Spring has sprung! AUDITION PREPARATION WORKSHOP and other news.

Hi Plainsong friends, here’s what’s been happening in singing this month.

Adil has been making radio and TV appearances with his new single “Official” – here is the single and some news about what he has been up to this last month or two:



Kiara is making preparations for her onslaught on one of the big TV talent shows – we look forward to seeing what she achieves soon!

Connor is recording his beautiful voice with his choir in a month, which is something I suggested a little while back. Many thanks to the Cathedral of St John and Graeme Morton for seeing the value in this and making it happen.

All my young boys have performed well at the Enoggera Eisteddfod last week – Felix received a 1st place for Musical Theatre, Connor 1st place for Sacred and Will did great also, winning at least one of his sections. These fellas are my trio of unchanged voices and they are all uniquely talented and working hard at their craft. Will and Felix are also auditioning for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang this weekend, and I’m told Felix may be appearing with Opera Queensland later this year.

Hannah (apparently! because she tells me nothing) was fabulous in a play based on the movie “Girl, Interrupted”, and the lovely Chenaya is again a finalist in a Redlands-based competition.

Lots of our students have entered the Brisbane Eisteddfod this year – it catches me by surprise every year – and they’ve changed the entry requirements this year to include styles that use microphone and those that don’t. It’s a bit weird because I can’t work out if mics are used in the actual comp or whether it’s just referring to the style, but I’m loving the acknowledgement that we’ve moved well and truly into the 21st century and that pop, jazz, gospel, blues, rock, Musical Theatre, and other modern styles are a legitimate musical expression deserving of recognition. I look forward to seeing how Felix, Chenaya, Riley, and Ellie perform in their sections.


On Saturday September 14 from 10.00am – 12.00pm we have an Audition Workshop for all those preparing for auditions to the QLD Con, NIDA, WAAPA, VCA, Sydney Con and other places. It’s a big group this year and we’ll take the opportunity to practice our songs in front of a small, supportive audience, with accompanist Brendan Murtagh and judge Bel Reid. Bel is a 3rd year mature-age graduand in the Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Con and will offer some excellent advice for our young performers. The workshop will be held at 4MBS studios. Observers are welcome, but please be mindful that this is not a performance, but a workshop. Silence is requested at all times and no clapping or distraction for the performers.


A number of Plainsong students are sitting their singing exams on Monday 21 October this year. We have every grade from Grade 3 Singing for Leisure to Certificate of Performance up for assessment and I look forward to seeing what our performers can achieve! Our accompanist will be organised shortly – more news to come.


Finally, some big news: my husband, Professor Scott Harrison, on Monday 2 September became the new Director of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. I’m thrilled and proud for him and looking forward to what he can achieve at the Con over the course of his tenure. This means, of course, he will be too busy to spend much time with our Plainsong students, but I’m sure he will still attend our concerts from time to time!






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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