2017 Adjudicators


Kathryn Sadler

Kathryn Sadler studied Voice at Trinity College, London and Music Education at Surrey University and continued her studies in Australia at the Victorian College of the Arts, majoring in Opera and Music Theatre. As the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust scholarship, Kate completed Advanced Choral Conducting with Dr Doreen Rao at the University of Toronto. She is also a Certified Master Teacher – Estill Voice International. She has worked in music theatre, TV and cabaret, sung on the recital platform and performed with most of Australia’s opera companies.

Kate has had rich experience conducting vocal groups and leading voice and choral masterclasses. In this capacity she has a national and international profile working with many pre-eminent choirs, Tertiary institutions and High schools.  She founded the prize winning Mac.Robertson Chamber Voices; was Choral Director at Melbourne Girls Grammar School and directed Cantabella of Canterbury, including the much praised album, ‘Gorgeous Girls.’ She has conducted ensembles at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts. Kate currently directs Sounds of Southgate.

For many years Kate directed the VoxSynergy Vocal Program at Melbourne Youth Music. The Program’s senior group were State Finalists for ABC Classic FM’s “Choir of the Year” and nationally acclaimed for their performances as finalists in Channel 7’s “Battle of the Choirs”. In association with the ABC, VoxSynergy produced a CD – “You’re the Voice.” Kate’s singers are the inspiration for her many arrangements and published original compositions (KateSongs).

VoiceArt Consultancy is the new phase of Kate’s thriving business, moving into the heart of Southbank, Melbourne commencing at the beginning of 2016.  After two decades in Northcote operating as the Sadler Studio, Kate continues to offer vocal and artistic guidance to singers, choral directors and music teachers. She also provides a mentorship program for training voice teachers aspiring to accreditation through the internationally renowned music examination board, Trinity College of Music.

Kate’s new VoiceArt Consultancy, has online bookings, a performance class to suit everyone’s needs from beginner to advanced and much more, all of which take place in the various venues of centrally located St. Johns, Southgate, a short walk from Flinders St station.

Lisa Lockland-Bell

Classical Vocal and Aria
Lisa Lockland-Bell

Lisa Lockland-Bell is an Authority in Vocal Communication. Her ability to Diagnose, Heal and Reveal the potential that lies within each human voice is Spectacular.

Lisa has studied voice with the world’s best, performed as an opera singer and coached internationally for more than 30 years. From tweaking your embouchure to getting the most from your resonating cavities, Lisa knows the human voice intimately.  Her unique perspective on vocal communication forms the foundation for her training.

Now, passionate about building confidence within each individual: Lisa’s life work is to Change Voices ONE TONE AT A TIME.

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Julia Horvath

Previously a highly successful dancer, Julia Horvath moved to Australia from New York City, where she performed with the famed Ballet Trockadero de Monto Carlo Company. Before that, Julia was a soloist with the Finnish National Ballet.

Born in Hungary and raised in Sweden, Julia started her training with Royal Swedish Ballet School. At the age of 15, she was offered a scholarship with Hamburg Ballet School. She then returned to Sweden to complete her training with the Royal Swedish Ballet School.

During her career, she worked with some of the most prominent and renowned choreographers in the world including Sylvie Guillem, Natalia Makarova, Patrice Bart, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Jorma Uotinen, Pierre Lacotte and Per Jonsson.

Julia danced with Jene Ballet de France in Paris and the Royal Swedish Ballet Company before accepting a place with Finnish National Ballet Company. She was soon promoted to Soloist roles (despite being only 20 years of age). While with the Finnish National Ballet, she performed soloist roles in Nureyev’s The Nutcracker, Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Makarova’s La Bayadere, Beigmeister’s Swan Lake, Jorma Uotinen Firebird, Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty and Sylvie Guillem’s Giselle and William Forsythe’s Second Detail.

In 1998 Julia joined the English National Ballet performing in ballets including the Nutcracker and Cinderella.

Upon leaving the English National Ballet, Julia decide to extend herself to other styles of dance. Further developing herself as an artist, she worked at the famous French Cabaret Lido de Paris and Casino Estoril, before returning to classical ballet company Trockadero as a soloist performing principal roles.

In 2007, she settled in Australia and began her teaching and coaching career. In 2012 Studio Tibor was established in partnership with Damian Hannan.

Phillipa Edwards

Phillipa Edwards

Phillipa Edwards is one of Australia’s pre eminent ensemble conductors, currently holding the position of Musical Director of the internationally acclaimed Footscray Yarraville City Band. She studied trumpet at the Victorian College of the Arts and has enjoyed the teaching of brass luminaries; Gordon Webb, Mark Summerbell and Rob Smithies. Phillipa has studied conducting with Professor David King and Steve Bastable (U.K) as well Dr Barry Bignell and Brett Kelly.

