upon its release. Claire’s second release ‘Take Me Back’ reached a phenomenal number four on Billboard’s dance/club charts. Claire has worked with people such as grammy award winning producer and house DJ Dave Aude and grammy nominated DJ Stonebridge. After her pursuits on the stage Claire enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree of Audio Engineering at SAE Creative Media Institute in Sydney. During her studies Claire developed a strong passion and interest for post production and working on set. As a result Claire decided to major in post production during the course of her degree. Claire has also taught singing at 2 other schools in Western Sydney before acquiring her role at Starfish Vocal Studio.
Claire Protas ~ Singing Teacher
Tina is a very motivated and talented singer and has a very broad experience base. Tina fit into the Starfish team very quickly when she moved to Australia at the end of 2016. She is originally from Czech, where she studied at the Prague Music Conservatory. Her mother is a musician, so Tina has been passionate about music for her whole life. She has been a music teacher at the Elementary Art School of Prague for the last 3 years, and been a regular performer for the Theatre F.X. Salda and National Theatre of Prague.
Tina started her music journey into professional contemporary singing with Starfish Vocal Studio, then in mid 2017 Tina was offered a 6 month performing contract based in Dubai, this was a wonderful opportunity where Tina gained valuable performance experience. We are pleased to have her back with us again. She has decided to further her knowledge and teaching skills even further and is now also studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Music at AIM and performing here in Australia.