Bianca Hopkins (Fenn)
Director, Singing Teacher & The Voice Collective Musical Director
Associate Degree in Applied Music – Box Hill Institute
Monday - Saturday
Along with her husband Dayna – Bianca owns, manages and teaches at BFSM since its opening in term 2, 2013.
Bianca is a professional singer who has been working in the music industry for 19 years. Bianca fronts ‘Stages’ – a wedding band who perform regularly in and around Melbourne. Bianca has experience in song writing, recording, backing vocals and fronting various bands for both cover and original acts around Melbourne and internationally.
Bianca has been teaching music for 15 years from her home studio, primary and secondary schools including Fitzroy High School and other music studios.
Bianca currently teaches at Box Hill Institute, assisting Bachelor of Music students prepare their recitals & performance programs and is the Vocal Tech lecturer for 1st year Bachelor students.
Bianca has earned a Certificate of Figure Proficiency under the guidance of CCI Naomi Eyers and has attended the Estill Voice Training Level One & Two Course: Figures for Voice Control & Figure Combinations for six Voice Qualities. Bianca has a keen interest in vocal health and voice control.
Bianca has great experience in organising events, coordinating concerts, cabarets and other performance evenings. She loves conducting choirs and vocal groups and enjoys directing and preparing musical theatre productions.
Bianca is the host of "The Performers Mind" podcast which is inspired by her book, designed to help people with performance anxiety.
Katrina Wellins - Singing Teacher
Katrina Wellins is a passionate voice educator with almost 20 years experience. She has worked across Tertiary, Secondary and Private Studio settings, with students from beginner to professional.
Katrina teaches across a wide range of styles including Pop/Contemporary and Music Theatre styles.
In 2018 Katrina will return to Private Studio teaching after 3 years of coordinating the Vocal Program at Box Hill Institute.
She has extensive experience with VCE Contemporary Voice training and her intimate knowledge of the examination criteria allows her to craft programs that allow her students to gain access to the highest possible marks. Katrina regularly works as an assessor, eisteddfod adjudicator and presenter for professional development forums including presenting for ANATS.
Katrina LOVES to solve problems, she uses her understanding of voice anatomy and performance techniques to help her students develop confident, sustainable singing skills.
Jessica De Luca - Singing, Guitar, Music Theory & Glee Club Teacher
Bachelor of Applied Music - Box Hill Institute
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Jess is a Graduate of Box Hill Institute, in her time there she had a strong interest in choir, vocal technique and different teaching methods as well as learning basic Guitar and Piano on the side.
Jess has been singing since she can remember and has been performing in duos and bands since she was 14 years old. As a performer and vocalist, Jess thrives on challenges from getting the "high notes" to cracking down on complex close harmonies, with a strong familiarity with Folk, Jazz and Musical Theatre genres.
Since studying she has regularly performed in the Cover duo "Little Willow" with Lawson Kennard in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs as well as Co-fronting 9 piece band "Brass 'n' Things" and writing her own original music.
On most weekend mornings she is a regular Busker at local Farmers Markets and continues to pursue performing at every opportunity.
Since graduating she has been leading Primary School lunch time bands with High Voltage Rock School and continues to keep in touch with her growing musicality.
Genevieve Lyte - Singing & Piano Teacher
Bachelor of Applied Music - Box Hill Institute
Genevieve Lyte is a singer/songwriter who has a passion for working with people of all ages and styles on their own pursuit of singing and piano.
Genevieve got her start in church singing contemporary Gospel music. It was there she began performing at the age of four. Since then she has continued her work in church whilst also doing gigs around Melbourne.
She completed her Bachelor of Applied Music Performance at Box Hill Institute in 2016 majoring in voice. During her studies, Genevieve had the opportunity to work with amazing vocal coaches including Dr. Lisa Young, Katrina Wellins, Gerald Marko and Bianca Fenn.
Since her graduation, Genevieve has focused her time and energy on becoming a full-time teacher. She now works five days a week across five primary schools, as well as teaching private lessons.
As a teacher, Genevieve aims to equip her students with technique and practice styles to achieve their best and feel confident in their ability to perform and grow.
Maryanne Smart - Singing & Piano Teacher
Studies Bachelor of Music - VCA
Advanced Diploma of Music - NMIT
Monday & Friday
Maryanne has been teaching music for over 5 years with a focus on creativity, confidence, and developing technical ability. Maryanne is well versed in a variety of styles including jazz, pop, folk, soul and rnb. Maryanne has an extensive knowledge of music theory, improvisation and composition. Maryanne is passionate about all aspects of singing and piano and enjoys nurturing the natural ability in others.
Maryanne is an improvising jazz vocalist and pianist with 10 years experience performing in Melbourne. Maryanne leads the experimental vocal ensemble Taos, a nine piece choir that combines art, pop and jazz. Their new EP Free Fall was hailed "An extraordinary vocal album" and was debuted to a packed crowd and supported by jazz great Stephen Magnusson.
Maryanne is also the lead singer of Blue Moon, a corporate function band and sings in country rock band The Lost Souls, and rockabilly outfit The Fujiyama Mamas. Maryanne performs everywhere including pubs, festivals, jazz clubs and corporate functions.
Emily Bennett – Singing, Piano & Piano Accordion Teacher
Honours in Jazz & Improvisation (VCA)
Bachelor of Professional Music Practice (ANU)
Bachelor of Theatre/Media (CSU)
Tuesday & Thursday
Emily Bennett is both a Charles Sturt University Theatre/Media (2008) and Australian National University School of Music (2012) grad, and has performed in various ensembles as a vocalist, keys and accordion player. To date she's worked as a sound artist and composer for young people, choreographers, podcast producers and theatre makers alike; utilizing project-specific samples, field recordings, experimental instrumentation, electronic sound design and vocal improvisation. She’s performed for the Liquid Architecture, Divinyls tribute album, ‘Re-Worked’, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Melbourne Jazz Vocal Sessions and as a guest vocalist in the world music ensemble, Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde and Nyash! Afrobeat collective. emilybennettsound.com
Emily Jackson - Singing Teacher
Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) - University of Ballarat
Diploma of Dance and Performance - The Dance Factory
Emily is currently studying a Bachelor of Applied Science/Masters of Speech Pathology at Latrobe University.
Emily has actively been involved in the performing world as a singer, dancer, actor and model. Emily’s main credits include ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’ at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, choreographing/dancing in film clips for various Triple J artists, performing in numerous contemporary dance floor shows, dance competitions, TVCs, short films and can also be found teaching dance and singing throughout Melbourne.
Alongside dedication to vocal technique, Emily strives to pass passion, confidence and self-belief onto her students, ensuring that singing is always safe in a friendly and fun environment.