Recommendations from pupils past and present:
Paloma is a class act. I have known her for about thirteen years now, and I have watched her transform from a top singer and performer with a world-class career and voice into a wonderful teacher. We kiwis are now very fortunate to have her back on our shores, where we can benefit from her knowledge and years of experience. She has also gained an international perspective and had the opportunity to work with top coaches during her time in the UK and US and she can bring that perspective back to New Zealand.
She comes highly qualified, having studied with Honours at the New Zealand School of Music and then going on to train at the Royal College of Music in London.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to know Paloma. She made me feel welcome in her studio and her home. I had just arrived back in New Zealand after some time overseas, and she displayed a genuine interest in me as a person and performer. I was offered a scholarship, which made such a difference as a poor student at the time.
I had a serious vocal injury, and after working with Paloma on breathing and release, I found the situation improved after the first lesson. From that point, every experience in her studio was a delight, and a wonderful learning experience.
She helped me to discover my true, free instrument. It's not an understatement to say I would not be singing today without her. Even as I have moved cities now, she continues to take an active interest in my career and performing, offering input and encouragement.
She is a wonderful teacher and exceptional person.
- Rosel Labone
I can't recommend Paloma [and the BVS] highly enough to anyone who is serious about learning to sing, whatever your level. She has done wonders for my singing technique and confidence; her lessons are relaxed yet informative and positive and I always come away feeling I'm improving. With a little under 2 years of tuition I'm singing things I never dared dream I could sing and have discovered a completely different side to my voice. I'm now attending a coaching course for professional opera singers and have been told (on very high authority) that I must have a great teacher!
- Abigail Carpenter, a Soprano studying at the Wales International Academy of Voice
I knew from the first lesson that my voice was in safe, expert hands with Paloma! I had never met such a knowledgeable and passionate singing teacher. I learnt to engage my entire body while singing and was amazed by how much my voice developed and grew.
- Megan Brand, a Soprano studying to become a music therapist in Bristol, UK.
Paloma Bruce is a wonderful teacher whose passion for music is only rivaled by her passion for teaching. Her lessons are always the highlight of my week, and during our time together she has helped me to reach vocal achievements far beyond anything I could have hoped for when I first started singing. Paloma’s contagious enthusiasm and extraordinary teaching has taken what was at best a nice hobby and transformed it into a very real chance at a singing career. Lessons with Paloma are always a joy; her warm and friendly nature will put even the most timid students at ease. I full-heartedly recommend Paloma to anyone wanting to learn safe and healthy vocal technique, beginners piano, or anyone wanting to take their current technique to the next level. Start taking lessons from Paloma; I guarantee you wont regret it!
- Daniel Upchurch, a tenor studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK
Pupil comments via email and twitter:
"Thank you for being such an inspiring, positive and happy teacher that I thoroughly enjoyed singing for."
"Used to absolutely dread top G's, they're becoming my friends now :)"
"Accessed a whole new type of vocal sound I didn't even know was possible today. Thank you @palomabruce!"
"I have the most excellent singing teacher @SingingStudioUK @palomabruce
who has brought me on leaps & bounds in about 7 months. Recommend!"
"So pleased with how much progress I'm making #singing #lessons with @palomabruce
arias are coming along without destroying contemp. voice :)"
Some reviews of Paloma in performance:
"Fantastic performance of Gurt Mikado in #bristol tonight. Great performances all round, esp. @palomabruce - captivating facial expressions."@markjstonham via twitter
"especially impressive in Berta’s aria...sung not only with spontaneity and pizzazz...but also with a wonderful spin on the piece’s coloratura and a beaming, shining, flexible instrument that gave the impression of having few technical limits...."
review by Sophia Lambton