It’s that time of the year when we turn the air con up a degree or two and start to think about the approach of winter.

Katterwall Vocal Academy, KYMT, Singin’SKool, Hullaballoo and Kassia Men and Women’s Choirs are getting back into the swing of things after the summer break – please see the calendar below for our updated autumn performance schedule.

We’re very happy to welcome Katterwall’s latest addition to the teaching staff – Terri Oliver is a wonderful vocalist from Canada, specializing in jazz and pop. Find out more about her in the interview below.

I’m pleased to report that Summer Fling 2011 was a great evening, with the raffle raising $6,500 for Orangutan Aid, a fantastic result. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us!


Director, Katterwall

Terri Oliver

MEET: Terri Oliver (Pop/Jazz Singing Teacher)

K: What is your background?
T: I did my formal training with Tom Oliver of Voice Concepts, a classical singer who instructed me in the methods of the Seth Riggs (or speech level) technique.  I also studied piano from the ages of 6 to 13 and played alto & baritone saxophone and drums in the school band.
K: What advice would you give to young singers if they want to learn pop music singing?
T: Any young singers who want to learn how to sing pop music should understand that having good technique is of the utmost importance.  Without a good understanding the basics one can never begin to develop as unique artist.  
K: Different from musical theatre and classical singing, a huge part of pop music performance involves mic techniques.  Can you please share some tips with us?
T: After beginning your journey as a pop (R&B, soul or rock) singer it will not take long before you begin to understand the importance of mic technique.  Even a singer with the greatest belt (projection) cannot compete with the volume of the drums, bass, piano and a wailing guitar.  In order to survive the gig scene you will have to maintain good vocal and mic technique.  One basic idea is that the softer you are singing the closer you should be standing to the mic.  The opposite is also true.  If you are singing louder you should be standing further away from the mic so that you don't blast your audience.
K: What else do you do when you are not singing?  
T: When I am not singing I really enjoy exploring other parts of my artistic expression.  Some of those things include acting, painting, designing jewelry & accessories, cooking and planting flowers.

To book lessons with Terri, please email us with your availabilities and music background.
Instructor: Naomi Symeou


KYMT is an exciting musical theatre course for 11-18 year olds!
We cover music from London Fringe shows to Broadway hits. The ongoing course concentrates on singing, acting and movement and offers many performance opportunities throughout the year. Our first term will include songs from Billy Elliott, Les Miserables and Legally Blonde and will give participants a platform to improve both their solo and ensemble performance. If you love musical theatre and want to improve your skills, come and join our Musical Theatre teacher, Naomi, at 6:45 - 8:15pm on Mondays.

Click here to download information.
Email us now to arrange a short audition!

When            What
Mondays   Katterwall Youth Music Theatre @ 6:45-8:15pm with Naomi Symeou
Singing'SKool @ 5:30-6:30pm with Naomi Symeou
  Hullaballoo @ 4:15-5:15pm with Celia Leung
Fridays Hullaballoo @ 1:45-2:45pm with Celia Leung
Kassia Choirs' ‘A Glee-ful Kassia Christmas’ term starts rehearsing

Saturday 26th
Katterwall Teachers' Recital @ Lecture Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

Friday 2nd
5th Katterwall Community Carolling @ Lan Kwai Fong Amphitheatre 
8th and 9th
Kassia Choirs' ‘A Glee-ful Kassia Christmas’ @ Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre, 8pm

Tongue Twister...

Singing Sammy sang songs on sinking sand

On another note...

On his 70th birthday, Rossini’s friends collected 20,000 francs to build a monument. “What a waste of money” he groaned, “Give me the cash and I’ll stand on the pedestal myself.”

Victor Borge, My Favourite Intervals


"The First Five Years" on iTunes

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Kassia Choirs Summer Fling 2011 -


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Katterwall Ltd. Tel: +852 2575 3931 Fax: +852 2542 2442
Room 806, Arion Commercial Centre, 2-12 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
For general enquiries, please contact Celia Leung at info@katterwall.com
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