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Nicole Thomson

Grad.Cert.Tertiary and Adult Education (GCTAE) Grad.Dip (Vocal Performance) BMus (Voice) BA (Mus)
Associate Lecturer - Theatre
School of Education and the Arts
(07) 4940 7866
+61 414 716 968 Mobile Phone
Mackay Ooralea
Building 22 - G.12
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General
Background

Professional Solo and Ensemble Singer since 1996

Performed in over 13 languages in 18 countries

Guest Artist for Malaysian Royal Family (Alor Star, Malaysia) and Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark (Hans Christian Andersen celebrations, Sydney Australia)

Represented Australia in World Expo performances (Shanghai 2010)

Choral Education Coordinator and Guest Conductor for Gondwana and Sydney Children's Choir - working with indigenous youth in the Pilbara, WA

Co-Presenter of Alnwick Music Camp (11 years and above) for 'SPECTRUM - The Culture Exchange Specialists' - UK and Malaysia

Universities Studied At

Queensland Conservatorium Of Music (Griffith University)

Central Queensland University

Universities Worked At

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Guest Lecturer - Composition for the Voice 2013-2014

Central Queensland Conservatorium Of Music

Mackay

2012-present

Awards

2008

Frank Lasslett Award

Alan McArthur Memorial Award

Liederfest

Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA

2001

Werner Baer Memorial Award

The Sydney Savage Club

Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA

1995

Concerto and Voice Competition

Queensland Conservatorium Of Music, Griffith University

Mackay, QLD AUSTRALIA

1990

Elizabeth Muir Undergraduate Scholarship

Queensland Conservatorium Of Music, Griffith University

Brisbane, QLD AUSTRALIA

Previous teaching

Presenter and Performer 2015

- Alnwick Music Camp (UK) (July) and Malaysia (October)

Presented by Spectrum – The Culture Exchange Specialists

Invited to return to the UK and MY in 2016 for similar projects

Assistant Conductor and Educator 2015

- WA Pilbara Tour Gondwana Choirs

Sponsored by Rio Tinto, working with remote WA communities, primarily with indigenous youth

Invited to continue collaborating in 2016 in remote WA and Cairns

Voice Tutor 2012 2015

- Central Queensland Conservatorium Of Music

Choral Education Coordinator/Conductor 2013 – 2016

- Gondwana Choirs / Sydney Children's Choir

Director 2014 - present

- Kids Choral Academy (Formally 'Gondweenies')

A musical initiative from Gondwana Choirs and Sydney Children's Choir

A programme specifically created for the creative training of young singers

Jellybeans Music (Sydney City East) Pty Ltd 2014 - present

- Managing staff, scheduling, payroll, recruitment of clientele and communications

Music Specialist 2011 - 2015

- Teaching Seminars throughout NSW and QLD instructing Primary and Secondary Teachers in Music Education, in association with Big Scope

Music Specialist

-Musician In The Classroom, in association with Musica Viva In Schools NSW 2011 - 2015

- Song Safari PD Programme, in association with Musica Viva In Schools NSW 2006 - 2012

Music Tutor 2009 - 2014

- in association with Jellybeans Music and Jozzbeat

Music Tutor 2008 - 2010

- in association with ACMF (Australian Children's Music Foundation) - Kodály & Orff Percussion

Music Tutor 2013

- in association with Reddam House

Developed a teaching curriculum for 1-4 years old

Implemented Orff programme for Kindergarten and Year 1

Educational Performances 1996 - 2011

- in association with Musica Viva In Schools NSW (averaging three performances daily)

Voice Tutor

- Loreto Kirribilli (Secondary School), NSW 2007 - 2009

- Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC Croydon), NSW 2011 - 2012

Workshops

- Moriah College, NSW 2015

- Burgundian Consort, University Of NSW 2009 and 2013

- The Madrigal Society 2012

- Coro Innominata 2009

Corporate Workshops / Seminars

- The Benevolent Society 2015

Choreographer

- Ravenswood School For Girls (Primary School)

