Choral

Convenor

TBC

The Eisteddfod by the Bay Choral Festival provides a platform designed to encourage all ages of aspiring Choristers to compete in a safe and friendly environment. Past competitors have commented on the caring and supportive environment created by both the volunteers and participating choirs

Adjudicators are selected to give each choir a critique of their performance to give helpful comments that will assist your choir to continue to develop its performance skills. Our adjudicators are themselves professional performers, teachers and examiners and most competed in eisteddfods themselves when they were young.

The Eisteddfod by the Bay is run by a small committee assisted by some wonderful volunteers who are dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts in our community. The Committee, our volunteers and sponsors hope you will enjoy performing in The Eisteddfod by the Bay Choral Eisteddfod.

Adjudicators

2023 – Wendy Todd

Wendy holds both Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Music Education from the University of Melbourne and has pursued post graduate studies in conducting at the University of Oregon and UCLA. She has been a Director of Music at an Independent School for ten years, currently teaches singing at two Independent Schools and her own studio, and conducts two secondary choirs and an adult vocal ensemble.

Wendy teaches students of all ages and abilities from the beginner to the professional including VCE Performance both Contemporary and Classical Voice, and Music Investigation for which she has been a VCAA assessor of both for several years.

Wendy has worked extensively with vocal ensembles and choirs both as a conductor and a singer. She is often invited to adjudicate vocal and choral eisteddfods and has been a National Councillor, Victorian President and committee member for many years, of both ANATS and ANCA.

2022 – Cancelled

2021 – Cancelled

2020 – Ian Nisbet

Ian is one of Melbourne’s leading Broadway musical theatre vocal coaches and the director of Ian Nisbet Talent Management. His award-winning students can be heard in professional and amateur productions across the country and around the world. He holds a master’s degree in musical theatre, a bachelor’s degree in drama, an AMusA in flute performance, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. His honours thesis was entitled Transposition in Jonathan Larson’s RENT, and his master’s examined Jason Robert Brown’s early-career compositional techniques. Ian sponsors the annual Australian Stephen Sondheim Award and is a member of the Open Section Judging Panel for the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria. His PhD on the politicality of song in the musical is currently under examination. For more information please visit www.iannisbet.com.

2019 – Carole McKenzie

B.Mus., Dip.Ed., A.Mus.A. (Singing)

After gaining her Music Degree at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium, Carole competed in all the competitions around, culminating in winning the Metropolitan Opera Auditions (the Final being in Honolulu), the Adelaide Aria, the Melbourne and Sydney Sun Arias and the ABC’s Young Performers’ Award. Her teacher was the esteemed Bettine McCaughan. Carole was a Scholarship holder at the National Theatre Opera School, she performed as soloist in concerts and oratorios with all the major choirs in and around Melbourne, she sang with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and regularly recorded with the ABC on radio and television. She performed in Masterclasses with the late Dame Joan Hammond (on ABC TV), Hans Hotter and Eric Vierther. During these years she was also a full-time Director of Music in schools in Ballarat and Melbourne and she also performed with choirs that performed in Australia, the US and Japan.

Using the Sun Aria Scholarships, Carole lived and worked in London for 5 years. She studied with the late Otakar Kraus, performed in operas, gave recitals at places such as Australia House, St. Martin-in-the –Fields Church, St. Thomas’ Hospital, St. John’s, Smith Square and taught in schools. During this time she briefly returned to Australia for Recitals and to perform in the State Opera of South Australia’s production of Nicholas Maw’s opera ‘One Man Show’ in Adelaide and in the Sydney Opera House.

Upon returning to Melbourne, Carole established a teaching studio, continued to sing and taught Singing and Piano at Mentone Grammar School for 20+ years. She has 2 (musical!) sons with her musician husband, Lewis Plumridge. She currently teaches at her studio in Mitcham, Melbourne and at Tintern Grammar and Yarra Valley Grammar Schools. Carole was a Singing Examiner for the AMEB for 25+ years and has taught, examined and lectured for Monash University and the Australian Catholic University, where she has also taken Masterclasses.

Carole has been a Committee member of ANATS (Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing) since its inception 30 years ago and has been Vice President of the Victorian Chapter. She has adjudicated Singing Competitions in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia and delights in encouraging young singers to develop their ‘art’ and follow their dreams.

