Coach at the Welsh International Academy of Voice directed by Dennis O’Neil CBE
Tanya Harrison is a high profile vocal coach. As well as professional performers, she also specializes in teaching her unique and successful singing techniques to the 8 to 15 year old age group, and preparing them for a career in music.
In addition Tanya teaches Russian classical repertoire to professional singers and musicians, both institutionally and privately.
Tanya has a reputation as an honest and successful vocal coach. Her successful students appreciate her direct approach and her honest appraisal of their ability to help them achieve their goals.
“Tanya Harrison has worked for the Wales International Academy of Voice (University of Wales TSD) for several years and has been enormously successful. Her professional background as an outstanding singer combines perfectly with her native understanding of Russian. She truly understands the demands of singing clearly in a language while maintaining vocal technical demands. It is a true art in itself and she is an expert.”
Dennis O’Neill CBE, Director of Wales International Academy Of Voice (WIAV)
“Not only is Tanya a truly amazing vocal coach, her dedication and passion for bringing out the best in Reuben has enabled them to build a very special relationship based on trust, honesty and neither of them will settle for anything less than he is capable of. She has instilled inner confidence into him, taking him from not being able to get up on the stage for fear of failure to standing in front of thousands fully confident and loving every minute.”
Victoria Thomas, mother of Warner’s signing, Reuben De Maid
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‘Professional performance’ master classes
‘Voice and body’ and ‘Professional performance’ lectures
Voice healing techniques
Tanya is an extremely honest coach, and will offer constructive criticism to help her students realise their potential. Students should be prepared for this style of coaching.
Tanya’s interest in music developed at a young age, and she started piano lessons at the age of 5 years. At 14, she attended music college to study, and completed a four year course in two years. Tanya was accepted into university at 16, where she gained a diploma in music (opera and singing teacher).
A PHD at Birmingham University was followed by an Advanced PHD in Professional Performance Music.
From there, Tanya was submitted for a place at Cardiff International Academy of Voice. The academy was founded by Dennis O’Neil CBE and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in partnership with Cardiff University, with the intention of taking the 10 to 15 best opera students in the world and training them to become the elite. During her course at the academy her teachers included Richard Bonynge plus, of course, Dennis and Kiri.
On graduation, Tanya was offered further places in Paris, America and Cardiff, but it was at this point she discovered she was pregnant with twins. This gave her time to reflect on what she really enjoyed and wanted to do in music. The answer was to coach.
Tanya’s coaching career took off right away, when she was invited by Dennis O’Neill to coach at the academy in Cardiff. She works with a number of individuals and groups, and received many requests to work with choirs in the final stages of competition. She has coached Choir CF1 who won Choir of Wales, and then went on to work with them the following year, when they won Choir of Great Britain.
Tanya has also had many successes coaching individuals with one of her younger students, Reuben De Maid, being signed by Warner Brothers in America. Tanya taught Reuben from scratch and is very proud of the fact that he has become the youngest artist signed to the label in the USA.
Tanya’s qualifications, and teaching and coaching experience are first class.
2007 – 2009
Master Classes and Workshops with Dennis O’Neil, Dame Kiri Te Kanowa, John Fisher, Della Jones, David Gowland, Rebecca Evans, Eleana Cotrubas, Richard Boning, Monserrat Caballe at alias.
2006 – 2007
Advanced PGDip “ Professional performance” with distinction. UCE, Conservatoire. Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HG.
2005 – 2006
PGDip (Voice). UCE Conservatoire, Birmingham
2004 – 2005
General English Program. University of Birmingham.
International Association “Art and Education in the XXI-century” Composers’ House. The International School of Musical, Pedagogical and Performing Mastery.
1997 – 2004
Specialist Diploma. Opera, concert singer and instructor qualifications. Academic rights: Right to enter master study course. Odessa State Music Academy, Ukraine.
Reuben De Maid
‘Reuben first started lessons with Tanya when he was just 7 years old. This came after we contacted many vocal coaches and were unable to find anyone even willing to meet Reuben. We were told time after time that he was too young and to come back in 2 years.
