Vocal Department

Marie-Cecile Henderson - Voice - head of department

PhD Candidate (CQU), M.Mus., B.Mus. (Hons)(USyd), DSCM

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Marie-Cecile Henderson holds a Masters of Music (Performance), Bachelor of Music (Merit), Diploma of State Conservatorium and is currently undertaking Doctoral studies with Central Queensland University. Her areas of interest lie within holistic vocal education, encouraging student self-efficacy development and the journey towards helping students achieve a musical identity. She is constantly studying to achieve practical but individualised teaching methods and prides herself on an encouraging and healthful form of voice training in any genre.

Marie-Cecile has vast experience in choral and instrumental conducting, musical directing, vocal teaching and accompanying in a wide range of styles from classical to contemporary repertoire for adult students at any level, from beginners to advanced students. She offers piano accompaniment in all lessons and for all student events. She encourages as much or as little performance as desired in Eisteddfods, RCM and community events and can help you achieve Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) examination or formal Central Queensland University qualifications. Marie-Cecile is the vocal tutor and facilitator of the Central Queensland University Diploma and Bachelor of Music degree courses offered on site at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. Her students have maintained distinction average practical results since the inception of the RCM courses. 

Marie-Cecile has an impressive record of professional solo performances, including solos for Handel's "Messiah" in Sydney and performing for Pope John Paul II at the Beatification of St Mary Mackillop for a worldwide audience. She has premiered the works of many Australian composers, in particular the works of Ross Edwards and the late Peter Sculthorpe. 

In musical theatre she played the roles of Eponine in London’s West End production of “Les Miserables” and Petra in Stephen Sondheim's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". Marie-Cecile feels equally at home with Opera, performing roles as Carmen, from Bizet's "Carmen", Siebel from Gounod's "Faust", Cherubino from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" and the Second Lady in Mozart's "The Magic Flute". She has given professional recitals throughout Europe and Asia and broadcast for the BBC, ABC and 2MBS FM. 

Marie-Cecile has taught in numerous private schools in Sydney, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and in her own private studio. She has travelled extensively to NSW communities delivering music education, including Newcastle, Taree, The Manning Valley, Foster, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Armidale, Brisbane and Wagga Wagga. 

Marie-Cecile has been in great demand as a singing tutor and choral director at numerous colleges throughout Cambridge and surrounding areas. Highlights of her career in the UK include teaching and choral directing at King’s College Cambridge and many other prestigious colleges. She also performed professional recitals with Julian Lloyd-Webber. The Cambridge Holiday Orchestra engaged her to tutor numerous Vocal Ensembles. "Her choirs have won awards in music festivals and competitions throughout Europe. No one who meets her can fail to be carried along by her infectious enthusiasm for music!" 

Marie-Cecile’s work in the community of the Riverina and beyond has been recognised by her nomination for the Australian of the Year Award and Women of influence Awards. She has won numerous other awards in music and leadership during her career. She has been an Australian Music Examinations Board Examiner, professional adjudicator and has developed many vocal and choral curriculums in numerous schools and conservatoriums. She is an approachable, enthusiastic and charismatic personality and is always willing to assist you with any vocal or choral enquiry.

Director: The Cantilena Singers, Riverina Chamber Choir and La Chorale Francaise de Wagga Wagga

 

 

Meredith adams - vocal teacher

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Meredith began teaching contemporary voice in 2011. She graduated from the NSW Talent Development project at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and was a Schools Spectacular soloist in 2003.

Meredith has been a lead soloist in many local musicals, concerts and cabarets over the years including Les Miserables (Eponine), Rent (Maureen), The Last Five Years (Cathy), Mary Poppins (Mary) and most recently Wicked (Elphaba).

For her portrayal of Cathy in ‘The Last Five Years’ Meredith received a 2009 Canberra Area Theatre Award for best actress in a leading role in a musical. She has sung lead and backing vocals for The Groove Factorie and Wagga Wagga Takes Two.

Meredith performs classic & contemporary jazz tunes s with Jeff Donovan, Lachlan Brown & other guest artists for the yearly RCM lunchtime concert series’ and Music Under The Leaves.

Meredith has achieved her 8th grade AMEB certificate in singing with honour's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEG GRIFFIN - VOCAL TEACHER

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Sydney born soprano, Meg Griffin, studied a vocal masters degree overseas, completing an MA in Ritual Chant and Song at the University of Limerick as well as classical singing examinations through the Australian Music Examination Board.  She has had the opportunity to study under highly respected Irish musicians such as Collette Davis, Marie Walshe and Nóirín Ni Riain as well as Parisian chant specialist, Catherine Sergent, American tenor Wolodymyr Smishkewych, Scottish soprano Pauline Graham, and Opera Australia Baritone Eugene Raggio. 

