Laura Bernay

2017/2018 News

2018 Bernay Studio Singers Audition Successes

January 8, 2018

Courteney Cooper
(Music Theatre Cert IV WAAPA 2017)
Bachelor Performing Arts WAAPA

Courteney Cooper (age 20) is an actor, singer and dancer. She has had a passion for performing from a young age, having lead and chorus roles in school productions, including The Lost Thing, Grease and The Lorax. Since 2011, she has also been a part of the South West Opera Company singing and performing in numerous stage shows, including The Wizard of Oz and Frozen in Time. In 2013 she was shortlisted for Bell Shakespeare’s Regional Scholarship and received the 2015 Senior Drama Aggregate Award for the WA Performing Arts Eisteddfod, which she has taken part in since 2013. In 2016 she spent time training and performing at The Actor’s Hub in Labs and in the production How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found. In 2017 she studied with Laura Bernay and completed the Music Theatre Certificate IV course at WAAPA. Courteney was accepted into the Bachelor of Performing Arts WAAPA 2018-2020.

Grace Arangio (Diploma of Classical Music (Voice) and Music Theatre Cert IV WAAPA 2017)
2018 Foundation Course VCA (Melbourne)
 Grace is 20 and started taking singing lessons at high school (Penrhos College) when she was 13 years old. Since then, her love for music and performance has blossomed. At school, she threw herself into every opportunity to perform and was involved in a number of musicals including Oliver! Beauty & The Beast, Guys & Dolls and  Hairspray. In 2017 Grace studied two courses concurrently at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) – the Diploma of Classical Music (Voice) and the Certificate IV in Music Theatre, studying singing with Laura Bernay. Grace is off to Melbourne in 2018 to complete the Foundation Course at the VCA in Melbourne.


Bachelor of Music in Voice
Melbourne Conservatorium
University of Melbourne 2018-2021
Helen Steicke (age 20)  was a Classical Voice student at WAAPA in 2017 studying with Laura Bernay. Before returning to Perth last year, she spent two years training in classical ballet at the Central School of Ballet in London. On coming home to Perth she has been able to develop her passion for singing taking lessons with Laura. Helen has performed character roles in musicals such as Les Miserables and The Sound of Music as well as dance in the full length ballets The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. Her dream is to one day return to Europe and “tread the boards” combining both her passions, dancing and singing and turn them into a life-long  performance career. Next year Helen is heading to Melbourne after successfully auditioning for the Melbourne Conservatorium and will commence a Bachelor of Music in Singing 2018-2021.


Euan MacMillan (Year 12 2017)

WAAPA Bachelor of Music Classical Voice 2018-2021








Grace Fermanis (Year 12 2017)

WAAPA Bachelor of Music Classical Voice 2018-2021




Zoe Crisp (Year 12 2017)
Diploma Music Theatre WAAPA 2018

Amber Scates

(Year 12 2017)
Diploma Music Theatre WAAPA 2018




Ellie Orr (age 19)
Diploma Music Theatre WAAPA 2018









Trinity Ellis Diploma of Acting WAAPA 2018
(photo coming…)

Busy Young Singers!

January 7, 2018

Ella Hagon has been busy in 2017 and will be even busier in 2018! 

She has been selected for the youth chorus in WA Opera’s Carmen at His Majesty’s Theatre in mid 2018 She has been cast as Teen Gaga in We Will Rock You  at His Majesty’s Theatre in March 2018’s Web – Ella is playing her first lead in the role of ‘Fern’ at Stirling Theatre in February 2018 (tickets on sale in December) Thumbelina December 2017 – International Life sized puppet show – Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention Centre – Ella is singing live during the show.

Tahlia Hanikeri Year 10 2018
In 2017 Tahlia played the role of Auntie Pie in The Book of Everything and Cinderella in Sondheim’s Into the Woods. She also represented acting and singing solo for year 9 in the PLC Arts Showcase.
Tahlia will play the following roles next year in 2018:
Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (Redfoot Theatre-performances start May 2018) and Linda in The Wedding Singer.



