COVID-19 & the future of choral singing in Australia

Gondwana Choirs and UNSW are proud to present a free webinar for the Australian choral community, featuring Professor Raina MacIntyre and Professor Con Doolan from UNSW, in conversation with Lyn Williams, Carl Crossin and Elizabeth Scott.

Panel members:
Professor Raina MacIntyre: NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Global Biosecurity
Professor Con Doolan: Professor and Flow Noise Group Leader, UNSW
Lyn Williams AM: Founder & Artistic Director, Gondwana Choirs
Carl Crossin OAM: Artistic Director and Conductor, Adelaide Chamber Singers; and Head of Voice, Opera & Ensembles, Elder Conservatorium of Music
Elizabeth Scott: Music Director of VOX, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Music Performance Projects Officer for the NSW Department of Education Arts Unit; and Conductor, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Choir.

Facilitator: Bernie Heard, Executive Director, Gondwana Choirs

Watch a recording of the full webinar below

The research material which appears at 41:45 is shared courtesy of Prateek Bahl, Charitha de Silva, Con Doolan and Raina MacIntyre, UNSW.

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COVID-19 & the future of choral singing in Australia

Professor Raina MacIntyre

NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Global Biosecurity

Professor Raina MacIntyre heads the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute, which conducts research in epidemiology, vaccinology, bioterrorism prevention, mathematical modelling, genetic epidemiology, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases. Her research falls under 4 areas: Personal protective equipment, Vaccinology, Epidemic response and emerging infectious diseases, and Bioterrorism prevention.

Link to full biography:
https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/professor-raina-macintyre

Professor Raina MacIntrye
Professor Con Doolan

Professor Con Doolan

Professor and Flow Noise Group Leader, UNSW

Professor Con Doolan obtained an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Queensland. After working at the University of Glasgow, Department of Defence (Australia) and University of Adelaide, he is now a Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and leads the Flow Noise Group. His research is focussed on aeroacoustics, or the production of sound from unsteady fluid flow. Current projects include the control of airfoil noise using novel perforated and poroelastic materials, submarine noise, wind turbine noise and understanding the acoustics of supersonic, reacting flows.

Lyn Williams AM

Founder and Artistic Director, Gondwana Choirs

Since establishing the Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989, Lyn has completely transformed the choral landscape in Australia by harnessing the incredible musical and expressive power of young voices through her world-renowned children’s choirs: The Sydney Children’s Choir, Gondwana Voices and the Gondwana Indigenous Choir. This has grown into the organisation, Gondwana Choirs, which puts the vocal power of young voices at the centre of its impressive and wide-reaching artistic program.

In addition, for the past ten years Lyn has also been devoted to the creation and evolution of the Gondwana Indigenous Choir (GIC). Through Lyn’s support, the singers see choral music as an ideal vehicle for the preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island languages and cultures.

Recently, Lyn’s work with singer-songwriter Felix Riebl and the singers of Marliya (present and past members of the GIC) has resulted in the critically-acclaimed festival show Spinifex Gum. This work is political, challenging, and uplifting and evinces that our young Australians should be at the centre of our national discourse. Lyn conducts Marliya on their two albums – Spinifex Gum (2017) and Sisters (2019).

Lyn’s dedication and contribution to the Arts has been acknowledged on multiple occasions: with the Excellence by an Individual at the 2019 Art Music Awards; the Australia Council for the Arts’ prestigious Don Banks Music Award in 2017 for outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia in recognition of her lifework as founder and director of Gondwana Choirs; the Medal of the Order of Australia (2004); Member of the Order of Australia (2019). She is also a composer, winning the 2009 APRA-Australian Music Centre Vocal/Choral Work of the Year for her work A Flock of Stars.

Lyn Williams AM
Carl Crossin OAM

Carl Crossin OAM

Artistic Director and Conductor, Adelaide Chamber Singers;
Head of Voice, Opera & Ensembles, Elder Conservatorium of Music

Carl Crossin is an Australian choral conductor, educator and composer. He is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Adelaide. He was director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music in the University of Adelaide in 2010-14. Crossin founded the Adelaide Chamber Singers in 1985, and as director he has toured with them to Britain, Europe, North America and South-East Asia, won several awards for performance and CD recordings, and represented Australia in international choral and music education symposia and festivals. As well, Crossin and the Adelaide Chamber Singers have embarked on a program of commissioning and presenting new choral music. Over his career, Carl has conducted the Adelaide Symphony Chorus, the Intervarsity Choral Festival, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Melbourne Chorale and Gondwana Chorale.

Elizabeth Scott

Music Director of VOX, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs;
Music Performance Projects Officer for the NSW Department of Education Arts Unit;
Conductor, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Choir.

The current Music Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ VOX, Elizabeth Scott is a skillful conductor who has led VOX to great success since 2008. Previously the Assistant Chorus Master and Acting Music Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, she truly shines as the leader of the next generation of choral singers. In 2017, Elizabeth became the first Australian woman to conduct Messiah at the Sydney Opera House, leading a choir of over 600 in front of three sold out houses.

Passionate about young performers, Elizabeth is currently the Music Performance Projects Officer (Secondary Choral Music/Instrumental Music) for the Arts Unit, a specialist branch of the NSW Department of Education. She was also the Director of Vocal and Choral Studies at the Conservatorium High School from 2012-2013 and has been the Choral Conductor for the Schools Spectacular, since 2009 and is the conductor of the NSW Public Schools Singers.

Elizabeth regularly appears as part of the Gondwana Choirs artistic team and works regularly as chorus master and session conductor for Cantillation.

Elizabeth Scott
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