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Carrie Barr

Classical Vocal - Carrie Barr

Carrie is one of Australia’s most versatile performers in Opera and Music Theatre with a career spanning over the last 30 years.

She most recently performed with Opera Australia in Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci and King Roger.

Other Opera Australia credits include ‘Gotterdammerung’, ‘La Boheme’, ‘The Pearl Fishers’, ‘Elixir of Love’, 'Turandot', 'Don Pasquale' in Tokyo, 'Lucia di Lammermoor', 'Aida', 'Otello', 'Madama Butterfly', ' Un Ballo', 'Pirates of Penzance',
“The Merry Widow’, 'The Rake's Progress', 'Lakme',
'Mozart's Requiem', 'The Gondolier's', 'HMAS
Pinafore/Trial by Jury', 'Mikado', 'Marriage of Figaro', 'Tosca',
'Die Fledermaus' and 'Software' & 'The Sound Garden' for
Oz Opera School’s Co.

Her Victorian Opera credits include ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’. She has performed 'Orpheus and Euridice' and 'The MagicFlute' for State Opera of S.A and Co. Opera Adelaide.

Carrie has played leading roles in many Australian productions including 'Les Miserables', 'Cats’, 'Hair', 'Return to the Forbidden Planet', 'The Dusty Springfield Story', 'Ain't Necessarily Rowe', 'Hey Hey It's Cinderella', 'Crusade The Concert', 'The King of Country', 'Metro Street', ‘Nostrodamas’, ‘Sideshow Alley', 'Jerry Springer the Opera' and 'Carousel', where she won a Green Room award for 'Best Supporting Actress in a Musical’ for her role as Carrie.

Her T.V credits include Jenny McKenna in Neighbours in 2005 - 2006.

Carrie is also a vocal teacher and examiner at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and VCASS Secondary College.


Jayne McGoldrick

Gippsland Parasteddfod - Jayne McGoldrick

Jayne is local to the area and has been involved in music from a young age. Jayne studied piano and completed a Bachelor of Music (Therapy) at The University of Melbourne. Jayne went on to broaden her skills in this area by completing a Master’s of Occupational Therapy at LaTrobe University.

Jayne has worked as an Occupational Therapist for the past ten years in a range of areas including Early Childhood Intervention, physical rehabilitation and community health. Jayne has been able to utilise her music therapy training within these roles.

Jayne is also an experienced piano teacher, with an interest in working with people with additional needs to enable them to develop their musical skills, and to use music as a tool for working towards their health or developmental goals.
Jayne is excited to be adjudicating at this year’s Gippsland Parasteddfod, and is looking forward to being part of the day.


Jesse Deane

Instrumental: Brass & Woodwind - Jesse Deane

Jesse Deane is a Melbourne-based woodwind specialist and educator. With a Masters in Performance Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Education, Jesse currently works in a variety of settings while conducting ensembles, teaching classroom music, providing individual instrumental lessons and running music workshops.
Jesse graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with first class honours in 2011. During his studies he was awarded the Lynn Kann memorial prize for excellence in performance and performed as part of the Just Sax saxophone quartet who won the North Perth music competition. Jesse also performed with the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra during his studies and was awarded the Jack Bendat travel scholarship to attend the 2012 international saxophone congress.
More recently Jesse has presented recitals in Europe as a part of Ad Lib, in Melbourne for White Night and performed with the Melbourne Saxophone Collective at the Melbourne Recital Centre.


Holly Norman

Instrumental: Drum Kit - Holly Norman

Holly Norman is a musician, arts manager and educator based in Melbourne. Some of her greatest career achievements have included being awarded an Australia Council JUMP Mentorship (2012), planning, executing and performing in an inaugural tour to the United States with Junkadelic Brass Band (Honk Fest West, 2015) and recording and releasing a solo EP (Hollypop) in 2013.

Holly initially majored in Classical Percussion at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, graduating in 2006 on exchange scholarship at the University of Miami, before developing a keen interest in drum set. As an orchestral musician, she has performed at concert halls throughout Europe and the United States, shared the stage with The Cat Empire and The Panics, and appeared as a guest artist with the Australian String Quartet. In addition to percussion and drums, Holly is a singer, songwriter and storyteller who actively seeks opportunities to collaborate with leading musicians. She has produced and performed in multiple award-winning Fringe shows in Perth and Melbourne. Holly currently splits her time between project management roles at festivals such as Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and performing as an active freelancer on percussion and drums. 

