Dr Julia Nafisi
University of Melbourne
Julia Nafisi began her voice training in her hometown Munich/Germany under Kammersänger Friedrich Lenz and continued her studies in Vienna/Austria with, amongst others, Prof. KS Hilde Rössel-Majdan and Prof. KS Walter Berry, finishing with the Bühnenreifeprüfung Oper (Final Stage Examination Opera). She has appeared in opera, oratorio and recital throughout Europe and has for many years collaborated with Viennese Prof. Müller-Preis in her ‘breath-voice-movement’ (Atem-Stimme-Bewegung) work.
Upon moving to Australia, Julia has completed a MMus (Vocal Pedagogy) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a Grad Dip Ed at the Australian Catholic University and a PhD at Monash University. She divides her time between performing, teaching and researching, the latter with a focus on 'the role of gesture and body-movement in voice teaching/therapy and performance' as well as 'German Lieder in Australia' and has published numerous articles on both topics. Julia currently teaches Voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Audiology and Speech-Pathology at the University of Melbourne.
Julia is the current president of the Victorian chapter of ANATS and a national board director of ANATS Ltd. She took on the role of editor of Australian Voice in early 2018 and is looking forward to expanding the scope and impact of the journal to affirm its place within the international landscape of scholarly publications in the field of singing and voice pedagogy.
Sydney Voice Studio
Veronica Stewart-Monro (Honours in Creative Arts) is a singer, teacher and PhD candidate researching the singing voice and the creative process of Australian singer-songwriters at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She is the principal voice teacher and owner of the Sydney Voice Studio and has been teaching and coaching singing voices of all skill levels for over ten years. She now frequently works with contemporary singer-songwriters, fellow singing teachers and artists with a focus on sustainable vocal, musical and entrepreneurial creative practices.