Festival of Summer Voices

Gondwana in the Community

Gondwana in the Community gives performers the opportunity of giving the gift of music as a therapeutic and fun experience for those who may be isolated from the community due to disadvantage, age, disability or ill health. We’ll learn repertoire to both entertain and lift the spirits of audiences in hospitals and nursing homes.  Many audience members, young and old, love music but aren’t always able to experience the special joy of a live performance. There’ll be briefing sessions prior to our visits as well as opportunities to chat with patients, residents, families and/or volunteers. This elective is suitable for singers aged 14+.


Kim Sutherland OAM is the Founding Music Director of Hunter Singers and the Head Teacher of Creative and Performing Arts at Merewether High School, an academically selective school for gifted and talented students in Newcastle. After graduating from Sydney Conservatorium, Kim studied conducting with Myer Fredman and Mats Nilsson and completed her Master of Creative Arts degree at the University of Newcastle. She conducted the Festival Chorus at the Newcastle Music Festival in 2017 and 2018, and Gondwana Novus at National Choral School in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Kim’s service to the arts was recognised with the award of an Order of Australia Medal in 2013.