Online Professional Development

2021: Singing Our Way Back

Part 3 of How to Sing Together When We Can’t Be Together

Wednesday 26th May 2021

8pm BST and 8pm EDT

The only thing better than singing is more singing. Ella Fitzgerald

Young Voices is proud to present part III of their How to Sing Together When We Can’t Be Together webinar series, titled 2021: Singing Our Way Back. This webinar will feature YV Teachers and choir leaders from around the world sharing their own experiences of singing and choir rehearsals since March 2020. This webinar is an inspiring chance to explore the creative ways schools and choirs have found to keep children singing at a time when it is more important than ever. A moment in time to celebrate how COVID 19 can’t keep our teachers down!

This opportunity is open to ALL teachers, regardless of prior registration with Young Voices. If you would like to send our panelists a question or topic to address, please email us at [email protected].

Sessions moderated by: Clare Edwards, Young Voices Director of Learning and Events and Gabi Bisconti, American Young Voices National Choir Coordinator


Em Marshall

Em Marshall is Head of Music & Performing Arts at Two Mile Ash School in Milton Keynes, where she has been teaching for the last eight years. Since qualifying as a primary teacher in 2006, Em has brought her love of music into her practice. She plans and delivers the music curriculum for her school, teaching a variety of instruments across the year groups. In 2013 she launched Harmonize, the school’s choir, bringing around 120 children aged 7-11 together once a week to sing and develop their skills. Harmonize perform at many events, including local singing festivals and seven years of Young Voices concerts. Em also works with teenagers and young people as part of the National Youth Music Camps. In September 2020 she launched Harmonize Online in order to keep children singing safely, and has put together two virtual performances with the help of choir members and their families.

Chi Hoe Mak

Chi Hoe Mak enjoys a busy and varied career as an award-winning choral conductor, singer, clinician and adjudicator. He is Artistic Director of Young Choral Academy, Resident Chorus Master and Principal Artist of Kuala Lumpur City Opera, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Penang Philharmonic Chorus. In 209, Chi Hoe was conferred Honorary Membership (HonRBC) of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for his outstanding contribution to his profession. He now lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Miguel Jaramillo

Miguel Jaramillo is a middle school choir director in New Mexico, USA. He also enjoys teaching and playing classical guitar. Miguel received the New and Emerging Music Teacher of the Year award from the New Mexico Music Education Association in 2019. He recently became a Tiktok influencer with interactive rhythm challenges. The challenges have reached many corners of the world including North America, Northern Europe, South America, the Middle East, and the Philippines. Miguel’s teaching philosophy is simply to connect with students and to provide a fun learning environment because he believes that children learn best through play.

Mark O’Leary

Mark O’Leary OAM is well known in Australia, widely respected for his work with Young Voices of Melbourne, Exaudi, and Gondwana Voices. He has made 37 tours with YVM and Exaudi around Australia and all around the world and recorded 13 Cds with these choirs. With Gondwana Voices he has made international tours to Europe, North America, China, and Taiwan and conducted the choir on 3 CDs.. Mark is a regular guest conductor and presenter at choral festivals and music education conferences. He publishes Australian choral music in the Young Voices of Melbourne Choral Series and is the creator of the Sight Singing School books and website used in over 45 countries. He has three degrees from the University of Melbourne, is a Churchill Fellow, and an Honorary Life Member of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia. In 2018 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to education and choral music.

Courtney Richmond

Ms. Courtney Richmond received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose and her Master of Science Degree in Music Education from The State of New York University at Buffalo. She is currently an Elementary General Music and Choir teacher in the Bethlehem Central School District and has conducted the Albany City School District Middle School All City Choral Festival as well as the Columbia County Middle School Choral Festival. A member of the Orff-Schulwerk Association, she also runs a private vocal and piano studio focusing on music reading, musicianship, sight-reading and sight singing, with performances in various genres of music. Ms. Richmond also worked on the American Young Voices team for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.