Happy holidays from Plainsong!

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Hi Folks,

Well, it’s December already and the tinsel is on the tree and the Xmas lights are all over town. We went for a walk round our neighborhood at dusk last night and the streets throughout Camp Hill showed a wonderful Xmas spirit, with many homes dressed in festive decorations.

In news about our studio: from 2015 I will be teaching students from age 15 and up only. This means I will not be accepting any more children into the studio. The reasons include ongoing limited time and a focus on preparing teenagers and young adults for a life in Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Classical voice. Much of my work this year has focused on developing student preparedness for entry into the QLD Conservatorium’s Musical Theatre program and other preparatory programs including ADPI. I will be continuing this focus with my future student cohort. Thank you to all the wonderful children and families with whom I have worked over the last few years – it has been fantastic to see your development and I will have many fond memories of you all.

If you have inquiries about singing teachers who work with children I would be more than happy to pass on details of some in the Camp Hill and Norman Park area.

Also in studio news, studio plans have moved on, somewhat sporadically, unfortunately. As of this date we will not have a permanent space in the first half of 2015, so I will be locating a teaching space nearby. Stay tuned for details. We will be building a studio on our property at some stage in the future to the side of the main house, but this will take a little more planning and finance until it’s up and running. We may take temporary residence in the main house for a year until our next set of renovations are complete.

In other news, we have had some great successes this year! Felix Star has performed as one of the children in the Sound of Music, in a professional production over in NZ. Charlie and Will were each representatives of their schools in various important musical functions with featured solos. Chenaya will be playing lead female Polly Baker in Ormiston College’s production of Crazy for You in 2015. Both Zoe and Connor performed well at many Eisteddfods around Brisbane, as did Will and Ellie. Samara performed as a featured soloist at the Ipswich show of Women in Voice, starring some amazing women! Clancy is going great guns, winning Boys’ Championship at both the Ipswich and Silkstone Eisteddfods, and showing his true colours as a talented Musical Theatre Boy with Theatre and Dance in Coorparoo.

Grace, Meggie and Yasmin were successful auditionees into Australian Dance Performance Institute while Ellie continues her Advanced Diploma there for 2015. Ashlea will attend Davinia Lynn Dance Company in 2015 and continue her singing studies. In successful auditions for the preparatory Foundation Program in Musical Theatre at QLD Con both Kyra and Indea were successful auditionees, and Oliver and Zoe were successful auditionees into the 2015 Bachelor of Musical Theatre degree at QLD Con, Griffith University.

I’m looking forward to working with my many wonderful students again in 2015. Of course, some will move on now that they have successfully auditioned for their respective courses, and I wish them all the very best in future. But in other great news, now that my first graduates from the QLD Con Bachelor of Musical Theatre are out in the world, some will be continuing with me as they forge their careers into the future. It’s wonderful to see their talent shine, as many of you had the opportunity to witness over the three years.

With all very best wishes for a safe and festive holiday season,

Merry Christmas!


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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