These people have helped shape the values and the essence of Moorambilla Voices.
Artists in Residence
Our Artistic Team consists of our Artists in Residence, Artistic Partners, Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Support. Together these people have helped shape the values and the essence of Moorambilla Voices.
Michelle Leonard OAM
This exceptional woman is the Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of Moorambilla Voices. Our organisation has been featured in two documentaries: Wide Open Sky andOutback Choir (ABC). It was also featured in the 2019 ABC Christmas Special and at TEDxSydney in 2018. Michelle is widely sought after as a choral clinician on Australian repertoire and appears regularly as a guest speaker, adjudicator and workshop facilitator. Michelle was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for Services to the Community and Performing Arts in 2017, 2018 the Sydney University Alumni of the Year Award for services to the arts and in 2019 was named in the Financial Reviews top 100 most Inﬂuential Women in Australia. She has four magniﬁcent young children who keep her very busy and very happy.
This young man graduated from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2011 with an honours thesis on the Brisbane contemporary dance sector and has a postgraduate in Education. Jacob represented QUT at the 2011 Guangdong Modern Dance festival in China and the 2009 Brisbane Festival. From 2014-2017, Jacob was employed as Queensland Ballet’s Education Executive, developing and implementing a range of programs which provided accessible and authentic arts experiences to teachers and students across Queensland. In 2018, Jacob joined Sydney Dance Company as their Education Coordinator, responsible for designing a suite of digital learning resources and managing a national program of contemporary dance experiences. Currently Jacob is employed by Bangarra Dance Theatre, working with sponsors and donors to support the company in sharing and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories around Australia. Since 2014, Jacob has been the Resident Choreographer for Moorambilla Voices. In 2018, his Moorambilla work ‘Gundabooka’ was a finalist for the Australian Dance Award: Most Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance. In 2020, Jacob created wonderful modules for our Magic Modules!
This woman is a Sydney and Riverina based photographer specialising in theatre, commercial and family portraiture, landscape artworks and documentary photography. A ﬁnalist in the 2018 HEAD ON Landscape prize, semi-ﬁnalist in the 2014 and 2015 Moran Photographic Prize, Noni was runner up in the 2015 Art Gallery of NSW Instagram Australian Landscape competition. Noni’s involvement with Moorambilla started in 2012 as a promotional and documentary photographer. In 2016/2017 she mentored regional youth whilst photographing landscapes and people of the 17 communities involved with Moorambilla. She continued documenting these communities in 2018 as well as conducting regional town photographic workshops. Noni has also been involved with Moorambilla’s Narran Lakes, Mt Grenfell, Mt Gundabooka, Brewarrina Fish Traps and Byrock waterholes artistic cultural immersions where visual works and musical compositions are created. Noni lives and breathes photography. She relishes the opportunity to be able to capture Australia’s beautiful, diverse landscapes and people – showcasing them to a broader audience. Noni was vital in creating the Photography Modules for our Moorambilla Magic Modules.
This young woman is an Aboriginal woman of the Wiradjuri Nation. She trained in classical ballet and contemporary at The McDonald College of Performing Arts before pursuing full-time dance training at NAISDA Dance College. At NAISDA Amy was able to study both Yolngu and Moa Island songs and dances. Amy is a multidisciplinary artist working across many art platforms and aspires to work within the arts industry while also sharing her knowledge. In 2019, Amy worked with Moorambilla alongside Jacob Williams with both Primary Boys and Primary Girls Ensembles, in 2020 she was instrumental in creating Magic Modules for our regional youth.
This incredible man is a proud Wiradjuri man from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. Neville has pursued his love of performing since the age of 15, starting as a ballroom dancer then ﬁnding his passion in contemporary dance. He is a recent Graduate of NAISDA Dance College and has rekindled a love for his culture and teaching others. Neville Is an Independent First Nations Artist based in Sydney. Neville’s main dancing styles are Contemporary Dance, Contemporary Indigenous Dance and Musical Theatre. In the future he desires to create his own works and showcase them. In 2019, Neville worked with Moorambilla alongside Jacob Williams with MAXed OUT Company and in 2020 created modules for our Moorambilla Magic Modules
Wow this woman is incredible! She is our composer in residence for the Moorambilla Voices Regional Boys Choir. Alice Chance is a sought-after composer with a flare for the human voice. Holding a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she was awarded the 2012 Ignaz Friedman prize, Chance writes across several genres but her music retains a distinct character of its own. Alice has been composer in residence with our multi-APRA-Award-winning Moorambilla Voices program from 2013-15, featuring in the film Wide Open Sky. Australian school children are finding that Alice Chance’s music is becoming a staple in their choir’s repertoire. Alice calculates that at least five thousand children have publicly performed her music since 2012. We welcome Alice back in 2018
She is our composer in residence for the Moorambilla Voices Regional Girls Choir, her second year with us. Josephine is an emerging composer, having completed her honours in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2016, under the tutelage of Paul Stanhope. She has composed and acted as Music Director for eight productions at the University of Sydney, including the 2017 and 2016 Women’s Revue, and the Sydney University Dramatic Society’s 125th Anniversary production of Agamemnon. She has had works commissioned and performed by Gondwana Choirs, Sydney Chamber Choir and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. She is currently finishing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy at the University of Sydney.
