Bondi Junction, Sydney   |   grace@merrymelodies.com.au

 

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About

I began studying singing when I was 10 years old. At 16, I had my first job working for Yamaha Music School in Bangkok, teaching young children and teens. During this time I was also busy giving singing lessons to children from my local neighbourhood, and it was at this point I knew I wanted to become a professional singing teacher.

After a successful audition, I was accepted into the prestigious Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Burapha University in Chon Buri, Thailand where I classically trained in opera singing and performance. I attained a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts degree, majoring in Music and Performing Arts. Prior to attending university, I studied for three years under Ms. Maneenuch Smerasut, Thailand's pre-eminent singing teacher and vocal technique coach. I was also fortunate to study under Mr. Manit Thuvasethakul, Thailand's renowned opera singer (baritone).

Despite being trained in Opera as a soprano, I am also an experienced performer in jazz, musicals and pop music. Throughout my career I have performed in numerous musicals, recitals and concerts in Thailand:

  • Member (soloist) in the Burapha Symphony Orchestra

  • Member (soloist) in the Burapha Big Band

  • Singer (high soprano) in the Burapha Chorus

  • Member of Secret & Secular Ensemble

  • Live concert singing of songs from the musicals Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and Song & Dance

  • Performer in numerous Burapha Music and Performing Arts Festivals

I have worked for a number of renowned singing schools and academies in Thailand, including Yamaha Music School (Bangkok), Yamaha Music School (Pattaya) and Superstar Academy International Music and Performing Arts School (Bangkok). I have also worked as a freelance opera singer, performing at weddings, receptions and private functions.

In my formative years, I competed in a number of singing competitions, including winning To Be Number One, a highly regarded Thai classical singing contest, where I was awarded first prize for my performance of one of His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej's songs, "H.M. Blues". The award was presented by Her Royal Highness, Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand, a passionate supporter of Thai arts and culture. I also won first prize in the Star Maker Singing Contest for my performance of "Unexpected Song" from the musical Song & Dance and was also awarded a Silver Prize at the Yamaha Music Festival for my solo vocal performance (accompanied by piano) of "Desperado" by the Eagles.

I am a caring, patient and encouraging teacher, who always strives to bring out the best in my students. I feel very fortunate to have been able to combine my passion for singing with my love of teaching.

Grace Klomklieng

Director of Merry Melodies

As well as opera, I enjoy singing songs from a wide variety of other musical genres:

  •  "Crazy" by Willie Nelson

  • "Memory" by Barbara Streisand

  • "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys

  • "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton

  • "I've Got You Under My Skin" by Cole Porter

  • "So Nice" by Marcos Valle & Norman Gimbel

  • "Time to Say Goodbye" by Sartori & Quarantotto 

  • "The Look of Love" by Burt Bacharach & Hal David

  • "You Raise Me Up" by Rolf Lovland & Brendan Graham

  • "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)" by Eric Maschwitz & Jack Strachey

  • "Skyfall", "When We Were Young", "Chasing Pavements", "All I Ask" and "Million Years Ago" by Adele

  • "A Time for Us" from the film Romeo and Juliet by Kusik & Snyder

  • "Over the Rainbow" from the film The Wizard of Oz by Arle & Harburg

  • "My Favourite Things" from the film The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein

  • "Summertime" from the opera Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin

  • "I Enjoy Being a Girl" from the musical Flower Drum Song by Rodgers and Hammerstein

  • "I Feel Pretty" from the musical West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim

  • "Think of Me" from the musical The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart

  • "Feeling Good" from the musical The Roar of Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd by Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse

  

O Mio Babbino Caro
Think of Me

I love to sing classical arias such as:

  •  "Habanera" from Carmen by Bizet

  • "Vise d'arte" from Tosca by Puccini

  • "Voi che sapete" from Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart

  • "O cessate di piagarmi" from Il Pompeo by Scarlatti

  • "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini

  • "Ave Maria" by Vavilov

  • "Caro mio ben" by Giordani

  • "Pur dicesti, o bocca bella" by Lotti

  • "O sole mio" by Capurro & Di Capua

  • "Danza, danza, faniculla gentile" by Durante

  • "Chacun le sait, chacun le dit" from La fille du regiment by Donizetti 

 

I also have a passion for singing songs from Walt Disney films with my favourites being:

  • "A Tale as Old as Time" (Beauty and the Beast)

  • "Something There" (Beauty and the Beast)

  • "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (Cinderella)

  • "Happy Working Song" (Enchanted)

  • "Let it Go" (Frozen)

  • "Part of Your World" (The Little Mermaid)

  • "Reflection" (Mulan)

  • "Colors of the Wind" (Pocahontas)

  • "Almost There" (The Princess and the Frog)

  • "Once Upon a Dream" (Sleeping Beauty)

  • "When Will My Life Begin" (Tangled)