Moorambilla Artists 2017

Moorambilla Voices in 2017 is about unearthing the stories of our region with “17 Message Sticks: 17 Communities”. We’re also immersing ourselves in Gundabooka, near Bourke, in July, to discover, uncover and bring to life the stories and landscape of that region in music, dance and visual art. This immersion is facilitated by Phillip Sullivan in partnership with NSW NPWS

The  journey begins with the Artistic and Cultural Immersion, develops through the Baradine Residency Camps and finishes with a flourish at the stunning Gala Concerts in Dubbo Regional Theatre on Saturday September 23. 

Michelle Leonard OAM is the founding artistic director and conductor of Moorambilla Voices Regional Children’s Choirs and the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus. Michelle is originally from Coonamble.


Patrick Baker is our composer in residence for the Moorambilla Voices Regional Boys Choir. Patrick is a Sydney-based composer who has written music for ensembles such as Woden Valley Youth Choir, juice (UK) and Sydney Children’s Choir. Currently he is a Composer Fellow with Trinity Grammar School, Sydney. His music has been workshopped by members of the Song Company, Ensemble Offspring, and soprano Jane Sheldon, and he has participated in the composer schools with Stephen Leek, Paul Stanhope and others. His music has been performed both nationally and internationally, as well as received radio broadcast. Patrick is also an active performer, singing with the Choir of St James’, King Street; and Luminescence Chamber Singers. He completed a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) at the ANU School of Music in 2012 where he studied with Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks, and is currently completing a Master of Music Studies (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Carl Vine.

Josephine Gibson is our composer in residence for the Moorambilla Voices Regional Girls Choir, her second year with us. Josephine is an emerging composer, having completed her honours in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2016, under the tutelage of Paul Stanhope. She has composed and acted as Music Director for eight productions at the University of Sydney, including the 2017 and 2016 Women’s Revue, and the Sydney University Dramatic Society’s 125th Anniversary production of Agamemnon. She has had works commissioned and performed by Gondwana Choirs, Sydney Chamber Choir and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. She is currently finishing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

Kevin Barker is our composer in residence for the Moorambilla MAXed OUT Company. Kevin is a Sydney-born composer who’s had a diverse career in music as both composer and performer. He writes in a wide range of idioms from contemporary classical through jazz and popular music, and has written for such artists as the Sydney Sinfonia, Cantillation, Occidental Strings, Three’s Company Opera, the SOQ, Australian Jazz Orchestra, Don Burrows and James Morrison. He has recently returned to post-graduate study at the Sydney Conservatorium, and his current projects are a suite of “jazz lieder” for singer, saxophone, and string quartet, and an opera scheduled for performance in late 2018.


The Australian World Orchestra is the chamber ensemble in residence for the second time this year! We welcome Australian musicians of the finest calibre who play for the world’s greatest orchestras.

The Song Company, Australia’s premier vocal ensemble, will join the MAXed OUT candidates.

Taikoz is one of Australia’s most versatile music percussion ensembles with a strong commitment to education. Taikoz has collaborated with John Bell and the Bell Shakespeare Company, Eitetsu Hayashi and Eitetsu Fuun no Kai, Meryl Tankard, Regis Lansac and Kodo, the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as European ensembles.

Moorambilla’s MAXed OUT Ensemble  is excited to work with Artistic Director Ian Cleworth, Ryuji Hamada and Sophia Ang this year.

Ben Burton is our accompanist for 2017. Ben has worked with many award-winning solo vocalists and Sydney-based choral ensembles. This is Ben’s fifth year in residence.

Clive Birch is Moorambilla speaker. Former singer with The Song Company, Clive is now an independent performer, recently in concert in a one-man show, Clive Live, at Studio MV.


Jacob Williams, originally from Dubbo, is the Queensland Ballet Education Coordinator. He will join the Moorambilla team again for the fourth year to facilitate movement workshops for all ensembles.

Tainga Savage, is our 2017 dance intern. Through High School Tai became part of the NSW Aboriginal Dance Company, performing for the Schools Spectacular from 2013- 2014. Tainga was one of six to perform for the Royals, William and Kate, as they arrived in Australia and has also performed at the Netball World Cup. This is Tainga’s second year working with the ensembles of Moorambilla Voices and Jacob Williams.


Jyllie Jackson is the CEO and Artistic Director of LightnUp and it’s feature event Lismore Lantern Parade. She is recognised as an innovator of international standing in her field. We are very excited to welcome her and her team back again to Moorambilla in 2017. Jyllie is working with lantern artist Sara Tinning once more this year.

This year’s program will be captured  by our incredible photographer in residence Noni Carroll, with Christopher McHughes from Burra Mac Photography Brewarrina, interns Tainga Savage, Ethan Day, and Chantae Eyre.