Emily Saaen Vox

Vice principal Emily Saaen Vox in a singing lesson.

Emily is a Vice Principal Singing Teacher at Vox Singing Academy.

Born into a musical family, Emily is a delightful singer from Russia, who received a fundamental classical education (vocal, piano, musical theory, solfeggio, composition) and privately trained in a wide range of contemporary singing techniques.

Fusing Celtic, Slavic and Nordic traditions, layered with classical and euro-jazz schools, Emily’s unmistakable voice is now featured on multiple international releases, collaborations with bands and musicians from all continents, and spanning a recording, performing, producing and teaching career of nearly 20 years.

Awards and recognition:

  • VSA Teacher Of The Month (February 2018)
  • VSA Excellency In Teacher Training Award (February 2018)
  • VSA Employee and Teacher Of The Month (October 2018)

Emily has thought up some great innovations that we are applying across the board, and has really taken her teaching to the next level by making her students the number one priority when she’s teaching and working for VSA!

After working with rock, metal, dark-wave and gothic outfits in her youth, she appeared solo on Russian gothic compilations: Russian Existence – A Tribute To Project Pitchfork (artist), Colours Of Black I and II (artist, mastering engineer). She is the voice for Íon, Aeolight, Altera Forma, Canonis, Stigmatic Chorus, The Braves amongst many others, and her vast credits as a guest and backing vocalist could take up a wall. She also runs Morningmare Studios, working as a composer, songwriter, music producer and sound engineer.

Having travelled the world and now settled in Melbourne with her astrophysicist husband, Emily continues to work in other sound-related fields – voice acting for animated films, TV shows, narrating audiobooks… And, of course, recording and performing music.

She is currently the lead vocalist of CELTIC ILLUSION and it’s spin-off ECLIPSE – massive theatrical productions, cleverly fusing Irish and contemporary dance with grand-scale illusions (think Riverdance meets David Copperfield). For her warm and moving delivery, unique tone and a true-diva stage presence, Emily was cast by the show’s Emmy-nominated musical producer and USA-based Irish tenor Michael Londra himself, and entrusted with bringing to life beautiful songs by Steve Skinner – a powerhouse in his own category, who works with artists like Celine Dion, Akon, Diana Ross, The Bee Gees and the Broadway musical Rent, to name a few.

Emily’s private singing lessons are $50 each.

Booking Hours (AEDT – Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart time zone):

  • Monday – St Kilda studio (3 PM – 8 PM)
  • Tuesday  Carnegie studio & ONLINE (Zoom, Skype)  (12 PM – 10 PM)
  • Wednesday – St Kilda studio (12 PM – 10 PM)
  • Friday –  ONLINE only (Zoom, Skype)  (12 PM – 10 PM)
  • Saturday –  Brunswick studio & ONLINE (Zoom, Skype) (10 AM – 6.30 PM)
  • Sunday   ONLINE (Zoom, Skype) & on your location – recording studio, rehearsal space, theater (By Appointment Only)

VSA Teacher Interview With Emily A. Saaen

Emily also does a lot of work behind the scenes. VSA’s blogs, proofreading our website, social media, and much more! She has developed a lot of in-lesson and school-wide initiatives and procedures to take VSA and all our students to the next level, keeps taking lessons with Peter Vox himself, and continues to innovate and grow both as a teacher and a vocalist.

Some of Emily’s students on Youtube:


You can listen to samples of her own work here:


Emily’s 10 favourite albums, in no particular order:

    • • The Gathering – Souvenirs
      • Anathema – Alternative 4
      • Dream Theater – A Change Of Seasons
      • Rainbow – Long live rock-n-roll
      • Immortal – Pure Holocaust
      • Garmarna – Vedergallningen
      • Antisisters – UNZ!
      • Sarah Vaughan – Benny Carter’s Sessions
      • Kari Rueslatten – Spindelsinn
      • Tom Waits – The black rider

Student testimonials:

“I have to share that two days before a concert I had cold feet, I was a nervous wreck and one message from Emily showing her faith and motivation made me perform that day. Emily is not only a phenomenal singer and teacher but I highly appreciate the emotional intelligence and morale support I was provided.

I heard myself on the Vox YouTube channel after the performance and I am still stunned how I sound in real – I am still proud I stood there and sung!
And I am determined to sound better, perform better and maybe one day get told by Emily to go and fry bigger fish : )!”

– Reeti Jatania

“I’ve been learning GUTTURAL VOCALS with Emily and I’m having such a blast. I’ve only had about 4 or 5 lessons and the amount I’ve learnt is INSANE and so so HELPFUL. Keep up your amazing work Emily! ???”

– Ellie Read

“Emily has been the most amazing teacher. I’ve LEARNT MORE FROM HER THIS YEAR than I had ever learnt with previous singing teachers. I highly recommend VSA as it’s taken my singing skills to the next level!”

– Suhailah Davies

“My 9 y.o. daughter has been receiving vocal lessons through Vox Singing Academy for 8 months now. She has learnt so much in such a short period of time. Her teacher, Emily, is truly 1 IN A MILLION! She makes every class fun, encouraging, and always BRINGS THE ABSOLUTE BEST OUT in Shelby. We love attending the student concerts, where we get to see all students showcase their wonderful talents!”

– Belinda Haynes

“I have been learning with Emily since she started at Vox (St Kilda) and can say SHE IS AN AMAZING TEACHER AND PERSON! She has given me the confidence to believe in myself, my abilities and my voice. She is UNDERSTANDING and ENCOURAGING yet FIRM and gives direction. She’s has a technical scale or practice for every area you may be struggling in or that needs improving. I ALWAYS HAVE FUN IN MY SINGING LESSONS and come away with a page full of notes and a smile. I can’t wait to see where our lessons take me! Thanks Emily and Vox!”

– Evangeline Lammers

“I got to work with the FABULOUS Emily to develop my voice. Every week I received EXCELLENT SCALES DESIGNED FOR MY VOICE to practice with. Emily always tried to REVEAL THE BEST in my voice and STRETCHED ME FARTHER than I believed I could ever go! I didn’t even know that I could sing that way and definitely didn’t think I would be SO CONFIDENT UP ON STAGE!”

– Chami Rupasinghe

“To Emily, Thank you for everything you have taught me so far! I’ve made SO MUCH PROGRESS in just a few months with my VOCAL STRENGTH, PITCH and RANGE that I never thought I’d be able to achieve!!! Always looking forward to working with you every week!”

– Alex Rossi

“I have been working with and learning from Emily for a couple of months now and can undoubtedly say, her teaching, PATIENCE, SKILL and ability are COMPLETELY UNPARALLELED. She is an HONEST and ENCOURAGING teacher, and her discernment in technical and practical skills regarding my voice and ability has helped my growth immensely. Singing lessons are always fun and informative and I’m excited for my future sessions with her as her encouragement is UNWAVERING, and my vocal development is a definite testament to that.

– Nosimilo Ngubane

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