Who are we and what are we about?
The Vocal Australia team are just like you – vocal music nuts who want more! Our director, Amelia Alder, is a professional musician with a wealth of experience performing, recording and touring a cappella both here and abroad.
Over the years we have taken note of some of the impressive vocal music scenes overseas in the US, Europe and Asia and believe that it’s only when we join forces that groups in Australia will get the recognition, exposure and opportunities they deserve.
Vocal Australia is dedicated to serving the a cappella community of Australia. We provide various resources and services for groups and individuals, and also run regular events and workshops featuring both local and international presenters. These events provide the opportunity to network with and learn from each other in a friendly and welcoming environment.
To develop, grow, support and nurture the a cappella singing scene in Australia in the most efficient and effective way possible, through the production and provision of education, events and resources.
Vocal Australia sees an improved and developed Australian culture and community, which embraces expression and creativity through group harmony singing.
- To develop and promote the vocal music scene in Australia;
- To connect groups and singers, fostering collaboration and competition;
- To support new and established a cappella groups with musical, planning, business, touring and performing assistance;
- To grow the Australian a cappella scene through education programmes in schools, universities and communities; and
- To promote the best of Australia vocal music internationally.
Amelia Alder is a passionate performer, experienced and energetic music educator and vocal director. With a BMus (Hons) in Performance, a Grad.Dip.Ed (Music) and an Australian Kodaly Certificate in Music Education, Amelia has directed vocal groups at numerous schools, universities and organisations and currently teaches at Caulfield Grammar School, is a vocal tutor and sessional conductor for the Young Voices of Melbourne and is the founder, manager and alto for contemporary a cappella band Fixate.
Starting violin at three years of age with the Suzuki and Kodaly methods, Amelia has a strong association with many music associations throughout Australia. Along with her performances as a sessional musician (singer, violinist and conductor), Amelia has recorded and toured extensively as a singer and vocal tutor with the following internationally acclaimed vocal groups:
– All female a cappella quartet Vocal Folds 4. Alto, founding member, arranger and manager (’05-’10)
– Young Voices of Melbourne (’93-NOW)
With performances on film, TV and numerous live broadcasts for radio, Amelia has recorded over 30 CDs as a singer and violinist. For the past 15 years has also worked for Major Events Production Crews (Kerrie Hayes Productions) on over 40 shows presenting the On-Field Pre-Entertainment for major sporting events throughout Australia including the AFL Grand Final, the Grand Prix, and Stage manager for the Moomba Parade and the Commonwealth Games Arts Festival.
Amelia has completed the Soup2Nuts A Cappella Recording Course in USA with Grammy Award Winner Bill Hare and Deke Sharon, was Head Judge for the 2012 Singapore International A Cappella Competition, producer for SING 10 International A Cappella Compilation Album (CASA), was both a Nominator and a Judge for the 2013 and 2014 CARAs (International Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards), presented a session on Global A Cappella at SoJam (CASA Festival USA) and is the Australian ambassador for CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society of America).
Some of her experiences in the industry include:
- Take 6 International A Cappella Contest – Grand Prize Winners ’10
- Multiple Gold Medals at the World Choir Games ’06
- Extensive touring throughout Australia, Asia, America, Europe, Guatemala and South Africa
- Festivals: Deutsche Sangerbund Chorfest, Taipei International Choral Festival, Prague International Music Festival, American Choral Directors Conference, Enclave International Festival, International Society of Music Educators, Festival of Voices, National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, ANCA Choralfest and the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
SESSIONAL SINGER / MUSICIAN
- Mardi Lumsden and the Rising Seas: Tours: QLD, VIC, NSW – Violin / Vocals (’07-NOW)
- Ooolation – Singer and Assistant Voice Leader: Tours: TAS, VIC (’11-NOW)
- Hayley Clare – Backing Vocals (’09-NOW)
- Zerafina Zara – Backing Vocals / Violin (’10-NOW)
- Claire Patti – Backing Vocals / Fiddle (’11-NOW)
- Harambee – Alto and Committee Member (’05)
- Violin (Pit Orchestras) Various shows (’97-NOW)
- Melbourne Theatre Company: ‘The Sisters Rosenweig’ – Vocals for ‘Cliff Clefs’ A Cappella Group for Production (’94)
- Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir – Workshop Presenter (’11)
- Wesley College – Choir conductor and Violin Teacher (’01-’06)
- Monash University Choral Society – Guest Conductor (’02-’06)
- Australian Boys’ Choral Institute – Junior Singers Choir Conductor (’01-’02)
- Berwick Youth Choir – Piccolos Choir Conductor (’05)
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