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 that 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.
Riana has been singing for as long as she can remember, with some of her earliest memories associated with choirs throughout kindergarten.
Choir has been a big fixture of both her musical and social life since then, and she’s performed with a number of Adelaide’s best choirs, including Adelaide Chamber Singers, Graduate Singers, Bella Voce, and Elder Conservatorium Chorale.
However, she has always loved a range of techniques, styles and genres, and while she loves choir for its community vibe, she listens to and sings a wide variety of music in her own time.
Riana absolutely loves old school jazz and soul performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and Etta James, and the new generation of singers who have been experimenting with updating that style of music, including Amy Winehouse (RIP), Paloma Faith and Duffy.
She’s also partial to late 90s/early 2000s R&B and hip hop, and is always up for a big power ballad singalong session. Really she’s pretty comfortable with most genres of music – just don’t ask to hear her death metal scream, because she hasn’t got one.
Riana believes singing lessons are all about freedom – freedom to learn about your own voice and personality, to challenge your perceived limitations, to create new goals, to let go of other people’s expectations, and to create a space where you feel strong, confident and relaxed.
She believes in encouraging students to achieve their full potential and thinks that every student should leave a lesson feeling like they’ve been challenged, but also like they’ve cleared a new hurdle, and above all, that they’ve had a good time. Singing and getting to know your voice is a lifelong journey, but one that she thinks everyone should try to take!
Outside of Voicehouse, Riana keeps in touch with her classical music roots, with a busy rehearsal schedule and work for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Co-Opera.
She also occasionally performs as a classical concert soloist. Riana loves the idea of bridging the gap between classical and contemporary genres – after all, everything’s about bringing a bit more beauty into the world, there’s just different ways of getting to that goal!
Your Introductory Session is designed to give you all the information you need about learning to sing at Voicehouse.
During the 30 Minute Session we will also explore your needs and what you want to achieve as a singer.
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