Gerald is a puzzler. Knowing that every repetition is a unique event, he sees every voice, every vocal task, and every attempt are a unique challenge. He pursues an evidence based approach in vocal function, as well as in learning theory, practice, and composition. Whatever the challenge, he will find a way to have you play with it. Further, Gerald is an LGBTQIA+ ally, recognised for creating a safe, non-toxic, explorative learning space for students across all genres, both online and face-to-face. Evidence for his successful work at tertiary level are his Monash Arts Faculty Awards (2019/2020) for outstanding contributions to student learning, and nominations for the Monash Student Association Awards for Teaching Excellence (2020/2021), during the extensive COVID lockdowns in Melbourne.
Austrian born Gerald is a PhD Candidate (Education) holds a first class honours degree in Jazz (Monash University), an advanced diploma in Linguistics and Literature (Karl-Franzens University Graz) as well as a postgraduate degree in Performing Arts (Stella Academy Hamburg). Having passed probation in 2022, he now holds the tenured full-time position of Scholarly Teaching Fellow at Monash University lecturing in voice mechanics and performance, and is responsible for the course development of the new popular music study specialisation in the Bachelor of Music at Monash. Gerald's PhD takes him into the nexus of voice science, training and assessment, mathematics, and ecological dynamics, investigating signals of vocal efficiency. Currently he is preparing for his mid-candidature mile stone having successfully passed confirmation without amendments.
Past employments comprise sessional lecturer at Melbourne University, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Polytechnic, Center of Adult Education, and Box Hill Institute, where he has written the voice syllabus for the Cert III, IV and Diploma courses in Music Theatre. On stage, Gerald’s experience ranges from lead roles in professional European Music Theatre (400 shows/year for over six years) such as CATS, Saturday Night Fever, Buddy Holly, Hair and Falco Meets Amadeus, to lead vocals in original and cover bands in Austria, Germany, Denmark and Australia. He is a multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, drums, bass), a published songwriter with Universal Australia, a certified Rei-Ki practitioner, has multiple licensed songs in 3 award winning American short films, as well as being a writer member of the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA), and a publisher member of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS).
He presented and performed at the Australian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network (AJIRN) symposium in Melbourne (2018), the 2nd International Jazz Voice Symposium in Helsinki (2017), the symposium for Performing Arts and Healthcare in Sydney (2014), as well as the Estill World Voice Symposium in Boston (2013), Melbourne (2015), and New York (online, 2021), where he also received service distinction for his contributions to the Estill Model.
Gerald can't wait to hear about your vocal challenge, get in touch for a play date ;)
May the folds be with you!