OUR VOICE COACHES
Meet the very talented, hardworking and dedicated voice coaches behind Voicehouse.
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From watching musicals and having performance aspirations from young, to performing live in front of 40,000+ people, it comes as no surprise Deanna Kangas’ drive, determination and magnetic energy has created a pathway of success.
Currently CEO and Managing Director of Voicehouse (previously Talentworx Studios) and living by the simple quote “they can because they think they can” – Anonymous.
The seed to Deanna’s entertainment journey was planted when she starting dancing at 3, playing the piano at 6, singing at age 8 and working professionally in Children’s Entertainment from age 18.
As a vocal coach, Deanna loves to inspire and motivate people by believing in them. Deanna explains,
“for me, it is both an honour and a privilege to fulfil that vital role in someone’s life and help them smash the limits they never thought possible.
I work best with experienced and committed performers who want to make big changes in their lives and are willing to turn everything up-side down to re-connect with their hearts desires.
Those who want to make singing a big part of their lives and need the advice and support of someone who has done it themselves.”‘
With an abundance of energy and as one third of the cabaret-comedy trio Two Brunettes and a Gay, Deanna has found her home and passion in the art of Cabaret and successfully performs in many festivals around Adelaide and interstate throughout the year.
Rating herself a humble eight out of ten and feeling lucky for every opportunity that’s come her way, Deanna enlightens,
“to reach that ten out of ten goal, I would love to have our cabaret show picked up for an Australia-wide or even overseas tour with a reputable production company!”
With strong determination, Deanna is motivated by performing regularly to amazing crowds and is fulfilled knowing people have enjoyed the show and leave feeling happy and uplifted by her art!
Effervescent, confident and natural, Voicehouse’s Head Coach Celeste believes “life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Viviane Greene
Watching video clips from young artists such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera always made Celeste want to be famous.
“I was not confident as a kid but dreamed of doing something that would put me in the spotlight. I also grew up watching my older sibling Deanna sing which inspired me quite a lot with her passion and dedication to her studies.”
With many years experience in Voice, Piano, Music Theory, Acting and Drama as well as training in dance, Celeste has been a voice coach at Voicehouse (previously Talentworx Studios) since its 2008 inception.
Celeste can also be recognized as one third of the fabulous cabaret-comedy Fringe sensation Two Brunettes and A Gay.
When it comes to motivation, Celeste says it comes from;
“my love of the stage and the people that come and support us.
Sometimes you can be very tired and find it difficult to have the motivation to turn on the charm and always be in performance mode but, when you get up on the stage and the people watching you send so much love, the difficulties fall away.”
As a voice coach, Celeste loves to work with motivated singers who can bounce off her and have fun on stage.
“Singing in front of others is a really difficult thing and when I get to be part of that initial fear, the realisation of one’s capabilities and through to the blossoming of confidence and self-belief; that’s a huge reward.”
Inspired by Lady Gaga, Celeste’s long term performance goal is to headline an international Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, San Diego or even Adelaide entertaining audiences all over the world.
Celeste wants to continue to inspire other singers young and old to follow their dreams and do what they love!
From corporate world, to creative world, with years of contemporary voice training as well as studies in song writing and music theory, for Voice Coach Marija, inspiration started from a very young age.
Coming from a musical family, Marija recalls,
“Even as an eight year old singing in the school choir I remember the feeling of happiness and satisfaction and never wanted to let it go.”
With a long term performance goal of finding herself on TV at some point as either a singer, coach or speaker, Marija feels she has a message and story to share.
Marija’s motivation comes from within, however being surrounded by the Voicehouse family and supporting community also plays a huge part.
“I love a lot of things about being a voice coach but one of my favourite things is the journey with a student. When you are working on a particular piece and you hear or see exactly what you’ve been trying to coach them on.
Sometimes it takes weeks but when it’s there it is so worth it! I have had a lot of those moments and they make you realise how much you love your job.”
Humbly rating herself a 7 out of ten and extremely proud of how far she’s already come, Marija believes to get to the ten out of ten status would be when she’s successful in her field as both a vocal coach and singer.
