Like the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale, Vicki’s musical journey began almost 50 years ago in Ipswich. Her passion for singing has, from its earliest days, been intrinsically linked with choirs and community ensembles. From her first involvement with choral singing at the age of six, she was hooked and has almost continuously been singing in vocal ensembles ever since. In secondary school, she began singing lessons with Lorraine Smith in Mackay and then studied under Jan Delpratt, Adele Nisbet and more recently, Geoffrey Ashenden, at the Qld Conservatorium of Music. With more than 30 years of performance experience as an award winning soloist at regional and state level, Vicki has competed regularly in local and regional eisteddfods (held Mackay Open Vocal Section Aggregate award for 7 consecutive years and Nth Qld Champion Soprano for 2 years) and has participated in annual community events such as Mackay Festival of Arts, River to Reef Festival, Carols by Candlelight. Lead soprano soloist in Mackay Choral Society’s production of Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass (2012), Handel’s Messiah (2005) and Elijah (2004), Mackay Musical Comedy Players’ Annie (2006) and Conservatorium Big Band’s excerpt from Madame Butterfly (2007). Vicki attained her AMusA in Singing (AMEB) in 2009 and continues to pursue her passion for singing to this day.
In the year 2000, Vicki made the step into choral directing after being encouraged and mentored by Kathie Neill and has since chalked up 17 years’ experience as vocal ensemble/choral director of community and school choirs including RealMenSing! (2013-2016) who gained Highly Commended in Qld Eisteddfod in their first public performance in 2013, 2ndplace in Mackay Eisteddfod 2013 and won Championship for Small Choirs in Nth Qld Eisteddfod in 2014. Other ensembles directed include a.k.a.Pel, who attained many achievements including winning sections in the All of Qld Eisteddfod (2000), accolades in Nth Qld Junior Jazz Festival (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007), consistently winning prizes in Nth Qld, including achieving Championship for Small Choirs in 2014 and Mackay Eisteddfods (2000-2013), performing as main performers in Mackay and Hamilton Island Community Carols ceremonies (1998-2011) and featuring in several high-profile cultural events including Lighting of the Olympic Torch Ceremonies (2001), Idea of North Workshops (2005) and Tasmanian Festival of Voices (2007, 2010). She has workshopped with international choral/ensemble experts such as Kris Kiver, David Lawrence, Julie Christensen, Graeme Morton and Myron Butler. Vicki’s valuing of and connection to people, along with her passion for voice and intense curiosity, motivate her to ever increase her ability to make the choral experience as exciting, worthwhile and successful as possible for those in her ensembles.
In 2001, Vicki began teaching singing, establishing a studio with a reputation for healthy vocal technique, excellence in performance, musicality and good sportsmanship. Vicki continues teaching a wide range of students – all of whom are progressing well and many have won prizes and bursaries each year in regional and local eisteddfods and competitions. Several students who have graduated from her studio have been successfully accepted into and graduated from tertiary music and performing degrees with ongoing success – many of these are now teaching music themselves or perform professionally. Driven by the desire to provide quality tuition, Vicki completed her Bachelor of Learning Management from Central Queensland University in 2004 and her Masters of Music Studies from Griffith University, majoring in Vocal Pedagogy in 2013. In January 2015 and 2016, Vicki had the privilege to learn from international voice pedagogue, Janice Chapman.
Over the years, Vicki has been employed as a vocal/choral adjudicator (2003, 2012, 2018), choral workshop facilitator/conductor (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013) and choral director (since 2000). Her writings have been published in a national professional journal for Australian singing teachers (ANATS).
She is a strong supporter of local cultural and vocal groups, being an active member of Mackay Choral Society for 17 years, and serving on committees such as those of Mackay Musical Comedy Players (2007, 2008) and the Mackay Eisteddfod (2006-2017). She was awarded the Australia Day Senior Cultural Award in 2004 and was honoured with the position of Central Queensland representative for the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) (2011-2016).
It is with great delight that Vicki accepted the position of Musical Director of Ipswich Orpheus Chorale. She has long admired this ensemble and has a great respect for its history. She embraces the challenge of the steep learning curve ahead and is excited about our future collaboration.