SINGING WORKSHOPS

SING WITH AUSTRALIA’S BEST MUSICAL DIRECTORS

During the day we meet in the hall for a variety of singing workshops. Different styles, genres, and different leaders. The sessions have an emphasis on beautiful harmony, spine-tingling moments, and heart-warming connection.

A feast for the ears, a fizz for the brain, and a tonic for the soul!

DETAILS

The 2023 SUMMER Mountain Fest is a wonderful way to kick off the year, with friends, music, drumming, relaxation, nature and song.

COVID safe!

This is a great chance to reconnect with your voice, your heart and your community after a tough couple of years.

WHAT: Feed your soul some fabulous music, meet some other local singers, and enjoy the clean Mt Evelyn air.
WHEN: Friday 3 – Sunday 5 March 2023
WHERE: Mt Evelyn Recreation Camp

TICKET INCLUDES:
ACCOMMODATION (2 nights), ALL MEALS, PRESENTERS and ACTIVITIES!

 

VENUE LOCATION

 * Make sure you take the path to your right, just before you enter the football oval *

A weekend singing camp with music trivia, singing workshops and an awesome fire pit singalong. There are also some other activities including morning yoga and drumming circles. It is the perfect weekend if you love singing and music! 

Annabel

FIREPIT SINGALONGS

CONTRIBUTE A SONG TO THE FIREPIT ORCHESTRA!

Rug up, grab your guitar, and come join the cacophony of musical delights at our under-cover, all-weather firepit. Contribue a solo, join in on a well-known chorus, shake a tambourine, or just bask in the glow of the wonderful atmosphere.

The Winter Mountain Fest was two days of pure joy! Singing was always important to me, but this event showed me how long such a joyful experience could last – it was quite eye opening.

Lina

TEAM MUSIC TRIVIA

MEET SOME AWESOME PEOPLE!

Friday night starts with a light dinner, a casual drink, and some team music trivia. Whether you are a trivia buff, or merely contribute a question or two, music trivia ensures you get to meet some terrific people, spark some great stories, and make some life-long connections.

A safe and welcoming environment for all levels of singer, a great variety of talented presenters, with the added bonus of a music trivia quiz and firepit singalongs in the evenings. 

Alison

DRUM CIRCLES

TAKE OUT ALL YOUR FRUSTRATION ON A DRUM!

Feel the power of three dozen city folk bashing out their year’s angsts on some animal skins in the name of art! It’s an incredible feeling to say the least!

The Mountain Fest feeds your soul by making music, meeting great people and having lots of fun. Very inclusive. The afterglow lasts longer than the smoke in your clothes!

Doug

To sing with a group of people from all walks of life in a safe and comfortable environment was terrific. The beautiful harmonies that each instructor teased out of the group brought goosebumps upon goosebumps. The happiness instilled in me through this experience has lingered for weeks.

Melanie

My life was changed forever at Mountain Fest; I stumbled upon it looking to sing with others and found gold. This weekend at the very least will expand your horizons both musically and socially and might just change your life; do it! 

Tim

  A great opportunity to share singing and moving in harmony. A opportunity to learn a variety of different vocal styles A great place to meet like- minded people. 

Andrea

A great balance of singing, learning, playing and getting to know other music lovers. Chris and the team were professional in their approach and made sure everyone was included and had a good time. Thanks so much for a fantastic event. 

Warwick

PRESENTERS

MARK O’LEARY (OAM)

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MARK O’LEARY (OAM) is the Founder and Director of Young Voices of Melbourne, a youth choral organisation consisting of six choirs for singers from six to 30 years of age. He is also Principal guest Conductor of Gondwana Voices, Australia’s national children’s choir, the proprietor of Mark O’Leary Music Publishing and the creator of the Sight Singing School books and website.

Mark is the proprietor of Mark O’Leary Music Publishing which currently has 125 choral titles in print by Australian composers in the Young Voices of Melbourne Choral Series. This repertoire is widely performed within Australia and overseas. In 2012 Mark released the Sight Singing School books and website, which is now used in more than 40 countries, as well as many schools and choirs in Australia.

Mark is Principal Guest Conductor of Gondwana Voices Australia’s national children’s choir, working alongside the choir’s Artistic Director Lyn Williams. He has attended most Gondwana National Choral Schools since Gondwana started in 1997 and conducted on three of the choir’s Cd recordings. Mark has toured Queensland, Victoria, the USA, Europe, China and Taiwan with Gondwana Voices.

In 2018 Mark was awarded the Order of Australia for services to education and choral music, and has been very fortunate to be able to make a contribution to his community in these areas.

KYM DILLON

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Kym Dillon is a composer; arranger; orchestrator, pianist and conductor, who is currently based in Melbourne and Geelong. Starting out her career as a jazz pianist, Kym’s interest soon turned to composition, and her work now regularly spans multiple genres and areas of musical practice.

