Annika Tregonning is the director and head teacher of the Victorian Vocal Academy. Annika is an experienced singer, musician and teacher. Annika has over twenty years of experience in the art of singing, training at the VCA and under the esteemed guidance of singing stars Suzanne Johnston, Monique Brynnel, Jon Weaving and Dr Meribeth Dayme. Annika has performed in many different environments from pub gigs to solo recitals, cabaret productions, operas, music festivals, corporate events, albums, film scores and commercials.
“It gives me great joy to work with singers so that they can perform confidently to their full potential in live performances, auditions or exams. I love working with everyone from complete beginners to professionals alike".
Annika teaches singing in all genres. Many of Annika's students have gone on to star in professional productions such as 'The School of Rock', 'Passage of Time', ‘Into the Woods’ and have been in productions for the Melbourne Music festival, Fringe festival and White Night Festival. Students have been accepted into prestigious programmes such as The Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles and New York, won gold medals at The World Championships of Performing Arts WCOPA in Los Angeles and been involved with projects with APRA AMCOS, gained full school music scholarships and more. Annika has trained privately with the internationally acclaimed teacher and author Dr Meribeth Dayme as a CoreSinging specialist and has learnt many different vocal techniques that she draws from for each of her students. Annika is a creative, knowledgeable, passionate, fun and supportive teacher.
“I teach students the necessary skills and confidence required to create a great performance. Techniques such as breathe control, articulation, posture, tone, timbre and intonation. I also teach how to interpret the text and how to get into the context of a song. Vocalists are actors that sing their lines. It's also important to work on performance psychology and our general wellbeing if students are taking part in competitions, exams, auditions and performances".
Recently Annika co-wrote and performed on the short film score, ‘A Fairytale Life’ with Brad Buenen for Audacious Dreaming, which premiered at the Davis Feminist Film Festival in Los Angeles and was a featured performer in Judi Conelli's ‘Concert for the Animals’, other creative projects include working on her own original compositions and developing a series of concerts featuring selected songs and song cycles.