Laura Bernay

Singer, musician, educator

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RTEmagicC__MG_9597_3.jpgWelcome to the home page of Laura Bernay, a versatile performer with talents as a singer, flautist and pianist. She has had an extremely varied career spanning many facets of the entertainment industry. Laura grew up in the U.S.A. on the east coast in a musical family and learned to sing just about every style of music she heard from jazz, country, folk, blues to classical, cabaret and music theatre. She is an accomplished flautist and studied classical flute as well as voice at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts where she graduated in Melbourne.

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Laura is known for her sensational “cross-over” styles of singing. The flexibility and beautiful vocal quality she possesses are testimonies to her many years of performing in so many different styles.

“Jazz standards , French chansons and the occasional perfectly judged blues or country number made for a very satisfying, often moving evening with Laura Bernay and her quartet. Totally at home on the stage, Laura’s beautiful voice, easy manner, and formidable musicianship held the packed house rapt.  Glorious jazz musicians  provided the perfect backbone for this very classy entertainment!”
Stuart Maunder-General Director New Zealand Opera; AM, Theatre Director 

In addition to performing Laura has a passion for teaching singing. She is a sessional lecturer in voice for WAAPA (WA Academy of Performing Arts) and runs a very successful private teaching studio. (Singing Lessons). Laura is a registered member of ANATS (Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing) which means she has tertiary qualifications to teach music. To be a member of ANATS one has to apply with proof of these qualifications and experience as a teacher.


Testimonials

Helping Me to Develop a Unique Musical Identity


"Learning of the singing gesture with Laura was uncommonly satisfying. In my initial lesson, erroneous vocal behaviour was identified, to be gradually remedied by sapient instruction. Laura encouraged me to develop a unique musical identity. Happy was each lesson, with our friendship growing akin to the voice."
Keaton Staszewski-Hose (age 19) WAAPA Classical Voice (2017-2020)

My Voice Is the Best It's Ever Been

“I’ve only been with Laura for one year, but I can say with absolute certainty that I have made more progress in that year than I have during the last six years I’ve been singing. My voice is in the best place it’s ever been – I feel so different when I sing now as opposed to when I started with her. Laura has taught me so many things about singing that I had no idea about before. She knows absolutely everything about the voice! Laura is such a positive and encouraging teacher. She puts so much time and effort into me as a student, even outside of lesson time! I can’t recommend her highly enough! After just one year of training with Laura, I got offered places into three different courses at both WAAPA and the VCA for 2017. I can’t wait to continue working with her next year and further improve my voice. I believe I owe a huge part of my successes to you, Laura – I simply could not have done it without you!”
Grace Arangio (age 19)

'AHA Moments'

"Benn and I enjoyed and greatly appreciated our lessons with Laura. As we are both just beginning to explore our voice, learning from a teacher that is able to not only relay valuable information about the voice, singing and music but who also listens with no judgment truly made the experience valuable. We both walked away with 'AHA' moments that literally improved our singing and song choices for auditions almost immediately. We are not from Perth, but will definitely recommend Laura to those working or travelling to Perth that are looking for a knowledgeable and open-hearted approach to voice lessons that yield great results not only vocally, but in confidence! Thank you Laura!"

Anica C. Scott-Garrell (dancer) Benn Welford (actor)
The Lion King (Australian Production 2015/16)

Why I Fell in Love With Singing

"I thank my amazing singing teacher Laura. You are one of the reasons I fell in love with singing and I can't thank you enough for that. I realise I was with you since 2006! Your guidance and talent throughout these years have been truly appreciated."
Chloe Manford
2015 WAAPA Graduate Bachelor of Music Classical Voice

Productive and Heart-Warming

"Working with Laura was a productive and heart-warming experience. Granting excellent lessons in both singing and life, she helped me set my goals and pushed me far beyond achieving them. I will be forever grateful for what Laura has taught me and I truly hope to do her proud! I am so thrilled to be accepted into the Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2015!"
Finn Alexander
Musical Theatre BA (Class of 2017)
WA Academy of Performing Arts

Latest News

North Perth Music Eisteddfod Winners

September 12, 2017

Emily O’Neill (age 17) was the Under 18 Music Theatre 1st Prize Winner this year and will be singing in the winner’s concert along with another Bernay Studio singer Jessica-Monique Bojanjac who won 1st Prize in the Under 13 Contemporary Voice. Well done! Emily O’Neill (below) Read More

French Recital Bernay Studio

September 12, 2017

September 2nd at the Pelican Centre Swanbourne Read More
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