Emerging Artist Program
The Song Company 2024 Emerging Artist Program
The Song Company’s new Emerging Artist Program will build new professional pathways for emerging vocal talent through understudying, potential performance opportunities, and one-on-one skill development and mentoring with the artists of The Song Company.
The program has two areas of focus:
- Emerging Artists: early career singers with demonstrated vocal training and experience in choral and/or ensemble singing
In 2024, the program's focus preparing the Emerging Artists as understudy's for The Song Company singers for each of the three main performance seasons.
The program launches with Superbloom in February 2024. 6 impressive young singers will join with The Song Company and Guest Director Jane Sheldon for two weeks of rehearsals and mentoring sessions.
- Apprentices: classical voice students enrolled in university or equivalent courses or recent graduates with an interest in singing in vocal ensembles
An Apprentice week will take place in Sydney in April 2024. Expressions of interest are already being collected and audition information will follow in March 2024.
Superbloom Emerging Artists
Marjorie is an actor and soprano from Naarm/Melbourne who balances a diverse performance career of dynamic, ensemble led creative work. Highlights have included choreographing a Comedy Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe and bringing Jane Austen to life in a new, immersive theatre piece By Janes' Hand. After a sold-out season, By Janes Hand will be remounting in July at Lamamma Courthouse with the original cast. Marjorie holds a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) from Newcastle conservatorium and is currently a standing member of Alta Collective, Divisi and Choral Edge.
Annika is a versatile artist who recently returned to the stage after leaving her position as Assistant Director of Music at Brisbane's Cathedral of St Stephen in 2022. She has since excelled as a soloist, performing in acclaimed works including Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation and Orff's Carmina Burana. In addition to being a Song Company Emerging Artist for Superbloom and The Stars Turn, in 2024 Annika will sing three roles with Voxalis Opera in Brisbane: ‘Dew Fairy’ and ‘Sandman’ in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, and ‘Pleasure’ in a staging of Handel's oratorio The Triumph of Time and Truth.
Eleanor Madonna Adeney, Alto & Violinist, is Co-Founder and Director of Brisbane’s professional choir, One Equal Music, and was formerly a chorister at St John’s Cathedral and St Stephen’s Cathedral before being recently appointed Director of Music at the Brisbane Oratory. Eleanor is in demand as an Oratorio Soloist with recent engagements including Handel’s Messiah, Rachmaninov Vespers, and excerpts from the Mozart Requiem with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Eleanor balances out her time spent singing in churches by regularly performing in session orchestras for festivals and popular artists such as Michael Bublé and Delta Goodrem.
Jack Jordan is a Melbourne-based classical musician. He began his training with the Australian Boys Choir, to which he owes his dedication and love for music. Jack has performed across Victoria in opera, concert performances and recitals with some of the country’s premier organisations & companies. Jack holds both a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) and a Graduated Diploma in Music (Opera Performance) from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Alex Owens is a Naarm-based baritone and composer passionate about recital and consort singing. With pianist Lily Begg, they have performed recitals in Melbourne and Bendigo, and with Dr. Elyane Laussade featured as her Rising Star in her 2022 salon recital series. Alex holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, where they studied with Dr. Stephen Grant, and is currently studying with Roger Howell. In Melbourne, you’ll find them singing with Divisi Chamber Singers, the Consort of Melbourne and Polyphonic Voices. Find out about upcoming appearances at www.owensmusic.com.au.
Bailey Montgomerie is an emerging performer, musical and artistic director, and a fierce advocate for the development of local Australian creative arts and artists. In his creative practice, Bailey prioritises the commissioning, development, and performance of new and innovative works. As co-director of Divisi Chamber Singers, he regularly commissions new creative works from emerging and under-represented composers, especially those from the LGBTQ+ community. He brings this passion into other contracts as a freelance conductor.
Bailey is also a practiced chamber musician and choral singer, having appeared with the Consort of Melbourne, Polyphonic Voices, Astra Chamber Choir, and, of course, with his own ensemble, Divisi.
On the operatic stage, Bailey has performed with some of Melbourne’s premier opera companies and as a guest soloist in the Melbourne Conservatorium's production of Gianni Schicchi.
Opportunities for Singers
New in 2024, The Song Company is looking for early-career ensemble singers to join its Emerging Artist Program
Six Emerging Artists (SSATBarB) will be engaged as understudies for each of The Song Company’s major performance projects in 2024
Emerging Artists will be paid professional rates.
Flights, accommodation and per diems will be paid to artists from interstate
Emerging Artists must be available for the entire project period, as set out in the timetable. However, artists do not have to be available for each project to be considered for the program
- Other program opportunities are likely to arise during the year and dedicated Emerging Artist performances and collaborations will be added as the program develops
The Song Company is continuing its engagement with singers who are still studying but are looking to increase their ensemble performance skills
Apprentices will be invited to Sydney in April 2024 for an intensive week of one-voice-per-part ensemble singing, masterclasses and skills development with The Song Company and special guest artists
- Apprentice activities will be at no charge to participants. Flights, accommodation and per diems will also be paid to Apprentices from interstate
- Further details about how to apply for the Apprentice Program will be made in the new year