You may have noticed over the last week that our website and social media accounts have undergone a bit of a transformation. We’ve not been taken over by alien invaders, we’ve just made the decision to re-brand the college because thanks to you we’ve grown so much over the last few years!
VIDLA stood for Vocalist International Distance Learning Academy and for a long time that worked because distance learning was what we focused on pretty much exclusively. In recent years though we’ve been adding to our provision with residential courses, workshops, one to one training and bespoke courses, so the name just didn’t fit anymore.
The other thing was, if you didn’t know what VIDLA meant then as a casual onlooker you probably weren’t going to work it out…So we figured while we were getting ready to launch our shiny new logo, look and feel, we’d change the name to something that makes it obvious from outer space what it is that we do – and so, The Voice College was born.
For those of you already studying with us, or who have studied with us in the past, fear not! Nothing fundamental has changed – we’re the same team, the same college, the same systems. All that’s really different is the decor (and we hope you like it)! What it does mean is that the things we have in development, outside of the distance-learning model, will sit very happily alongside our current provision under the new name.
To celebrate the re-brand, we’re happy to announce a run of workshops over the next few months, focusing on subjects that our students have specifically asked for. For the record, you don’t have to be enrolled on one of our courses to attend a workshop – everyone is welcome.
We’ll announce details for the workshops in a separate post but we can tell you that they will be in Central Birmingham – nice and easy from anywhere in the country! – on these dates:
- July 21st
- August 18th
- September 22nd
- October 20th
…and we’ll be covering a range of subjects including skills for choir leaders, teaching techniques and approaches for ‘new’ teachers, the ever-popular vocal registers, connecting & grounding the voice, physiology, singing for kids – and more! Details will be on Facebook, Twitter, the website and this blog later in the week, and we very much look forward to working with you.
As a cherry on the cake we’ll also be announcing a new Patron this month – an absolutely legendary singer and a fitting companion to our existing Patrons, musical theatre star John Owen Jones (currently on Broadway playing Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Steve Balsamo (currently taking the country / Americana / independent release charts by storm as part of Balsamo Deighton with their new album Unfolding), and highly respected American author & voice teacher Dena Murray. We’re very lucky to have their support and can’t thank them enough!
Thanks for bearing with us as we evolve from VIDLA into The Voice College – and here’s to an even more successful future helping singers and singing teachers achieve their goals.