Holly is a passionate and gregarious individual with an infectious zeal for her work. She has maintained an active portfolio of self-initiated performance and touring projects whilst making valuable contributions to the planning and execution of major events for Darwin Festival, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Creating cultural experiences that are accessible to the wider community is one of Holly’s focus areas, and it is her goal to become an industry leader, specialising in the creation of opportunities for home-grown talent to engage Australian audiences.


Gemma Tomlinson

Instrumental: Strings - Gemma Tomlinson

Australian born cellist Gemma Tomlinson is a musician passionate about performing in various musical settings. As a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral musician, she enjoys performances in a wide variety of musical styles with a range of home-grown and international artists.

As an alumnus of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music, Gemma has received various awards for her efforts in her studies, including: the Corinna D'Hage String Scholarship, Lady Tumor Exhibition, John and Rosemary Travelling Scholarship and first place in the 4mbs (QLD), Melbourne University and ANAM Chamber Music Competitions. Maintaining regular studies with teachers including Howard Penny and Molly Kadarauch, Gemma also performed in masterclasses for visiting artists such as Pieter Wispelwey, Torleif Thedeen, Johannes Moser and the Brentano, Brodsky and Tokyo String Quartets.

Gemma has collaborated in chamber music performances with international musicians such as Anthony Marwood, Jack Liebeck, Victoria Sayles, and Brett Dean, and performed alongside the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. She has also enjoyed performances at Four Winds Bermagui, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Melbourne Festival and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar in Stanford, California.

As an avid supporter and performer of contemporary art music, Gemma is founding and current cellist of contemporary music ensemble Rubiks Collective, who have participated in various successful concerts since 2015, and eagerly anticipate their debut concert as Spotlight series artists at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Gemma has also shared the stage with groups Bang on a Can All Stars, and Grammy award winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird, which have supported her passion as a contemporary cellist.

Currently, Gemma is a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music, presenting a series titled She Speaks. The series is aimed at highlighting and celebrating the music of female composers from the Medieval Era right through to the present day.


Curtis Bayliss

Contemporary Popular Vocal - Curtis Bayliss

Curtis Bayliss is obsessed with the paintings of Rupert Bunny (1862-­‐1947) and teaching his primary school son to dance to Earth Wind and Fire.  
The voice teacher at Camberwell Grammar School and Director of Singing at Melbourne High School, he also maintains a busy private voice studio with students ranging from beginner nine year olds to Broadway and West-­‐End experienced performers.

Educated in voice, linguistics, education and voice science at Monash University, The University of Melbourne and also RMIT in Librarianship and the former National Voice Centre at The University of Sydney.
Curtis sang with jazz accapella group Polyphony (later The Phones) and also founded the quartet Bopera.
He enjoyed three years of life as the keyboard player with comedy rock act, The Athol Guys.
Curtis began teaching in state primary schools and performing with Opera Australia and The Victorian State Opera and Travelling Light Musicals, Whitehorse and other musical theatre companies and for the Australian Ballet (most definitely as a singer!)

He has served as Music Director of The Australian Children’s Choir and on a number of occasions has been very proud to present as the young voice specialist for the Australian Singing Teachers Association forums on Musical Theatre Pedagogy.
Curtis has coached and arranged for The Playbox Theatre, The Bell Shakespeare Company, The Melbourne Theatre Company and a number of commercial album and can also be heard singing on a number of film soundtracks.


Leigh Harrold

Pianoforte - Leigh Harrold

Leigh Harrold enjoys a reputation as a “musician of rare talent and intelligence”, and is one of Australia’s busiest and most sought-after pianists since being named The Advertiser ‘2008 Musician of the Year’.

Born in Whyalla, South Australia, Leigh completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at The University of Adelaide with concert pianist Gil Sullivan. During this time, he had many successes including being a National Finalist in the Young Performer Awards and a recipient of the prestigious Beta Sigma Phi Classical Music Award – the conservatorium’s highest honour. He moved to Melbourne in 2003 to take up a full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the mentorship of Geoffrey Tozer and in 2004 was made the Academy Fellow - the first person in the institution's history to be chosen as such after just one year of study.

