Paloma Bruce is a lyric coloratura soprano from Wellington, New Zealand. She is a passionate teacher of singing who has taught for almost two decades in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Paloma has now returned to New Zealand and has recently opened a new studio in Pukerua Bay. Paloma is half of the new vocal duo 'Soprani' with singer Ruth Armishaw, who recently had their debut concert in Wellington to great acclaim. In 2016 Paloma was the adult voice tutor at the Rata Studios School of Music at the Scots College Creative & Performing Arts Centre.
She has a Bachelor of Music with first class honours from Victoria University majoring in Performance Voice. She has recently returned from the United Kingdom where she worked as a freelance opera singer and singing teacher after briefly studying at the Royal College of Music in London. Highlights were singing the role of Helen of Troy in front of City Hall in London and performing the role of 'Julia Bertram' in the world premiere of Dove’s 'Mansfield Park' in the Duke of Buccleuch’s Boughton House.
Paloma has performed leading roles in operas and operettas in both New Zealand and the UK. She has extensive performance experience, having performed solo to audiences of over 100,000, recorded for radio and television, performed prematch entertainment for international rugby matches and performed solo with worldclass orchestras, choirs and even a dixie band!
Paloma as a teacher:
Paloma has taught singing for over 15 years, initially in New Zealand and then in the Paloma Bruce Singing Studio in London and The Bristol Voice Studio in the UK. She has taught at secondary and primary schools in New Zealand and the UK, more recently Colston’s School in Bristol. She has coached international recording artists and given advice to international artist management companies. Although trained as an opera singer, Paloma loves a wide variety of music and enjoys sharing that love of music with her pupils.
Paloma enjoys helping singers that have vocal problems or who have hit a plateau in their development as a singer. She is very successful in helping people who can’t sing in tune, as well as helping experienced singers to use their voice with less tension and more control.
Common problems that Paloma helps singers with include: tongue and jaw tension, confusion over correct posture while singing, confusion over different breathing techniques, problems with clarity of diction, lack of resonance and voice projection. Paloma can help singers prepare for professional auditions, conservatoire/university auditions and school exams. Paloma focuses on teaching her pupils to become masters of their own voices and vocal development. She is interested in helping pupils to feel what they are doing technically and physically, rather than just imitating what they hear, so that they can learn to develop a strong and reliable technique that they trust and enjoy. Paloma has studied with a variety of teachers and has experienced different techniques and methods of teaching so is able to adjust her teaching to suit each individual singer. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge in a way that will help each singer for the rest of their life.
Paloma first started teaching privately in 2000 when a fellow student asked her for some singing lessons while studying at Victoria University in New Zealand. She had first been asked to help a young boy who couldn't sing in tune when she was fourteen years old and her passion for helping people to sing began. Paloma also became an unofficial assistant musical director of her high school's production of 'My Fair Lady' when she was 15 years old and ended up taking on the chorus and coaching the lead singers (of which all the male singers were drama students from Victoria University).
Paloma opened the Paloma Bruce Singing Studio in London in 2009 until moving to Bristol where she opened The Bristol Voice Studio. She taught singing at Colston's School in Bristol and at Brislington Enterprise College. Paloma also ran a hugely successful workshop at The Bristol Acoustic Music Festival in Colston Hall, Bristol, UK run by Jelli Records on how to sing with a more professional sound in the recording studio. Paloma was a member of the Bristol Music Industry Forum (B-Min) in Bristol, UK.
Paloma has taught at both secondary and primary schools and has run successful singing workshops for absolute beginners, performance and singing technique workshops. Paloma is an active member of NEWZATS (the NZ Association of Teachers of Singing).
Paloma's technique is inspired by the Italian-Swedish school of technique. She was delighted to attend a workshop/masterclass with the esteemed teacher David Jones at Cambridge University in the UK. Paloma is now looking forward to attending the NEWZATS conference in Auckland in July where David Jones is the guest speaker and will be running various workshops and masterclasses.