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UTAS Voice Day

Start Date

19 Oct 2019 12:00 pm

End Date

19 Oct 2019 7:30 pm


Conservatorium of Music, 5 Sandy Bay Road

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Tickets Available at Eventbrite or at the door.

Bringing students, enthusiasts and scholars of Singing under one roof to celebrate the human voice.

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12pm: doors open - display available

12.30 - 2pm: Masterclass with Allison Bell (Recital Hall)

Allison Bell

Award winning Soprano Allison Bell has gained a reputation as one of the leading and most exciting performers of 20th and 21st century music of her generation. Born in Tasmania, she studied Music and History at the University of Sydney together with acting at The Australian Theatre for Young People.

Allison Bell has performed extensively throughout Europe, performing world premieres and championing 20th and 21st Century music making with groups such as Glyndebourne, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bolshoi Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia to name a few. She has participated in masterclasses with Joan Sutherland and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.  Allison is the current Artist in Residence at TOMB in Hobart.

12.30-2pm: Masterclass with Brett Budgeon (room 113)

Brett Budgeon

Brett Budgeon has been teaching singing for nearly 20 Years. Brett has attended three of Australia’s elite music schools and was a scholarship recipient at The University of Melbourne. He regularly travels to Los Angeles and links in with music industry and educational leaders on vocal and music business developments. He has played The Phantom in Tasmania’s premier of The Phantom Of The Opera in 2013. In 2018 he played Jean Val Jean, in the Encore Theatre Company’s Launceston production of Les Mis√©rables. Brett currently teaches musical theatre voice at UTaS

2-3pm: Q&A with singing teachers: What kind of career can you have working as a singer? (Recital Hall)

Have you always wondered what the day-to-day life of a working singer looks like? Come along to this Q&A, where Allison, Brett, Helen and Maria will answer any questions you have about the singing profession and discuss how their own careers have developed; possibly in ways they would have never imagined for themselves!

3-4.30pm: Masterclass with Maria Lurighi (Recital Hall)

Maria Lurighi

Maria has been teaching contemporary voice at the Conservatorium of Music since 1999. Maria has sung with many of the great Jazz and R&B artists of Australia, including Gary Costello, Alan Browne, Barry Duggan, Paul Rettke, Ike Issacs, Marcie Howard, Rose Bygreaves, Dave Steele and Michael Spiby. Her performances include Overhead at Inveresk, an opera commissioned for the 2001 Ten Days on the Island festival, and Spargerefor voice and string quartet, both composed by David Young.

3-4.30pm: Masterclass with Helen Thomson (room 113)

Helen Thomson

Helen Thomson is a soprano, music director and composer. During an 8 year stint in the Netherlands, performing with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, the Netherlands Bach Society, the Egidius College and the Netherlands Radio Choir, as well as the study of Sonology at the Royal Conservatorium of the Hague, Helen attracted Australia Council funding for their debut CD, meditatio / xv, featuring Grand Master of Shakuhachi Riley Lee and a found sound electroacoustic “third voice” of Helen's own design. In Australia, they have sung with the Song Company, the TSO, Festival of Voices, e21, La Compania, Ludovico's Band, Van Diemen's Band, and Baroque / New Work ensemble Sequenza. Helen currently teaches classical voice at UTaS

5:15pm: Open Vocal Ensemble soundcheck and review (Recital Hall)

Drop in on the Vocal Ensemble’s final soundcheck and staging call before tonight’s Vocal Showcase concert; observe how a training choir rehearses and the expectations set by experienced ensemble director, Helen Thomson

6pm: Vocal Showcase (Recital Hall)

Our Voice Day ends with a Vocal Showcase; a 90 minute concert featuring ensemble works by much loved choral composer Dan Walker and highlights from Helen Thomson’s incredible work Tasmanian Requiem. The smaller Singer’s Ensemble will also present 3 works by Stephen Sondeheim, Rogers and Hammerstein and Glen Hansard. Solo performances from the current vocal students and today’s masterclass participants will round out a fabulous program.


The Conservatorium are proud to partner with the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing for UTAS Voice Day. ANATS will have a display available in the foyer throughout the day.

To enquire about performing at the masterclasses please contact  coordinator of voice, Amanda Hodder