Alumni

The Australian Voices has a proud and distinguished alumni - many of whom are leaders in their profession. Events are regularly held to reconnect with alumni and Australian music. If you are an alumnus of The Australian Voices, you can keep in contact via our private Facebook Group (email admin@theaustralianvoices.com to reconnect).

Scroll down to read more about our 2012 featured Alumni!

  • Alex Dixon
  • Alex Elliot
  • Alice Girle
  • Alison Cartwright
  • Alistair Carlyle
  • Allison Morton
  • Amber Evans
  • Amelia Alder - JANUARY Alumnus of the Month
  • Amy Francis-Cairns
  • Amy Thomson
  • Andrew Bull
  • Andrew Firth
  • Andrew Kennedy - DECEMBER Alumnus of the Month
  • Andrew O'Connor
  • Andrew Pennay - AUGUST Alumnus of the Month
  • Andrew Woods
  • Angela Wilson
  • Anika Mittendorf
  • Anita Goldsworthy
  • Anna Young (Hawley)
  • Anna Zerner
  • Anne Fulton
  • Anne Ryan
  • Annie Larsen
  • Aron Gartrell
  • Azadeh Knopf
  • Beck Wallis (Rimmer)
  • Belinda Heit (Hurry) - APRIL Alumnus of the Month
  • Ben Fletcher
  • Benjamin Starr
  • Bevan Moller
  • Brett Holland
  • Brian Meier
  • Brodie McIntosh
  • Bronwyn Powell
  • Carli Griffin
  • Caroline Chan
  • Caroline Mullins
  • Caroline Robertson
  • Caroline Tan
  • Catherine Lubke
  • Cathryn Goodwin
  • Celia Fitz-Walter
  • Charles Hacker
  • Chris Suttor
  • Chris Williams
  • Christina Nichols
  • Christopher Lane
  • Claire Patti - SEPTEMBER Alumnus of the Month
  • Clare Brewer - JULY Alumnus of the Month
  • Colin Brown
  • Craig Brittain
  • Craig Cook
  • Dan Smerdon
  • Dan Walker - OCTOBER Alumnus of the Month
  • Daniel B Walker
  • Daniel Yardley
  • David Bull
  • David Goodwin
  • David Hearnden
  • David Morris
  • Davina Rimmer
  • Dhanika Rubasinghe
  • Diana Cook
  • Eileen Mack
  • Elisabeth Goodwin
  • Elizabeth Grimmett
  • Emily Bull
  • Emily Goad
  • Emma Carroll
  • Erin James
  • Erin Munn
  • Erinn Marrington
  • Fiona Lubett
  • Fiona Sutton
  • Fiona White
  • Gabriella Moxley
  • Harrison Tait
  • Hayley Freudigmann-Kopittke
  • Heather Cooper
  • Helen Brown
  • Helen Murray
  • Isaac Smits
  • Jacqueline Atherton
  • James Kilpatrick
  • James Lennox
  • James Moffett
  • Jason Schoutrop
  • Jen Winlaw
  • Jenny Pan
  • Jordan Carlisle
  • Joseph Twist - MAY Alumnus of the Month
  • Josh Walker
  • Joshua Tooth
  • Julian Day
  • Julie Ballantyne
  • Justin Hockey
  • Kathleen Parker
  • Kath Shaw (Reeves)
  • Kathryn Daveson
  • Katie O’Brien
  • Keileng Husband
  • Keith Lang
  • Kelly Johanson
  • Kelly Griffin (Lynch)
  • Kent Griffin - Etax Accountants 
  • Kristina Martin
  • Laura James
  • Lauren Kirkwood
  • Leah Hallett
  • Lesley Harris
  • Liam Town
  • Liam Viney
  • Linda Siemen
  • Lindsay Haase
  • Louis Dooner
  • Louise Prickett
  • Lucien Fischer
  • Madeline Weppner
  • Malena Martens
  • Mardi Lumsden - JUNE Alumnus of the Month
  • Mark Griffin
  • Mark Young
  • Martin Cardell
  • Matthew Kowald - MARCH Alumnus of the Month
  • Melanie Cooper
  • Melissa Gordon
  • Michael Stevens
  • Nathan Falkenhagen
  • Natalie Steinhardt
  • Nigel Kee
  • Paige Gardiner
  • Paul Berkman
  • Philip Ho
  • Phillipa Clarkson
  • Phoebe Collier - Bangarra
  • Rachel Smith
  • Rachel Spooner
  • Reuben Bramanathan
  • Richard Gardener
  • Rob Butler
  • Rob Gardam
  • Robert Wilson
  • Rosie O'Reilly
  • Rowena Lester (Fulton)
  • Russell Williams
  • Sam Huybrechts
  • Sam Porter
  • Sanya Lacevic
  • Sarah Davies
  • Sarah Robinson
  • Sascha Kelly
  • Sascha Hewett
  • Scott Griffin
  • Shane McPherson
  • Simon Canfield
  • Simon Carl
  • Simon Hewett
  • Sophie Kowald (Killen) - MARCH Alumnus of the Month
  • Sophie Martin-Carmody
  • Stef Tuyl
  • Stuart Quartermann
  • Tali Kellam-Pearson
  • Tammy Kilpatrick
  • Tammy Smith
  • Taufiq Hoven
  • Tim Grantham
  • Timothy Munro - Eighth Blackbird FEBRUARY Alumnus of the Month
  • Tom Gardner
  • Travis Rablin
  • Tresona Lawson (Stenlake)
  • Vikki Corones (Maniatis)
  • Vivienne Calwell
  • William Yates
  • Zac Fitz-Walter

