Singing has always been my “side career” since the school years. I was born in Prague in the late sixties and left Czechoslovakia when I was 23 years old. I went to Sweden and studied music and singing at Sodra Vatterbygdens Folkhogskola for 2 years, wanted to continue my studies at Gothenburg’s Music Academy but didn’t make it to the top 3 out of 120 applicants (!!!) So I got a pianist and gave performances at churches and other venues in South of Sweden while studying for a degree in Media & Communication. That’s where I found my other passions: the psychology of learning and technology.
When I moved with my Scottish husband to Scotland (2001) I became a computer trainer while giving concerts, singing soprano parts in choral performances, participating in Ruthven Music Festival for three years, and recording my first CD Over The Moon. The 10-years’ experience of running training courses, learning languages and getting in touch with different cultural styles of singing was a great preparation for me to become a better singer and a voice coach. (Of course, during these years I also participated in master classes – with Raimund Herincx, and continued to take private singing classes with Alison McDonald.)
Losses Become Gifts
Before I realized that coaching people to find their true voice is my call in life, I had to go through a painful experience of almost losing my voice. In spite of the pain, it turned to be a great opportunity for me to learn about the human voice and singing at a much deeper level as I could have imagined. I took a course at Werbeck singing and after that, for 2 years I was privately taught a method based on Italian-German singing school, enhanced and developed by a famous Czech voice teacher Rudolf Vašek.
My singing has improved and changed to the degree that people started to ask me for singing lessons after giving a performance. It’s been more than 8 years now and I’ve already helped over 100 people to explore and develop their genuine, authentic voices. I have some well-tested and proven ways of coaching while staying open and experimenting with my own voice to find new exercises and ways of releasing and cultivating a natural and authentic voice. I wrote and published a book about it On The Wings Of Voice.
I’ve designed this website and produced all the videos myself. The idea behind the design is that a lark sings in the clouds… another idea is that singing gives us wings so we can get “a bird’s perspective” on our lives…
Kate Barbour © 2014