Monday, February 18, 2013

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Choral Reading Day SYDNEY - including special School Musicals session!

Our annual Choral Reading Festival kicked off with over 250 teachers in Brisbane and Melbourne coming together to share their passion for music education. George Torbay began the days with singing through of our 2013 new choral releases that ranged from Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to Stephen Sondheim’s “No One Is Alone” from Into the Woods. The team at Hal Leonard Australia are looking forward seeing our Sydney teachers in the coming week.

As an EXTRA SPECIAL OFFERING this year we have also included two new seminars:

School Musicals Made Easy (presented by David Rogers-Smith)

A practical workshop on school musicals showcasing resources from the Broadway Junior Collection and the School Editions run by Opera and Musical Theatre performer and educator, David Rogers-Smith. Everyone who attends this section will receive a discount voucher for 25 % off the cost of their next ShowKit or hire materials.

Classroom Music Technology (presented by Amy Bennett)

Introducing our recent publications for Interactive Whiteboards plus other innovative books on classroom music. This session will be presented by Amy Bennett.


David Rogers-Smith’s musical theatre credits include Les Miserables for the Asian & African touring production, Funny Girl, Chicago, Forbidden Broadway 2000, Pal Joey, Marry Me A Little and Follies in Concert, and over 2500 performances in the Australian national and South-East Asian touring productions of The Phantom of the Opera.

He has appeared as soloist with many of the country’s orchestras including Australian Pops Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra and with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, Geelong Choral Society and in the Melbourne Town Hall’s Proms Series.

Also a returning feature artist of Melbourne Opera, he has performed lead in the following operas: Madam Butterfly, I Pagliacci, The Merry Widow and Carmen. He also performed with Kirov Opera in the Melbourne International Festival.

David holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the University of Melbourne, has presented for the ANATS Richard Miller conference, adjudicates regularly across Melbourne and was on staff at Carey Grammar as vocal coach for five years.


Who is... AMY BENNETT?

Amy works as an educator at the Digital Learning Hub at the Arts Centre in Melbourne developing and delivering programs in film-making, music technology and multimedia.

Amy has worked for many years as a music and science educator in the classroom and also teaching small groups and individual lessons. Her special interests lie in the areas of music composition and integrating technology into the school curriculum. She holds a Masters of Applied Physics, Diploma of Music Performance and Postgraduate Diploma of Education.


February 23rd, 2013 - SYDNEY
The King’s School - Centre of Learning & Leadership Auditorium
87-129 Pennant Hills Road – Enter via Russell Road, North Parramatta


Phone: 03 9585 3300 ext 109 Fax: 03 9585 3399 Email:

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