Have we missed you? Email admin@theaustralianvoices.com and we will add you to our list. If you would like a link to your website, please let us know.

DECEMBER Alumnus of the Month - Andrew Kennedy

One of only two singers to have sung under all three The Australian Voices conductors, Andrew has in the past decade developed double careers in music and medicine. Originally a conservatorium graduate in clarinet, he also brought his degree in astronomy to TAV, and left at the end of 2000.

Andrew then spent 11 years becoming an anaesthetist, during which time his creative side explored singing. He gave solo recitals of art song, and charity performances in the NSW Parliament for causes such as the White Ribbon Day, and performed with the Sydney Chamber Choir.

In 2010 he returned to the TAV fold for the tour to Germany, and in 2012 to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a dream trip, performing Moon, and hearing and meeting dozens of musos from around the world.

After being awarded his specialist diploma, he turned his resources and passion back to the clarinet. In the past two years he has been the principal clarinetist with the NSW and Australian Doctors’ Orchestras, principal bass clarinet with the Strathfield Symphony, given solo recitals at the Sydney Conservatorium and NSW Parliament House, appeared in roughly a dozen chamber music concerts, and made the world premiere recording of American Mike Mower’s 2006 Clarinet Sonata. Andrew’s next projects include the premiere recording of Ian Munro’s 2010 clarinet quintet, and the spiritual and scary “Day of the Dead” at the Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2013. Read more here…

As a composer he has enjoyed success with recent sacred a cappella choral pieces and the world premiere performances and recording of his song cycle, “Fraser Coast Storm”, for soprano, clarinet, violin, and piano. His plans for 2013 include a new clarinet quintet and Latin American themed duos for two bass clarinets.

 

NOVEMBER Alumnus of the Month - Michael Stevens

Michael sang in The Australian Voices and was a conductor-in-training under Stephen Leek in 1997-1998 before moving to the United Kingdom. There, he sang at Clare College, Cambridge, and in a number of professional choirs around the UK and Europe. Then came a variety of music administration jobs including working for the composer John Rutter, as Choir Manager at Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir and, upon returning to Australia in 2008, Head of Artistic Planning and Operations at the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In 2003 Michael (along with his friend John Harte) established the Choir of London, a volunteer-led charitable ensemble that works especially in the Middle East. The choir has toured four times to the Palestinian Territories (with another tour planned for 2013) and has established a bursary scheme for young Palestinian musicians to spend short periods of study time in the UK. To view more information about this year's bursary recipients, watch the YouTube clip here.

Currently residing in the UK, Michael recently caught up with the current TAV touring SIX singers when he supported the new album launch at Australia House in London.

To connect with the Choir of London, visit www.facebook.com/choiroflondon or tweet www.twitter.com/choiroflondon

 

OCTOBER Alumnus of the Month - Daniel Walker

Composer, conductor and performer, Dan Walker lives in Sydney and is one of Australia’s most sought-after choral specialists. His work includes commissions for Gondwana Voices, The Birralee Blokes, Nittany Valley Children’s Choir Pennsylvania, Halcyon ensemble and the Sydney Children’s Choir.

 

 He has been composer-in-residence for the Moorambilla festival for the past six years and is often engaged to compose for school ensembles both in Australia and abroad. Dan is also an active arranger and regularly produces work for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and record label ABC Classics, as well as writing commercial work for television. His arrangement of Franz Xaver Gruber’s ‘Silent Night’ is featured on The Australian Voices’ latest album, released by Warner Classics.

