About

Plainsong was established in 2007 to meet the needs of vocalists and clients in Brisbane seeking quality vocal tuition, consulting and performance. Plainsong is a company dedicated to offering personal and individualized delivery of vocal tuition and performance in Queensland and Australia.

Plainsong is a proud member of the following professional peak bodies:

ANATS, the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing;

ISME, the International Society of Music Educators;

ASME, the Australian Society of Music Educators;

AVA, the Australian Voice Association;

MSA, the Musicological Society of Australia and

ASPAH, the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.

Plainsong consultants have current Blue Card compliance.

 

About the Director

Dr Jessica O’Bryan, Soprano, and Director of Plainsong Enterprises, is a crossover singer with many years experience in both teaching and performance. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance and a Graduate Diploma of Education from Melbourne University, and a Master of Music Degree from Monash University. In 2015 she became a Doctor of Philosophy, awarded by the University of Queensland.

Dr O’Bryan taught Singing in the Bachelor of Musical Theatre program at the Queensland Conservatorium and was First Year Head of the 2014 cohort. She is employed as a Research Assistant and Project Manager on a number of research projects at Griffith University and QUT. She is in demand as a vocal adjudicator at Eisteddfodau around Queensland.

Her students have reached the semi-finals of such TV shows as Australia’s Got Talent 2010, X-Factor 2012  and Young Talent Time 2012, and at. the Gympie Muster Talent Quest 2012. Other students have been accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium or the VCA. Her students have won a number of significant prizes in Eisteddfodau around Queensland. Her semi-professional and professional clientele have performed in countless shows around Brisbane and Australia, including Les Miserables, Georgy Girl, Cats, Light in the Piazza and many, many others.

Jessica performs in corporate entertainment venues as a featured singer. She has sung in rock/pop bands including Hit Squad and Ken Oath Country, and as a jazz singer in bands such as Mood Indigo. She was Principal Artist with Victorian Opera and Opera Queensland. Her last CD release in 2007 was “Irish Songs of Pride”, appearing with Roy Best and Damien Leith. In 2008 Jessica sang with Opera Queensland in the exciting schools project ‘Moving Opera’, and worked with Queensland Opera in their developing opera for teens: Dirty Apple. She is currently working on her new cabaret show: “Failure to Thrive”.

Prior to moving to Queensland in 2007, Dr O’Bryan was Head of Voice at Wesley College for six years, where she taught both singing and classroom music. She was also in demand throughout Victoria as an examiner and adjudicator. In 2007 Jessica was appointed President of Amuse (the Australian Society for Music Educators) in Victoria, and in November of that year she became Editor of the Voice of ANATS.

In 2015 Dr O’Bryan was awarded her PhD from the University of Queensland. She investigated classical singing culture and teachers and students of classical one-to-one tertiary vocal education. She has presented her findings many conferences in Australia and overseas. She is a published author of research in singing teaching and music education, including book chapters and journal articles. In 2018 Jessica and Scott Harrison were contracted by Routledge to write a book on musical theatre education and training, due to be published in 2020.

Her current publications include a chapter in: Harrison, S. Ed (2010). Eminent singers’ recollections of learning to sing, in Perspectives on Teaching Singing. Bowen Hills: Australian Academic Press, plus a number of journal articles in IJME, BJME and RSME. Her most recent book with Co-Editor Scott Harrison titled Teaching Singing in the 21st Century was published in May 2014.

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