Artistic Director

 

Michelle Leonard OAM is the founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of Moorambilla Voices. This nationally awarded program seeks at its core to give country kids a rare opportunity to sing, dance and create incredible performances with artists of the highest calibre. The friendships, performances and opportunities the children make are life-changing. Under Michelle’s direction, the choirs and annual program has flourished, receiving numerous national and state awards.

Michelle’s work was featured in Wide Open Sky (directed by Lisa Nicol and winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at 2015 Sydney Film Festival) and Outback Choir (Heiress Films/ABC Australia), both documentaries about the Moorambilla Voices program released to wide acclaim.

Michelle is also the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Leichhardt Espresso Chorus since 1998.This adult chorus annually performs traditional “major works” with orchestra and also actively commissions new Australian work  – currently 100 new Australian choral works have been created for this ensemble.

Michelle is widely sought after as a choral clinician on Australian repertoire and appears regularly as a guest speaker, adjudicator and workshop facilitator. Michelle has written several articles about Moorambilla Voices. Michelle was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for Services to the Community and Performing Arts in 2017.