About

Eisteddfod by the Bay is a not for profit organisation run by a voluntary committee who are dedicated to the performing arts. Eisteddfod by the Bay is grateful for the support provided by all our sponsors and thank all the volunteers who assist us throughout the year with all disciplines. Without the continued support of sponsors and volunteers we would not be able to provide such a high standard of competition.

The Eisteddfod by the Bay Committee is open to anyone who would like to contribute to the success of our eisteddfod. Our President Jill Page would be pleased to speak with you on  0412 161 399  or jillbpage@gmail.com

Our Committee

The following hard-working individuals come together to make up the Eisteddfod by the Bay Committee:

Jill Page OAM – President & Senior Classical Vocal Convenor

jillbpage@gmail.com

Jill received an Order of Australia Medal for services to the Performing Arts and the Community. She has been involved in many arts, culture organisations for thirty years and Partron of Arts Centre Melbourne.

Jill is a trained classical singer and played principal roles with The Southern Cross Light Opera Company for seven years. She has sung in concert parties and had her own “Jaytee” for 10 years. Jill sang in the Mordialloc Eisteddfod when she was a young singer.

Jill taught music and drama with The Victorian Education Department and was a Music Adviser for three years. Also, she taught pre-school music privately.

Jill has been involved in teaching singing and drama for twenty-eight years.

In 1989, she became involved with local councils, and started Springboard Players Community Theatre, where she was Artistic Director and Musical Director for twelve years. She has directed many traditional theatre pieces, outdoor theatre and multi-cultural theatre.

Jill has conducted theatre workshop programs for children, young adults and seniors for The City of Greater Dandenong and The City of Kingston. Jill was the Chair of Arts Springvale for five years. This was an Arts Council that worked closely with the former City of Springvale and helped organise exhibitions, displays and performances.

Jill has extensive experience in Arts and Culture having sat on many council boards and reference groups. She currently is Chair of Voice for the Arts (Dingley Village), board member of Public Arts Reference Group (City of Greater Dandenong) and was the Chair of The Kingston Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and was a board member of PlayUP Youth Arts.

Jill trains and conducts two choirs – Vivace Voices and Baytone Singers. She was presented with a Distinguished Service Award for her work with Vivace Voices. Jill is a theatre reviewer for the Melbourne Observer.

Jill has been an Arts Centre Melbourne member for 21 years and is the leader of the Members Theatre Conversation group.

She enjoys attending Australia and local opera performances and has been Senior Classical Vocal Convenor for the Eisteddfod by the Bay since 2002.

​Jill is a keen supporter and Patron of Arts Centre Melbourne and Victorian Opera.

She has recently been appointed to the Kingston Charitable Fund Assessment Panel and Kingston Arts and Culture Advisory Committee.

Beverley Harvey – Secretary

Beverley Harvey’s experience on the Executive of other organizations, and her willingness to help in any capacity, has made her a valued member of the Eisteddfod committee over her 11 years of membership.

Her involvement with the “Eisteddfod by the Bay” (formerly known as the Mordialloc Eisteddfod) was through her membership of Beta Sigma Phi, a women’s organization has been very supportive of the Eisteddfod for 26 years. Beverley has held the position of President, vice-President and Secretary, many times, during her 37 years of membership in Beta Sigma Phi.

Her interest in the performing arts, and in particular Senior Vocal, has led to many years of annual visits to Ballarat to attend the semi-finals of the Aria in the Royal South Street Competitions. This is always followed by her enjoyment of the Final Night of the Herald-Sun Aria held at Hamer Hall, and is the reason behind her enthusiasm for the Classical Vocal Section of this Eisteddfod. There are quite often singers in the semi-finals in Ballarat who have competed just a few weeks earlier in the Mordialloc Eisteddfod, now to be known as “Eisteddfod by the Bay”.

Beverley is a member of the Herb Society of Victoria and an active and supportive member of the National Trust.

Her main love is sailing and after a period as Secretary, she was Commodore of the Hampton Sailing Club for 3 years.

Over the past 9 years Beverley has extended her commitment to the community by working with Family Life as a Family Support Worker and because of her broad interests she will continue her contribution to all these organizations.

Andrea Crawford – Vice President

andrcraw@optusnet.com.au

I joined the Eisteddfod by the Bay (formerly Mordialloc Eisteddfod) committee in 1994 as Convenor for the Speech and Drama Section.

For the past nineteen years I have been teaching Speech and Drama at Korowa Anglican Girls School.

​In 2012 I was appointed to be on the board of the Australian Speech Communication Association (ASCA) and have been examining students entering the ASCA examinations.

​I have also adjudicated at Eisteddfods including the Burnie Eisteddfod Tasmania, West Gippsland Eisteddfod, Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod, 25th and 26th Ainger Public Speaking Awards for Rotary, Mt Gambier Eisteddfod and in September 2014 & 2015 I was very excited to be invited to Sri Lanka for their first eisteddfod.

I am passionate about providing a platform for young performers to develop their performance and communication skills in a non-threatening and positive arena.

Rodger Smith – Treasurer

I am a tenor and I sing in three choirs – Victorian Trade Union Choir, Vivace Voices (a U3A choir) and a church choir (St. Louis de Montfort’s). I have sung in many regional areas (Portland, Warrnambool, Geelong, Shepparton, Wodonga and Sale) and in venues as different as the National Folk Festival (Canberra) and the Melbourne Recital Centre. I have been fortunate to sing with Australian choirs in Cuba (twice), in New Zealand (a five-concert tour) and in Timor Leste (singing in Tetun and Portuguese).

