Time to get vocal

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Wannabe singers can hit the high notes with a lesson from one of New Zealand’s top voice coaches at JazzFest. 

Auckland-based songbird Caitlin Smith hosts a masterclass at Queenstown’s Performing Arts Centre. 

As well as being one of the county’s best known jazz and session singers, Smith has a list of students that reads like a Who’s Who of the NZ showbiz scene. 

She passes on vocal tips to many well-known names such as

Anika Moa, The Datsuns plus the cast of Shortland Street and reckons anyone can benefit from her techniques, not just professionals. 

“What everyone needs to do is think of absolutely what they want to sound like, what is the ideal sound they want to get from their voice,” Smith says. 

“That’s something I do as a goal-setting exercise when I start teaching anybody, regardless of whether they are already established.” 

Two other musical workshops and forums are at the same venue on the Saturday with top Kiwi musos Richard Adams and Nigel Gavin and Otago piano stalwart Calder Prescott.