This man is a Sydney-born composer who has written in a wide range of genres from contemporary classical through jazz and popular music. An afﬁnity with landscape and the natural world permeates his music, alongside a striving to understand and place the human soul within it. In recent years this has translated to a love of writing for voices, and has been fuelled by working with ensembles such as Moorambilla Voices, the Song Company, the SOQ, and the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus. He has also written for the Sydney Sinfonia, the Contemporary Singers, Occidental Strings, Three’s Company Opera, and the Australian Jazz Orchestra
Clive has been a singer all his life but started singing in earnest whilst studying for a music degree at Huddersﬁeld Polytechnic after which he concentrated on pure singing at the Guildhall School of Music in London where he won the Gold Medal in 1977. In 1979 he joined the renowned D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and when the company folded in 1982 he went on to study at the National Opera Studio and then to Glyndebourne where he remained for the next four years. He came to Australia in 1987 and joined the Song Company in 1989 where he remained until his retirement in 2014. Since then he has worked as writer and speaker for the Moorambilla Festival and with the renowned sculptor and artist Ken Unsworth. Apart from appearances at the Canberra International Music Festival with the Song Company he has also appeared as the Devil in 2015 and in the mute role of Vespone in 2016, making further appearances as soloist at CIMF in 2017. In 2018 he appeared in video and sound installations in Sydney and Melbourne and in live performances for the Sydney Biennale working with British artist Oliver Beer.
As a performer and educator this man is versed in a wide variety of styles and genres. Born in Perth, he studied at the University of Western Australia before establishing a successful career in both teaching and performance. Since 2015 he has been a core member of The Song Company singing year-round in subscription, festival, recital, recording, and education projects. Andrew appears frequently with Sydney’s leading early and contemporary music ensembles including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia, Cantillation, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Sydney Antiphony, the Choir of St James’, and Hourglass Ensemble. He balances these ensemble commitments with an emerging career as a soloist. His 2019 engagements include the Australian Premiere of Telemann’s Thunder Ode with Pinchgut Opera, various national touring projects with The Song Company, Christus in Arvo Pärt’s Passio, regional education work with the award-winning Moorambilla Voices program, Carmina Burana with Canberra Youth Orchestra, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Collegium Musicum, and two solo recitals for Hourglass Ensemble and The Song Company. In 2019 Andrew also joins Paciﬁc Opera as an Associate Artist
Anna has gained a reputation as a versatile soprano specialising predominantly in the interpretation of early and contemporary repertoire performing in a myriad of traditional and exploratory programming expertly demonstrating the versatility and virtuosity of a cappella singing. Equally at home as a dramatist on the stage, Anna is also a strong exponent of music education. She performs extensively with a number of Sydney’s professional ensembles including Pinchgut Opera and Cantillation; Sydney Chamber Opera; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; the SSO; Ironwood; The Acacia Quartet, Ensemble Offspring; Halcyon; Taikoz; Bach Akadamie Australia, Australian Haydn Ensemble, Salut! Baroque, to name a few. Anna performed with The Song Company for over a decade and has collaborated with international ensembles such as The Wallﬁsch Band (UK) and the New Zealand String Quartet.
This man is an exceptionally versatile vocalist, Mark was a permanent member of The Song Company from 1997 to 2019 and during that time performed music spanning 11 Centuries for National and International audiences. Placing a high importance on education and access to music, in his 22 years with the Song Company Mark performed and participated in workshops for well over 200,000 primary and secondary school children and is increasingly in demand as a conductor, educator and adjudicator. Mark has been fortunate to work with many organisations including; Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, Moorambilla Voices, Gondwana Choirs, Opera Queensland, ACO, Cantillation, Halcyon, Australian String Quartet, Ironwood, Sydney Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Sydney Chamber Choir, SUMS and the Newcastle University Choir.
Amy moved to Australia from the UK in 2015. An accomplished soloist and ensemble singer, Amy has performed as a soloist with many prominent orchestras, including the Gabrieli Consort, OAE and Hanover Band. As a member of EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble Amy premiered countless new works with contemporary orchestras. She worked with virtually all the leading UK vocal ensembles and was a member of Norway’s Edvard Grieg Kor. In Australia Amy has performed solo concerts with MSO, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia, St James King Street, Victoria Chorale, Trinity College, The Australian Bach Society, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, and Australian Baroque Brass. Amy recently performed in the Canberra International Music Festival, receiving warm reviews for her performances in Bach’s St John Passion and Schultz’s opera The Children’s Bach
Ben is a talented young pianist with a passion for accompanying vocal and instrumental performances. In 2014, Ben did an internship with Opera Australia, and traveled on full scholarship to Munich, Germany was a repetiteur for the Bel Canto Summer Program. In his role as accompanist, Ben has performed all over the country, and in 2015 will be continuing to perform with Voci Stupende and various ensembles. This is his third year as accompanist in residence for Moorambilla Voices. Ben studied Piano Performance with an accompaniment focus at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with David Miller and Bernadette Harvey, and has also studied with David Howie and Stephen Mould. In 2012 and 2013 he won the Mollie Neale award for highest marks in accompaniment. Ben works with various choirs and schools in Sydney.
Omila is an incredible shibori artist and a natural dyer with expertise in eco-printing. She has been perfecting these techniques for 10 years and has exhibited in Australia and overseas. The fabric created using eco-prints uses ﬂora from nature’s environment and captures the colours, fragrance and essence of mother earth. No man made chemical toxins are used in this process. Omila’s expertise is in creating long pieces up to 10 meters – and is one of the few in Australia able to do so. She is passionate about working with children and educating them about natural dyes and the gifts mother nature brings to those who seek it – even in drought