Holiday time!

Well, it has been a big year so far for the students of Plainsong Studios and students are all now deserving of a big rest and refresh before term three commences on July 25.

Why so late in the school term, you ask? Well, I will be away in Melbourne on a writing retreat for my PhD studies until then, so no lessons until my return.

In news, the timetable once again fast fills up, and below are the available times for lessons: Mondays after 8pm, Wednesdays before 10.30am and from 5 – 6pm. Great to see some new faces and to see the old faces keep coming back for more!

In planning news, many students are now working toward AMEB exams, and our exam timetable will take place in November. Other students are working hard to perform in competitions and eisteddfods, and we’ve had some great news about current results – champions all!

The Musical Theatre class at the Queensland Conservatorium is awesome! I went to see their beginning show last week and was thoroughly impressed. We should be very excited by their wonderful work and it’s great to have a great course like this on the eastern seaboard. Paul Sabey is a powerhouse of talent and commitment and he makes sure his students are, too. Their show: Who’s On First, was very impressive and one of the best pieces of student theatre I have seen in recent years. The singing was great, the choreography was fantastic, and the direction of these talented kids was wonderful. A course to aim for, for sure.

Finally: our end of year concert. I’ve been looking at available venues, and still thinking of ways to present our students that enables a strong performance quality. It’s a bit hard to find decent cabaret venues that don’t cost the earth, or that are suited to our needs, but we’ll keep looking until we get something. In the meantime, expect to see news about our concert in the coming weeks.

About Jessica

Dr Jessica O'Bryan PhD is an educator, researcher, singer and author. Her next book on Musical Theatre Education and Training will be published in 2020 through Routledge. Her last book was Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (2014, Springer). She lives in Brisbane in a semi-renovated 20s Queenslander home with her husband, Dougal the Groodle, and all the single ladies (Poppy the Groodle, Lucy the Cat, and the chooks).
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