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Clare Martin

Clare Martin


Singing Lessons | Choirs | Artist development, Ensemble Coaching, NCEA Music Tutoring

  • Qualifications: BMus (Vic), PGDip (RNCM), London Opera Studio
  • Pricing: from $45 to $75
  • Styles: classical, rock, pop, music theatre, opera, jazz
  • Suitability: CURRENTLY NOT TAKING ON NEW STUDENTS. From beginners to professionals. Usually from age 14. No upper age restriction.


A vocal mentor on the recent television series, The Naked Choir on TVNZ1 in 2017 and 2019 Clare is a teacher with 25 years of experience.  Born in New Zealand, Clare gained a Bachelor of Music at Victoria University before her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK and receiving scholarships to train at the internationally-acclaimed National Opera Studio in London.

She has worked with conductors from Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera and has sung with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Her opera roles include: Donna Elvira (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), Elisabetta (Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux), Fiordiligi (Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte), Contessa (Mozart’s La Nozze di Figaro), Elvira (Verdi’s Ernani), Leila (Pearl Fishers) and Abigaille from Verdi’s Nabucco. She has performed as a recital and oratorio artist most notably the South Bank, London and with the NZ Symphony Orchestra in NZ. :

Clara Martin (Abigaille) has an outstanding voice, especially effective in the coloratura passages…” Opera Magazine (UK)

She has performed for many jazz duos with programmes of jazz standards, and French cafe music.  She is a vocalist with NZ’s own Leonard Cohen tribute band, Imperfect Offering with acclaimed shows at Auckland venues including Ascension Wine Estate.

Since 1996 Clare has been performing and teaching both in the UK and in NZ. This has included extra teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music, private teaching in Manchester, London, Guildford and Auckland working in classical and opera, rock, pop and with West End music theatre performers. In 2015 she purpose-built her own music studio for her busy private singing teaching practice on the North Shore of Auckland.

Clare has worked as a consultant for choral groups, providing vocal tuition for corporate team-building events and running choir workshops.  She has been conducting vocal ensemble groups since 2016. In 2017 she became the singing teacher at Massey High School in Auckland coaching award-winning choir Sublimitas, preparing students for NCEA singing exams and directing a female barbershop group.  Clare has been on the council for the NZ Association of Singing Teachers and is a keen member of NZ Singing Teachers groups.

Teaching Info

Firstly unlocking a singers’ breath with depth, freedom and control. Achieving a happy relationship with a well-supported and well-placed resonant voice. Becoming a confident and engaging performer through exploring the right musical genre(s) for the student.

*  Lessons are 45-minutes to an hour in duration.

*  Weekly lessons are recommended. Improved singing within six lessons.

*  An initial trial lesson or consultation can be arranged.

*  Digital recordings made of vocal exercises specifically for you.

*  All levels from beginner singers to professional performers.


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