Isabella Dovaston originally trained as a pianist and was in demand as an accompanist before taking up singing. She studied with Neilson Taylor at RSAMD, and has given recitals both here and abroad. She has also sung professionally in Opera---among her roles were “ Larina” in Eugene Onegin, “Mercedes” in Carmen and a cameo role as “Mrs. Balchristie” in a revival of Hamish McCunn’s Jeanie Deans. Isabella now works as a voice coach (singing and drama) interspersed with a few singing engagements.

She is also a qualified Primary Teacher, teaching general subjects for many years, before becoming a peripatetic Music Teacher responsible for singing, instrumental work, choirs and school productions throughout the primary age range in many Ayrshire schools. During that time, she had many successes in local and national competitions.
She also had a spell working in the Yukon, Canada, teaching Native American children and had a choir broadcast nationally in Centennial year.

On leaving state education in 1994, Isabella was Head of music at Drumley House School, and trained in London for a diploma in Kodaly Musicianship. She obtained a Diploma in Advanced Musicianship and was awarded certification from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest.

She then trained further in “Colourstrings” Pre-school music and started her own school called “The Music box” which she ran for ten years.

In 2005, after qualifying in London in Integrated Voice (studying the relationship between the singing and the speaking voice, she added Speech and Drama classes to her already established singing lessons.

She has now taken further qualifications in voice production, and divides her time between singing tuition and speech work. She believes in good vocal practice---and encourages all her students to “find their voice”---- and change their lives.

About Isabella dovaston
Isabella is now teaching Musical Theatre skills, including belting, and is at present coaching several students for auditions with local Musical Societies. She still has spaces for anyone interested in developing these skills---either in an amateur or professional capacity.