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Voice Day inspired young singers

Published 21 Oct 2019
Voice Day inspired young singers

Award-winning Tasmanian born Soprano Allison Bell led one of four public masterclasses at the inaugural Voice Day at the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music on Saturday, 19 October.

Ms Bell is one of the leading performers of 20th and 21st century operatic, orchestral and chamber vocal music, of her generation. She is also a celebrated voice teacher and peak performance coach, teaching both privately and within universities, and is currently Artist in Residence with the Detached Cultural Organisation in Hobart.

“Voice Day is an open day for singing and we were fortunate to be joined by very talented singers who ran the masterclasses,” the Conservatorium of Music’s Coordinator of Voice Amanda Hodder said.

In addition to Ms Bell’s masterclass, the day included workshops on music theatre voice led by Brett Budgeon, contemporary voice led by Maria Lurighi, and classical voice led by Helen Thomson. All three lecture at the Conservatorium of Music.

“The event is particularly helpful for year 11 and 12 students studying music,” Ms Hodder said.

“Leading up to exams, Voice Day gives students the opportunity to practise under pressure.

“It’s also an opportunity for college students and the public to meet the Conservatorium’s voice lecturers and current music students at the University.”

As part of the evening’s ‘Vocal Showcase’, Conservatorium of Music students sang in palawa kani about hauntings of the Black War. The lyrics are written by Greg Lehman and Jim Everett-puralia meenamatta to music by Helen Thomson.

Each Conservatorium of Music voice student also gave a solo performance in the evening concert.