Professor Susan McCulloch is one of the most sought-after vocal teachers in the UK and Europe. She works at an advanced level, both privately, as well as in conservatoires and opera houses, and is much in demand for masterclasses and competition juries.
She combines her many years of high level, international, solo performing with an innate understanding of the voice and the way a singer works and thinks, and importantly, having qualified in vocal anatomy, is also able to offer an added dimension to her ability to teach and coach singers. Her expertise, general humanity, kindness and passion for her work mean that she is always asked to return – which is a great testament to her, both as a person and a teacher.
Susan McCulloch was honoured by the Guildhall School of Music in London by having the status of Professor conferred, for her work as a Senior Vocal Professor, within and without the school. She was Guest Visiting Professor at the Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen for an unprecedented three year tenure. Susan is now based in Scotland, and has been invited to join the department of the RCS as both a Senior Examiner and Vocal Consultant. She is also affiliated to the Royal College of Music where she is regularly invited to Guest Teach. Fluent in French, she was invited to be a consultant on the selection committee at the CNSM in Paris as they appointed a voice teacher to the department, which was a great honour.
One of Susan’s greatest strengths is her ability to work in the masterclass environment, with the main focus on operatic repertoire and the technique needed to communicate, challenging the singers’ own parameters, explaining clearly and enabling them to achieve greater levels of artistic excellence and confidence, through an innate and holistic understanding of how they can best use their own voices. Susan is a multi-dimensional teacher, using a wide variety of techniques, languages, demonstrations, methods, humour and factual resources to provide an individual learning experience for the student. Her infectious enthusiasm in teaching singers and teachers brings an energy that enables rapid progress with singers of all levels. The combination of great teaching conducted in an enthusiastic and knowledgeable fashion, ensures an informative and entertaining event for those often-overlooked audience members attending. Her students can be found in many of the world’s major opera houses and concert halls, testament to her ability as a teacher.
Professor Susan McCulloch has worked at many places, including: Guildhall School of Music & Drama; JPYAP at Covent Garden; Royal Danish Opera; Danish Conservatory of Music; Conservatoire National de Paris (CNSM); Artists of Paris Opera; Conservatoire de Music in Lisbon, Portugal; University Catolica in Porto, Portugal; Birmingham College of Music; Royal College of Music, London; Royal Academy of Music, London; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow; Dublin College of Music; Conservatoire de Musique, Macon, France; Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers; Kings College Cambridge; Eton Choral Courses; Symphonies d’Automne, France and Feis Ceoil, Dublin