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Choral Professional Development

Choral Professional Development

2 July 2022  |  9:00 AM  |  The Salon at the Hedberg  |  $49

A day of learning for teachers and youth choir leaders. 

This is a professional development opportunity for music teachers and choir leaders to work with experienced Australian choral conductors and music educators. Topics include recruiting for your choirs, engaging young singers, teaching new material and choral repertoire reading. 

Please note: Choirs registered for Young Tasmania Sings have one registration for this event included.

With workshop leaders:

Kate Albury

Kate Albury has completed a Bachelor of Arts Music and a Bachelor of Music Education at the Qld Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, as well as a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Queensland.  

From 2003 to 2016 Kate held the positions of Choral Director and Middle School Music and Event Co-ordinator and at Brisbane Grammar School.  In 2010 she toured Europe with the Grammarphones, the School’s Premier Choir, achieving first place in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna.  Her duties as Choral Director included conducting all five choral groups of the school, and directing Middle School Musicals.  In addition, she conducted the Grammar Community Choir, consisting of over 130 adults. 

As Kate’s reputation as a dynamic and gifted choral conductor grew, she was invited to conduct at many festivals and workshops.  She has conducted choirs for the renowned Birralee Choirs, the Celtic Connection Chorus and Choral Connection.  She has conducted the ‘Con Chorus’ at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  She is often invited to conduct vocal ensembles for primary, middle school and high school State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) around the state of Queensland.  Most significantly, she is regularly invited to join the elite conductors from around Australia to be part of the Artistic Team of the National Gondwana Choral School.  

Since 2016, she has worked at St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe, firstly as the Head of Faculty for the Creative and Performing Arts Department, and now as Head of Culture.  In this time, she has built the choral program in both numbers and reputation.  Kate is in demand as an adjudicator and conductor.  Her greatest passion is to encourage young people to be involved in Choral Music. 

Paul Jarman

Paul Jarman is a frequent guest to the Festival of Voices as a composer, conductor, clinician, presenter and MC extraordinaire!  Over the years, the festival has commissioned and premiered several works written or co-written by Paul. He has touched the lives of thousands of festival goers with his boundless and infectious joy and enthusiasm for all things choral music. 

By nature, he can’t help but inspire, not only with his compositions which have a way of challenging every singer to be a better person; but also with his contagious passion, his sincere love of people from all walks of life and his limitless energy. 

If you’ve never introduced your choir to him personally or to one of his pieces, you are missing out on an outstanding experience.
Julie Christiansen OAM – Founder, Voices of Birralee 

Kerry Bennett

Alongside choirs from Years 1 to 12 in various school sectors, Kerry was the conductor for the Queensland Show Choir’s Poco Voci and a senior conductor for the Brisbane chapter of the Australian Youth Choir for a number of years before moving to Hobart as Head of Choral Music at The Friends’ School. She has held guest conductor roles a with a range of choirs including the Bundaberg Orpheus Singers, Tasmanian Youth Chorale and Hobart Orpheus Choir. 

Kerry has coordinated and conducted massed choral events and adjudicated several choral festivals. She has presented workshops for Education Queensland, and associations including Tasmanian Orff Schulwerk Association, Australian Society of Music Educators and the Australian National Choral Association. An enthusiastic singer herself, Kerry has sung with numerous ensembles in both Queensland and Tasmania from small chamber groups to full symphonic choirs. 

 Kerry is currently Festival of Voices’ Choral Producer and the Tasmanian representative of the Australian National Choral Association. 

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Accessibility Information

Getting to the venue 

  • The Hedberg Salon is at 19-27 Campbell St, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • Drop off car spaces are available at the entrance to the Theatre Royal and Hedberg on Collins Street. 
  • 2 accessible parking spaces are available outside the Theatre Royal and Hedberg on Collins Street. 


Guide Dogs and service
animals are welcome in all FOV event venues. 


Wheelchair Accessibility: 

  • For wheelchair bookings please contact the festival with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements. 
  • Access to The Hedberg Salon is on Ground Level. 
  • Accessible bathrooms are available on Ground Level. 

COVID – 19 Information

Feeling unwell?
Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell. It is in the interest of all to stay at home if you have any flu or COVID-19 symptoms. Please review our COVID-19 Ticketing Terms and Conditions here if you are unable to attend for this reason. 

Face masks:
While face masks are not mandatory at any FOV events, you are more than welcome to choose to wear one. Free medical face masks will be available at this event venue entrance upon request. 

Physical Distancing:
This event is in a non-fixed seated venue. Seating will be positioned with sufficient space between participants. Please me mindful of physically distancing from others when moving through the foyer at the beginning and end of this event. 

Hand hygiene:
Sanitiser will be provided at this venue. Please use thoughtfully.