Music has always been my passion – ever since I was very young, I loved singing. My favourite films were “The Wizard Of Oz”, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and “Mary Poppins” – I always loudly sang along! I joined my primary school choir in Grade 4 and the conductor, Mrs Rostedt, really inspired me as a young singer. She allowed my love of music to grow.
I kept singing and performing through high school at St. Mary’s College and I made the decision to make music my life; I joined a community choir in Maryborough, started lessons in piano and singing, and performed roles in local theatre productions such as Hairspray and Oklahoma! I also regularly performed at events including Relay For Life, Anzac ceremonies, 2011 flood relief concerts and senior citizens events. These experiences built my confidence as a performer, allowing me to meet like-minded people. I had a supportive family and friend network, and they always encouraged me to take on many opportunities and keep practicing, even if I was feeling uninspired.
In Grade 12 I auditioned for tertiary-level programs and was accepted into the University of Queensland. I left home and moved to Brisbane to commence in 2014. I also joined Birralee: I had sung in the 2011 Pemulwuy festival and remembered how awesome the organisation was! Concurrently with my studies, I sang in Blokes and am still in that choir today!
Since graduating in 2017 with First Class Honours, I’ve been working in numerous roles to diversify my musical portfolio. Currently, I work as a vocal and piano specialist instructor and Choral Director at Kenmore State High School and Grace Lutheran College. I also work at Birralee, as a Senior Musical Assistant with BBV and Singers. This position is incredibly rewarding; working with such talented young people and amazing repertoire always keeps me excited about choral music and its future! Having the opportunity to travel the world with Birralee has also infinitely enriched my life, from Canada in 2012 to my recent three trips to France for WWI commemorations.
Other musical highlights include freelancing with Opera Queensland and the UQ Chorale, and currently as a choral assistant and accompanist with the Queensland Music Festival for their Help Is On Its Way project. I often go to workshops and professional development sessions for vocal technique and choral conducting.
I’m looking forward to a future in music and how I can inspire others, and this includes studying a Masters-level program.
I hope to keep developing my skills to a point where I can foster a love for music in all people on an even bigger scale and feel fulfilled by working with musical communities at all levels and giving back.