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  • Australian Composers — The Australian Voices
    following amazing Australian choral composers Please click on their links to buy their music organise a commission a workshop or just connect with these amazing artists Jacqueline Atherton Michael Atherton Damien Barbeler Leah Barclay William Barton Nigel Butterley Lisa Cheney Jaret Choolun Peter Clark Lee Crockford Julian Day Rob Davidson Amber Evans Nathan Falkenhagen Gordon Hamilton Mark Isaacs Paul Jarman Stephen Leek Anika Mittendorf Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse Graeme

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  • Alumni — The Australian Voices
    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

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  • Audition — The Australian Voices
    commitment is required The Australian Voices is an internationally respected ensemble and singers must commit to a schedule of rehearsal and touring We rehearse in Brisbane on Monday nights from 6 30 to 9 30pm and attendance is expected at all rehearsals For interstate members individual arrangements are made to assist with learning music We rehearse and perform all year round and attendance is negotiated in advance with the Artistic Director In addition The Australian Voices tours internationally each year and nationally a number of times These tours are scheduled with university holidays in mind We provide the year s schedule at the beginning of the year so singers can arrange holidays and work around these commitments We have a number of members with full time professional work commitments and this can be taken into account with regard to the performance schedule What will I be expected to do in the audition 1 Sing a simple song 3 Sight singing 4 Intervals 5 Interview Does it matter if I m not a trained singer No we are looking for good musicians but not necessarily trained singers How perfect should my sight reading and intervals be We expect singers to learn music on their own and to be able to sight read difficult music fluently How should I sing We will ask you to sing with a clear natural voice without vibrato well supported with accurate intonation blending with voices around you Can I prepare There is not much you can do to prepare We are looking for a particular type of person with excellent musical skills What is the interview about We want to hear that you are an informed and passionate musician interested in learning and doing things differently How long does the audition last Most auditions last for

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