Laura Bernay

Singer, musician, educator


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.


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 been with Laura for two years, and I can say with absolute certainty that I have made more progress in that time 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. 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 and 2018.  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 20)

'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

2018 Auditions Success!

December 15, 2017

Bernay Studio singers Zoe Crisp                         Amber Scates (L)  and Ellie Orr (below), will be going to WAAPA from next year, Diploma of Music Theatre course. Congratulations girls you did it!                       Euan MacMillan has been accepted into WAAPA Bachelor of Music Classical Voice Read More

Gondwana Success!

October 21, 2017

Josephine Ellis (age 10) has successfully auditioned for Gondwana Choirs and was accepted into the Junior Gondwana Choir and will be heading to Sydney in January 2018 for 2 weeks of workshops and a finale concert at the Sydney Opera House! Congratulations Jo Jo! Read More