Dan joined TAV in 1996 and in the same year was the winner of The Australian Voices Young Composer Award, for ‘Elegy written in a country churchyard’. Read more about Dan and his current body of work at the Australian Music Centre.

As a performer, Dan is a member of Sydney-based Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera and early music ensemble ‘The Parson’s Affayre’. He conducts multiple school vocal groups and is an associate conductor of Gondwana Choirs. A busy workshop leader and educator, Dan is currently part of the Musica Viva composer-in-the-classroom series, WotOpera’s ‘Opera in Schools’ project and the Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir program.

 

SEPTEMBER Alumnus of the Month - Claire Patti

Claire Patti sang with TAV from 2001-2008. She is now established as a solo performer, choral conductor, educator and arranger. She has performed at several major music festivals around Australia, the most recent being The Australian Harp Festival where she was received with raving applause. Audiences also swarm to hear Claire perform with Taliska, the Scottish music ensemble who are constantly climbing to new heights.

Under her direction, Claire's choirs and ensembles have enjoyed considerable success in various choral competitions. This year, her ensemble 'The Mazenod Tenortones' won the audience vote in the ABC Classic FM & Musica Viva national Vocal Romp competition.

Claire graduated with honours in performance from the Victorian College of the Arts, majoring in French horn. She has since played with several major orchestras in Melbourne and beyond.

This Sunday 7th October, Claire will launch her debut album, 'Little Red Shoes', a snapshot of her beautiful compositions and creative arrangements of well-loved songs from Scotland and Ireland.

The launch will be held at the Berwick Masonic Hall at 2.30pm. For more information please visit www.clairepatti.com.

 

AUGUST Alumnus of the Month - Andrew Pennay

Andrew Pennay is Head of Classroom Music at Brisbane Girls Grammar School. In this role, he is passionate about implementing aural-based activities that are designed to develop students’ ability to think in sound. In 2011, Andrew was awarded a National Award for Excellence in School Music Education through the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program. 

In addition to coordinating music curriculum offerings at BGGS, Andrew runs a Composers Club and a Songwriter Studio group for students wishing to hone their craft further. Andrew has lectured in music education at the University of Queensland, focusing on secondary school music teaching methodology and the roles of improvising and composing in the classroom. He has presented workshops around Australia, equipping music teachers with tools to enable success when teaching composition and aural development. Andrew is also a State Panelist for Music Extension.

For 12 years, Andrew worked as a performer and Assistant Conductor with The Australian Voices, travelling extensively around the globe. He has always loved working with young composers; bringing their scores to life is a joy. His most enduring TAV memory was singing at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2001 where TAV walked away with First Prize in the Youth Choir Category, First Prize in the Chamber Choir Category and as one of four finalists in the Choir of the World Competition. “It was not the competition that was interesting,” says Andrew, “but the chance to share our unique choral voice with the world.”

In his ‘spare time’, Andrew plays banjo, pedal organ and toy piano in a folk band, Mardi Lumsden and the Rising Seas. (Mardi, Andrew’s wife, was the TAV Alumnus for June.) 

Andrew was one of the Australian Society of Music Education’s (ASME) National Award winners for 2012. For more about ASME, click here.   


JULY Alumnus of the Month - Clare Brewer

Clare joined TAV in 1996, wide-eyed and very much in awe of both Graeme Morton, conductor, and then-manager Stephen Leek. She toured to USA, UK, Europe and around Australia and New Zealand, officially catching the travel bug, and gaining the couage to move to the United Kingdom in 2003 on a working-holiday visa. After running around London for a few months (briefly popping into Buckingham Palace for a garden party), Clare found herself living and working across from a Harry Potter movie set in the amazing Glencoe – population 300. She immediately fell in love with the Scottish Highlands (and an English mountain artist) and eventually moved to the bright lights of Fort William in 2008.

Clare is heavily involved in community musical theatre (performing, writing and directing) and is musical director of The Music Shed Community Choir, a group of adults dedicated to singing for pure enjoyment (although with a bit more encouragement they may be persuaded to perform one day soon). She works to support her artist partner, Jamie Hageman, managing his website and sales (www.jamiehageman.com), and is regularly forced to go to gallery wine and cheese nights all around the UK.

