"Caren Hession combines her experience and unique background in specialist research (Equine Therapy and Beat Perception) with her talent and love for singing, songwriting and performing. As a vocal coach this enables her to teach with incredible insight into how to help people achieve breakthroughs mentally, vocally and creatively. Her genuine love for people, as well as her relentless passion to deliver education and opportunities to those seeking personal and artistic development, really shines through and it's been my personal pleasure to work with her as a colleague. I highly recommend Caren to beginner and professional singers alike."
Joshua Alamu - Education & Development Mentor
"We have known Caren for over four years and believe her to be a vocal coach of the highest calibre, helping her students to achieve a vocal quality they never knew they could access before. As a mentor she has a knack of encouraging her students to find their true voice by digging deeper emotionally thus showing their true personality. She can also help solve problem areas technically by unlocking parts of a voice through a clear and uncluttered pedagoloical approach.Caren is a fine coach and mentor and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending her to any of our students who seek further work on their artist development"
Richard Halton & Julie Gossage - Musical Theatre Coaches
"Dr. Caren Hession has all my admiration and respect. She is one of the most intelligent, dedicated and professional people that I know. Her vision and purpose with music and neuroscience is a game changer for the world. I am truly honoured to know her and call her a friend. "
Miguel Manzo - Vocal Coach
"The most amazing, enlightening, fantastic, life-changing experience... I strongly recommend that anyone interested in singing - even just for themselves, should contact the fabulous Caren. "
Colette Madden - Student, Galway
"My dreams for the future are hopefully to be on the West End. I have had the chance to gain knowledge and insight into the industry by attending mentorship workshops with Joshua, Julie and Richard and I have thoroughly enjoyed them! I have not only developed my vocal skills but have also seen my confidence grow!"
Orla Smith - Winner of Limerick's Got Talent, Limerick
"I can't wait to support performers in Ireland - to see how much more they can achieve with Stage Charisma and to make more of an impact in their artistic dreams"
Randolph Matthews - Performance Coach, London
"The Green Room Sessions allow me to explore aspects of my voice, in a live setting, that I never knew were there before. They allow me to grow in confidence while performing with like-minded musicians, and help me to create sounds I would never have produced, all with an aim to recording my own music!"
Joann McCormack - Wedding Singer, Galway
"It's great to get to sing with a full live band. It's the real deal! I'd never get that chance otherwise. You can see and learn the work that professional singers and bands have to do before they entertain a crowd. I have really learned to enjoy performing! It even encouraged me to take the next step and walk into a recording studio!"
Martin Purcell - Singer, Limerick
"The green room sessions are all about empowerment and building confidence through positive teaching. Caren has given me the ability to perform outside my comfort zone and the confidence to enjoy it. I never would have done that before. A repertoire to be proud of and a career in singing would be amazing!"
Michelle Quirke - Singer, Galway
"Sometimes in life you end up on a route you hadn't planned travelling. When that route is where RISE Choir are also travelling, then all you can do is smile. RISE is an opportunity to just BE; be welcomed; be accepted; be respected; be fulfilled; be challenged; be inspired! Rise is where music and personal fulfillment meet!"
Eilis O'Neill - Principal, Singer and Choral Accompanist, Galway
"If the thought of singing in public scared me, then the idea of singing with other singers terrified me. What a revelation then to find the RISE choir. A welcoming, inspiring space to have fun, grow, and sing some uplifting contemporary songs with a wonderful bunch of people"
Adam Cowan - Student, Galway
"I love, love, love Thursday nights! Singing uplifting songs with beautiful people, it's fun and pure heart energy! Personally I've grown from someone who almost left such was the level of terror to singing a solo at a public performance! The effects of singing translate to other areas of life. If you want change, growth and lots of laughs look no further!"
Laura O'Connor - Choir Member, Galway
"To work towards getting up on stage and performing in front of people and getting into the emotions of the song and telling that story, was an absolutely massive achievement, something I thought I would never master"
Louise O'Sullivan - Singer Songwriter, Kerry
"The showcase is an inspirational, emotional evening! We have watched our little girls’ self-confidence soar over the past two years. Caren has given her so much encouragement and the techniques to get the best out of her voice. Emily is so proud to be part of Mad about the Voice Ireland. Most of all, Caren is Emily’s mentor and friend and that is priceless"
Mark and Michelle Manning - Parents, Limerick
"an amazing, wonderful and surprisingly emotional evening. I felt close to tears for each performance! The showcase showed that it is far more than just singing lessons that Caren provides. She really does give people the opportunity to shine, to grow in confidence, to reach their potential, to express themselves in such a beautiful way and to truly believe in themselves, often when others have knocked them down before. Each person had a story and they got to express that on stage"
Kaitlyn Moran - Student, Galway
"Seeking meaning, finding substance and unwrapping layers are all part of a complex process of discovery, explored by those who are brave enough to bear witness to who they are"
- Ger Leslie -
"A highly talented professional individual with a deep understanding and empathy for children that had special needs"
Dan McInerney - Former Principal at St Michael's Boys School, Galway
"Coupled with her own musical background and educational achievements (PhD!!) this lady offers a unique experience tailored to meet the individual needs of every person she trains...hand on my heart, she is truly exceptional"
Miriam Costello - Parent, Westmeath
"This lady will give her everything into building you up - to grow and become every ounce of the artist you truly are"
Josephine Grace - Singer Songwriter, Wexford
"The focus on me as an individual artist was fantastic because it took away the need for me to compare myself to other people, which I had been doing for a long, long time. So I'm no longer in this race with all these other singers, it's just literally everyone doing their best, and working hard"
Louise O'Sullivan - Singer Songwriter, Kerry
"Mad about the Voice Ireland has given me the tools and platforms to develop and showcase my talent. They have brought my voice and vocal abilities to a whole new level... I am singing songs I never thought possible!"
Laura Phelan, Winner of Ultimate Artists 2016 Award, Galway
"Mad About The Voice Ireland trains you vocally and I think mentally as well... They really help you to become the kind of artist you want to be...They've also taught me that's it ok not to get every audition or win every competition I enter, that every no, is a yes in a different area"
Bethan McKenna - Teen Star Finalist, Westmeath
"Little did I think... the impact working with Caren would have. My daughter was struggling badly at the time - attention span, melt downs and school were all suffering badly. Within weeks we saw a tremendous difference... In my opinion, there is nothing out there... that compares to this"
Michelle Frawley - Parent, Galway
"It has given me a lot of confidence so I can sing anywhere I can now. I found the vocal exercises Caren gave me for singing songs, helped my singing voice and my everyday voice... I hope this will help younger people in the same situation as me."
Emma Griffin - Student, Limerick
"What an emotional, powerful experience! As soon as I walked into Caren's studio, it just felt like I was meant to be there, the energy and vibe was just so encouraging and positive"
Orla O'Connor - Singer, Louth