Edward Hoepelman

Edward Hoepelman

Vocal coach


Edward Hoepelman began his journey studying voice at the Brabants Conservatorium in Tilburg and the Conservatory of Maastricht (where he continued his studies in opera for another four years). Afterwards he received the opportunity to learn from Sir Peter Pears in Aldebourgh, England. In addition he studied with Maestro Arrigo Pola (Modena, Italy) and Professor Hendrikus Rootering (Krefeld, Germany). He broadened his knowledge of breathing and vocal techniques with the help of several different sources: Bram Balfoort, Mia Kuipers (the Sven Smit method) and Horst Coblenzer (the Coblenzer method – Boldern, Switzerland). In his life, Edward has made countless study trips to London, Vienna and New York.

Edward has also been taught in EVTS (the Estill Voice Training System) by Gillyanne Kayes, Anne-Marie Speed, Paul Farrington and no other than Jo Estill herself. EVTS is a well-known and thorough vocal method, that can be used for every vocal quality (from speech, to belt and even opera). In addition he strengthened his classical voice technique with the famous tenor and vocal coach James McCray. Last but not least, he studied the Lichtenberg method under Ingrid Voermans for numerous years.

As a performer and soloist, Edward was part of many operas, operettas, musicals and zarzuelas. He also worked on several radio and CD recordings, and collaborated with the Metropole Orchestra, the Limburgs Symphonic Orchestra and a Mariachi Orchestra; with the latter he toured the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Edward performed many vocal recitals as well, with among others harpist Saskia Veen accompanying him (singing works by Britten, Strauss, Faure, Debussy and Duparc).

At the present time Edward Hoepelman is fully committed to teaching. He is cofounder of the MusicAllFactory in Tilburg (a part time musical theatre course, preparing students for further education at a conservatory). In 1995 he received the opportunity to establish the musical theatre department within the Brabants Conservatorium, currently known as the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. He has been working there to this day, as the lead vocal coach and artistic advisor of the department. Edward was also connected to the Fontys Dansacademie as vocal coach for a period of time from 1996 till 2001.


Edward hosts masterclasses, workshops and guest lessons all around the world.

He was brought in as a vocal coach for numerous German musical productions (Elisabeth, Tanz der Vampire, Phantom of the Opera, 42nd Street, Jekyll & Hyde, and so forth). He also taught a 3-day musical theatre masterclass at the Joop van den Ende Academy in Hamburg. In 2002 he was asked to join an international panel on behalf of the Netherlands at the European congress for musical theatre education.

In Belgium Edward has worked with the Studio 100 company of the Little Mermaid and coached, among others, Nathalia and Silver for their performances at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp.

In Austria he was vocal coach for the musicals Romeo and Juliet, Sister Act and Mozart.

Edward teaches guest lessons at the musical theatre department of the Conservatory of Brussels, at the Fontys Rockacademie, the MusicAllFactory in Tilburg, for the Dutch Association of Vocal Coaches, the International Choir Festival, and so forth. He has been vocal coach for countless Dutch musical theatre productions, for example Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, My Fair Lady, Petticoat, Amandla Mandela, Tita Tovenaar, Sister Act, Hij Gelooft in Mij, Miss Saigon, Wicked, etc.

At the moment Edward is vocal coach for the 2018 Dutch cast of Evita.

Edward Hoepelman Award

In July 2017 Edward was honored at the first Musical Talent Gala in Tilburg. He received the “Edward Hoepelman Award”, an oeuvre award in his name which will be handed out each year to a person within the musical theatre business who has meant a great deal to its development.


Katrien Verheijden

Katrien Verheijden

Vocal coach

Katrien took private vocal lessons with Harry Ruijl and completed the adult course of the MusicAllFactory in Tilburg. She continued her education as a contract student at the Brabants (Fontys) Conservatorium with Edward Hoepelman and Antoinette Kouwenberg. During her studies she attended masterclasses from, among others, Willem Nijholt, Maya Hakvoort, Maike Boerdam and Linda Lepomme. She graduated with her show ‘It’s all make believe isn’t it’ about the life of Marilyn Monroe, directed by Marc Krone. Katrien took EVTS level 1 and 2 with Anne-Marie Speed and Paul Farrington, and received workshops in the Lichtenberg method with Ingrid Voermans who brought the method to The Netherlands.

In 2015 Katrien graduated from the Master of Music program at Fontys, specializing in Pop/Jazz and vocal education. During this course, she had taken vocal lessons from Paulien van Schaik and Margriet Sjoerdsma, songwriting from Erik Vlasblom and improvisation from Rogier Telderman. Katrien deepened her knowledge of the Estill Voice Training System (EVTS) during this time, with the help of Anne-Marie Speed and Helga Westmark. She also studied the Complete Vocal Technique (CVT) with Robin van Beek and Eva Wilms. During her Master studies she performed research on the development of vocal technique for jazz and pop singers, mapped out the current education at the Dutch conservatories and interviewed many vocal teachers connected to these schools. Katrien won the ‘Toonzaalprijs 2015’ with a concert of her own work combined with the repertoire of American singer-songwriter Janis Ian.