Apart from innumerable magic musical moments on stage, Clare has the unequalled distinction of being photographed in profile, mid-guffaw, and having the image plastered onto hundreds of promotional postcards. People often ask her what they were laughing about during the photo shoot, and she seems to remember it was something amusing about Stephen Leek wearing shorts…

As a Scottish resident, Clare is excited to be seeing TAV performing at the Edinburgh Fringe. “Taking part in the world’s largest arts festival is a huge deal and there’s such an unbelievable buzz about the place” says Clare. “They’ll have an absolute blast.”

 

JUNE Alumnus of the Month - Mardi Lumsden

Mardi Lumsden is an alt-folk singer–songwriter from Brisbane, Australia, and she co-owns indie label Wallflower Records. She fronts the 5-piece band Mardi Lumsden & the Rising Seas, joined by Andrew Pennay (banjo, banjo-mandolin, piano, melodica, and backing vocals, and TAV Alumnus), David Callanan (lead and slide guitar, glockenspiel, and mandolin), Jane McEniery (double bass and bass), and Joachim Alfheim (drums). The original line-up included Nigel Kee (a former TAV bass).

The Brisbane 5-piece released a cassingle at the Brisbane Powerhouse in April 2010. Their second EP, called Wherever you go, there you are, was released at Queensland’s Old Museum on 29 May, alongside the group’s first video clip, filmed by India-based cinematographer Mark Lapwood. They now have two official video clips, viewable on their YouTube channel. Their songs have been featured on ABC’s Dance Academy and Ch 7’s Winners and Losers. Download their music now on iTunes.

The EP’s closing track, Classified (WVTM), won the 2010 Q Song award in the Folk/Ballad section and was a finalist for the 2010 Song of the Year. Wherever you go, there you are is receiving rave reviews from all over the country (click here to read more).

Mardi was chosen to participate in the 2008 Songs of Applewood retreat and recording project/documentary run by Tylea, Magoo and Jeff Lovejoy. The song she co-wrote with Cameron McKenzie (Let it Go) was named by Rolling Stone Australia (December 2008) as a key track on the Songs of Applewood album.

 “I remember being totally in awe of TAV (then AVYC) when they performed at Mayne Hall in 1996 and I was singing in St Peter's Chorale. What a powerhouse!” says Mardi. She joined the group the next year, and spent six more singing and travelling the world with TAV. Other highlights for Mardi include travelling to Hungary in ’98 for the Bella Bartok festival and to Wales for the Choir of the World competition (“I have never been as nervous as I was before we went onstage… singing Great Southern Spirits”). She recalls “many fun times of silliness” and believes touring with the choir was a great training ground for touring with the band. Of course, meeting her better half, Andrew Pennay, is probably the fondest memory she has of her time with TAV, “even if it did take us years to get around to breaking that golden no-relationships-in-the-choir rule!”

Mardi is also a journalist, has written a university thesis on the workings of Brisbane’s music street press and she presents a segment on local Brisbane music on ABC radio. By day she works as Director of Communications for the Uniting Church in Queensland, and is trying to find time to write so the band can record later this year.

  

MAY Alumnus of the Month - Joseph Twist

Joseph Twist's eclectic experience as a composer, arranger and musician has involved vocal and instrumental concert music, as well as jazz and film music. He currently holds three tertiary degrees in music composition, including a Doctor of Philosophy, for which he received a Dean's commendation for outstanding PhDs. He has also studied screen composition at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney. Composition mentors have included Philip Bracanin, Richard Mills, Graeme Koehne and Nigel Butterley.

Twist is an active singer and conductor, and he has lectured in music history and theory at the University of Queensland. He is also a jazz pianist (he received a scholarship to study jazz piano at the Dartington International Summer School for Music with Keith Tippett and Lewis Riley, funded by the Helen Roll Charity) and plays with the cabaret group 'Lady Sings it Better' – who are headed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August this year. 

As an arranger and orchestrator of film scores and live concerts, Twist's work has included arrangements for David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, as well as work for Gondwana Choirs and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. His works are currently published by Morton Music in Australia and Hinshaw Music in the United States.

Joe Twist's reputation has grown significantly since winning the Chanticleer Composition Competition in 2003, which included a performance of his work in San Francisco. He is also the recipient of The Australian Voices Young Composer Award 2003 for Easy Does It, the Gondwana Voices Young Composer Award, the Percy Brier Memorial Prize, and he was a winning finalist in the 2010-11 Cybec 21st Century Composer Program. He has also won first place in the 15th International Choral Festival 'Days of Sacred Music Cro Patria' Composition Competition 2011 for his Lamentation of Jeremiah.

