Fiona Dobie studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and the Royal College of Music. She won many prizes and scholarships at both colleges, was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition and the French Song Prize winner in the s’Hertogenbosch International Singing Competition. A wide-ranging solo career followed, performing with conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington and Sir Simon Rattle, song recitals with Malcolm Martineau, principal roles with Glyndebourne on Tour, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Opera North as well as broadcasts and festivals in Europe and USA.
Alongside singing, Fiona began teaching over thirty years ago, and for the past ten years has been an associate teacher of international New York-based vocal pedagogue, David Jones. She has given workshops at The Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and also adjudicated song competitions for Trinity Laban. She has taught on Oxford Lieder Festival’s Mastercourse for postgraduate students and was a vocal tutor for several years for the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge under Stephen Layton. Spring 2020 takes her to The Royal Academy of Music to give a Voice and Presence Masterclass and also a session introducing Emotional Freedom Technique as a tool for increasing resilience.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) came into her life by seeming chance eight years ago, and she is an advanced practitioner. It is effective in reducing anxiety and inner blocks. She has given introductions to EFT as a self-help tool for AOTOS, Sally Burgess’ summer school, British Voice Association and David Jones teachers’ seminar in New York, as well as at Oxenfoord. Fiona is primarily a singing teacher, but her study and practice of EFT, other energy modalities and connection to Meribeth Dayme’s ‘Core singing’ principles, deepen a passion to teach holistically, in other words encouraging an integration of sound singing technique with an inner freedom allowing the immediacy of vibrant communication in performance.