Sing from Your Soul!

Diane Hughes teaches in Vocal Studies and Music at Macquarie University, Australia and is the National President of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Diane brings her extensive knowledge of contemporary voice to the table as September’s Vocal Coach in Residence.

4 features of an incredible vocal performance:

Believable, emotive, musical and distinct.

Biggest lesson you’ve learned about the music industry?

Be prepared for any opportunity.

What do you wish you could tell your younger self?

Embrace your fears and sing!

Favourite song to sing in the shower

I love to improvise the last line of “Spring can really hang you up the most”!

If you had to have someone else’s voice for a day who’s would it be?

That’s tough, but I think it would have to be Nina Simone.

Worst venue experience ever?

Singing in a pub right in front of the pool table.

Worst stage costume you’ve ever worn

When I was working in a duo, I designed and made matching outfits that unfortunately were so tapered that neither of us could even walk properly!

Favourite philosophical singing quote

“It is not technique that is the essence of art, but the soul. As soon as the soul can communicate freely, without obstacles, a complete musical effect is created.”

The Selected Writings of Zoltán Kodály. Translated by Lili Halapy and Fred Macnicol. 

Remember a singing teacher who inspired you?

Bob Tasman-Smith, an Australian singer and teacher, taught me about the uniqueness of each voice.

Can you recommend 1 singing book?

Yes, Bodymind and Voice: Foundations of Voice Education


Associate Professor Diane Hughes teaches in Vocal Studies and Music at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Di has an extensive background in contemporary popular singing pedagogy, and has been an invited speaker at conferences and seminars. Her work within the industry has involved artist development and recording. Di’s research interests include vocal artistry, vocal pedagogy, vocal recording, vocal performance and singing in schools; current research projects include vocal health, emotion and voice, the singer-songwriter, cultural musicology, and collaborative producing in recording. Research on singing in schools led her to become an advocate for the development of cross-curriculum voice studies in school education. She is currently the National President of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Ltd (ANATS). Find out more about Diane Hughes.