Anna Connolly is Senior Lecturer in Voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. As a Feldenkrais Practitioner, her teaching is at the forefront of vocal pedagogy and informed by a thorough knowledge of human movement and anatomy. In addition to producing multiple award-winning students for the Conservatorium, Anna has devised, written and delivered subjects for both the undergraduate and postgraduate cohort. As former Head of Voice for VCA Music, Anna wrote and delivered a progressive training program for singers made up of applied acoustics, anatomy, physiology and Feldenkrais - the first of its kind in Australia. She received the 2006 VCA-wide Teaching Excellence Award as recognition for her outstanding contribution to student learning. In addition, as an Education Associate with Victorian Opera, Anna has devised and delivered a wide range of pedagogy courses for the company. In 2006, Anna appeared on ABC Television as a judge in the popular series, OperatunityOz and again appeared in the follow-up episode – OperatunitiyOz, Where are they Now? Anna has taught and guided more than 100 singers from amateur status through to that of professional. Her students have won international singing competitions including the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition and every major competition in Australia – over 85 finalists and 38 winners of: the Australian Singing Competition (Mathy and Opera Awards), the MacDonald Aria, all the Opera Foundation Australia Awards for singers multiple times - the Vienna, German, Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, New York, Italian, AIMS awards. Since 1997 Anna has prepared 9 Herald Sun Aria winners. In any given season at Opera Australia, up to half of the chorus and 30 Principal Artists will be made up of past or present students; others guest in major international opera houses including, the Vienna Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, English National Opera, The Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York
Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing ANATS.
Member 2009 -
Australian Society of Performing Arts Health Care.
Member 2009 -
Australian Feldenkrais Guild Inc.
Feldenkrais Practitioner 2008 -
Education and training
Queensland Conservatorium of Music 1982
Awards and honors
Winner - ABC Young Performers Award - Voice 1986,