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Mathesha and Dilan

The Voice Print Music Academy (VPMA) was started in 2017 by Dilan Irugalbandara and Matheesha Udawatte when they observed a serious gap or lack of good quality voice training courses and wanted to use the knowledge and experience they had to create a space for young musicians. to find his voice.

Started with around 10 students in a class, they now have over 200 students and a variety of classes for different age groups. They started at Voice Print studio in Wattala and expanded to Negombo and Colombo and hope to reach Kandy this year.

VPMA offers both online voice training lessons and studio voice training lessons, guitar lessons, piano lessons and drum lessons and also plans to start music theory for international and local programs as well only violin lessons later this year. Online courses for Sri Lankan students living in Australia are also organized.

Director of VPMA Dilan specializes in vocal training / Acapella music composition and arrangement. As Music Director of Voice Print Music, he was awarded the silver and bronze medals as a conductor for the World Choir Games in China.
Matheesha, also Director of the Academy, holds a degree in biomedical sciences from Northumbria University and is also
model. She has been singing since her school days and released her first original song last month.

VPMA classes cover different age groups from four years old.
“We basically provide a platform for all kids to let go, play freely, and enjoy music while learning from the best,” the directors say.

The VPMA choirs have had success at choir festivals like the Somerset Festival where two of their singers received the award for best performer and at the 3rd Bandung Choral Society World Virtual Choir Festival 2021, where the VPMA choir performed the song by Michael Jackson, “Will you be there” and received a special award for “Most Expressive Performance”. They also won the gold medal in this category of emerging winners of this festival.

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