Anna Cley is an internationally recognized mezzo-soprano. She made several appearances in recent years at Carnegie Hall in NYC, and at The Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston. She has also performed for the Lincoln Center in NYC. Her credits include Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Il Tabarro, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, Wagner’s Die Walküre, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Rubinstein's The Demon, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, and Bizet's Carmen.
In 2014, she founded her company “Souffle d’Or” to provide a lyrical music experience to those unfamiliar with this kind of events. In 2015, she recorded a CD of operatic arias for the book-cd “Art & Aesthetics”. In 2017, she was a judge for the International singing competition 'The Featured' held in New York. In March 2018, her first music video “Destinée - Follow Your Dreams” was released: the singer and the lead actress, she wrote the lyrics and directed the project. The muse of designer Minika Ko, Anna has worked in the fashion industry for designers and photographers. She has recorded “Origin Story”, “The Goddess Lives” and “I’m in a million people’s pictures” with composer Ben Cockerham in an album that was released in August 2019.
Her coaching expertise has been valued by opera companies. Trained in hypnosis, with a deep understanding of the human being and of the vocal instrument, Anna realized that her technique could be applied to any individual willing to develop their self-confidence and deliver their message into the world. Anna has recently been recognized a member of the Association of Transformational Leaders.
Amazed by the miracle of life, Anna is dedicated to charitable projects. She has been volunteering in children’s hospitals in Paris with “Main dans la Main” and in NYC with “Sing For Hope”. She has also been supporting "Mission Be" to help children thrive through mindfulness. In Paris, Anna has been an ambassador of ANICA which defends animal rights. Anna is now an ambassador of Veterinarians International and recently performed a world class transformative experience at One Health gala.
Rachel Hall is an American soprano singer and teacher in the NYC area. Born in Princeton NJ, but raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Rachel moved to the Big Apple to pursue her musical career in 2008. Ms. Hall earned her Master of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of illustrious soprano, teacher, and director Catherine Malfitano. She holds Bachelor degrees in both Music Performance and Music Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
Ms. Hall has been praised as "a force of nature… with a gracefully huge voice" (Berkshire Fine Arts) for her August 2017 breakout performances in the title role in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen with New York's Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble. The New York press lauded her as "simply astonishing… a warm soprano of full body, easily fluidity and perfectly consistent tone… completely alive to every moment on the stage" (New York Classical).
Rachel performs opera, musical theater and symphonic works with orchestras and opera companies all over the US. She's passionate about helping people and loves being able to connect with others through music.
Rachel is a big advocate for the arts, the power of positivity and empowering children to find their true voice. These things are what interested her in being part of the VOCALISE team. Rachel knew Anna from her performing life, but is thrilled to be working alongside her on this new project with such a talented and diverse team.
Some favorite roles and performance include her contemporary opera debut in the role of Madeline Usher in Philip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher at the iconic MASS MoCA; making her role debut as Fiordiligi in Opera on the James' production of Così fan tutte, and rejoining the Canton Symphony as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana.
Additional recent stage performances include Ms. Hall's role debuts as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and Adina in L'elisir d'amore (the latter with Shreveport Opera), her Lincoln Center debut as Gretel in a new production of Hansel and Gretel with the Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall, and an eight-month stint as Adeline in the original off-Broadway production of Serenade. Her concert appearances include a Mostly Mozart program with Annapolis Opera, her Santa Fe Symphony debut as the soprano soloist for Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate, her Canton Symphony debut as the soprano soloist for Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem and her return to the Canton Symphony as the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
Ms. Hall initially earned national attention for her mainstage debut as Barbarina in Santa Fe Opera's 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro, for which she was hailed as a "musically nuanced, clear soprano with a perfectly charming stage presence" (Ionarts). She fulfilled two seasons as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera and also fulfilled a young artist residency with Shreveport Opera, performing Micaëla in La tragédie de Carmen and Valencienne in The Merry Widow. In 2015, Ms. Hall won an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (North Carolina district).
