Michelle Leonard OAM
Director & Founder
Michelle Leonard OAM is the founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of Moorambilla Voices. This nationally awarded program seeks at its core to give country kids a rare opportunity to sing, dance, record, tour and create incredible performances with artists of the highest calibre. It has been featured in two documentaries – Wide Open Sky – and Outback Choir (ABC) and recently at Sydney TEDXSYDNEY 2018 and 2019 ABC Christmas Special and have made 4 CDs. Michelle is also the founding Artistic Director of the adult ensemble, Leichhardt Espresso chorus celebrating 25 years in 2024 of commissioning, creating and collaborating within the community. 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, 2019 was TED X Sydney speaker and in 2023 was national runner up for the Agri futures rural women’s award .Under her artistic direction Moorambilla received the APRA AMCOS organisational LUMINARY award in 2023 for contribution to the national arts ecology. She has four magnificent children who keep her very busy and very happy.