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Plus the International Choral Program to be presented by Chris Burcin



As Australia's premier celebration of the voice, Festival of Voices will attract thousands of singers, choristers and music lovers from all over the world to Tasmania for the 13th annual festival.


In 2017, Festival of Voices will create three extraordinary experiences with world class musicians, all of whom have been invited to return to Hobart due to popular demand: Classical Choral with DAVID LAWRENCE, Gospel with ERIC DOZIER and A Cappella with DEKE SHARON.

Next year, our major festival events will return, including Tasmania Sings on Thursday 6 July, the City of Hobart Bonfire & Big Sing on Friday 7 July, Finale Concert on Sunday 16 July and our East Coast festival leg preceding the festival between Friday 30 June - Sunday 2 July.

Classical Choral with David Lawrence (UK) - will present Mendelssohn's Oratorio Elijah, alongside the Hobart Chamber Orchestra and renowned soloists Greta Bradman (Soprano), Anna Dowsley (Mezzo Soprano), Henry Choo (Tenor), Christopher Richardson (Bass Baritone). David Lawrence is one of the UK’s most versatile conductors, working with orchestras and choirs of all shapes and sizes. In 2010 he was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award, and he holds the Guinness World Record for conducting the UK’s largest choir.


Gospel with Eric Dozier (US) - Eric is the former musical director for the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir and the co-founder and Director of Arts and Education for One Human Family Music Workshops, Inc., an organisation devoted to eradicating discrimination by ‘Uniting the World..One Song at a Time.' 

As a cultural activist and music educator, Eric has been assisting communities in developing creative, inspiring contexts from which to launch campaigns of dynamic service to humanity for the last twenty years.


A Cappella with Deke Sharon (US) - Heralded as "The father of contemporary a cappella," (Entertainment Weekly), Deke Sharon has his a cappella fingers in many pies, arranging (Broadway’s “In Transit”), music directing movies (Pitch Perfect 1, 2 & 3, The Social Network), and producing television's "The Sing Off" worldwide (US, Holland, China, South Africa), directing professional groups (Vocalosity, Voasis), performing (TotalVocal at Carnegie Hall), coaching (Lifetime’s “Pitch Slapped”) producing albums (Straight No Chaser) and events (Camp A Cappella), publishing arrangements with Hal Leonard, while teaching and promoting a cappella worldwide.

There will also be an opportunity as part of this workshop to break off into smaller barbershop sessions with specialist barbershop leaders - to be announced.


International Choral Program with Chris Burcin - The International Choral Program was established to bring international and interstate visiting choirs to work together under leadership of eminent guest conductors. To find out more about opportunities for visiting choirs to to work with Chris as part of this program, please contact Joan Wright on

Chris Burcin is an active choral conductor, music teacher and performer. He conducted the International Choral Program at the Festival of Voices in Tasmania (July 2015 and 2016) as well as festivals and workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand and Samoa. He will conduct at the Pemulway National Male Voice Festival in Brisbane (July 2017), before coming to Festival of Voices to lead the International Choral Program.