She completed a Bachelor of Music Performance Honours in composition at the Victorian College of the Arts, studying under such teachers as Anthony Lyons, Mark Pollard, and John McCaughey. She was awarded the ‘Beleura Sir George Tallis Award’ from the ‘Friends of the VCA’ for her work in the course in 2009; and the ‘Beleura John Tallis Award’ in 2010. She composed and performed two original jazz works for the VCA Improvisation Series in 2009, for which her ensemble won the ‘Athanaeum Prize’.

Kym has had original works commissioned by such groups as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Astra Chamber Music Society, and Musica Viva; and her music has been performed in Canada, the U.K., North America, Canada, Romania and Italy. Her work is often inspired by reflections on the nature of imagination and creation — what it means to create and what our creative compulsion says about us.

Kym has frequently collaborated with the choreographer and artist Jude Walton, including performing solo piano compositions for her show Heide (2014) and Heide II (2015) at the Heide Museum of Contemporary art; conducting compositions for brass quartet for her show The Drill Hall Project (2017); and performing a collection of serial and improvised piano works for her show Nadja-Léona (2018).

In 2017 Kym was commissioned by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Box Hill to compose a cantata for chamber orchestra, choir and soloists celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran reformation, with the work being given a repeat performance in 2018. 2019 saw Kym collaborate with BK Opera to transform the intense orchestral score of Béla Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle into the radically different style of synthesiser-laden 80’s electronica, with her work on the project described by the review site whatdidshethink.com as ‘great genius’. In 2021 she was commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong to compose a work for the Sonus Ensemble which responded to iconic sites of the local area, a project which incorporated a variety of media and which was premiered at the Geelong Art Gallery.

As a pianist she often performs in her own chamber works, such as her Sonata for Piano (2019), and Sonata for Flute and Piano (2021), but also regularly in jazz/contemporary contexts. She also frequently enjoys playing as an accompanist to vocalists, such as in 2015 where she performed on piano as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival show, Larry Paradiseo and the Fabulous Dame Farrar. She also regularly performs on piano with the Georgia Brooks Swingtet, a group that specialises in revitalising classic swing-era jazz tunes.

Kym is also a conductor for the charity Creativity Australia’s ‘With One Voice’ program, which seeks to connect people from different walks of life through community singing. As part of this role she conducts three choirs (Geelong, Altona Meadows and Ashburton)each week, having led them to perform at venues such as the Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, and the Monash carols in Jells Park.

Residing in Geelong, Kym now juggles work as a composer, arranger, theory/compositon teacher, tutor, performer, conductor and writer, and is currently studying a Masters of Composition at Melbourne University under the supervision of Elliot Gyger and Melody Eötvös.

SHELLY BROWN

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SHELLY BROWN is a force of nature. Subtle, but powerful like the tides. Be sure to experience her overwhelm, at least once in your life. Shelly’s band features horns, harmonies, rhythm and groove. The set will build, from intimate and poetic, to a powerfully heartfelt alchemy of soul music.

No matter the ensemble, the set will build, from intimate and poetic, to a powerfully heartfelt alchemy of soul music. Shelly Brown has been a performing singer, songwriter and singing teacher for over a decade on the North Coast of NSW, and has performed around the world in various line-ups including a jazz duo and her own original soul band.

She has independently produced albums and EP’s, and when she’s not promoting them, she’s the PR manager for her family business, (which, incidentally, manufactures Australia’s safest light sport ultralight aircraft, the Australian LightWing).

Shelly leads a vocal workshop like a wander through a playground. Vocal exploration through songs, harmony, body work and fun. Music is about percussion, breathing, dance and shedding your worry for how things should sound, and leaning into how things feel that day, in this way, there is no right or wrong, just sing. Shelly has studied Contemporary vocals, (Certificate, Bachelor, Honours), toured with various bands near and far (Red Bantoo, CBD Dub Project, Cass Eager), Supported some world class legends (Jon Cleary, Dionne Warwick, The Badloves), and created a number of albums (Under “Shelly Brown” (nee “Hughes”).

Using a mixture of music and textures with a focus on Australian; Female; Original; Gospel; Maori; Brazilian and African ingredients- a cake will be made with the moment in time of that days workshop. Different every time, creating this golden orb of sustenance for the soul. 

LISA SCHWABE

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Lisa is a singer, arranger & saxophonist originally from New Zealand where she studied music performance at Wellington Polytechnic and toured NZ with various local and international musicians.

After moving to Melbourne she became involved in community singing, experiencing it’s positive effect on participants; she is a firm believer in music-making being accessible to everyone.

Over the last 20 years Lisa has been focusing on voice; in particular, directing, singing with, and arranging for a cappella vocal ensembles, indulging her passion for vocal harmonies.