Jessica-Monique (age 13) had a great Year with AMEB exams:

  • AMEB Grade 4 Flute A
  • AMEB Grade 5 Classical Voice A
  • AMEB Grade 5 Musical Theatre A
  • Numerous prizes in the Fremantle and North of Perth Eisteddfods








Sian Bussanich (Year 12 in 2018) will be playing the role of Lucy in Avenue Q (Redfoot Theatre-performances start May 2018)



Sasha Browne (age 11) pictured here at her performance for the Bernay Studio French Recital August 2017.

Sasha also sang for the Wild Cats game in 2017 and wowed them!

Sasha Browne 2017_Wildcats

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!

AMEB Exams Success

September 20, 2017

Congratulations to Stephie Adamson (age 8) for receiving an ‘A’ grade in Grade 1 Music Theatre Exam. Bravo!





And here is Stephie again with her second exam for the year-Grade 1 Classical Singing AMEB ‘A’, jumping for joy!




Congratulations to Elina Ito (age 9) for an ‘A’ in her Preliminary Classical Voice, Well done Elina!








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)

French Recital Bernay Studio

September 12, 2017

September 2nd at the Pelican Centre Swanbourne

Zonta Benefit Concert

August 21, 2017

August 19th A fabulous show “With a Smile and a Song” sold out! Proceeds went to Zonta Club of Perth to raise money for birthing kits that help save lives. Brilliant night of fun with Bernay Studio singers studying at WAAPA in Classical Voice, Music Theatre Cert IV, Year 12s John Curtin Senior High, Carey Baptiste College and St. Hilda’s.

With a Smile and a Song

August 20, 2017

August 19, 7.30 pm at the Shenton Park Community Theatre,
Cnr. Onslow Rd. and Herbert Sts. Shenton Park. 

A fundraising concert for the Zonta Club of Perth. WAAPA singers in classical voice and music theatre Cert IV from Bernay Studio performed songs of courage and inspiration. Proceeds went towards funds for birthing kits that save lives by providing a clean and safe birthing environment for women in developing countries.


Fremantle Eisteddfod 2017

May 20, 2017

Sasha Browne (age 11) 1st Prize in the U13 Music Theatre Vocal section
Well done!








Josephine Ellis (age 9) 1st Prize U10 Well done!


Stephanie Adamson (R) (age 7) 2nd Prize U10 Vocal Solo
Congratulations for your first eisteddfod!


Lead Role Shared by Best Friends!

May 19, 2017

Follow the yellow brick road girls! Amber Scates and Zoe Crisp (ages 17) have both landed the lead role of Dorothy in John Curtin’s 2017 musical “The Wizard of Oz”. Performances in late June. Time to brush up on ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’!!

AMEB Awards Recipient

March 20, 2017

In March 2017 Jessica-Monique (age 12) receiving her Award of Excellence for 3rd Grade Flute and 2nd Grade Drama & Performance. She also received an Award of Excellence for 2nd Grade Theory of Music, 3rd Grade Theory of Music and 1st Grade Musical Theatre Voice. The required grade for receiving these awards is A+. Congratulations Jessica-Monique!


2017 WAAPA Auditions Successes

January 3, 2017

Congratulations to Bernay Studio Students successful auditions into WAAPA 2017!
Grace Arangio-Music Theatre Certificate & Classical Voice Diploma; Keaton Stazewski-Hose-Bachelor of Music Classical Voice (age 19); Rama Nicholson (age 16) Diploma of Music Classical Voice
keaton rama-nicholson-schubertiade-sept-2016

Gondwana Success 2017

January 3, 2017

Laura (age 10) (L) and Sasha (age 10) (R) are going to Sydney in January 2017 to sing with the Gondwana Choir after their successful auditions. Well done girls!sasha-for-gondwana-2016-age-10