Meet The Singers
Natalie graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Music Education majoring in voice where she was a member of the Collegium Musicum Choir. She then went on to perform with the internationally acclaimed Australian Voices and she is the founding member of Cantabile Choir. Natalie currently maintains a busy career as vocal performer and choir director. She was previously a Director of Music for the Australian Youth Choir, various school choirs, and the adult choir: One World Choral. She founded the Sutherland Shire Children’s Choir to provide outstanding performance opportunities for young singers.
Mim has received over 15 years of vocal training and graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor Education degree. Since then, she has been involved in a number of musical theatre productions with Willoughby Theatre Company and Stage Artz and regulary sings professionally in a number of capacities in Sydney. Mim is also a high school music teacher on Sydney's Northern Beaches where she is responsible for directing a choir and coaching young musicians to achieve their HSC.
Lizzie completed a Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) at The Australian Institute of Music and a Certificate IV in Dance at Brent Street. She regularly performed as a lead singer/dancer/host in The Luna Tones Rock & Roll Show at Luna Park Sydney, and featured in the ensemble of In The Heights through Exclaim Theatre Company. Lizzie has also performed at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and in shows at The Vanguard.
Liz has performed extensively as a singer and actor in music theatre, is a current member of the Sydney Symphony Chorus and the Australian Ten Sopranos. She has appeared across Australian Television in many varied acting roles. Some choral highlights have included singing in the select backing choir for Andrea Bocelli and Delta Goodrem at Qudos Bank Arena, BBC Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular at Qantas Credit Union Arena, King Kong select soundtrack recording- produced by Global Creatures, and the opening night at the BBC Proms in London at The Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conducting highlights include the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, where she conducted 2 choral pieces with the soloist, and Westiefest Sydney Festival, where Liz conducted a 25 minute choral segment, and also accompanied on the piano.
Liz is also a busy music teacher. She has been teaching classroom music since 2000, and has also conducted school bands and choirs. Liz has a Bachelor of Education in Music, a C.Mus.A and a Diploma of Theatre Performance.
Lanneke’s professional singing career began at the age of five, touring Australia for four years as a member of Opera Australia’s Children’s Chorus. She graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education with Music Performance Honours and has established herself as a professional singer and teacher in both classical and contemporary music styles.
Lanneke toured internationally as a full-time member of the prestigious Song Company and has sung with the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Motet and Cantillation. Her diverse performing career includes solo work with Opera Australia, The National Chamber Opera of Australia, The Taverner and UNSW Burgundian Consorts and Cafe Of The Gate Of Salvation. In the contemporary music field, she has recorded and performed Jazz, R&B and A cappella, and provides music for corporate events.
Lanneke’s choral conducting has taken her to many schools, concert halls and churches across Sydney, and she currently is Music Festival Director, Choir Director and Senior Music teacher at Loreto Kirribilli, along with Choral Conducting of community a cappella choirs and The Sydney Children’s Choir.
The proverbial triple threat: singing, acting and dance are her passion and very reason for being. Carly-Anne's extensive vocal training and unmistakable stage presence is evident in her sound and persona. She is a seasoned and highly versatile performer with over 10 years of professional experience in singing, presenting and entertainment. Carly completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Master of Arts Management at AIM.
Carly has performed with the Song Company and toured for Musicaviva in school programs. She has featured in various productions of Oratorio, Opera and Musical theatre and has been hired to perform at many corporate and public events such as 'A night with Parky' for Alzheimer's Australia. Carly-Anne was invited to represent Australia at the 2015 Llangollen international music festival.
Gisele has been singing in choirs since age 3. After studying at the University of Sydney, she toured for Musica Viva in schools with the vocal harmony quartet Zingari Voci (Blindman’s Holiday) with whom she also performed Christmas Carols at The Rocks, Government House, Elizabeth Bay House & Darling Harbour. Gisèle was also a member of Vocal Chocolate who performed as an a cappella backing group at The Basement for vocalists such as Darren Percival, Lily Dior, Marcia Hines.
Charlotte began her love of choirs during her time with the Australian Youth Choir. She was a featured artist at the Schools Spectacular and completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she was a member of the Con Chamber Choir. Charlotte received a double scholarship to work with renowoned vocal couch Anke Hoppner and was a recipient of the Pinchgut Opera Prize. She her performed under the baton of outstanding conductors such as Brett Watmark and eric Whitacre during her time as a chorister with Philharmonia Choirs. Charlotte is also a keen dancer who holds an Advanced Certificate in Borovansky Ballet. She has stared in many operas and was thrilled to recently be invited to direct prodcutions for Adelaid Festival Opera.
