New Vocal Coach in Residence: Leontine Hass

New Vocal Coach in Residence: Leontine Hass

Her students have won major TV talent competitions, Mojo awards and performed in lead roles in London’s West End and related national tours.

Leontine Hass is a leading international teacher of voice.

She’s taught at the Oxford School of Drama, The Brit School, La Salle (Singapore), the Queensland Conservatorium, Centre Stage –just to name a few.

She’s acted as vocal consultant for ITV and ‘The Voice’ for BBC TV and works with artists from a wide variety of genres.

We’re pleased to have her as our vocal coach in residence this month – and have given her only one sentence to answer our questions!

Childhood ambition:
To get from Germany to Australia by digging a tunnel in our garden.

Leo with Student

Leontine with a student

Vocalists who inspire:
My students and all those who sing against all the odds.

A favourite nerves remedy:
A hug and a ‘get on with it’ attitude.

Worst singing advice you ever heard:
Put your tongue back and breathe from your uterus.

Best advice someone ever gave you about performing:
Don’t go to the audience. Make them come to you – don’t stick your neck out.

Where most singers mess up with vocal health:
Breathy, unconnected singing, not practicing, not practicing belt, not practicing head voice, not practicing performing regularly.

Heroes:
My two children, my mother, and my students.

Villain:
Egotistical, intimidating, patronizing bullies.

Your biggest performance blunder:
Playing Jazz Harp and having blue and red lights shining on me during the concert so that I couldn’t see the F and the C strings which are blue and red on a Harp.

What drains your batteries:
Lack of creativity and sunshine, fitted kitchens, relentless niceness, putting clothes away, not exercising, the street I am looking for being in the crack of the map, losing my bike key, insurance.

What charges them:
people I love, music, singing, sun, water, sleep, films, dreams, sheer bloody mindedness and determination, silliness, my children, great food, rehearsals, concerts, being positive, nature, animals.

What you’d never leave home without:
Courage and the ability to fail.

Your life philosophy in 10 words or less:
It keeps changing.

The perfect day:
Surrounded by people I love and who love me back … and a good coffee.

Favourite quote about singing:

If you are irritated by every rub, how can your mirror be polished?
Rumi

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Leontine Hass

Leontine Hass BA, Melb. Uni, BMus. Kings College London, Dip. RAM is a singer, actress, vocal coach and Director of The Associated Studios and WAM.Co (The Word and Music Company). As a vocal coach, Leontine has a busy private practice comprising professional singers and recording artistss
www.leontinehass.com
www.associatedstudios.co.uk