Moorambilla Voices in 2018 is about unearthing the stories of our region with “18 Message Sticks: 18 Communities”. We’re also immersing ourselves at Byrock Waterholes & Brewarrina Fish Traps, in July, to discover, uncover and bring to life the stories and landscape of that region in music, dance and visual art.
The journey begins with the Artistic and Cultural Immersion, develops through the Baradine Residency Camps and finishes with a flourish at the stunning Gala Concerts in Dubbo Regional Theatre on Friday September 28 and Saturday September 29.
Our Artists & Partners
Michelle Leonard OAM is the founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of Moorambilla Voices. This nationally awarded program seeks at its core to give country kids a rare opportunity to sing, dance and create incredible performances with artists of the highest calibre. The friendships, performances and opportunities the children make are life-changing. Under Michelle’s direction, the choirs and annual program has flourished, receiving numerous national and state awards.
Michelle’s work was featured in Wide Open Sky (directed by Lisa Nicol and winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at 2015 Sydney Film Festival) and Outback Choir (Heiress Films/ABC Australia), both documentaries about the Moorambilla Voices program released to wide acclaim.
Michelle is also the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Leichhardt Espresso Chorus since 1998.
This adult chorus annually performs traditional “major works” with orchestra and also actively commissions new Australian work – currently 100 new Australian choral works have been created for this ensemble.
Michelle is widely sought after as a choral clinician on Australian repertoire and appears regularly as a guest speaker, adjudicator and workshop facilitator. Michelle was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for Services to the Community and Performing Arts in 2017.
Jacob Williams is a graduate from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). During his time studying he worked with Natalie Weir, Grant McLay, Shaaron Boughen, Zaimon Vilmanis, Timothy Farrar, Keith Hawley, Michael Edge and Rosetta Cook. Jacob also represented QUT at several festivals including the 2011 Guangdong Modern Dance festival in China and the 2009 Brisbane Festival. Graduating from his Bachelor degree in 2011, Jacob completed an Honours thesis providing insight into the development of Brisbane’s independent contemporary dance sector and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Jacob is currently Queensland Ballet’s Education Executive, developing and implementing a range of
programs which provide accessible and authentic arts experiences to teachers and students across Australia. Since 2014, Jacob has collaborated with Moorambilla Voices Company in creating multisdiciplinary performances alongside composers, musicians and visual artists and since 2016, Jacob has been involved with the Moorambilla Arts Pathway program, supporting the development of young and emerging artists including regional dance artist Tainga Savage.
Noni Carroll: is a Sydney and Riverina based photographer specialising in musical theatre, commercial and family portraiture, landscape artworks and documentary photography. A semi-finalist in the 2014 and 2015 Moran Photographic Prize, Noni was runner up in the 2015 Art Gallery of NSW Instagram Australian Landscape competition.
Noni’s involvement with Moorambilla started in 2012 as a promotional and documentary photographer. In 2016/2017 she mentored regional youth whilst photographing landscapes and people of the 17 communities involved with Moorambilla.
Noni has also been involved with Moorambilla’s Narran Lakes and Mt Grenfell artistic cultural immersions where visual works and musical compositions are created. Noni lives and breathes photography. She relishes the opportunity to be able to capture Australia’s beautiful, diverse landscapes and people – showcasing them to a broader audience.
The Song Company, Australia’s premier vocal ensemble, will join the MAXed OUT candidates.
Taikoz is one of Australia’s most versatile music percussion ensembles with a strong commitment to education. Taikoz has collaborated with John Bell and the Bell Shakespeare Company, Eitetsu Hayashi and Eitetsu Fuun no Kai, Meryl Tankard, Regis Lansac and Kodo, the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as European ensembles.
Anton Lock is our International Taiko artist. Anton has worked with Moorambilla Voices in 2013 and 2014 so we are very excited to have him back working with MAXed OUT Company.
Alice Chance is our composer in residence for the Moorambilla Voices Regional Boys Choir. Alice Chance is a sought-after composer with a flare for the human voice. Holding a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she was awarded the 2012 Ignaz Friedman prize, Chance writes across several genres but her music retains a distinct character of its own. Alice has been composer in residence with our multi-APRA-Award-winning Moorambilla Voices program from 2013-15, featuring in the film Wide Open Sky.
Australian school children are finding that Alice Chance’s music is becoming a staple in their choir’s repertoire. Alice calculates that at least five thousand children have publicly performed her music since 2012. We welcome Alice back in 2018.
Josephine Gibson is our composer in residence for the Moorambilla Voices Regional Girls Choir, her second year with us. Josephine is an emerging composer, having completed her honours in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2016, under the tutelage of Paul Stanhope. She has composed and acted as Music Director for eight productions at the University of Sydney, including the 2017 and 2016 Women’s Revue, and the Sydney University Dramatic Society’s 125th Anniversary production of Agamemnon. She has had works commissioned and performed by Gondwana Choirs, Sydney Chamber Choir and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.
She is currently finishing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy at the University of Sydney.
Kevin Barker is our composer in residence for the Moorambilla MAXed OUT Company. Kevin is a Sydney-born composer who’s had a diverse career in music as both composer and performer. He writes in a wide range of idioms from contemporary classical through jazz and popular music, and has written for such artists as the Sydney Sinfonia, Cantillation, Occidental Strings, Three’s Company Opera, the SOQ, Australian Jazz Orchestra, Don Burrows and James Morrison.He has recently returned to post-graduate study at the Sydney Conservatorium, and his current projects are a suite of “jazz lieder”
for singer, saxophone, and string quartet, and an opera scheduled for performance in late 2018.
MUSICIANS IN RESIDENCE
Ben Burton is our accompanist for 2017. Ben has worked with many award-winning solo vocalists and Sydney-based choral ensembles. This is Ben’s fifth year in residence.
Clive Birch is Moorambilla speaker. Former singer with The Song Company, Clive is now an independent performer, recently in concert in a one-man show, Clive Live, at Studio MV.
Jyllie Jackson is the CEO and Artistic Director of LightnUp and it’s feature event Lismore Lantern Parade. She is recognised as an innovator of international standing in her field. We are very excited to welcome her and her team back again to Moorambilla in 2018. Jyllie is working with lantern artist Sara Tinning once more this year.
Explore our various programs and learn about our Skills Development Workshop 2018.