OUR STORY

The Roots of Singing Tree Vocal Academy

Origins of the Singing Tree Name

Our academy draws its name and inspiration from Kate Seredy’s novel called The Singing Tree. The story talks about two children who survived the concentration camps by following birds singing. Guided by the birds’ song, the children escaped and discovered a miraculous tree, the sole remnant of the ravages of war. Under its benevolent protection, they find not only food but also spiritual nourishment, restoring their faith in a better future. The birds’ song symbolizes freedom, expression, and resilience. Thus, the Singing Tree represents the essence of the tree of life, healing, and our connection to the divine.

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How it all began

2020
Singing Tree Online Youth Choir
2021 - 2023
Collaborations with Schools
2023
Collaborations with the State of Vaud
2023
Collaborations with Music Conservatories and Theatres
Singing Tree Online Youth Choir

2020

Faced with expressions of distress among young people during the pandemic, Singing Tree wanted to remedy young people’s isolation by offering singing lessons online to help youth restore their confidence in their future.

Collaborations with Schools

2021 - 2023

Creation of musicals theatre shows using singing, dance, and drama on the themes of ecology and human rights within private and public schools.

“The Journey of blue bird”, a musical created in collaboration with the State of Vaud and the DGEO – Lausanne, June 2022

End of the academic year with founder Nandita Natarajan – Ecole Lémania, Lausanne, 2023

Youth Choir from Lausanne Secondary School of the State of Vaud, 2023

Choir of refugee girls from Ukraine, CIF Lausanne, 2023

Collaborations with the State of Vaud

2023

Implementation of singing classes, choirs, and therapeutic singing workshops in schools welcoming war refugee children. Nandita received an award from the United States from The Global Goodwill Foundation for outstanding humanitarian work for using music as an impact tool in education.

Girls’ Choir from Lausanne Secondary School of the State of Vaud, CIF, Lausanne 2023

Collaborations with Music Conservatories and Theatres

2021 - 2024

Partnerships for large-scale artistic projects, with the participation of renowned musicians as well as elected representatives of the Swiss states. Creation of live shows and musicals promoting ecology and children’s rights. These projects were designed to raise awareness and mobilize youth around essential causes.

Partnerships for large-scale artistic projects, with the participation of renowned musicians as well as elected representatives of the Swiss states. Creation of live shows and musicals promoting ecology and children’s rights. These projects were designed to raise awareness and mobilize youth around essential causes.

The founder Nandita Natarajan with Renault Capuçon and the Mayor of Evian

Students from Evian public schools led and coached by Maryline and Nandita Natarajan, Evian, June 2023.

Inspirations and Commitments

Singing Tree Vocal Academy is intimately connected with the personal story of its founder, Nandita Natarajan.
Nandita Natarajan discovered the unique ability of music to heal individuals early in her childhood. She started her artistic career in hospitals, nursing homes, and institutions for Holocaust survivors, where her mother worked as a nurse. She witnessed the profound impact of singing as a tool for resilience.
The poignant stories of Jewish survivors, recounting how singing helped them survive concentration camps, still resonate in her memory today.
Nandita Natarajan was inspired by her mother’s legacy and her own desire to follow the footsteps of those who used music as a healing and transformational tool.
I have always been committed in living a life of service, whether it is in my singing career or as a mentor. As Martin Luther King once said, “Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”
This is how Singing Tree Vocal Academy was born. We wanted to create a space where music becomes a vehicle for personal and collective transformation, where each note resonates with people’s stories and personal journeys.

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THE CLICK

Africa - “Mysiani Small Home” orphanage, 2007

Told by Nandita Natarajan

“During my humanitarian mission with UNESCO in 2007, I was struck by the extraordinary power of singing as a tool for resilience in children and communities facing poverty, violence, and war. I have listened to many life stories, often marked by traumatic experiences, from stories of child abuse, rape, domestic violence, genocide, and abandonment. I witnessed the joy of music when I created a Gospel choir in a local church.
For these children and the African communities, singing and dancing is a way of life.
They celebrate life through songs, reclaiming their sovereignty, their human dignity, and their right to freedom through music.
In 2020, the world went into lockdown, people were overwhelmed by fear and uncertainty.
In the middle of the silence, voices rose. People and singers from all over the world began to sing from their balconies. Their melodies echoed through deserted streets bringing hope in a world darkened by the pandemic. Nature also reclaimed its rights. The tree in front of my window welcomed many birds, and as they were singing it reminded me of Kate Seredy’s novel The Singing Tree. It was a moment of revelation, where life triumphed over death, where voices rose like a cry of resilience and solidarity.
This momentum led me to discover The Singing Tree project. Fascinated by their work, I decided to collaborate with them to materialize my vision: use singing as a tool for expression, education, and healing, uniting communities around the world.”

"I understood very early on the healing powers of music on people. Singing allows you to tell your story without ever naming anything. When we sing authentically, we have in our hearts and on our lips a taste of the sacred."
Nandita Natarajan
Nandita Natarajan
Fondatrice de l’Académie Vocale Singing Tree
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Studio de Création C11  
Rue Louis-Auguste Curtat 11
CH – 1005 Lausanne

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