McGregor Music Retreat: Vocals

Step inside the world of contemporary vocals for live and studio performance.

In this massive workshop you will spend 7 days working on your voice, taking away with you a range of vital techniques to assist you in your vocal development.

You will cover essential vocal elements including: warming up and down; breathing exercises; vowel sounds (including modification, dipthongs and tripthongs); contemporary vocal harmony; backing vocals; improvisation; and microphone technique.

Then you will focus on becoming performance ready through the exploration of tactics for overcoming performance anxiety, including stagecraft techniques and preparation/etiquette for live performances and recording sessions.

About the tutor: Renae Suttie

Renae Suttie studied music at the Qld Conservatorium of Music and University of Queensland. With 25 years performance experience from across the globe (including performances in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu) Renae is no stranger to the stage!

As well as an array of music festival and local music scene appearances, Renae performed the Australian National Anthem for the Rugby League World Cup Women’s Final at Suncorp Stadium in 2017; won the Jazz Vocalist Award at the 2007 ABC Valley Jazz Festival and has recorded for many Australian television and radio advertisements, including Channel Seven’s “Love You Queensland”.

She has also been a backing vocalist for artists including Daryl Braithwaite, Wendy Matthews, The Eurogliders and Marcia Hines. Queensland students may recognise Renae from Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage where she is a vocal coach.


This workshop is a part of the McGregor Music Retreat. A 7-day summer music program built on a framework that can facilitate musicians of varying experience and ages. The program aims to upskill musicians through group instrument lessons, ensembles, industry workshops and performance opportunities.