Leigh has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Australia as both soloist and chamber musician, including concerts at Australia House in London, the Royal Academy of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Harare International Festival of Arts, and concerto engagements with many Australian orchestras. In 2007 he undertook an extensive tour of the United States and Canada where he gave lectures on and performed the solo piano music of the American composer Robert Muczynski. In 2015 he gave a lecture-tour of England, promoting and performing Australian piano music at Trinity College and the University of London.

His international reputation as an associate artist has led to collaborations with such luminaries as Thomas Reibl, lecturer in viola at the Salzburg Mozarteum; Michael Cox, principal flautist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Gaede, ex-concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; London flautist Wissam Boustany; New York violinist Charles Castleman; Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling; and British pianist Mark Gasser, to name just a few. Other significant international collaborations have included performance and studies with Andrew Ball at the London Royal College of Music; Sophie Cherrier at the Paris Conservatoire; New York-based pianist Lisa Moore and English composer Peter Maxwell Davies. He has twice been awarded the Geoffrey Parsons Award for Associate Artists, and in 2014 was the recipient of the pianist’s prize in the Mietta Song Competition.

Leigh is a founding member of the Kegelstatt Ensemble and the Helpmann Award-nominated Syzygy Ensemble. Both ensembles are winners of major national prizes, with Syzygy releasing its independent debut CD ‘Making Signs’ in 2015. Additionally, Leigh has recorded and released CDs for Sony, ABC Classics, and Move Records.

An enthusiastic and committed teacher, speaker, and writer, Leigh is regularly invited to tutor and lecture at many institutions, adjudicate competitions, and has given several masterclasses around Australia, Africa, the USA and the UK, as well as regular pre- and post-concert talks for the Melbourne Recital Centre. In April 2012 Leigh was awarded a PhD for his research into the music of Robert Muczynski for which he received a Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence, and in 2015 he was published internationally in the Liszt Society of London Journal. He holds two University medals - one for Music and one for Applied Science.

Currently Leigh holds positions on the Faculties of ANAM and the University of Melbourne, and is pianist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. When not seated in front of a piano, he finds time to go on long walks, read voraciously, and drink lots of coffee and tea. He lives in Brunswick with Craig and Bart.


Elizabeth Mitchell

Pianoforte - Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne where she has taught for over 25 years.  Her areas of special interest include the training of music teachers, and to this end she has worked extensively in the teaching, coordination and curriculum development of the University of Melbourne’s Master of Music (Performance Teaching) degree.

Elizabeth has been an AMEB piano examiner for almost 30 years and is now a Federal examiner, and Chair of the Victorian panel for Teaching.  She continues to enjoy teaching at all levels, although most of her work currently involves tertiary education. Elizabeth provides workshops and masterclasses for a variety of organisations, especially the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association. She is a Life Member and former President of the VMTA.


Sara Grenfell

Speech & Drama - Sara Grenfell

Sara is a WAAPA Graduate, and has a BA in English from Curtin University, a Post Graduate Degree in Radio Journalism from Charles Sturt University, and has completed Certificate IV in Assessment and Training.

As an Actor, she has appeared all over Australia, in both commercial and self-written productions. Her most recent performances include Fiddler on the Roof (TML Productions) Home Sick (Big West Festival – Melbourne) and Femme Fatale (MCA).  Recent TV and Film appearances include Tangle, Party Tricks and Tidal Marks.

She has successfully produced several shows including the award winning Fit to be Tied and A Respectable Wedding.
As a Journalist Sara has produced for Late Nite Live and Arts Today on Radio National and for 9 years presented, wrote and produced her own Arts program on 89.7 FM Eastside Radio.

Sara has been a Corporate Role Player for NAB, ANZ, Citi Bank, Johnson and Johnson, CDAC, NSW Departments of Health and Education, NIDA, and the WA Police Academy.

Her writing and directing credits include Big Mob a Good Times, The Girl with the Green Ear, My Life in Art, Beef Queens, 18 Years of Therapy, Femme Fatale, Working, Food, Fetish and Frivolity, Smash Hit, Vincent, Abigail’s Party, Sexercise, Fat Boy Slimme, The Tenants, Magnolia, Magpie and numerous cabaret shows.  She has taught at The Australian Actor’s Centre, NIDA, AIM, ACTT, National Theatre Drama School, Centre Stage, Federation University, VCA, Monash University and at ATYP for over 20 years. She has also run acting workshops for seniors and people with disability. She currently directs and teaches acting at Federation University, The National Theatre Drama School, The Space and NIDA. 


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