Brisbane Community Choir

I have decided when I return from the USA to start a Community choir – and you can find out more information on my choir page – it will have it’s own website soon! The choir will run Wednesday nights from 7pm to 9pm. This is something which has been swirling in my heart for quite a while now, so I decided to listen to the still small voice and go ahead and do it. I have had many students over the years who come to singing lessons, but who really are looking for a place to sing without feeling intimidated or needing to go through the audition process. They want to learn about the voice, improve their singing and just have fun. One to one singing lessons are not for everyone, but singing together in a group is definitely for everyone! There have been so many articles written about the health and wellbeing benefits of singing, and particularly of singing in a group, and every time I read a new article on the subject, a part of me has been saying “you know you LOVE conducting”. I do. I love working with all singers of all abilities.

This choir will not be auditioned – it is open to all. Once a week we will get together somewhere in the northern suburbs of Brisbane (to be confirmed – looking at venues now!). I will teach you how to warm up your body mind and voice to sing, teach you one or two interesting and practical tips about the voice based on voice function principles, and then we will sing. We will learn a couple of parts and have a good time. Then, at the end of each two hour session I’ll teach you how to cool down your voice (just like after gym training) and we will see each other next week. Singing has so many health benefits, and choirs are a place of joy and belonging. So if you love singing, have sung in the past and miss the joy of singing, get out of the shower (we all sound fabulous in the shower, right?), walk away from Netflix and come sing with us! You don’t need to commit to every week – I understand that school meetings, family visits and work sometimes interfere with giving long term commitments, but we do hope you will try to come every week and enjoy the community and joy of singing together. Want to get on my contact list about choir? Message me now!

Brisbane Community Choir. 7 – 9pm Wednesdays beginning June 26th. $20 pp per choir session. All welcome. Venue TBC

The end (of my US trip) is near!

It is spring, and the change from the dreary grey of winter to the budding flowers covering trees, swiftly followed by new leaves all over the place has me both happy and sad. I am so happy I have experienced the seasons! I am so happy to have learnt so much from my colleagues and friends here in the United States. As always, I am overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity  I have found in this country. I have had my teaching ideas shaken up a bit and refined and polished. I have learnt that I will never know everything there is to know, and that I need to be content with knowing what I do know and moving forward with an open heart and mind.

I am happy to be coming home to my family, my home, my animals, my studio (how I miss my studio, and using all my wonderful gear, my gorgeous monitors … my mics – oh dear!).  I am happy to be returning to friends and students. I look forward, although with trepidation, to writing up my my findings and getting this thesis done!

But I will be sad to leave the wonderful friends and colleagues here, the students (and teachers) in the Voice Pedagogy and Performance courses at Shenandoah who have given me so much joy, including me in their world when I was most homesick (they probably don’t even realise that! Love you guys!). The beautiful musical theatre students I have met and worked with along the way at the universities who participated in my study. The teachers who were so extraordinarily generous to allow me to sit in on their studios for two weeks, asking questions, observing their practices, and in some cases, the honour of working collaboratively with them and their students. The teachers who I have worked with who have been as hungry to learn what I know as I am to know what they know! What a rich year this has been!

And so, I am beginning to be excited again to bring home the knowledge and skills I have further acquired, but a year like I have had cannot occur without changing your heart, and that is coming home with me too! I’ll be starting back in the studio on the 17th June, and working limited times until the end of the year. Thank you to all the students who have already booked in! I hope I can share more of the joy of singing with y’all soon!