‘I was recommended to Tanya and she happily agreed to see Reuben, we spent 30 minutes with Tanya the first time and I knew she was the one! Ha! We have been going ever since.
‘Not only is Tanya a truly amazing vocal coach, her dedication and passion for bringing out the best in Reuben has enabled them to build a very special relationship based on trust and honesty, and neither of them will settle for anything less than he is capable of.
‘She has instilled inner confidence into him, taking him from not being able to get up on the stage for fear of failure, to standing in front of thousands, fully confident and loving every minute.
‘Not only has Tanya coached him vocally, she has helped him become an all round artist at such a young age and has become a true friend for life.’
Tanya was at the Welsh Factor Final 2017, in which CJ was performing. Unbeknown to us, she had compiled an appraisal on CJ. The Welsh Factor asked if we would like to read it; once we had, I contacted Tanya immediately, the rest is history.
From the second we walked into her home we felt comfortable, it was like we had met before.
CJ and I were overwhelmed by Tanya’s knowledge and professionalism which matched her friendly and caring nature. There was an instant connection, and CJ enjoyed every second.
We are now on her ninth lesson. CJ’s vocal range is developing so much alongside her techniques and confidence, it’s amazing to watch. I truly believe CJ has so much trust in Tanya it’s going to help immensely with her progression.
We are so grateful that Tanya has so much belief in CJ and told her she is going to help her gain every success as a singer and performer. CJ is growing in confidence and is learning so much, it’s fantastic. I can’t turn back time, but if I could, we would have met Tanya three years ago, but we are thankful that it’s started nine lessons ago and we are all on the same journey.
Tanya we cannot thank you enough. We believe with CJ’s hard work and determination; mixed with your expertise, CJ will reach her dreams and then continue to be successful. Tanya CJ loves you millions…. thank you from the bottom of our hearts xxxx
Sally Jones, CJ’s mother, Neath.
‘Lauren is one of Tanya’s students and we are happy to be able to give a testimony about her vocal techniques and how she’s developing Lauren’s potential.
‘Tanya is an amazing vocal coach and in the short time we have been with her ( 6 months) Lauren’s vocal range has increased and her technique and control greatly improved.
‘Tanya is great with her students and is highly recommended.’
Tracey Jones, Lauren’s mother.
‘Since Nataya started attending Tanya’s coaching lessons, many people have already commented on her improvement, even though she’s only had 4 or 5 lessons so far.
‘Nataya has learned new singing techniques and her vocals and confidence have already progressed.
‘We are so happy with Tanya’s enthusiasm and encouragement towards Nataya. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Tanya to help Nataya reach her full potential.’
Kelsey Carroll, Nataya’s mother.
CF1 Cardiff Choir
‘CF1 are the first Welsh Choir ever to win ‘Choir of Great Britain’ the judges commented afterwards that it was the piece that Tanya coached us on that won us the competition.’
Meilyr Hedd, CF1 Cardiff Choir
Caitlin Mae Nedahl
Our 14 year old daughter has always loved to sing. However, she was constantly plagued with sore throats and regularly had to sit events out as she was on voice rest. Eventually we saw a Consultant who told us that Caitlin’s vocal chords were misaligned and she would always struggle with singing – devastating news to someone who loved music so much.
One day, quite unexpectedly, we were put in touch with a vocal coach named Tanya Harrison. Tanya began teaching Caitlin various techniques to sing without putting strain on her vocal chords and subsequently causing any damage to them. This absolutely changed Caitlin’s life. Now, she is able to sing whenever she is requested to do so using the methods Tanya has given her.
Caitlin’s repertoire has increased incredibly and her confidence has grown tenfold. Tanya has given Caitlin her voice back and we will always be grateful to her, not only for her ability and skill but also her patience and kindness. We wholeheartedly recommend Tanya Harrison as a vocal coach and thank her for everything she has done.
Helen Nedahl and Paul Hogg, Caitlin’s parents
If you’d like to contact Tanya to discuss coaching, her contact details are below: