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Marten Visser

 

Marten Visser holds a Bachelor of Music with major studies in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting and post graduate studies in Music Education, Christian Ministry & Educational Leadership.

He has studied Choral Conducting with Andrew Wailes (Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale), Dr. Ian Burk (Australian Catholic University) and Dr. Geoffrey Cox (St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne).

He has also conducted in Choral Master classes with Dr Rodney Eichenberger (Florida State University, United States), Dr Andre' Thomas (Florida State University, United States) and Ass. Prof. Carl Crossin (Elder Conservatorium,Australia).

Marten has also studied voice performance and vocal pedagogy with Loris Synan (Monash University, Australia) and Susan Breen-Clark (Melbourne University, Australia).

As a conductor, Marten is the Principal Artistic Director of the Choral Institute of Melbourne. He is also a Musical Director, Adjudicator and professional singer. Marten is currently the Leader of Performing Arts and Head of Vocal and Choral Studies at Wantirna College, where he also conducts a 100 voice SAB Choir, teaches VCE classroom music and also private vocal tuition to over 30 students.


 

Jenny Mathers

 

Jenny Mathers is currently Head of Music at St. Catherine’s School, Toorak, Melbourne, Australia. She takes a varied classroom load, including both the Primary and Secondary Schools. She conducts four choirs and the flagship Jorgensen Orchestra and she enjoys many forms of music making, including playing the clarinet (L.Mus.A), accompanying her students on the piano (A.Mus.A), and singing (A.Mus.A) in choirs.

Jenny is passionate about using imagery in all forms of her teaching and the ‘discovery’ of the work of Rudolph von Laban when she completed her Masters of Music Education at Florida State University in 1997 was life-changing. She uses this knowledge whenever she teachers conducting, such as at the ACCET Summer School or short courses for the University of Melbourne Graduate program. Jenny has spent many years on committees for both ABODA (Australian Band and Orchestral Directors Association) and ANCA, having been the Victorian Branch treasurer for 11 years, before taking an extended break for family leave. She is now delighted to be back with ANCA as the Victorian/Tasmanian Vice-President. She was convener of the first Sounds Great! conference in 2003 and has enjoyed continued involvement with the organization of this conference, as well as the recent Choralfest in Melbourne.

Jenny is often asked to adjudicate Eisteddfods, having been to Mildura and Burnie over the last few years. She will be adjudicating the Waverley Eisteddfod in a few weeks. 


 

 Michael Fulcher

  Michael Fulcher has been conducting Orchestral/choral performances since his university days, his first choir being a symphonic choir at the University of Queensland. For many years he worked in the operatic world as conductor and vocal coach, including at the English National Opera and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. From 2004-2011 he was music Director of the Wellington Orpheus Choir, conducting all of the big three Bach works to audience and critical acclaim. This year he has conducted the Bach Magnificat BWV 243a in St Paul's Cathedral which is to be broadcast on ABC Classic FM radio at 8 pm on Christmas Eve. He is currently Director of Music at Christ Church South Yarra, Melbourne and director of the new chamber choir Polyphonic Voices.

 

 Sharon Batterham

 

 

Sharon Batterham is a choral music specialist, with over 25 years experience as a chorister, tutor and conductor. She has studied music at the University of Melbourne, and holds both a Bachelor of Music, in composition and voice, and a Bachelor of Music Education. As a chorister, Sharon sang with the Australian Children's Choir, and travelled to Hong Kong and the United Kingdom where the choir performed at the prestigious Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod. She continued singing while at University, with the Faculty of Music choir and the Chamber Singers, and enhanced her vocal studies by performing with the Royal Philharmonic Choir, Faye Dumont Singers, CHIME Choir and Australian Youth Choir.

Conducting became a particular interest when Sharon commenced tutoring the training groups of the Victorian Boys' Choir, and she continued developing this area with positions in the Australian Girls' Choir and the CHIME Choirs. Training in choral pedagogy followed, under Rodney Eichenberger, Andre de Quadros and Doreen Rao, and Sharon was selected from conductors around the world to attend the 3rd Choral Symposium held by the Toronto Childrens' Chorus under Jean Ashworth-Bartle.

After a short break to raise a family, Sharon is now Musical Director and part owner of Southern Voices, and is the founding conductor of Harrisfield Harmonies. She has spent spare time writing musical plays for children, whilst composing and arranging choral music for her choirs.

  
Kerry Bennett  

Kerry Bennett is currently a music teacher and Head of Choral Music at The Friends' School in Hobart.  Prior to her move to Hobart mid-2010, she had enjoyed a long stint as a Regional Music Coordinator for Education Queensland and a senior conductor for the Brisbane chapter of the Australian Youth Choir.

 As a conductor, Kerry has worked with school choirs in primary and secondary settings as well as the coordination and conducting of massed choir workshops and festivals, and as an adjudicator.  She has also worked extensively with a range of youth community choirs and adult ensembles.  As a chorister, she has sung with numerous ensembles in both Tasmania and Queensland from small chamber groups to full symphonic choirs. 

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