Year 3 & 4 Musical June-August 2006

Professional Experience

Flametree (Chamber Ensemble) 2015

- Soloist

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs 2014

- Small Ensemble Soloist Mendellsohn 'Elijah'

The Renaissance Players 2010 - present

- Soloist and member of the corp

Resonance (Cabaret and Chamber Music Events) 2013

- Guest Artist and Soloist

- Classical and Cabaret Repertoire

The Lyrebird Collective 2012

- Concerts with Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, 'Cello and Piano

Capella 2012

- A cappella vocal ensemble, specialising in Baroque repertoire

- Invited Guests to the Bowral Music Festival 2012

- Performed with Sydney Brass (Director - Paul Goodchild)

Serendipity 2012

- Choir in the Southern Highlands, NSW

- Guest Artist

-Conducted Vocal Workshop

Shoalhaven Music Festival 2012

- Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, 'Cello and Piano Recital

St Luke's Mosman 2012 - 2015

- Soprano Handel 'Messiah'

- Visiting Artist and Vocal Specialist

Caprice 2011

- Ensemble in Mackay, QLD

- Guest Artist

- Soloist and within the Ensemble

Christ Church St Laurence 2010 - 2011

- Soloist Monteverdi 'Vespers'

- Soloist Mozart 'Coronation Mass'

Sydney Chamber Opera 2011

- Character of 'Dream Liza' - 'Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground'

- Contemporary Opera (World Premiere) composed by Jack Symonds

- Directed by Netta Yashchin

Shanghai World Expo 2010

- Performed with Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, Niki Vasilakis, William Barton, The Song Company and The Qantas Choir (i.e. Gondwana Chorale)

- Directed by Stuart Maunder

Canberra International Music Festival 2010

- Peter Sculthorpe's 'Eliza Fraser Sings' (working alongside the composer)

The Song Company 1996 - 2014

- Soloist within a six-voice vocal ensemble

- Repertoire covering 10th Century to the present day

- Performing between 120 and 150 concerts each year

- Featured on ten CD recordings and on ABC Classic FM

Coro Innominata 2009

- Soloist Copland 'In The Beginning'

Malaysian Filharmonik Orchestra 2007

- Works by Berio and Janacek (Kevin Field - Conductor)

Chinese Virtuosi Orchestra (Hong Kong) 2006

- Performances and Studio Recording of Commissioned Project 'Six Hermits' (Contemporary Classical Chinese Music For Traditional Instruments and Voices)

Pinchgut Opera 2006 - 2007

- Vivaldi 'Juditha Triumphas' - Member Of The Chorus 2007

- Mozart 'Idomeneo' - Concert Showcase Soloist - Role Of 'Ilia' 2006

- Mozart 'Idomeneo' - Performances - Role of '1st Cretan Woman' and covered roles of 'Ilia' and 'Elettra' 2006

Tenebrae II 2006

Tenebrae I 2005

- Directed by Kate Champion (Choreographer 'Dirty Dancing - The Musical') in association with Force Majeure

- Gesualdo 'Tenebrae for Maundy Thursday' and 'Tenebrae for Good Friday' - memorized and choreographed performances in Sydney's Town Hall

Trigonale Festival (Austria) 2006

- Within The Song Company

SUMS (Sydney University Music Society) 2006

- Featured performance of Schubert's Cantata 'Mirjams Siebesgesang', alongside lieder by Mozart, Wolf, Liszt and Strauss

Strathfield Symphony Orchestra 2006

- Soloist Haydn 'Nelson' Mass

- Soloist Mozart 'Laudate Dominum'

Aurora Festival 2006

- Soloist in 'What's That Spell?' by Michael Daugherty, in association with the Australian Youth Orchestra (Kevin Field - Conductor)

