ABOUT VOCAL BOOT CAMP
Founded by Catherine Hopper, Vocal Boot Camp is a growing community of singers who want to learn about their voice, develop their sound, and feel more confident in their singing. Vocal Boot Camp gives you access to the best vocal teaching, live on Zoom and on-demand for a limited period afterwards. Whether you are a professional singer, or enjoy singing in your leisure time, Vocal Boot Camp’s online sessions can help move your singing to the next level.
THE FOUNDER - CATHERINE HOPPER
I am a mezzo-soprano and a mum of three little boys. Like everyone else in the Performing Arts, most of my work was cancelled when Covid hit. I went from professional singer to stay-at-home mum and home schooler overnight. I had no need to practice, (having no work to practice for), and for much of the time it felt too painful to sing, as it reminded me how unstable our futures are in the music profession. Now that my children are back to school and the sun is starting to shine, I find myself wanting to sing again - but really not knowing where to start or how to find the energy to motivate myself. This is where the Vocal Boot Camp comes in.
The idea of the Vocal Boot Camp was born out of watching Alan Yentob’s BBC programme Imagine, which explored how different groups within the Arts have been coping during the pandemic without being able to perform, create or earn a living. I was struck by how many of the ballet companies were connecting every day through Zoom to warm up together, keep their muscles working and their minds ready for their next performance or rehearsal, whenever that might be. It got me thinking: Why couldn't singers do the same?
Vocal Bootcamp has provided access to some of the most interesting and important vocal practitioners in the world! The atmosphere is always very relaxed and Catherine always makes sure anyone that has any questions always gets a turn to speak. The topics covered have been hugely beneficial and the courses are reasonably priced which was greatly appreciated by those attending from the music sector. Catherines impressive organization skills and willingness to help at any point are some of the many highlights! I would recommend Vocal Bootcamp to anyone keen to expand their knowledge.
Catherine and her VBC team have put together something very special in their series of online courses for singers. I did “The Accent Method for Singers Explained.” It has been so good to have the 5-day x1 hour course presented in a very accessible friendly way by Ron and Linda. Very different characters, they complement one another, and balance the learning perfectly.
A mix of science and hands-on, scientific facts become easy to understand, the ‘doing’ bit clear and well guided. I use Accent Method in my teaching, and now have a whole new set of information to add to what I knew already. Thank you so much!