I have long held a interest in, and commitment to, providing music education opportunities for conductors, especially for those who are in the early stages of developing their craft. I also have a long-standing commitment to fostering youth and women’s choirs and to developing initiatives that will help to ensure that choral music maintains a high cultural and community profile in Australia. Along with this is a strong desire to enhance the awareness of Australia’s choral music profile in overseas countries.
Consequently I have found myself in demand as a workshop clinician, travelling extensively within Australia and overseas.
In 1996, I was tasked with guiding the establishment of the choral program for the annual Northern Territory Youth Music Camp. Since then I have conducted workshops for the Early Music Society of Queensland, the Canberra Choral Society and various school and community choirs.
In November 2001 I received my first international invitation to travel to Shanghai (in the People’s Republic of China) as guest conductor for the Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) Choir Festival. This annual festival brings together young choristers from English-speaking international schools located in a number of South-East Asian countries including China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
In January 2002, I travelled to Finland to present choral workshops and lectures on Australian choral music at several leading schools and tertiary institutions. This visit to Finland also gave me the opportunity to continue my Finnish choral repertoire research and language studies.
In 2003, my youth choir, VoiceWorks, successfully auditioned to perform at Festival 500 in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. This gave me the opportunity to present a paper on Australian choral music at the associated Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium. Since then I have had the opportunity to present interest sessions on Australian choral music at the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association.