Eminence Symphony Orchestra 2004 - 2010

- A Night In Fantasia 2004

- World Of John Williams

- Destiny: The Dream Time Ensemble

- A Night In Fantasia 2005

- Spirited Away With Youmi

- A Night In Fantasia 2006

- A Night In Fantasia 2007: Symphonic Games Edition

- Destiny - Reunion

- A Night In Fantasia 2007: Anime Edition

- Unearthing Eden - The Sounds of AINARU

- A Night In Fantasia 2009

The Jubilate Singers 2002 - 2006

- Soloist Mozart 'Requiem' 2006

- Excerpts from Bach Cantata BWV 51 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen' 2003

- Soloist Handel 'Messiah' 2002

The Ladies Committee Of The Sydney Opera House Appeal Fund 2004

- Guest Artist (Andrew Greene - Accompanist)

New England Bach Festival (Armidale, NSW) 2004

- Soloist

Aark Ensemble (Sydney, NSW) 2004

- Voice 2 Reich 'Music For 18 Musicians'

Venetian Carnival (National Tour) 2003

- Directed by Rachel McDonald, in association with Musica Viva

- Music by Monverdi

- Role involved roller skating / ribbon-twirling / stage fighting - boxing / martial arts / wrestling

Cantillation 2002 - present

- Sydney based professional ensemble

- Soloist and within the ensemble

- Recorded several CD's (ABC Label)

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs 2002

- Soloist Bach 'Magnificat'

Sydney Festival 1997

- Contemporary Opera 'The Sinking Of The Rainbow Warrior' by Colin Bright and Amanda Stewart

- Directed by Nigel Kelleway

- Role of 'Activist' - performed live at the Australian National Maritime Museum (Sydney) on the HMAS Vampire

- Studio Recording available through the ABC and Australian Music Centre websites

Opera North

- Principal Role Puccini 'Gianni Schicchi' - Role of 'Lauretta' 1992

- Minor Principal Role Williamson 'The Happy Prince' - Role of 'Matchgirl 1986

Mackay Musical Comedy Players

- Principal Role Lerner & Loewe 'Camelot' - Role of 'Guenevere' 1989

- Principal Role Rodgers & Hammerstein 'The Sound Of Music' - Role of 'Liesl' 1988

Recitals

- In association with Flametree - Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano and Piano - 'A Bouquet Of Songs' - September 2015

- In association with Judith Brown (Piano) - 'A Century Of Song - Classical And Contemporary Music' - September 2013

- In association with Jenny Duck-Chong (Mezzo-Soprano) and Josephine Allan (Piano) - 2012

- In association with Rachel Scott (Cello) - 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

- In association with Jo Burton (Mezzo-Soprano) - 1998, 2000 and 2002

- In association with Simon Lobelson (Baritone) and Luke Byrne (Piano) - 2001 and 2003

- In association with Bradford Creese and Melanie Duncan - The Opening Of The Paul Hopkins Theatre, Mackay, Queensland

- Solo Recital - Performance and Live Recording 'A Little Light Music' - November 2005

- Various repertoire, including: Handel 'Silete Venti' (Motet); Messiaen 'Poemes pour Mi'; Rodrigo 'Quatro Madrigales amatorios'; Poulenc 'Fiancialles pour Rire' and 'Banalites' (Song Cycles) amongst others

Recordings:

The Song Company 1996 - 2015

- From The Paddock To The Trenches - Music By Martin & Peter Wesley-Smith

- Body And Soul

- Spanish Battle Music

- Purcell To Pop

- Schwanengesang - Music By Heinrich Schutz

- Song Of Songs - Music By Andrew Schultz

- The Twelve Days Of Christmas

- As A Lily

- The Sinking Of The Rainbow Warrior - Music By Colin Bright & Amanda Stewart

- Quito - Music By Martin & Peter Wesley-Smith

Pinchgut Opera

- Idomeneo - Music By Mozart

- Juditha Triumpha - Music By Vivaldi

Cantillation

- Ye Banks And Braes 2006

- Silent Night 2004

- Allegri Miserere 2003

- Prayer For Peace 2002

- The Voice - Featuring Teddy Tahu-Rhodes 2004

- Cinema Paradiso - Featuring David Hobson 2004

Film Scores:

