Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for "service to music as an operatic singer and teacher of voice and as a contributor to research into human sound production and vocal health", Janice Chapman has a background as an opera and concert singer, and is a member of the vocal faculties at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She also maintains a busy private practice serving many international clients, and has been a pioneer in the multidisciplinary approach to voice in the U.K.
She is recognized world over as one of the leading teachers of singing. Her own career as a singer spanned over 35 years, with engagements as a principal soprano in all the major UK opera companies, including The Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, and in many European countries. In 1975 she combined her singing career with teaching when she was invited to join the faculty at the London College of Music where she worked for 8 years before leaving to concentrate on her private practice. She became a member of the founding committee of the Voice Research Society (now the British Voice Association) and has served as its Chair and as a committee member for many years.
Many of her singing clients are internationally recognized opera and concert artists and she also works in close collaboration with Laryngologists and ENT Surgeons in the rehabilitation of damaged voices. She visits Australia regularly, collaborating on research at the National Voice Centre, University of Sydney. Her consultancy and workshop client include The London Symphony Chorus, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The BBC Symphony Chorus, The British Federation of Young Choirs, The Friends of Covent Garden, The British Voice Association, The Association of British Choral Directors, and Opera Australia.