A remarkable story of how one woman has each year brought together the children of a large, sparsely populated area of outback Australia with highly accomplished musicians from the city to develop and present a sophisticated performance of choral and instrumental music, taiko drumming and much more. This is entirely a community supported program.
Michelle Leonard OAM is the Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of Moorambilla Voices Ltd. It has been featured in two documentaries – Wide Open Sky, and Outback Choir (ABC), in the 2019 ABC Christmas Special and at TEDXSydney in 2018. Michelle is also the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Leichhardt Espresso Chorus which celebrates 22 years in 2020. Michelle is widely sought after as a choral clinician on Australian repertoire and appears regularly as a guest speaker, adjudicator and workshop facilitator. Michelle was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for Services to the Community and Performing Arts in 2017, the 2018 Sydney University Alumni of the Year Award for services to the arts and in 2019 was named in the Australian Financial Review’s top 100 most Inﬂuential women in Australia. She has four magniﬁcent young children who keep her very busy and very happy.
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