Miss Griffin has a special interest in sacred music, having devoted 23 years to its performance. As well as her solo work, she has performed with several sacred choirs including Ireland's Cor Jesu Singers & Lucenarium as well as Australia's Prima Luce and the St Radegund Choir. She first appeared on the stage of the York theatre with the starring role of ‘Maria’ in “The Sound of Music” Artes Christi production, held in the Seymour Centre in Sydney City. She has since performed in several other musicals and toured with the company throughout Australia and Europe as the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, and variety concerts. She has also worked as vocal coach for the company's performers, conducted choral work for concerts and assisted in directing a stage production.

Since moving to Wagga, Miss Griffin has been installed as music director of the Mt Erin Chapel, overseeing four choirs that produce repertoire in Gregorian chant, renaissance polyphony and sacred hymnody.

As well as sacred music, Miss Griffin enjoys exploring repertoire in the genres of baroque, classical, theatre and jazz, as well as Celtic folk, having performed a season as an entertainer and soloist at Bunratty Castle, in Limerick, Ireland. 

Having studied vocal health and pedagogy, she is driven in her goal to encouraging good vocal technique in singers as well as helping her students develop a love for a wide variety of music genres.

 

 

 

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KATHERINE CHOI - vocal teacher

BMus (Music Ed), MEd (Sydney)

Katherine has completed her Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2010. She is also a qualified Special Education teacher who works as a secondary teacher with the Department of Education and communities as she has also completed her Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) at the University of Sydney.

During her studies at the Conservatorium, she had studied piano under Lyall Duke had previously studied piano with Stephanie McCallum. Katherine has had many years of experiences teaching piano as she had been teaching since 2007. As a music teacher, she has prepared students for their exams (such as AMEB and Trinity exams) and had also prepared HSC students for the performance and written exams. She had also previously run her own piano studio and worked as a piano teacher in Sydney before moving to Wagga.

Also Katherine also specialises in voice as she had studied voice under Dallas Watts in Sydney, and was a member of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chamber Choir. She has also participated in performances, studio recitals and had also been in ABC live recordings in performances with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chamber Choir.

Katherine is a passionate teacher, who is able to teach all types of learners

 

 

 

andrew goodwin - visiting specialist vocal teacher

Tenor Andrew Goodwin has appeared with orchestras and opera companies in Europe, the UK, Asia and Australia, including the Bolshoi Opera, Gran Theatre Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, La Scala Milan and Opera Australia. 

 Born in Sydney, Andrew studied voice at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under the direction of Professor Lev Morozov, graduating with a Bachelor of Music. He has also studied with Robert Dean in the UK. 

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On the concert platform he has toured with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Temirkanov, performed with the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and given recitals with pianist Daniel de Borah at the Wigmore Hall, and at the Oxford Lieder, Port Fairy, Huntington, Coriole and Canberra International Music Festivals.

Recent engagements have included Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and strings (Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras), Egeo in Cavalli’s Giasone and Florival in L’amant jaloux (Grétry) for Pinchgut Opera, recitals with Daniel de Borah at the Melbourne Recital Centre; the Evangelist in St Matthew Passion with the Melbourne Bach Choir; a recital with pianist Mira Yevtich at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg; Degtyarev's Russian oratorio Minin i Pojarsky with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at St John’s Smith Square, London; his debut in the title role in The Rake’s Progress for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; the roles of Lensky (Eugene Onegin) and Tamino (The Magic Flute) with the Bolshoi Opera; Messiah for Sydney Philharmonia; Bach’s B Minor Mass with The Song Company, as well as featuring at Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival, and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville.
 

As well as performing regularly with duo partner Daniel de Borah, they have also recorded Schubert's song cycles Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise for ABC Classic FM.

During his studies Andrew won a number of awards and scholarships: the Tait Memorial Trust Scholarship, 2nd place in the Yelena Obraztsova Singing Competition in St. Petersburg; the Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship; the Sir Robert Askin Operatic Travelling Scholarship; and the Australian Opera Auditions Committee Joan Sutherland Richard Bonynge Scholarship. He also received support from the Australian Music Foundation and ARS Musica Australis.

 

Marie-Cecile Henderson - CANTILENA SINGERS

 

judy FERGUSON - murrumbidgee magic