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Audition Preparation Stage School

"Alana supported Holly through the rigorous audition process for Performing Arts schools in London, which resulted in a scholarship place for the next five years. Holly describes her as "EPIC".


I would say she is incredibly talented, has a great way with people of all ages and backs everything up with a sound knowledge of technique and professional performing experience.


Thank you Alana, we are indebted to you."




Alana Shirley is one of the leading vocal coaches in the Midlands. Having trained at Bird College, she has been through the stage school audition process first hand. Alana has worked extensively all over the world (SEE BIO) and is extremely present in the industry today.

If you are planning to audition for a drama/stage school, Alana can guide you through the entire process, from completing the application forms, to choosing appropriate audition songs, to executing the audition with professionalism and mastery.

This course is suitable for all abilities, whether you have been studying singing for years, or are an actor/dancer that has to sing as part of the audition day.

Alana's students have gained places at The Urdang Academy, Bird College, Laine Theatre Arts, Masters Performing Arts, Performers College, ArtsEd, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, East 15 Acting School, D&B Performing Arts & Italia Conti, to name but a few. This invaluable course will cover the following:

  • Choosing Singing Repertoire

  • Vocal Strengthening & Conditioning

  • Warm Up Exercises & How To Warm Up Before An Audition

  • Guidance on Vocal Health & Staying Vocally Fit & Ready

  • Technical Study of 4 Audition Songs

  • Acting Through Song (how to have an effect on the panel)

  • Suggestion of Further Repertoire

  • What to Wear

  • How To Present Sheet Music

  • How To Work With A Pianist

  • Sight Reading/Singing

  • Preparation of Backing Tracks (if edits are needed)

  • Background Information/Research of Material

  • Mock Audition

  • Feedback From Industry Professionals


This carefully planned 8 week course includes 7 x 45 minute singing lessons, where you will be coached one-to-one on your audition pieces, and vocal technique.


Lessons will include a detailed and intricate study of each piece, followed by the development of the performance as a whole.


Week 8 will consist of a mock audition, with two additional industry professionals present to provide feedback.


"It is rare to come across a naturally gifted vocal coach like Alana. Not only is she brilliant and effective at developing the voice, but she makes you feel at ease and confident in your ability. 


Her drive and experience make her unique, dedicated and a inspirational role model to all she teaches, no matter what age."

—  Keri Zurita

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