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Year of Award: 2009 Award State: Tasmania Arts - Performing > Vocal
The Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to study the practice of aural development strategies in vocal performance and teaching - Hungary, Finland, UK

Gina’s background is in classical vocal performance and music teaching, after attaining postgraduate degrees in both music performance and teaching through the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Gina has performed professionally as a singer and occasional conductor in various opera, music theatre and concert repertoires for well over a decade. During this time, she was also teaching music and voice through schools, her own vocal studio, and at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music. Gina has lectured in Aural Studies at UTAS, and across seven years directed the Conservatorium Vocal Ensemble.

The Churchill Fellowship put her career and expertise into step with current best practice. During her weeks of travel, she met with several leading exponents in various aspects of vocal technique and performance, and also aural methodology. Gina participated in classes, observed lessons and master classes, discussed methodologies and strategies and observed performances.

On her return she recommended that Australian music educators who work with singers consider the vocal technical difficulties within aspects of aural training, and use qualified professional voice trainers to supplement and enhance professional development in healthy and proficient voice use for their students.

Teaching students to use particular skill sets in sight reading and comprehending music reading have been directly related to her Fellowship experience and education, an ongoing benefit for which she is immensely grateful.

Since her Fellowship, Gina has balanced marriage, a young toddler and two rescued retired greyhounds while also studio teaching in classical and contemporary vocal genres to children, teenagers and adults. In 2012 she became Music Coordinator at Tarremah Steiner School, where she works specifically with Grade 4-10 students for music, vocal and instrumental classes.

Gina’s experience overseas has allowed her to use the skills explored nearly every day in training young voices and building on their performance skills, technique and importantly, their aural skills in perceiving and adjusting their own control and quality of sound. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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