Where do you live?
I live on the North side of Canberra. I’m lucky to own a beautiful house with a white picket fence (a rarity in Canberra!)
Where did you go to school?
I studied Psychology and writing at the University of Canberra, early schooling in NSW.
How long have you been making music for?
I am now 29 I’ve been teaching myself guitar and other instruments from about eight years old. For a long time I wanted to be a radio DJ as I love pushing my love of music onto other people. As a kid I recorded awful mock radio segments onto cassette in my bedroom. I have been writing music and songs since about the same age to varying degrees of success.
What is the most exciting thing about being a musician?
The most exciting thing about being a musician for me is the constant challenge posed by other musicians and artists who I respect and admire. It’s a strange dichotomy when you hear a fantastic song or piece of music written by somebody else and you kick yourself thinking ‘I should have written that’; but at the same time it’s like a challenge to do better and try harder.
What is your day job?
I love my day job. I work with Belconnen Community Services as a family support worker. I work within a team of dedicated, selfless and hardworking case workers and professionals. In my role I facilitate a range of education, support, play, and music programs for parents and their children.
How do you combine your day job programs with your musical interests?
I approach my role from a music therapy perspective and framework. I try to see and incorporate opportunities for musical play and musical experience in all of my programs. My four years’ experience as an early childhood music teacher with the wonderful Emma Zen at Rocking Horse Music has helped a lot with this. I’m also lucky to facilitate Mother’s Voice on a Monday morning with BCS.
What is the best part of your job?
I have a lot of diversity and flexibility in my role. It’s a privilege to work with so many different families and their kids in such a broad capacity.
How did you come to be involved in the With One Voice Ginninderry choir?
A chance meeting in Kippax with WOVGC director Susan Davis! Bill Caddey introduced us both.
Why did you decide to accept the offer to be the conductor?
I had self-doubt but because I love sharing music with people so much I didn’t want to let this opportunity pass. The more I read about With One Voice and Creativity Australia I could see just how positive a contribution these choirs are making to people’s lives and I decided that I really wanted to be a part of that.
Had you heard about the WOV choirs before?
You have recently been to a training weekend for WOV conductors. What was that like?
It was fantastic being in a room of such diverse talent and experience. I have learnt so many new different skills and activities that I’m very much looking forward to sharing with our choir. I felt a little star-struck meeting Kym Dillon of Creativity Australia.
Its early days for the choir so far but how is going?
I’m very proud of what we have achieved even only two weeks in. It seems we have a passionate team of volunteers brought together by a shared love of singing and strong community. Very positive things on the horizon.
What do you hope to bring to the choir and its members?
I hope that my unusual skillset will mean I am not only able to challenge the group musically, but also be there to support and guide them along what will be a fun and inclusive journey. I hope the members of the choir might trust me as a conductor they can rely on to bring out the best singing voice in each person.
What do you hope to achieve with the choir?
I hope that the people in our choir continue to see it as a positive experience in their lives where they are able to connect and meet with other likeminded and diverse people. To play any small part in making those connections for me is a great achievement. Kym Dillon of Creativity Australia discussed conducting one of his choirs in front of 19,000 people! I would like to think we are also capable of such great heights.
What do you think about a property developer doing programs like the WOV choir?
It’s unheard of really isn’t it? It’s the last thing you would associate together. Definitely a progressive concept!