 Twist's music has been commissioned and performed throughout Australia and internationally by many esteemed ensembles such as Gondwana Voices, The Song Company, Sydney Chamber Choir, The Australian Voices, Collusion, the Southern Cross Soloists, the Consort of Melbourne, the Birralee Blokes and Chanticleer. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Queensland Youth Symphony have all performed his orchestral works. In 2008 Twist was composer in residence with the Sydney Children's Choir, who performed the premiere recording of Rain Dream for an ABC Classics CD. In 2010 he received a commission from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and his work I Dance Myself to Sleep was selected for performance in their Metropolis series 2011.

Twist's output includes many choral, instrumental and theatre works, including two children's operas for students at St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane, and he continues to receive commissions from many sources, including the Australia Council for the Arts. Among his film work is the score to Brendon McDonall's acclaimed short film, The Law, for which he composed and conduced the orchestral score, with screenings at the Dungog Film Festival, Sydney Children's Festival and Flickerfest.

Twist is a recipient of the prestigious Brian May Scholarship and, after the Edinburgh Festival, is relocating to the U.S.A. to study Scoring for Film and Multimedia at New York University.


APRIL Alumnus of the Month - Belinda Heit (nee Hurry)

An accomplished actress and musical theatre performer, Belinda (Bil) is also a qualified Speech & Drama teacher (A.T.C.L.) with a BA (Drama) from Brisbane’s QUT. She has worked throughout Queensland as a workshop leader and drama tutor, and in 2011 she was Head of Acting for the TRIPLE THREAT TRAINING program at Harvest Rain Theatre. Currently, she sits on the Board of Members and Directors for Harvest Rain Theatre Company, and is Admin and Marketing Co-Ordinator for The Australian Voices.

Bil remembers seeing TAV perform at the Queensland Conservatorium theatre, conducted by her then Head of Music, Graeme Morton. She knew immediately she would be auditioning to be part of the ensemble. She did, and sang with the choir for tour years from 1996-1999. After touring to the UK and Europe at the end of ’99, she remained in London for three years, soaking up shows on the West End, travelling and working for various Arts/Media organizations. She was Production Assistant in the DVD Production & Distribution department for almost two years before returning home to Brisbane to pursue her on-stage career. Since 2003, she has performed consistently in and around the Brisbane area. 

Some of Bil’s musical/theatre credits include: Appearances at QPAC’s Concert Hall for Harvest Rain’s 25th anniversary concert and for DIVAS: ONE NIGHT ONLY (2010); Playing the Fairy Godmother in THE STORY OF CINDERELLA AND HER FABULOUSLY FASHIONABLE FOOTWEAR at the Cremorne Theatre; Winning rave reviews in 2009 for her irreverent interpretation of Tinkerbell in Harvest Rain’s PETER PAN; Both sell-out seasons of DIVAS (Matilda Award nomination 2008); Playing Baroness Schraider in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (DelArte Charts award for Best Supporting Actress 2008); Playing Kate in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2005). 

Together with other musical theatre performers from Queensland, Belinda recorded a new version of LOVE YOU QUEENSLAND early in 2011. The single is available for download from iTunes and all proceeds go to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal. Also in 2011 she played Miss Lynch in Harvest Rain's production of GREASE (QPAC Playhouse). Her DIVAS alter-ego (Dame Belinda) was very well received in her one-woman show, THIS IS YOUR LIFE: AN EVENING WITH DAME BELINDA HEIT, and The Dame again graced the stage, appearing at the CWCI conference in October. In the June/July holidays Belinda took on the role of the Genie in the return season of ALADDIN, playing for two weeks at QPAC's Cremorne Theatre.

Being pregnant with her second child, far from slowing her down, served to make Bil very busy at the end of the year, played Mary both in FORGET THE DONKEY for Simply Show Productions, and in the LORD MAYOR'S CAROLS IN THE CITY.

Her latest characters were Aunt Sponge and the Ladybird, in Roald Dahl's JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, at QPAC's Cremorne Theatre, January 2012. She is taking a short break from the stage as she mothers her toddler son and a new baby girl!

 

MARCH Alumni of the Month - Matthew and Sophie Kowald

Matthew Kowald sang with TAV in 1998. He is a freelance television producer whose work in observational documentary, light entertainment and reality television has taken him all around Australia and the world.  After studying film and television at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Matt completed Television Producing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. He has since helped bring a diversity of Australian voices to screen – from surf lifesavers on Bondi Rescue, to medical teams in Royal Flying Doctors to the criminal underworld in Gangs of Oz. He is currently overseeing the edit of The Amazing Race Australia (Series 2). 

