Oct 5, 2013 | Blog

IVA Conference

Heather Baker

Heather Baker


At the start of August HBSS played host to singing teachers from all over Europe as they attended our very first IVA teacher’s conference here in Northwich!

Heather is one of the founding directors of the Institute for Vocal Advancement which is an international organisation which trains teachers of singing. In this picture you can see Heather along with 4 other of our 10 founding Directors- Spencer Welch, Stephanie Borm, Andreas Grussl and Tom Bathgate.

The conference was especially great as it was available to attend online and so we also had teachers taking part from all over the world- places like Singapore, Japan, USA, Brazil and many others.

It was a huge success and we’re looking forward to more IVA events in the future. If you’d like to read more about IVA and what they do have a look at the website: www.vocaladvancement.com

Heather Baker

Heather Baker


Meet the teachers

Heather Baker has studied voice and teaching continuously since 2001 working with some of the worlds greatest vocal experts to perfect her knowledge and teaching abilities. Learn more about Heather here

Laura-Jane Kay has been singing since she was 8 years old.  Laura-Jane was a Level 1 SLS teacher until 2013 and is currently a Level 3 IVA teacher. Learn more here

Katie Hackney grew up with a love of music. She started learning to play the piano at the age of 9 and went on to achieve a grade 6. Katie is a very friendly and approachable teacher who knows exactly how to get the most out of her students! Learn more here

Amy Woodhouse has been a student of Heather’s since 2020 and a member of Cheshire Pop Choirs since 2018. She has a love of singing and music and is also a member of a samba band! Amy began her teacher training in 2022 and has been excited to put what she’s learned into practice with her students. Learn more here