Director of NYVC Australia
Zac Bradford is proud to be the Director of the Australian studio for New York Vocal Coaching. For several years he was a voice teacher associate at NYVC’s Mid Town Manhattan studio (NYC). During this time he worked extensively with Mr Stoney and other staff at New York Vocal Coaching. Zac is now excited to be bringing the values, energy and successful teachings of New York Vocal Coaching to Australia. He specialises in teaching voice technique, across a wide range of musical genres. Zac is passionate about seeking a holistic, 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 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 (Australia). He received the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence for each degree. During this study at QCGU, Zac was mentored by Dr. Irene Bartlett.
Zac completed the NYVC Voice Teacher Training & Certification (40hr) under the mentorship of Justin Stoney (2014). Zac is a Certified Integrative Studies Practitioner (Honours) 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. Zac is certified for Social & Behavioural Research, through CITI, after completing their program course (2019-2022).
Performing & Music Direction
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 Companies production of Godspell. A versatile musician, he plays the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass and piano.
Masterclass’s, Lectures and Other Teaching Experience
Zac has worked at New York University (NYU) as Adjunct Voice Faculty in the Steinhardt School. In addition to his work with professionals, 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 he is 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 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)
Affiliations & Other Teaching Experience
Zac is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), The Voice Foundation, and NYSTA (New York Singing Teachers Association). In addition to the aforementioned organisations, he has also has attended conferences and events produced by The Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Australian Voice Association, The Australian Actors Training Conference, One Voice Centre for Integrative Studies and Gill Mindful Voice Training.
In addition to writing multiple articles for NYVC’s vocalarticles.com, Zac has been published in the Fusion Journal. His research with Jessica Lee and Dr. Joan Melton titled “Acoustic Characteristics of Vocal Sounds Used by Professional Actors Performing Classical Material without Microphones in Outdoor Theatre” is to be presented at the Voice Foundations Annual Symposium (Online, 2020).
Founder and President
Justin Stoney, the Founder of New York Vocal Coaching, is an internationally-recognized voice teacher and vocal coach. One of the leading voice teachers in today’s music industry, he has appeared on the NBC Today Show, CBS, Fox News, Fox 5 New York, The Insider, and frequently as a guest on Huffington Post Live’s interviews of celebrity singers. His teaching has been featured in publications such as Esquire Magazine, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, SELF, NME, Fox News Magazine, Discovery News, Medical Daily, UK’s Daily Mail, Tech Times, and Backstage Magazine. Backstage readers also voted Mr. Stoney as one of New York City’s best Voice Teachers and Vocal Coaches.His teaching has been featured in publications such as Esquire Magazine, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, NME, Fox News Magazine, Discovery News, Medical Daily, and more.
Justin has taught as a master teacher of pop/rock/R&B and musical theatre for the NYSTA Comparative Vocal Pedagogy program, has been featured by the Learning Annex as a guest expert, was published as the vocal coach in residence for Voice Council Magazine, and has given master classes throughout the US and internationally. A born teacher, Justin has worked enthusiastically with a vast array of students - from beginning singers to celebrity clients, Broadway singers, and recording stars. Justin has worked with literally thousands of singers in New York and holds a strong reputation internationally, with private students from over 60 countries. Mr. Stoney has trained not only singers, but also other Voice Teachers from all over the world through the NYVC Voice Teacher Training & Certification program.
Justin’s pop/rock/R&B clients have reached #1 on Billboard Charts, have had international radio airplay, and have signed with major record labels including Universal, Sony, EMI, and Disney Records. Justin’s clients include recording artists, bands, celebrities, and singer/songwriters who have toured in the US and internationally. Contemporary artists have also appeared as finalists on The Voice, American Idol, and X-Factor after working with Justin.
Justin has coached performers toward winning their first Broadway roles, starting recording careers, receiving their first callbacks, getting cast in their first show, and more.
Justin’s theatre clients, including Emmy-Winning and Tony-Nominated artists, have appeared in leading and ensemble roles in nearly every Broadway musical in the last decade. A few highlights include: Billy Elliot, Book of Mormon, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Lion King, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Phantom Of The Opera, Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Wicked. Aside from Broadway and Off-Broadway work, Justin’s clients have also appeared at the Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, London’s West End, and in several major motion pictures and network television shows.
Justin has coached performers toward winning their first Broadway roles, starting recording careers, receiving their first callbacks, getting cast in their first show, receiving their Equity card, solidifying representation with major talent agents and managers, getting into top music schools and universities, completing successful demo recordings and full-length albums, and working at almost every major regional theatre in the US. Voice Teachers he has trained have opened their own voice studios and taught in music schools and universities all across the world.