Austrian born Gerald Marko is a PhD Candidate (Education - motor learning) holds a first class honours degree in Jazz (Monash University), an advanced diploma in Linguistics and Literature (Karl-Franzens University Graz) as well as a postgraduate degree in Performing Arts (Stella Academy Hamburg). He holds the position of teaching associate at Monash University lecturing in voice mechanics and craft and is responsible for the syllabus development of the new popular voice study option in the Bachelor of Music at Monash. Other current employments comprise of sessional lecturer at Melbourne University, Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Polytechnic Past employments include Box Hill Institute, CAE, Box Hill Secondary Senior College and he has written the syllabus for the Cert III, IV and Diploma course in Music Theatre for BHI/CAE. On stage, Gerald’s experience ranges from lead roles in professional European Music Theatre (400 shows/year for over six years) such as CATS, Saturday Night Fever, Buddy Holly, Hair and Falco Meets Amadeus, to lead vocals in original and cover bands in Austria, Germany, Denmark and Australia. He is a multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, drums, bass), a published songwriter with Universal Australia, a certified Rei-Ki practitioner, has multiple licensed songs in 3 award winning American short films as well as being an APRA writer member and AMCOS publisher member. Further, Gerald holds the highest teaching qualification of the Estill International Voice Training (Certified Master Teacher and Course Instructor with testing privileges), teaching voice mechanics and function courses in Europe, Asia and Australia providing professional development for singers, teachers (i.e. at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Jazz University Graz, Raimund Theatre Vienna) as well as speech pathologists (i.e. Division of speech pathology at University Queensland, ENT University clinicum Graz). He has been a guest speaker at the symposium for Performing Arts and Healthcare in Sydney in 2014, was the voice consultant to the Musical "Strictly Ballroom" by Baz Luhrmann at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne and is assisting singers through the recovery process from vocal injury in association with Australia’s leading laryngologists.