2018 – Carole McKenzie

B.Mus., Dip.Ed., A.Mus.A. (Singing)

After gaining her Music Degree at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium, Carole competed in all the competitions around, culminating in winning the Metropolitan Opera Auditions (the Final being in Honolulu), the Adelaide Aria, the Melbourne and Sydney Sun Arias and the ABC’s Young Performers’ Award. Her teacher was the esteemed Bettine McCaughan. Carole was a Scholarship holder at the National Theatre Opera School, she performed as soloist in concerts and oratorios with all the major choirs in and around Melbourne, she sang with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and regularly recorded with the ABC on radio and television. She performed in Masterclasses with the late Dame Joan Hammond (on ABC TV), Hans Hotter and Eric Vierther. During these years she was also a full-time Director of Music in schools in Ballarat and Melbourne and she also performed with choirs that performed in Australia, the US and Japan.

Using the Sun Aria Scholarships, Carole lived and worked in London for 5 years. She studied with the late Otakar Kraus, performed in operas, gave recitals at places such as Australia House, St. Martin-in-the –Fields Church, St. Thomas’ Hospital, St. John’s, Smith Square and taught in schools. During this time she briefly returned to Australia for Recitals and to perform in the State Opera of South Australia’s production of Nicholas Maw’s opera ‘One Man Show’ in Adelaide and in the Sydney Opera House.

Upon returning to Melbourne, Carole established a teaching studio, continued to sing and taught Singing and Piano at Mentone Grammar School for 20+ years. She has 2 (musical!) sons with her musician husband, Lewis Plumridge. She currently teaches at her studio in Mitcham, Melbourne and at Tintern Grammar and Yarra Valley Grammar Schools. Carole was a Singing Examiner for the AMEB for 25+ years and has taught, examined and lectured for Monash University and the Australian Catholic University, where she has also taken Masterclasses.

Carole has been a Committee member of ANATS (Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing) since its inception 30 years ago and has been Vice President of the Victorian Chapter. She has adjudicated Singing Competitions in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia and delights in encouraging young singers to develop their ‘art’ and follow their dreams.

2017 – Wendy Todd

Wendy holds both Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Music Education from the University of Melbourne and has pursued post graduate studies in conducting at the University of Oregon and UCLA. She has been a Director of Music at an Independent School for ten years, currently teaches singing at two Independent Schools and her own studio, and conducts two secondary choirs and an adult vocal ensemble.

Wendy teaches students of all ages and abilities from the beginner to the professional including VCE Performance both Contemporary and Classical Voice, and Music Investigation for which she has been a VCAA assessor of both for several years.

Wendy has worked extensively with vocal ensembles and choirs both as a conductor and a singer. She is often invited to adjudicate vocal and choral eisteddfods and has been a National Councillor, Victorian President and committee member for many years, of both ANATS and ANCA.

2017 – Ian Nisbet

Ian is currently writing his PhD in musical theatre at Monash University and holds a master’s degree in musical theatre, a bachelor’s degree in drama, an AMusA in flute performance, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. His honours thesis was entitled Transposition in Jonathan Larson’s RENT, and his master’s examined Jason Robert Brown’s early-career compositional techniques. In his extra-curricular life he is a sought-after musical director and runs a thriving vocal studio from his home in Clayton South. For more information please visit www.iannisbet.com.au

2015 – Mark Puddy

2014 – Ian Nisbet

Ian is currently writing his PhD in musical theatre at Monash University and holds a master’s degree in musical theatre, a bachelor’s degree in drama, and an AMusA in flute performance. His honours thesis was entitled “Transposition in Jonathan Larson’s RENT,” and his master’s examined Jason Robert Brown’s early-career compositional techniques. In his extra-curricular life he is a musical director, vocal and audition coach, author, commentator, and critic.

He has been a performer, musician, chorus master, and musical director for a number of productions including Jesus Christ Superstar (Flute); Chicago (Mary Sunshine); Oklahoma! (Chorus Master); Finian’s Rainbow (Flute/Piccolo); The Sound of Music (Flute/Piccolo); Barnum (Ringmaster), for which he received a Music Theatre Guild of Victoria commendation; Hook: The Pantomime (Flute); RENT (Musical Director); Into the Woods (MD); Parade (MD); Sweeney Todd (MD); The Witches of Eastwick (Michael Spofford); and The Producers (MD). More information about Ian can be found here.

2013 – Dr Kathleen McGuire

With an impressive career spanning three decades, Melbourne-born, award-winning Dr Kathleen McGuire has conducted choral and instrumental ensembles in five countries on international stages including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House.

Now also a US citizen, Dr McGuire lived in California from 2000 to 2013 where she led the 250-voice San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Community Women’s Orchestra and Singers of the Street. She earned her doctorate in conducting at the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds additional qualifications from the University of Surrey (UK), Monash University and The University of Melbourne (MCM and VCA).

Dr McGuire returned to Australia in 2013 to assume two prestigious positions: Director of Music at Queen’s College – The University of Melbourne; and Vice Chair of the School of Hard Knocks Institute. For more information about Kathleen McGuire click here.