Core Vocal Skills -Saturday Masterclass with Zora McDonald

Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Re-running soon

Core Vocal skills workshop – Contemporary Singers Masterclass – suitable for all levels

Limited spaces – maximum group size of 6 students

Perfect for aspiring singers, beginners & experienced singers alike. An all round core skills session looking at breathing, support, healthy vocal techniques, warming and and down. A chance for group feedback and practical application. Take a away a robust selection of exercises to enhance, strengthen and maintain your voice in a fun and supportive learning environment. LGBTQ+ inclusive, all voices welcome.

What will we cover?

  • Basic vocal anatomy
  • Tension release
  • Breathing
  • Support
  • Health & Maintenance
    • Hydration
    • Rest
    • Routine
    • Vocal fitness
  • Healthy techniques
  • The role of confidence
  • Learn an all-round vocal workout, warm up and warm down routines
  • Section for individual application, troubleshooting and feedback – this will require singing in front of others and is optional!

About Zora;

Over 15 years professional experience

  • Diploma in Vocals & Performance
  • Estil Voice Training Levels 1 & 2
  • City & Guilds Community Music Leadership
  • PG Cert Songwriting
  • Choral Director of Queer Voices Gloucestershire
  • Safe & inclusive space (LGBTQIA+ friendly)
  • Natural Voice Network Member

I am the founder and leader of Queer Voices Gloucestershire choir and previous musical director for Stonehouse Community Choir. I run bespoke singing workshops in the community, for festivals and for corporate away days, as well as 1-2-1 private tuition. I have been singing professionally since 2001 with many bands and projects, have sung all over Europe and written and released a solo EP, 2 x EPs and album with my previous band, The Tatsmiths and 2 x EPs with my latest folk roots collective Dryadic

I am a member of the Natural Voice Network. Collaborations include Community Music Sounds London, Gloucester City Voices, Out & Wild Festival and Stroud Pride, Pride in Gloucestershire & Brighton Pride. My special interest is in empowering queer and women’s groups through song and harmony.

I am a passionate, experienced teacher. I work with students of all abilities and am happy to work with complete beginners. I am patient, easy going and encouraging. I believe that everyone has lots to offer and to gain from musical expression. Whatever your aims and abilities, if you love singing and playing then we can work together.

“Zora’s sessions are always instructive, informative and delivered in a way that is both fun to follow and energising to participate in. Zora’s confidence and enthusiasm bring out the best in her students and her methods of teaching help any student to find their potential, regardless of their own perceived ability.” Dave, workshop student

Zora is brilliant. I felt so conscious about my voice, especially my higher range and she encouraged me to find my voice there through patient guidance and helped me believe I could do it. She makes it fun to do and has helped me massively in my songwriting as I can do more with my voice now than I ever thought I could. I would highly recommend her as a tutor to anyone!” Cora Jaine, Singer-Songwriter

  • Refreshments will be provided for a short mid workshop break but please bring some water for the session to stay hydrated.
  • Handouts will be offered to take home to remind you of core content we cover
  • Please email me at with any questions or if you require a concessionary rate

The benefits of Small Group Learning

Learning in a small group can be a relaxed and less intense experience than individual coaching, still enabling a good quality of focus from the teacher. It can be an affordable or convenient option for many and you benefit from making new friends and learning from fellow students. It is suitable for those who may not want weekly or individual lessons. Studying singing in a group format is also fantastic as you can share your impressions with like-minded singing enthusiasts and enjoy singing together which is great for confidence building.

When and where?

Sat April 20th 2024,     11.00am – 2.30pm

Blue Room,

Centre for Science & Art


Stroud, GL5 1BB

Event Location:

The Centre for Science and Art, 13 Lansdown, Stroud, GL5 1BB, United Kingdom
Organiser info
Zora McDonald

  • The Centre for Science and Art
  • 13 Lansdown
  • Stroud
  • GL5 1BB
  • United Kingdom

Event Schedule Details

  • 20/04/2024
    11:00 am - 2:30 pm
  Price: £40.00
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