Sophie Kowald (Killen) was a member of TAV from 1997 to 2000. She toured Australia, Europe and the UK with TAV then went on to sing with Canticum, The Melbourne Chorale and the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. She works at the Australian Communications and Media Authority, where she has contributed to a range of regulatory reviews, research reports and investigations, as well as to the digital dividend programme. Sophie studied arts law at QUT and is undertaking a Master of Laws at Melbourne University. She currently serves as a member of the Advertising Standards Board, as part of the industry self-regulatory system for advertising in Australia.

Matthew and Sophie met in TAV. They married last year in a ceremony shared with Stephen Leek, Graeme Morton, some old friends from TAV and the Brisbane Chamber Choir. They are based in Sydney, and are expecting a baby this April.

 

FEBRUARY Alumnus of the Month - Timothy Munro

A native of Brisbane, Australia, Tim Munro is the flutist of the Chicago-based, Grammy-winning sextet eighth blackbird. Since joining the ensemble in 2006, he has performed at most major venues in the United States, including New York's Carnegie Hall and Washington's Kennedy Center, as well as in Holland, Germany, England and Canada. In the 2010/11 season eighth blackbird performed as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and Atlanta Symphony. Steve Reich's Double Sextet, commissioned and premiered by eighth blackbird, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2009, and eighth blackbird won its second Grammy Award in 2012.

Tim has taught at the Curtis Institute, Rice University, University of Michigan, University of Colorado and the Colburn School, and holds teaching positions at the Universities of Richmond (Virginia) and Chicago. He has degrees from the University of Queensland, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Oberlin College and the Australian National Academy of Music. His teachers included Michel Debost, Margaret Crawford and Patrick Nolan. Tim is an experienced writer and speaker about music, and in a former life was Publications Coordinator of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Tim was in TAV for one, eventful year, under the artistic direction of Graeme Morton. In 1996, the ensemble toured to the USA, up and down the fabulous West Coast. TAV touched down in LA at the beginning of the tour, and on seeing the massive cars, massive highways, traffic chaos and crumbling streets, Tim remembers thinking, "Wow, America is a sheer living hell. I hope I never have to come here ever again!" Now, he has his Green Card, and finds himself constantly surprised and delighted by the fascinating strangeness of this irony.

He spent much of his time singing with TAV in nervous awe of his choir-mates, who had strong voices and even stronger personalities. It was an intimidating and inspiring blend. The music standard was very high, and Graeme always demanded more from the choir: better blend, more intensity, better intonation, NO DIPHTHONGS! “Even today,” says Tim, “I try to hold myself to the standards that Graeme demanded in my one fabulous, bizarre year in TAV.

 

JANUARY Alumnus of the Month - Amelia Alder

THEN Amelia sang with TAV for about 7 years. In that time she toured to Europe (’03), Taiwan (’04), Guatemala (’04), Asia (’06) and the USA (’08).

NOW With a BMus (Hons) in Performance, a Grad.Dip.Ed (Music) and an Australian Kodaly Certificate in Music Education, Amelia currently teaches violin at Caulfield Grammar School, is a vocal tutor and sessional conductor for the Young Voices of Melbourne, and performs and records as a sessional musician (singer, violinist and conductor) with numerous groups around the world.

Amelia is the co-founder and director of Vocal Australia, Australia’s contemporary a cappella hub, where she presents vocal workshops, showcases and festivals throughout Australia. Their major 6 day festival GET VOCAL 2012: Melbourne Contemporary A Cappella Festival will be taking place from 13-18 March at Chapel off Chapel with feature concerts, showcases, workshops, professional development day for teachers and competitions for secondary school aged groups and open aged groups. Like them on Facebook! She has also just returned from studying contemporary a cappella recording techniques in the USA with Grammy award winner Bill Hare and Deke Sharon as part of their Soup2Nuts course. The 2012 group consisted of 7 singers from 4 different countries who had never met before the course but after 5 days (and nights) in the studio (doing everything…producing, engineering, singing, etc) Soup2Nuts now have 2 exciting tracks up on iTunes worldwide. http://itunes.apple.com/album/thinking-bout-something-single/id493720953 http://itunes.apple.com/album/awake-my-soul-single/id493803716

Amelia manages, music directs and sings with Australia’s newest contemporary a cappella sextet, Fixate. The group is about to step into the recording studio and can’t wait to share their music on stage and online in 2012. Their first gig was as a flash mob surprise for a marriage proposal!