Dion was discovered by his future vocal coach and mentor, Elizabeth Swain (OAM:Contributions to Music) at 8. Her work and mentorshop solidified Dion's place as one of Sydney's premier Trebles, appearing in 6 seasons with Opera Australia's Children's Chorus, and a plethora of solo and ensemble opportunities. His performance skills were nurtured at Newtown Performing Arts.
Dion has performed with many choral ensembles, from the school's choirs, to VOX and the Philharmonia Chorus, to a men's chorus for Happy Feet 2. he was a member of Newtown Barbershop quartet, was backing vocalist for three years with the School Spectacular and enthusiastically explored repertoire with the Burgundian Consort at UNSW. Singing in vocal groups is an enriching experience, and will continue to play a role in Dion's music career.
In 2006, Damien was a semi-finalist in the televised Operatunity Oz competition. The Victorian College of the Arts was so impressed with his lush voice, it offered him a scholarship for its Bachelor of Music degree course. Damien has been singing with the Opera Australia chorus for the past eight years including tours of Pirates of Penzance, My Fair Lady, and opera in 6 languages.
Chris is a tenor, pianist and an A capella fantantic. He studied a Bachelor of Music at the University of Sydney where he sang, directed and arranged for the Musical Theatre Ensemble and the Science Revue Society. He has performed at many venues and events including the Seymour Centre, Sydney Festival, Powerhouse Museum and the Royah Yacht Squadron. He received several awards at the Australian A capella Awards with The Acappelicans (2nd Place Ensemble, Best Arrangement, Best Jazz Song) and Temper (National Champions, Best Arrangement, Best Soloist).
James has completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Australian School of Music, a Bachelor of Vocal Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium and a Master of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium.
James has performed with members of the Sydney Symphonny Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and has sung in the Australian Chamber Orchestra Chorus. In 2016, he was invited to audition as a tenor for the Rundfun Radio Chamber Choir in Berlin and in 2017 made the finals of the RMP Oratorio. James has toured Europe with Prima Luce, which released three CDs and premiered James' own musical arrangements.
Thomas graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Studies. Since then he has worked as a singer and accompanist with a number of choirs across Sydney including the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney University Graduate Choir, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Sydney Community College Choir and Sutherland Shire Children's Choir. In addition to performing he also works behind the scenes at Opera Australia, the Sydney Opera House and for the Australian Bradenburg Orchestra.
Christian has been singing and acting his whole life! He began his singing training as a child and was a member of various choirs. He participated in a number of productions at the University of Sydney, including the Medical and Science Revues, and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. He has competed in a Capella competitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong with ‘The Acappelicans’. He performs regularly in a Capella events and loves the opportunity to draw upon his acting skills. As well as being an enthusiastic performer, Christian has also recently completed a Doctor of Medicine degree and is a practising junior doctor.
Andrew Bukenya studied Music at the University of East Anglia, UK (voice and conducting) and solo vocal studies at the graduate school at the Tokyo National University of Music and Fine Arts.
Recent performances include Dowland to Duke Ellington at Kings College Cambridge, the Mardi Gras Festival with Aria nominee harpist Marshall McGuire, Porgy & Bess at Glyndebourne, Little Shop of Horrors and Hair at Exclaim Theatre, duet vocals with Chaka Khan as well as background vocals for Usher for TV Japan. His conducting experience includes the London Chamber Orchestra and Cafe of the Gate of Salvation Gospel Choir.
Jared studied a Bachelor of Music Performance and an Advanced Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has performed many staring operatic roles such as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart and has appeared as an oratorio soloist. He has performed with ensembles such as Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Sydney University Graduate Choir, Cantillation and the Opera Australia Chorus.
Eric Nelson had his first singing lesson at the age of 7 and hasn't looked back! He studied singing and music at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, directed various choirs across Canada and has performed in many musical reviews. He moved to Sydney in 2007 and has since sung as a freelance professional vocalist aswell as a chorister with Philharmonia Choirs and the Cafe of the Gate of Salvation. Eric's other passion is leadership and interior design. When he isn't performing he is busy managing the flagship showroom for Matt Blatt Furniture.