Lisa has led a number of community and workplace choirs, run singing workshops, and performed everywhere from Chapel Off Chapel, to St Paul’s Cathedral, to the local school fete. She is currently the musical director of Noteworthy choir, sings with 5-piece a cappella group The Vocal Agents, and is a Lead Teacher in the Music Performance program at Melbourne Polytechnic. She considers herself lucky to be working and teaching in an area that she’s passionate about.

EMILY WALTER

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EMILY WALTER has over 15 years of experience in facilitating small and large groups of young and old through retreats, camps and leadership training days. Her passion for percussion was born when she discovered and joined a drumming group in Balnarring and was blown away by its ability to draw people out and lift up a group of relative strangers; she witnessed a higher connection built through rhythm in the moment and the transformative experience of self expression both on a personal and community level.

Emily eventually found herself on a drumming tour in West Africa where she and a group of other enthusiastic percussionists were trained by drumming and dance masters and lead to a place of complete awe and appreciation of the incredible power of rhythm in community.

ANDREW PRICE

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Andrew is the director of the Woodend Warblers, and assistant director of Melbourne men’s singing group, Men in Suits. He also runs a side project with folk singer Fred Smith, and is currently running the Kingston Sea Shanty sessions. He is also an assistant director of the Young Voices of Macedon.

Andrew had extensive exposure to music from a young
age, with a father who was the Church Organist, and a mother who was a Singing Teacher. He started piano lessons in Primary School, and moved on to clarinet in High School, which earned him a Music Scholarship for his last two years of High School. He played clarinet with the Sydney Schools Symphony Orchestra (SSSO) and represented his school in numerous mass choir events.

He’s got a passion for good harmony, and strong community.

CHRIS BLAIN

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Chris has been writing, producing, managing and performing in the music industry for over fifteen years, and has a wealth of knowledge of the artistic, technical and business sides of the industry.

Chris’ a cappella man-band SUADE performed for nearly twenty years, touring extensively, both locally and internationally. They produced four albums – the latest self-produced by Chris and his brother Loz.

Chris works with MusoMagic, running youth leadership and development programs throughout indigenous communities in Australia, and runs music programs for Red Dust Roel Models. He’s also the musical director of “Men In Suits”, runs Melbourne’s “With One Voice” choir, and was a co-founder and director of Vocal Australia – Australia’s a cappella singing hub.

He’s also the director of Melbourne Singing Events, and Keynotes Team Singing – ventures aimed at bringing communities together through song – and a registered civil marriage celebrant to round things off!

SCHEDULE

  • Please note: This schedule may change slightly in the lead-up to the event. We will keep you informed as quickly as possible. 

FRIDAY 3 MARCH

From ​17:00: Arrive, registration

​18:00: Light meal
​18:30: Welcome, introduction, team MUSIC TRIVIA
​21:00: Firepit Sing-a-long

SATURDAY 4 MARCH

​07:30: Breakfast (Hot food from 08:00)
08:30: Morning Activities (Basic Yoga)
09:30: Warm up and intro
​10:30: Morning Tea
​11:00: WORKSHOP 1: TBC
​12:30: Lunch
​13:30: WORKSHOP  2: TBC
​15:00: Afternoon Tea
​15:30: TBC (Drumming Workshop)
17:00: WORKSHOP 3: TBC
18:30: Daily recap
​19:00: Dinner
​20:00: Firepit Sing-a-long

SUNDAY 5 MARCH

07:30: Breakfast (Hot food from 08:00)
09:30: (Drumming Workshop)
10:30: Warm up and intro
11:30: Morning Tea
12:00: WORKSHOP 4: TBC
13:30: Lunch
14:30: WORKSHOP 5: TBC
16:00: Recap, Farewell
16:30: Depart

ACCOMMODATION

The accommodation provided onsite is camp style living –  3 to 4 people per room, most of them large rooms that could take 6 to 10 people. You must provide your own bedding and bring a towel. There is a communal bathroom located on each floor. 

If you prefer something a little more luxurious, here are some other options for accommodation within 10km of the site:

York on Lilydale Retreat

(~$190 per night)

Holly Lodge

(~$250 per night)

Econolodge Lilydale
(~$171 per night)

Yarra Valley Motel

(~$197 per night)

If you like singing in a friendly environment, this is the event to come to. Great teachers, great group, a fun weekend! 

Alec

I can’t think of a better way to discover how much fun singing is – even if you’ve never sung before. If you think you can’t sing but wish you could, this is the perfect place to start exploring. 

Andrew

A fabulous weekend for those who love to sing in company with others. Simple but perfectly adequate accommodation, sessions presented by top choir leaders, the chance to sing around the fire pit into the wee small hours, lots of good company. 

Sarah

It was a challenging and fun exploration of so many different types of music – it was so amazing what we were able to achieve and it really fired up my passion to do more. 

 

David

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