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The Australian Voice Festival is a weekend of practical and theoretical workshops designed for singers of all ages and abilities looking to find out more about the industry.

This special event will take place at the Seymour Centre, from the 17th to 18th of September 2016 and is designed for voice students aged 8 and above.

Over the two days, a jam-packed program of workshops delivered by celebrated artists and qualified instructors in voice, movement and acting will be presented. Highlights include various vocal classes in different genres, as well as drama classes to make up the necessary segments of the Triple Threat Process.

Headlining lecturers include:

  • Amanda Harrison: (Singer/Performer) Amanda is most well known for originating the role of Elphaba in the Australian production of Wicked – a role that earned her Green Room, Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Award nominations for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

  • Michael Lavine: (Musical Director) has worked as a musical director, pianist, vocal coach and singer all over the world. He gives master classes on auditioning in New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Bangkok, Australia, Singapore, Manila, Martha's Vineyard and other locations.

  • Brett Brown: Australian actor, singer and musician, Brett Brown, is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London. He has performed with Opera Australia, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Globe, in plays and musicals on London's West End, and in theatre festivals across Europe. Film includes the Academy Award winning The Theory of Everything.

  • Joanne Ansell: (Dancer/Performer) Well known Australian Joanne dancer, singer, actress and choreographer. As a teacher, lecturer or dance director Joanne has worked at The Conservatorium of NSW, Talent Development Project, University of NSW , New Zealand National Contemporary and ClassicalAwards, Pan Pacific Dance Camps , Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, SCEGGS Redlands and Canberra City Youth Company. However her highest teaching achievement was as the Principal of Ansell Academy of Dance for 30 years.

  • Bev Kennedy: (Musical Director/Accompanist) Is regarded as one of Australia's leading Musical Directors & accompanists, having worked on over 30 professional productions. Shows she has worked on include Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia!, The Producer's, We Will Rock You, The Lion King, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Chicago, & The Concert version of Sunset Boulevard.

  • Dan Barnett (Jazz Instrumentalist/ Singer) was born into music being the son of the legendary Sydney Bassist Cliff Barnett he began his musical life as a Trombonist and quickly developed a love for singing and has since carved out an enviable reputation on the Australian Jazz music scene working with an impressive list of international artists including James Morrison, INXS, Jack Johnson, Will Calhoun, Paul Kelly,Tom Burlinson, Barbara Morrison, Mark Murphy, Bob Barnard, Boy George, Dan Barrett, Tom Baker, Bob Montgomery, Culture Club,Warren Vache, George Washingmachine, Emma Pask to name a few!

  • Carl Dimataga: (Pop and RnB Songwriter and MD) An APRA Award nominated Sydney based record producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and musical director, widely known for his highly skilled guitar work, musicianship, arrangement and deft songwriting and production work. Carl has shared the stage with many including legendary artists such as Barry Gibb , Darren Hayes, Kelly Rowland, Leonna Lewis, Jay Sean, Wynter Gordon, Westlife, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn. He is also an established musical director Guy Sebastian, Katie Noonan, Timomatic, and Gerri Halliwell and is the go-to songwriter, producer and remixer for Jessica Mauboy, The Veronicas, Dami Im, Taylor Henderson, Reigan Derry, Samantha Jade, Nathaniel, and even The Dalai Lama himself.

  • Jocelyn Priestly: (Speech Pathologist) A highly regarded Speech Pathologist specialising in Voice for the last 26 years and now runs a private practice for all voice disorders, but particularly for singers and actors.

  • Kieron Kulik: (Performer/Agent) As a performer, Kieron has been a leading cast member of Hot Shoe Shuffle, in the role of 'Tap'. His numerous Musical Theatre credits include Grease – The Arena Spectacular, Happy Days – The Mega Musical' and Sisterella, as well as featuring as a Dell-tone in Shout! and a three-year tour with the hit musical Mamma Mia! He has worked alongside artists such as Kylie Minogue, Tina Arena, Caroline O'Connor, Dannii Minogue and Human Nature, as well as various television shows, video clips and live performances including high-profile events such as the ARIA Awards. Kieron is still a regular performer and choreographer, but has shifted his focus, joining the team at Jeep Management. Kieron is head of Musical Theatre and represents and guides Artists now appearing in Wicked, West Side Story, Grease and Strictly Ballroom. He also runs the Events division producing entertainment for special events and therefore creating unique performance opportunities for Jeep talent. Kieron has recently launched The Garage Creative Management, a boutique agency for Children and Young Performers and is now thrilled to be guiding and mentoring the careers of tomorrow's superstars.

    These world-class performers, record producers, song-writers, drama and dance professionals will explore what is truly needed to make a presence on the world stage. There will also be industry related lectures on:

  • Performance Anxiety

  • The Audition Process

  • Vocal Health

  • How to work with Agents

    All students will be placed in age groups and each student will have the opportunity to sing throughout the weekend with additional Ensemble Warm Up classes involving everyone singing collectively.

    Tickets are now on sale, with the weekend pass priced at $330. Early bookings are advised as class sizes are limited and demand is already high.

    To make a purchase, please click here.

    For more information on the festival, special guests and schedule, please visit

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    When: September 17 & 18
    Where: Seymour Centre, City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW 2008
    Cost: $330
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