- South Solitary 2011

- Happy Feet 2 2011

- Legends Of The Guardian: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole 2010

- Farscape - Peacekeeper Wars 2004

- Salem's Lot 2004

- The Rise And Rise Of Australian Rugby 2003

- Terratoma - Short Film Through AFTRS

- Lotto Dreaming - Short Film Through AFTRS

Video Game Music:

Eminence Symphony Orchestra

- Senjo no Valkyria: Gallian Chronicles Odin Sphere

- The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk

- Soulcalibur IV

- Diablo III

- Echoes of War: The Music of Blizzard Entertainment

- Makato Shinkai Image Album 'Promise'

- Halo

- World Of Warcraft - Voice Of 'Eluni'

Professional Memberships

Member of ANCA (Australian National Choral Association)

Member of ANATS (Australian National Association Of Teachers Of Singing)

Member of ISME (International Society For Music Education)

Responsibilities

2016 - 

Associate Lecturer - Theatre

2012 - 2015

Voice Tutor

Professional Interests

Silent Reflux and the Manifestation on a Singer's Technique

Jazz Improvisation and Baroque Ornamentation - a comparison

Music Theatre Vocal Techniques - how do they compare with a Classical Vocal Technique?

The Effect of Contemporary Music on Musician's Temperaments in a Rehearsal Setting - do different musical styles affect a performer's moods?

Mozart's Concert Arias - the history behind these difficult works - who were they composed for and the comparison of other pieces written for the same singers

Consultancy Work

2016

Director

- Kids Choral Academy (Formally 'Gondweenies')

A musical initiative from Gondwana Choirs and Sydney Children's Choir - a programme specifically for the creative training of young singers

2015

Presenter - Workshops and Masterclasses

- Alnwick Music Camp (UK) (July) and Malaysia (October)

Presented by Spectrum – The Culture Exchange Specialists

Assistant Conductor and Educator

- WA Pilbara Tour Gondwana Choirs (September)

Sponsored by Rio Tinto, working with remote WA communities, primarily with indigenous youth

Director

- Kids Choral Academy (Formally 'Gondweenies')

A musical initiative from Gondwana Choirs and Sydney Children's Choir - a programme specifically for the creative training of young singers

Workshops

- Moriah College, NSW

- Musician In The Classroom, in association with Musica Viva In Schools NSW

Corporate Workshops / Seminars

- The Benevolent Society

2014

Director

- 'Gondweenies'

A musical initiative from Gondwana Choirs and Sydney Children's Choir - a programme specifically for the creative training of young singers

Seminars

- Teaching Seminars For Primary And Secondary Teachers in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Mackay, in association with Big Scope

2013

Artist In Residence

- Guest at Bentley Music Academy, Kuala Lumpur

- Conducted Workshops and Masterclasses throughout a three-week period

- Guest Artist at the Australian High Commission

- Philanthropic Work at START - a Creative Arts Refuge For Troubled Youth

Workshops

- Musician In The Classroom, in association with Musica Viva In Schools NSW

- Burgundian Consort, University Of NSW

Seminars

- Teaching Seminars For Primary And Secondary Teachers in Brisbane and Mackay, in association with Big Scope

2012

Workshops

- Musician In The Classroom, in association with Musica Viva In Schools NSW

- Song Safari PD Programme, in association with Musica Viva In Schools NSW

- The Madrigal Society

Seminars

- Professional Development Seminars For Primary And Secondary Teachers in Brisbane and Mackay, in association with Big Scope

2011

Seminars

- Professional Development Seminars throughout NSW and QLD instructing Primary and Secondary Teachers in Music Education, in association with Big Scope

Workshops

- Musician In The Classroom, in association with Musica Viva In Schools NSW

2010 and earlier

- Song Safari PD Programme, in association with Musica Viva In Schools NSW 2006 - 2010

- Burgundian Consort, University Of NSW 2009

- Coro Innominata 2009

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