Katrien gave singing lessons at the Koningstheateracademie in Den Bosch and the adult course of the MusicAllFactory in Tilburg. Since 2002 she has worked at the Fontys Conservatory as main teacher for the departments of Musical Theatre and Master of Music. She teaches group vocal lessons in technique, pop, jazz and contemporary to students of the Musical Theatre course.

Katrien is also vocal technique teacher for the Jazz students of the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) in Tilburg.

In 2010 Katrien started working as a vocal coach for the musical theatre productions of the Efteling. She has worked on Sprookjesboom – een Gi-Ga-Gantisch Avontuur, Klaas Vaak, Sprookjesboom – een Wonderlijk Muziekfeest, Pinokkio, De Gelaarsde Kat en Sprookjessprokkelaar de musical.

From the early 90s Katrien has been active as a singer in several bands and projects of all sorts of styles: jazz, easy-listening, pop and musical. In 2004 she played in the production of Romeo & Julia, where she was a cover for the role of the Nurse. She also has a vocal trio called Sister Swing with which she performs songs from the 40s and 50s for the elderly. In June 2018 Katrien released an album with covers of Janis Ian songs titled ‘Echo’s in mijn hoofd’. She performs the songs translated in Dutch and even recorded two of them with Janis Ian herself. Her website is Katrien zingt Janis.

Ivar Costenoble

Ivar Costenoble

Vocal coach

Ivar Costenoble studied Musical Theatre at the Fontys Conservatorium in Tilburg, where he took singing lessons with Edward Hoepelman. He graduated as both a performer and a teacher. At an earlier time, he had completed the Music Orthopedagogics program at the Conservatory of Maastricht (specializing in helping the physically disabled) which he had combined with the adult course of the MusicAllFactory in Tilburg.

After his studies Ivar toured The Netherlands for four years, starring in the theatrical productions of Jeans (casts 11 to 14) where he was also active as a vocal coach.

He returned to the MusicalAllFactory as a voice teacher for several years and gave singing lessons to the students of the Fontys Academie voor Docent Drama in Tilburg.

Since 2004 Ivar has been working as main subject teacher at the Musical Theatre department of the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. He gives group lessons in Ensemble, Pop, Jazz, Contemporary and Knowledge of the Instrument. Ivar is also executive coordinator of the department.

He gave masterclasses at the Conservatory of Vienna and to the cast members of Evita in Vienna, and both The Lion King and The Bodyguard in Madrid.

Ivar performs as a singer (bass) in a wide variation of styles:

Musical Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin) directed by Paul Eenens
Opera: Der Mond (Petrus) – C. Orff
Classical concerts and operettas: The Armed Man (in which he performed the Arabian solo during the concert tour in Berlin), The Mikado (Pish-Tush) – Gilbert & Sullivan)
Bigband: Winner of the Dutch Bigband Contest
Band: Various pop and rock bands

Ivar also specializes in certain pop/rock vocal effects (distortion and grunting among others) and combines this as a vocalist with his extensive knowledge of musical theatre techniques.

He arranges and composes for voice and choir, plays various instruments (piano, keys, guitar, bass and drums) and works regularly as a bandleader.

Last but not least, Ivar has founded a website that helps people prepare for auditions: Auditietraining.

Ingrid Zeegers

Ingrid Zeegers

Vocal coach

Ingrid Zeegers has been part of the Musical Theatre department of the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten since 2005 as main subject teacher (voice). She studied at the Brabants Conservatorium, where she graduated with honors from the department of music education. Subsequently she completed the Musical Theatre course at the same conservatory, both as a performer and a teacher.

She took singing lessons with Edward Hoepelman and attended masterclasses of Willem Nijholt and Lenette van Dongen, among others. She played the role of Cinderella in a production of ‘Into the Woods’ directed by Koen van Dijk.

In 2003/2004 Ingrid starred in ‘The Sound of Music’. Thereafter she worked as a vocal coach on the Dutch productions of ‘Kunt U Mij De Weg Naar Hamelen Vertellen, Meneer?’, ‘Annie’ and ‘The Sound of Music’ in the Efteling.

She was seen on TV on several different occasions: ‘Sterrenjacht’, ‘De Auditie’ and ‘Do Re Wie?’.

Ingrid sang the world premiere of ‘The Book of Urizen’ by composer Jacob de Haan and appears on the CD recording. She has often performed his work, both here and abroad. She also collaborates with various orchestras as a soloist.

Because of her extensive background in music and vocal technique, Ingrid is comfortable working with all different ages and target groups. She always keeps an eye on new developments in the world of vocal research and is trained in various methods (EVTS, CVT, Lichtenberg, etc.). She also teaches Methodology at the Musical Theatre department at Fontys and is responsible for its educational section.

For several years now, Ingrid has worked as a coach for vocal technique at the Jazz department of the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) in Tilburg.

Ingrid currently coaches many professional musical theatre performers and gives masterclasses and workshops both in The Netherlands and abroad. For example, she recently worked for the company of Mozart in Vienna.