A few years ago, I began solo singing lessons and in 2014 I entered the Senior Vocal section of the Eisteddfod By The Bay and I was fortunate to win 2nd prize in the Song by an Australian Composer sub-section. So, I know first-hand just how hard our Section Convenors work in putting together every year this long running Eisteddfod!

As your Treasurer, I have had over 40 years’ experience in administration, including over 25 years as a Business Analyst and as a Bookkeeper. I was Treasurer of the Victorian Trade Union Choir for over ten years and I was a volunteer Bookkeeper for both Community Music Victoria and for the New International Bookshop for over three years. While my predecessor has done an outstanding job as Treasurer, a key focus for me will be to improve the clarity of our financial reporting. I look forward to the challenges ahead of me.

Dorothy Booth – Committee

Having a piano education assessed and examined through the London College of Music to ALCM standard, has given me a solid understanding and love of music in particular classical music. Indeed an interest in all forms of the Arts both visual and performing has coloured my life and made me the person I am to-day. Singing in junior choirs and performing in local productions of ‘The Messiah’ has given me an ongoing interest in Choral performance.

Above all my love of the human voice has fostered my appreciation of the benefits of all forms of singing both for those performing and those being entertained.

Retirement from a long career in Secondary Teaching in the area of Visual Arts has afforded me the opportunity to give back to my community in a volunteer capacity. I have served on the Mentone Parkdale Village Committee for in excess of ten years, with several terms as Chair, and was invited to serve on the board of ‘playUP’ a contemporary youth performing arts group, sponsored by The City of Kingston.

Currently I am a committee member of The Mordialloc & District Historical Soc Inc. and Chair of the Friends of Mentone Station & Gardens Inc. (A ’State Heritage’ listed site) The Station Gardens precinct is often used as a community space for pocket popup performance, singing and dancing.

The opportunity to become Choral Convenor for the Eisteddfod by the Bay will bring a new direction to my love of singing and enable me to encourage young singers with their performance skills and love of the Art of the voice.

Katrina Pezzimenti – Junior Vocal Convenor

Katrina Pezzimenti is an experienced singing teacher who presently teaches at St Leonard’s College and in her private studio. Trained at Melbourne University and Victorian College of the Arts, she has a Bachelor of Music and an Associate Diploma of Arts in Opera. She has performed with Opera Australia and the Victoria State Opera and performs as often as she can in recitals and musicals. Katrina also specialises in teaching Suzuki Voice and has taught and trained teachers around the world. She has many fond memories of singing in eisteddfods herself and is pleased to be joining the Eisteddfod by the Bay as the Junior Vocal convenor.

Vanessa Meehan – Speech and Drama Convenor

Vanessa has over 20 years’ experience in the performing arts and is a specialist speech and drama teacher. She shares her knowledge with young people as Speech and Drama Coordinator at a private school in Bayside. Her experience and skills range from teaching, curriculum development, writing, producing, directing and adjudicating. Her students have enjoyed success in amateur and professional performance and have also successfully auditioned for entry into tertiary study of performing arts at leading institutions including VCA and WAAPA. Vanessa attained a Bachelor of Arts from LaTrobe University with honours in Theatre and Drama along with qualifications from Trinity College London and Melbourne University. Vanessa has lead hundreds of students through the external examination process from initial grades through to performance diplomas in Musical Theatre, Public Speaking and Speech and Drama. Vanessa has a musical background and studied violin and classical voice. She is passionate about youth theatre and the life applicable skills that the performing arts offer.

Keellee Maurici – Speech and Drama Convenor

Keellee has been working as a Voice & Speech teacher and classroom Drama teacher in Melbourne for the last 6 years. Prior to that, she taught Speech and Drama in Perth for 8 years and was secretary of the Perth Speech and Drama Festival. In her early years as a teacher, Keellee toured Italy twice as a performer and has written, directed, choreographed and produced her own plays for students. Keellee enjoys helping students improve their confidence and competence in performing and public speaking.

Anne Grigg – Committee

Anne was a teacher and Assistant Principal in primary schools for 30+ years before retirement. Since then she has been heavily involved in activities for seniors through U3A, both at state level and at our local U3A Kingston. She brings strong organisational skills and a deep interest in learning and education to all her endeavours.

Ann Nuygen Nikiten – Pianoforte Convenor

Ann-Thu Nguyen is an emerging Melbourne based Pianist and is currently working as a director and piano teacher of her music school, ‘Melbourne Music Education’. Ann completed her studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with an Honours degree in 2016, then a Master of Music Performance in 2018, again obtaining First Class Honours. During these years she was awarded five prestigious scholarships for excellence: the Francis Quinn Arts Encouragement Award (2014), the DW Gardiner Fund Award (2016), Florence Menk Meyer Prize (2016), Madeleine Orr Scholarship (2017) and the Grace Funston Scholarship (2018). Ann has performed and continues to perform as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

Our 60th Anniversary Celebration back in 2015

Congratulations to Eisteddfod by the Bay for arriving at a very special 60th Birthday. We celebrated in style on Thursday 8 October 2015.

The City of Kingston marked this very important milestone for us with a Mayoral Reception at Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale. Present were Mayor Geoff Gledhill, Mark Dreyfus QC MP Federal Member for Isaacs, Councillors Staikos, Peulich and Bearsley, sponsors, committee, past members, Friends of the Eisteddfod, friends and supporters. One of the highlights was a brilliant performance program from four of our top winners, representing some of our sections –  Speech and Drama, Junior Vocal, Senior Vocal and
Pianoforte.

A big thankyou to all our wonderful volunteers and  loyal sponsors who help keep our organisation going! Also to the talented young musicians and actors whom we feel privileged to work with every year.

We are looking forward to the next 60 years! Well done and thank you everyone.