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Michèle Corbin (soprano) graduated with a Licenciate of Music Performers Diploma from Wits University’s School of Music. She was a pupil of the late Joyce Barker. During her studies, Michèle took the lead role in operas presented by the Wits School of Music, in addition to performing with CAPAB and NAPAC. She has performed in numerous concerts, recitals and oratorio, often accompanied by her mother, the well-known pianist, the late Odette Ray. Michèle won the prestigious Jim Joel Scholarship and the SABC Singing Competition in South Africa and won numerous categories and a gold medal at the Hastings Arts Festival, UK.

She continued her vocal studies in London under Gita Denise and Jane Metcalfe, working with Royal Opera House coach Alastair Dawes and Glyndbourne coach, Nicholas Bosworth.

Michèle’s concurrent interests in the world of corporate business lead her to complete an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) at the Open University, London whilst working in the City of London’s financial district.

Her love for music won out, and Michèle left the corporate world to follow her passion for singing opera and jazz. She undertook a Music Therapy Degree at the internationally renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. During her studies, Michèle developed an interest in using the voice as a therapeutic medium, working with mental health patients and adults with learning disabilities; the latter in her role as a vocal coach for the charity ROYAD.

Michèle recently returned to South Africa to study with Emma Renzi. Since her return, she has performed in many concerts, notably with Alma Oosthuizen and Malcolm Nay in ‘Bach to Broadway’; a series of corporate concerts; the Roodepoort Theatre’s Opera Gala 2009; and the ‘MyDream Festival of Soloists 2009’ performing in concert with the JSO at the Linder Auditorium.