Rachel has been giving teaching privately and giving master classes since 2010 and is thrilled to be a part of the Long Ridge Music Center in Stamford, CT. Rachel lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and enjoys a life full of music, art and nature!
Ms. Sheridan is a New York Singing Teachers’ Association Distinguished Voice Professional, having completed The Oren L. Brown Professional Development Program core curriculum of Vocal Anatomy, Vocal Acoustics, Developmental Repertoire, Vocal Health and Comparative Pedagogy. She has served on the board of NYSTA and is a member of NATS and NATS/ENY. She is the co-founder of ACTING OPERA and presently serves as the president of the board of The Midwest Institute of Opera based in in Bloomington, IL, at Illinois State University.
Students in the Sheridan Studio have performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, regional opera companies, on- and off-Broadway, as well as in jazz and country music venues. A specialty of her studio is training a healthy, more beautiful sounding speaking voice for women in business and in the public eye.
She is a philanthropist and thrives to make the world a better place.
Lauren Pearson is a writer passionate about giving a voice to nonprofits. As the Communications Coordinator for VOCALISE, Lauren seeks to empower others through effective written, visual and interactive content that both inspires and mobilizes people to action for good. With a rich background serving at-risk communities through nonprofits both in the U.S and abroad, she believes that love, community, identity and acceptance are the greatest needs of humanity that need to be addressed, regardless of upbringing or culture. To provide for these needs through communicating the vision of VOCALISE is an absolute privilege. Lauren met Anna Cley, the founder of VOCALISE, while interning at the corporate offices of Publicis Health in New York City for the summer.
Year-round, Lauren is a senior public relations major and communication studies minor at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. As a result, she works remotely. On her college campus, she serves as the Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing for Breaking the Shackles, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and funds to end human trafficking. Additionally, Lauren has 14 years of pre-professional ballet experience and still loves finding ways to dance in her free time. When she is not writing or dancing, she delights in leading middle and high school students on Sundays at her local church.
For the past 16 years, Sylvain Coulon has lived in 9 different countries.
He first learned about human behavior when he lived for a full year in a small scientific station in Antarctica together with 25 other people, but it is in Equatorial Guinea that he had a revelation as he opened an industrial company with the First Lady of the country, employing 100 employees from more than 10 different countries.
Managing to gather all these individualities around a common project is the challenge Sylvain preferred. Following this experiences, it was natural for him to evolve in the field of human sciences.
Sylvain decided to move to the United States to study human behavior. A few months later, he graduated from the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque, NM, with a specialization in medical and behavioral hypnotherapy.
In 2016, he opened his hypnotherapy practice in New York, Central Park South.
The quick and compelling results in his office reached the ears of diplomats, professional athletes and people of all kinds who wished to learn how to manage their emotions and improve their quality of life.
Soon, Sylvain was offered the opportunity to speak at Harvard to present the capabilities and power of the mind. He has also spoken at multiple events, radio shows, podcasts and newspapers.In 2018 and 2019, Sylvain received the New York Award for the best hypnotherapy service. In 2018, he founded "Mind Pro Sports", a company that offers innovative mental training for top athletes. He founded the Positive Society Project, which promotes positive initiatives to help people better understand their behaviors throughout their daily life. Passionate about the mind, Sylvain dedicates his energy to promoting the idea that we can all improve our daily lives by better understanding how our own mind works.
Ben Cockerham is a composer and entrepreneur based in NYC, specializing in the intersection of jazz, funk, and chamber music. An active performer in the NYC scene for over a decade, Ben leads several acts including mainstays such as indie funk band Sublunar Minds and the Gil Evans-esque Savoy In Color. He is a prolific songwriter and composes chamber music for some of the top musicians in NYC as well as high profile events such as New York Fashion Week. A serial entrepreneur, Ben co-founded music companies RightsFlow (acquired by Google in 2011) and Source3 (acquired by Facebook in 2017). In 2010 Billboard magazine named Ben one of its “30 Under 30: Power Players In The Music Industry.”