Moira Smiley

Moira has taught extensively in the U.S., Europe, and England. Her subject is the singing voice, and its ability to encompass an astounding range of expressive, linguistic and stylistic “colors. Moira seeks to guide her students in the discovery and development of this flexibility within their own voice – both technically and artistically. She also works a lot with students on the skill and magic of creating a moving performance.

Moira has led vocal workshops and residencies at University of Birmingham (England), CalArts, Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, Swannanoah Gathering, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, Northwestern University, Omega Institute, CA WorldFest, Virginia Waterfront Festival, Bishop-Auckland Early Music Festival, and many others.

Moira’s academic specialty is Early Music, and she has developed parallel experience with various folk traditions – especially early American, Irish and Balkan vocal styles. By exploring the particularity of a tradition, style or period – one finds something uniquely one’s own.

Moira also teaches with her primary ensemble, VOCO – a remarkable teaching team, specializing in improvisation, vocal technique and movement. See VOCO’s Residency Offerings.

Moira’s Teaching – Solo & with VOCO

• Vocal Workshops for groups of singers -and non “singers” too!

• Residencies with Choirs, Dance and Theater Companies

• Private Voice Lessons & Voice Coaching

• Performing Arts Camps for teens and adults that combine singing with the outdoors, percussion, dance, theatre, puppetry and poetry. Every summer she leads Ooolation! Outdoor Singing Camps with Malcolm Dalglish and other guest artist-teachers. She continues to develop new experiences for singers.


SongRoots – harmony singing songroots.ca
Alasdair Fraser’s Folk Camps – all ages sierrafiddlecamp.org
Ooolation Outdoor Singing Camp – for singers 13-21 oooliticmusic.com
Zoukfest – one-week Irish/Balkan intensive (Moira=voice dept.) zoukfest.com
Augusta Heritage – summer-long folk school in Elkins, W. Virginia augustaheritage.com
Worldsongs Camp – Amherst Island, Ontario, Canada worldsongs.ca
Swannanoah Gathering – summer-long folk-school, Asheville, NC swangathering.org
Shakespeare Santa Cruz  shakespearesantacruz.org

Dream Intro // moira smiley & VOCO
  1. Dream Intro // moira smiley & VOCO
  2. Visa Fran Jarna // moira smiley & VOCO
  3. Chilly Winds // moira smiley & VOCO
  4. North Country // moira smiley & VOCO
  5. I Live in California // moira smiley & VOCO
  6. Mazurka // moira smiley & VOCO
  7. Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind // moira smiley & VOCO
  8. Dream Dve Nevesti // moira smiley & VOCO
  9. Deportee // moira smiley & VOCO
  10. Oj Jabuko // moira smiley & VOCO
  11. Oj Savice // moira smiley & VOCO
  12. Oh Winter // moira smiley & VOCO
  13. Orphan Girl // moira smiley & VOCO
  14. Whistle Daughter Whistle // moira smiley & VOCO
  15. Steam Engines // moira smiley & VOCO
  16. They’re Red Hot // moira smiley & VOCO
  17. Dream Outro // moira smiley & VOCO