Lois is a highly credentialed and experienced music educator in Singing Performance (LTCL) and Piano (ATCL), and a long-standing professional member of the QLD Music Teachers Association. Lois has performed in every musical vocal genre from Cabaret to Opera, and has run a successful private music teaching business in addition to a children’s music theatre group. Her production experience includes numerous major community and school musical and theatrical events in which she has fulfilled the roles of Producer, Musical Director, Conductor, Choral Director, Repetiteur and Accompanist. Other qualifications include a Master of Philosophy (French Literature), a Bachelor of Arts (French and Mathematics), a Diploma of Education, and Diploma in Advanced French Language.
Lois has taught at Mitchelton State High School, and is a private music instructor in Singing and Piano (across classical, music theatre, jazz and contemporary genres), Musicianship and Theory. She is a member of ANATS (Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing), AGQ (The Accompanists Guild of Queensland), and the QLD Vocal Competition (QVC) Organising Committee.
Jenni has enjoyed involvement with music, singing, choirs and theatre, both professional and community-based, for many years.
On completion of her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Teaching, Jenni began school teaching in Canberra, then accepted an invitation to specialise in music. She subsequently moved to continue school music teaching in Brisbane. Jenni has consistently directed award-winning choirs as well as successful musicals and musical events, both within her own schools and with school projects in the broader community.
Beginning with a background in piano and theory (AMEB 7th grade), Jenni pursued extensive training in all elements of music teaching, in particular singing, choral and conducting techniques. She has had a long-standing, active membership with Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia and the Australian National Council of Orff Sculwerk.
In Canberra community theatre, Jenni assumed various roles: Musical Director, Choral Musical Director, accompanist, repetiteur and choreographer. This work offered a wide variety of productions including Gilbert & Sullivan, Rodgers and Hammerstein, pantomimes, jazz and comedies. As well as using her dance background (including Member Royal Academy of Dance) for choreography, Jenni assumed acting roles in various musicals and plays.
In Brisbane, Jenni has been a member of Tongues of Fire gospel choir and Sunnybank Theatre. Since retirement from school music teaching, she is enjoying singing with Choral Connection, playing piano and leading singing with her church and attending Brisbane Ukulele Music Society jam sessions and workshops.
Alison Siemon started playing piano when she was six years old, in Brisbane. She’s now in the over-fifties club! She graduated with an Associate Diploma in Classical Piano (WAAPA), and has a degree in Japanese and Tourism (Edith Cowan.) While studying for her degree she worked in the first CD store in WA – Wesley Compact Disc Centre, and was part of Wesley Classics becoming established as assistant manager. At night, she was music director for The Fantasticks at the UWA Dolphin Theatre, and did four shows with Playlovers – Baby, Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man, The Comedy of Errors (the first performance in Australia of Trevor Nunn’s work), and was lead keyboard at the Quarry Amphitheatre for Oklahoma. She has accompanied many friends in their classical and musical theatre auditions, competitions and performances.
On moving to Japan, Alison taught English through music and drama – working at kindergartens, private language schools, and a women’s university- where she ran a choir and theatre performance class for the students. She was in the Kobe Earthquake, but chose to stay in the country another three years so she could fall in love and get married. (Not that she knew that was going to happen.)
On her return to Australia, she worked in Sydney organising homestays for International Students at a language school, while achieving her Certificate of Acting at the Actors’ Centre. She ran a playgroup for mothers, once again using a lot of music; joined a filmmakers group composing and recording the music for Short and Sweet entries, directing and acting as well. She became a mother, and taught seven students piano and voice from home.
Moving to Brisbane, she was the pregnant accompanist for the Serenata Singers, until there was a move to Singapore for her husband’s work. For five years she taught piano from home, published her children’s book, and studied meditation – travelling to Nepal, India, Bali, Thailand, and Hawaii – she is a qualified meditation teacher. Another promotion for her husband became five years in Wisconsin in the USA, teaching piano and voice, as she continued her writing.
After ten years living away from Australia she has returned to Brisbane, and is very happy to be accompanying the Serenata Singers once again. Of course, with other things in the works. Happily married, with two great kids, an adopted cat, music, meditation, writing, and undoubtedly travel fill her life.
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