Rachelle has been teaching voice and performance in Newcastle and the greater Hunter area since 2001. She is best known to Newcastle audiences for her work in musical theatre and her singing studio, The Voice Studio Newcastle.

Rachelle’s initial music training was as a classical pianist and cellist. This later led to classical voice lessons where she quickly emerged as a lyric coloratura soprano. She has had the privilege of studying under Sydney highly esteemed singer, educator and music author, Victoria Watson; previously of Opera Australia and the Victorian State Opera. In 2005 she studied in Munich, Germany, by invitation, with eminent vocal coach Rita Loving of the Bayerisches Staatsoper.

Rachelle has a diverse performing career, developing an extensive biography of performance in Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Opera, Operetta, Recitals, Live Gigs and Concerts and has many significant awards for her performances.

Rachelle is a respected vocal teacher, and principal of, The Voice Studio Newcastle. As a singing teacher, actor and vocal technician, with over 15 year professional experience, through her years of teaching and performing she witnessed a growing demand and need for more holistic approaches to voice and performance, This has led her to study and work with teachers in many and varied fields of voice, body therapy, meditation and body/mind awareness.

In addition to this, Rachelle is the Artistic Director and Chair of the CONDA and StageCon, and proudly co-founded with her husband Martin Adnum, TheatreNewcastle; the online hub and collective voice for the Newcastle theatre industry.


In this seminar, Rachelle shares a many number of strategies and discussion points for getting the most of your teaching, your business and yourself. Some of these points include:

- role diversification and its benefits for inspired creativity and professional longevity
- practices to stay fresh and inspired
- the importance and benefits of community and collaboration
- the vital importance of remaining a 'student' even when we are teachers and carving out time for our own learning (easily neglected when we run a busy studio)
- how to remind ourselves that we are not just teachers but musicians and, to give to other musicians (our students), we must fill our own creative tank