Esther von Schoenberg

Soprano, singing teacher, choir leader and the creator of holistic voice training app Vocalise.

"Everyone has a beautiful voice and can learn how to sing!"

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I sung my first opera role when I was 10 years old in the children’s opera Brundibar, it made a lasting impression on me. During high school I combined violin and singing studies. My Russian violin teacher had a big influence on my further music studies with his passionate and organized teaching.


After finishing a Bachelor degree in Humanistic studies (Psychology & Philosophy) I decided it was singing I wanted to do and started studying voice and voice pedagogy with Riekje Bakker at the ArtEZ University of the Arts in Zwolle the Netherlands.


In 2011, after receiving my bachelor diploma, I continued with the Master of Music program where I studied classical voice with Marjan Kuiper. I focused on opera performance and organizing my own projects trying new things: like singing with Ghetto blasters, combining Romanian and newly written classical music and creating concepts for performances. I received my masters degree in 2013.

I followed masterclasses and had lessons with Barbara Hannigan, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Miranda van Kralingen, Jard van Nes, Alison Pearce, Barbara Schlick, Cathy Pope and Claudia Friedlander.

I had the pleasure of performing various opera roles such as Fiametta in Boccaccio (F. Suppé), Zerbinetta (parts of) Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss), Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach), Euredice in Retourtje Onderwerld (Monteverdi/Van Bueren), Constance in Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Poulenc), Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti), Scintilla in La Contadina (Hasse) and Galatea in Acis and Galatea (Händel). Mostly I perform as a soloist in oratorio and cantatas.

Baroque music takes a big chunk of my repertoire and I truly enjoy singing it. I also have an affection for intimate song repertoire and I’m not afraid to try out newly written compositions. Since 2020 I am the choir leader of the Umeå Barockkör. Also a wonderful way of making music.

Teaching, organizing and creating became something I really enjoy. To be able to share what I've learned is a privileged and a school in itself.

About

Teaching Philosophy

Voices are completely intertwined with who we are and with how we express ourselves.


Singing is a full body activity. Voice, body and mind.


I teach classical singing technique with clarity and with the systematical development in mind that you can find in physical training.


I encourage my students to become independent, spark curiosity and teach learning with compassion for the process.


The goal is free expression in the music you love! In every lesson or workshop there is time for music making and artistry.


Relevant education

Master degree in classical singing and vocal pedagogy, a range of certificates in singing technique, vocal anatomy and physiology, SOVT and vocal fold vibration.  


CEO & Creator

As an entrepreneur and CEO of EVONS Creative Voice Solutions AB I develop the holistic voice training app Vocalise. The courses in Vocalise combine vocal and physical training specially designed for singers.


An optimal posture and basic fitness and flexibility are foundational for a well functioning body. The goal of the physical program is be able to take a full breath, to relax the shoulders, neck and jaw and muscles around the larynx. In studying singing everything becomes easier when the physical possibility to sing without unnecessary tensions is already present.


During pregnancy and after giving birth to my second daughter I suffered from pelvic floor instability. This not only had a tremendous effect on the connection to my body, but also on the ability to sing and to use my voice. I reconnected with my body and voice by a long journey of regular physical training.


I saw analogies between physical training and vocal training and started to re-think practicing singing from the point of view of sport science. Like any other athlete singers use their bodies in a specific way, therefore physical training for singers should be a part of vocal training. Together with Umeå University in Sweden and physiotherapists Björn & Ulrika Aasa I am starting a research project about physical and breathing exercises for singers.


Singing and physical training have the possibility to support rehabilitation of the brain. The programs in the app Vocalise could benefit people that have suffered severe brain injury and we are collaborating with the regional brain association Hjärnkraft.



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Services

Singing Lessons

Limited place for private students in classical voice technique, online or in Umeå Sweden.

Voice Coaching & Workshops

Customized workshops for singers and voice coaching for presenting/stage speaking.

Vocalise.app

Holistic voice training app for choir and solo singers

www.vocalise.app

What They Say

"I have a passion for singing, but I also doubt my own capability. With equal parts professionalism and empathy, Esther works with the big picture - she fuels my desire to learn and helps me combat my self doubt."

MARIA

Student

“Soprano Esther von Schoenberg makes a believable portrait of the often misunderstood Amahl with a flexible and expressive soprano voice,”

VÄSTERBOTTENS-KURIREN

Concert Review 20-12-2017

"Esther is a fantastic teacher who has given me a completely new view of singing. I have discovered the interplay between my voice and my body and developed on every conceivable level. With professionalism, sharpness and humor, she has guided me to a voice I did not think I had. I'm genuinely grateful! "

JOSEFIN

Student

Collaboration & Support

EVONS Creative Voice Solutions AB is part of business incubator BIC Factory since January 2021, works together with THNX Innovation, Umeå University and is supported by funding from the European Union, Region Västerbotten & Almi.

"It is a gift for yourself and the world to work on self-expression, the voice is your given instrument. Use it!"

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