Her experience in this field is both extensive and varied and she has worked all over Australia with Concert Bands, Stage Bands, Symphony Orchestras, Brass Bands, Choirs and small ensembles. She is a regular conductor with Melbourne Youth Music and has also worked with Dr Jonathon Welch OAM and his ‘Choir of hard Knocks’ Foundation. She has also collaborated with Manilla St Productions in the creation of ‘Where Do I begin? The Voice of Shirley Bassey’ with Matthew Lee Robinson and Alistair Smith and was a co- creator of the recent ‘Silent ANZAC’ production featuring the Footscray Yarraville City Band. Phillipa was named the 2007 ‘Musical Director of the Year’ by the Victorian Band’s League.

Heather Fletcher

Modern Vocal
Heather Fletcher

Heather Fletcher teaches singing at the Victorian College of the Arts in the Music Theatre department for the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Foundation courses. She trained overseas at The Royal Academy of Music, London (PGDip) and The Hartt School, USA (BMus).

Heather has performed with Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, State Opera of South Australia, Melbourne City Opera, and CoOpera.  Ensemble credits include Madama Butterfly, Don Pasquale, The Merry Widow, The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, Turandot, The Gondoliers, Götterdämmerung, Dead Man Walking, The Gypsy Princess, The Mikado, Carmen, Les Noces, La Traviata, The Three Hermits, Acis and Galatea, Ariodante, and Semele as well as the witches chorus from Macbeth which was aired on the Lesley Garrett Show on BBC television.  Heather has toured commercially in Opera Australia’s The Pirates of Penzance and My Fair Lady.

Her concert experience comprises extensive choral singing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York and St Martin in the Fields, London. She has performed as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.

Heather is currently pursuing a Master of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with the intention of converting to a PhD in mid-2017. Her thesis investigates vocal pedagogy in Australian tertiary institutions.

Kenji Fujimura

Dr Kenji Fujimura

Dr Kenji Fujimura has many awards to his name as pianist and composer, including the William Lincer Foundation International Composition Award and the Australian National Piano Award. Kenji’s recent CDs as pianist have received international acclaim. They include: The Messiaen Nexus – 2014 Limelight Chamber Music Recording of the Year; Romantic Piano Trios – 2013 Musicweb International Recording of the Year; William Hurlstone Complete Piano Music – Musicweb International Recording of the Month (May 2015) and Fanfare USA critic Colin Clarke’s 2015 ‘Top 5 Want List’.

His compositions have been performed globally, with recent performances including the Ballade to Anxiety (USA), Echoes of the Silver Screen (Australia), Au Revoir (2014 VirtualArtists International Competition winner – USA/Australia/Indonesia/Thailand), Matsuri no Asa (Singapore – 2015 Singapore Asian Composers Festival winner), and Variations on a Highland Air (Australia).

Regularly broadcasted internationally, Kenji has travelled throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia for concert, masterclass and adjudication engagements. A highly respected pedagogue, Kenji’s teaching career at the tertiary level began while he himself was an undergraduate. He is currently Deputy Head of School, Coordinator of Classical Performance and Chamber Music, and Associate Professor of Piano/Keyboard at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University and also an AMEB examiner. In 2015 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, for his ‘significant contribution to the music profession’. www.kenjimusic.com

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Speech and Drama
Clara Francesca

Clara is passionate creator of projects using empathy and ideas to create global impact. Clara has been a working actor, director, writer, vocal coach, voice over artist, Italian translator, and performing artist in Australia, United States of America, Malaysia, Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom. She is also an instructing associate for New York Speech Coaching.

In 2013 she was invited to join the notable SITI Company in New York City run by director-genius Anne Bogart for their inaugural Conservatory. This opportunity took her away from her Melbourne roots, to continue investigating the relevance and limits of theatre. Upon completion Clara was asked to perform in the United States on multiple projects, facilitating tours around the country for film, theatre, immersive performance and solo shows. She was overjoyed to win Best Performance Artist for her devised solo piece Making Mrs Marx, an avant-garde piece exploring psychosis in the twenty-first century through Jenny (Karl) Marx’s narrative.

Clara first encountered the Victorian Dante Alighieri Poetry competition as an award winner on three occasions during her schooling days. She brings her Italian upbringing in Verona, artistic visions learnt from global collaborations and joy of Australian art to the Mildura Eisteddfod. She is very grateful to return as an adjudicator and witness the skill of our future generations.