“It’s not so much about being famous but known enough to be able to inspire other people with my story. To be able to travel around Australia, to sing and coach as well.”
With admirations for the likes of artists such as Alicia Keys and living by the quote “Treat people the same way you want to be treated, you don’t know what sort of battle everyone is fighting so just be kind,”
Marija is strong willed, natural and determined for success!
A wise person once said, “life isn’t about defining yourself, it is about creating yourself” and singer Heidi Sallehhudin embraces life with this saying.
Inspired by the likes of Floor Jansen, Tarja Turunen, Alyssa White-Gluz and Roy Khan, Heidi is motivated by exploring different techniques and styles with her voice to create different sounds. Heidi explains,
“Sound is healing, there is nothing more soothing than a good singing session as a pick-me-up and I’d be the first to admit that singing in the shower, whilst a big no-no for practice, is a guilty pleasure I indulge in every day!”
For Heidi, being a voice coach is a gift in itself, helping a student learn and grow is a very rewarding experience especially when she can hear the fruits of their hard work and effort.
“Every time I teach a student, I find that I get in return more than I could ever give as I’ll discover new things to learn, new ways to explain and really reinforce each other’s foundations. Having a goal, to me, makes the journey that much sweeter, that much more productive and it definitely helps with keeping motivated.”
Speaking of goals, Heidi’s ultimate lifelong performance goal is to perform with her favourite bands including Nightwish or Kamelot and can envisage performing live gigs with a symphonic or a power metal band. Heidi reminisces, “it’s a pity Sir Christopher Lee passed away before I could even get the chance to record a duet with him.”
Performing is all about experiences and Heidi’s most memorable one was when she finally conquered a song she had been terrified of, technique-wise, for a long time. When it was delivered on stage, she couldn’t take the grin off her face for quite a few days after. “I couldn’t stop watching recordings of my performance either, it really got my ego up!”
Although she has a preference to sing in a group, Heidi is one of a kind and has an absolute passion for singing, playing instruments and teaching.
Trading keyboard and mouse for guitar and piano, Brenton ventured into the world of Voicehouse and vocal training.
“As a child, i always loved music but the thought of being on a stage in front of people i didn’t know terrified me. It wasn’t until i grew up that i realised that the fear was actually excitement and i couldn’t let it stop me from doing something i loved“
Since this realisation, Brenton has written a number of original songs, and sung upon many stages including his own Fringe show for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe, as well as the Adelaide Vegan Festival in 2019. Brenton reflects on his growth;
“It’s surreal looking back at how far i have come. From something i never thought i would do, to where i am now, the contrast is unbelievable. Singing on stage not only proved to myself that i could do it, but also grew me as a person exponentially, my life is completely different now.“
Through this journey, Brenton realised that he wanted to help others to take a leap of faith, face their fears and find their voice, the same way that the Voicehouse community helped him find his.
“The greatest gift i can give to others is my utmost belief and unwavering support that they can do anything they set their mind to.”
“An arts practice can re-make ones identity and transform preconceptions by re-envisioning the familiar”
– Sue Austin
Katherine began singing lessons as a mode for healing and personal growth from the age of 19 and became completely immersed from then on in music and vocal technique.
After completing tertiary studies in music and performance, music took her abroad to perform in Indonesia and complete her first EP of original music.
With a thirst for knowledge and expansion of skills, she returned to Adelaide to complete further studies in music production.
“all of this study really helped me to expand my creative expression, see that there’s no right or wrong in art and that I can smash preconceptions that I had about myself growing up. Art is a really powerful tool.“
If someone would have told me now that over the last ten years I would have been apart of a traveling opera touring internationally, lived abroad playing and writing music, taught singing lessons in Australia and internationally or would be now producing and releasing my own music I would have said “no way!”
I believe that all of your learning and diligence towards your skills compounds and accumulates into something you really be proud of. When my students start to see and feel that within themselves, it’s such magic to be part of.
The Voicehouse team will help you feel at ease with our flexible lesson options to suit your busy lifestyle.
Our singing lessons are sure to give you confidence in your voice and yourself. Plus, you get the added bonus of our at-home materials to support you through your creative journey.