Zac Bradford is proud to be the Director of the Australian studio for New York Vocal Coaching (NYVCA). For several years he was a voice teacher associate at NYVC’s Midtown Manhattan studio (NYC). During this time he worked extensively with Mr Stoney and other staff at New York Vocal Coaching. Zac is excited to be bringing the values, energy and successful teachings of New York Vocal Coaching to Australia. He specializes in teaching voice technique, across a wide range of musical genres. Zac is passionate about seeking a holistic, science-informed approach to voice training, where detailed scientific information is mindfully linked with practical application to meet the specific needs of each individual.
Zac’s clients have reached the Top #10 on the US Billboard Charts, have been featured in Hollywood Films, Television Shows & Commercials and have worked as backing singers and band members for Mariah Carey, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Hall & Oates, Tina Turner and Dave Brubeck. His stage clients are performing on Broadway, Off Broadway, 1st USA and Australian National Tours and The Metropolitan Opera. Many of his clients are professional gigging musicians that tour internationally, work on cruise ships and perform in well-known live music venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, The Blue Note, Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End. In 2015, Zac was the vocal coach for a musical episode of TV show "Royal Pains" (USA Network), with original music by Tom Kitt (composer of Next to Normal, If/Then).
Zac holds an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University, Steinhardt School, under the tutelage of Dr. Brian Gill and Prof. Jeremy Aye. For which he earned a 4.0 grade average. He was the recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, granted by the American Australian Association to support this study at NYU. He holds a Master of Music Studies in Vocal Pedagogy, a Graduate Diploma of Music Studies and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice, all from Griffith University (QLD, Australia). He received the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence for each degree. During this study at QCGU, Zac was mentored by Dr. Irene Bartlett.
In 2023, Zac qualified to be named a PAVA-Recognized Vocologist (PAVA-RV). This designation by the Pan American Vocology Association recognizes expertise and multidisciplinary work in the field of Vocology. In June of 2023 Zac had the privilege of studying with Dr. Johan Sundberg at the “Science of the Singing Voice'' course in Sandvik, Sweden (with Dr Filipa Lã, Dr Brian Gill, Sten Ternström & others). Zac completed the NYVC Voice Teacher Training & Certification (40hr) under the mentorship of Justin Stoney (2014). Zac is a Certified Integrative Studies Practitioner (Honors) at The One Voice Centre - NYC, under the guidance of Dr. Joan Melton & Jennie Morton. He completed the NYU Summer Vocal Pedagogy Intensive (2015), under the instruction of Dr. Johan Sundberg, Dr. Brian Gill, Prof. Jeremy Aye, Joan Lader, Dr. Milan Amin & Shirley Gherson.
As a performer, Zac has a wealth of experience as a lead & side man at festivals, clubs, cafe's & on the corporate music scene. He has performed on stage with finalists from "The Voice" , "Idol" & "The X Factor". Zac has worked in over 60 musical theatre productions, as performer, orchestra pit musician, vocal director, and music director. In 2006, Zac was awarded Best Music Direction (Del Arts Award), for Starlight Theatre Company's production of Godspell. A versatile musician, he plays the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass and piano.
Zac has worked at New York University (NYU) as Adjunct Voice Faculty in the Steinhardt School. He is currently sessional staff in the Jazz Voice department at The Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University.
In addition to his work with professionals and university students, Zac has extensive experience working with children, having led workshops at schools and in music & theatre camp settings. Of particular note, is Brisbane Junior Theatre (https://brisbanejuniortheatre.com.au/), for which has been a resident music director. Prior to moving to the USA, Zac managed a private music studio, and taught at private schools in QLD, Australia.
He has given masterclasses, workshops and lectures in the USA and Australia. Highlights include presenting at the Voice Foundations Annual Symposium (2021, Online), the International Youth Fellowship World Camp (New York, 2014), AUS ACT – The Australian Actors Training Conference (2018 & 19), and being on Faculty at Dr. Joan Melton’s One Voice Certification Course in NYC (2019, 20 & 21).
Zac is currently a member of The Voice Foundation (TVF), and the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA). He has been published in the Journal of Voice, the Fusion Journal, Takelessons.com and vocalarticles.com. Zac is a regular contributor to vocalpedagogy.com and voicelessonsonline.com where he has been featured on the popular NYVC YouTube channel.