Ron Morris, speech therapist, audiologist and counter tenor, graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 with an honours degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology. It was during that time that he commenced singing studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He holds a Performer’s Certificate from Trinity College, London, and completed a Master of Musical Studies (Vocal Performance) in 2001 at Griffith University Conservatorium of Music studying with Margaret Schindler.
As a speech therapist, Ron has a broad clinical experience with both paediatric and adult caseloads. He has special interest in therapy for patients with head and neck surgery, voice disorders and articulation disorders. Furthermore, Ron has worked for many years with both children and adults with significant hearing impairment. This has given him a unique set of skills in identifying and remediating disorders and inefficiencies in the articulatory system. Because of his own singing background, Ron has become increasingly interested in helping singers to vocal efficiency through work on breathing, support and articulation. In this capacity he lectures and runs classes at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Ron continues to work as a speech therapist and audiologist, working in private practice and in a head and neck surgery unit in a large private hospital in Brisbane. He continues to sing professionally, as a soloist, as a member of Queensland Opera Chorus and in St John’s Cathedral Choir. Ron is in demand worldwide as a memorably entertaining presenter of lectures and workshops on vocal anatomy and physiology, respiration and most commonly articulation and tongue function. He is currently enrolled in a PhD, evaluating the Accent Method of Breathing in young classical singers, and is a visiting research fellow and lecturer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Ron was a major contributor to Janice Chapman’s highly regarded book “Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice”.