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Sussane Towers



BMus(SIU-C) M Mus(UNI)                                                                                             DipOpArtMusThtre(Sydney Conservatorium)

A graduate of the Opera programs of The Sydney Conservatorium – Australia, The University of Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois University (The Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theatre) – USA, Sussane’s extensive experience as a professional performer in Opera, Music Theatre, Cabaret, Folk and Popular music has allowed her to acquire expertise in a wide range of vocal styles.

Many of Sussane’s students become graduates of prestigious tertiary colleges such as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, WAAPA, the University of Western Sydney, the Australian Institute of Music and recently, at the prestigious Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in Corona, California USA.

A combination of extensive study in the Estill Voice Training System and E Herbert – Caesari’s belcanto concepts provide the perfect platform for a wonderfully balanced approach to the development of each client’s voice to suit their specific performance needs. Sussane has a great passion for the rapidly expanding advantages of voice science and it’s abundantly practical application for anyone wishing to be empowered to make the most of their voice. This applies as much to speech performance as well as singing.

Sussane’s clientele now includes those in a wide variety of genre’s of the professional speaker in the development of essential skills required by all successful presenters and actors; whether it be drama, radio, voice over, corporate presentations, public speaking, debating or improving confidence and polish for that special occasion.




Peter Avery

Director of Human Resources                                                                                                BA.(UNE)MEd.                                                                                                                          (UNSW)AssDipChMus.(Sydney Conservatorium)

Peter’s glorious bass-baritone voice has lead him to great success in many areas of vocal performance including Opera, Music Theatre, Cabaret, Popular and Church Music. He is equally at home on stage or in cabaret – from original cast member of Phantom of the Opera to performing for Pope John-Paul II. The long list of vocal performance successes is accompanied by an equally long menu of wins in a wide variety of competitions including the prestigious ABC TV Quest.

Peter’s background in the administration of Catholic High Schools together with extensive teaching experience, in English, History, Music, Religion and Choral Music, combine with his theatrical credits to make him uniquely qualified for his position as Principal of the Australian School of Vocal Performance.



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Matthew Avery

Voice Teacher                                                                                                                                        Certificate of Performance – Young Americans College of Performing Arts – Honors (USA)    Diploma of Vocal Performance – Australian School of Vocal Performance

Young bass baritone Matthew Avery launched his performance career at age 14 as Javert for his high school’s production of Les Miserables .

Several productions and successful eisteddfods later at age 19, he became one of 8 finalists for the Intermediate Joan Sutherland Scholarship at the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod. He was then invited to perform as a Guest Artist for the finals of the Instrumental Ensemble Section.

The same year Matthew was accepted into the prestigious and internationally acclaimed Young Americans College of Performing Arts. New Kids 2011 included 120 young performers from all over the world – he was the only Australian.

After touring with YA throughout USA, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and Estonia he graduated with Honors in May, 2013.

Matthew is currently pursuing a career in opera and one the highlights for 2014 is performing the role of Reyer in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for Packemin Productions.



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John Martin

Lecturer                                                                                                                                                                 D. Mus, Sydney Conservatorium

One of Australia’s most diverse, sensitive and award-winning pianists, John is comfortable in all styles. He has performed professionally for more than 25 years for recitals, ensembles, classical concerts, through to jazz, popular music and cabaret.

His performance skills are legendary, comfortably embracing live radio broadcasts and the concert platform.  John has returned to the “Con” as performance lecturer in the Ensemble Studies Unit.



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Dr Virginia Noel

Lecturer                                                                                                                       MB BS (Hons.)                                                                                                               BSc(med) (Hons.)                                                                                                       FACEM                                                                                                                       FACLAM                                                                                                                                                                       Virginia has had a long and varied medical career encompassing Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry.

With her medical background and a research degree in human anatomy, Virginia was naturally attracted to the Estill approach to voice training, and its firm base in anatomy and physiology.

She has delivered lectures on anatomy for Estill workshops and taught an eight week Certificate Course in Vocal Anatomy.

Virginia brings to the ASVP a unique perspective, on the Art and Science of Singing.





Peter Egan


Vocal Lecturer and Voice Consultant

7.4.42 – 11.2.11

We are very sad to report the passing of Peter Egan who was a co-founder of The Australian School of Vocal Performance, and as Voice Consultant, made a significant and invaluable contribution to the school. Peter passed away on Friday 11th February, 2011.

So many singers will remember his presentations at many of our Master Classes and Workshops with great affection and gratitude.

Peter came to his teaching career after a long and distinguised career for ABC Radio and Television. His obvioius love of music was only outshone by his great passion for voice and voice science. I will long remember many extended conversations discussing solutions to vocal problems and the vocal development of students.

In honour of his significant contribution to The Voice School, his photo and biography will remain on this page and I would invite you to take a few minutes to listen to a recording of Peter from 1986 which beautifully allows him to say goodbye.

As was frequently said at his funeral, he will long be remembered for his generosity of spirit, his passion for music and teaching and above all, for being “the kindest person I’ve ever known”.

He will be missed very much by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Peter Egan – Wandering the King’s Highway - recorded on 2nd May 1986 as a finale to Peter’s last Breakfast Show for ABC Radio. The photos represent a little of his significant contribution to the many Master Classes and Workshops presented by ASVP since its inception. Just click on the hyperlink and open the file in Windows Explorer.

Awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to Radio, Opera and the Community, Peter’s great success and experience as a broadcaster with ABC Radio and Television, is wonderfully complemented by his performance credits in the areas of opera and music theatre. His dedication and commitment to the support of Australian talent is evidenced by his position as Chairman of the Australian Opera Audition Committee.

Peter was a leading light in presentation of the Estill Voice Model for more than 10 years. He is also passionate about the the work of Edgar Herbert-Caesari having been a student of Vernon Mackie, a student of Caesari himself. He incorporates his vast experience in the area of accelerated learning into a voice teaching concept which makes him a much sought after voice consultant.

Peter’s obvious passion for excellence in voice is reflected in the success of his students who are working professionally, internationally and Australia-wide in opera, music theatre and contemporary music as well as in corporate speaking and may other public speaking arenas.


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Leonie McMahon

Lecturer                                                                                                                                                  DO                                                                                                                                                     D.Acup                                                                                                                                                                     D.Hom

Leonie has the expereince of more than 35 years as a qualified health professional in the modalities of osteopathy, homoeopathy, acupuncture, naturopathy, clinical hypnotherapy and counseling.

Among the innumerable who have benefited from Leonie’s extraordinary healing talents and knowledge, are a long list of elite professional Australian singers and speakers. Leonie’s specialised skills are unique and her commitment to the well being of the students of the Australian School of Vocal Performance is invaluable.

Author of Why Am I So Tired, Freedom from Pain, An Understanding of Osteopathy, and Natural Health with Humour, Leonie is also an experienced speaker and trainer.


 Where are They Now? – The ASVP Extended Family


 Rebecca Matheson

Former Voice/Musicology Teacher                                                                              Bachelor of Music                                                                                                    Diploma of Vocal Education                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bec was an integral part of our Voice and Musicology programs for 5 years and her legacy lives on in those she taught while a part of the ASVP family.

She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2013 and is currently pursuing her performance career in the UK. After having only just arrived in London in January 2015 is already succeeding in making a great start by just signing contracts for a Cruise Ship tour to Spain from March to October this year.

We are enormously proud of having been an integral part of her training and performance experience and look forward to being able to follow, what will most certainly be, an exciting career.

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Voice Teacher/Vocal Coach Lecturer in Keyboard for Singers and Drama


Diploma of Vocal Education


Paul’s operatic talents have been rewarded through an invitation to join Pacific Opera as an Young Artist for 2011. In addition his musicological and teaching skills have been acknowledged as he commences teaching Music Theory for the University of Western Sydney. As he is also in the process of completing his Doctorate, he will no longer be able to be involved with the ASVP team and we certainly wish him well in his flourishing career.

Paul has been a vital part of our school’s emergence and one of ASVP’s most popular young founding members and we very much consider him to be part of our extended musical family.

We’ll keep you up to date with developments as they come to hand.

Paul is currently completing his Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney.We are very proud to say that Paul gained the very first Diploma of Vocal Education from the Australian School of Vocal Performance.As an educator and pianist, Paul draws on his extensive experience with AMEB and ANZCA and work with the eminent piano educator Margaret Brandman, allowing him a wide range of experience in many styles.He has been involved with drama as a performer and director for many years and perfectly combines these skills and experience in both and has been one of ASVP’s outstanding instructors and vocal coaches.His performance skills are many and varied and having set his sights firmly on a career in opera, he was honoured, at only 19 years of age to have won a scholarship from the Australian Opera Auditions Committee.

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