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“Alas for those that never sing, but die with the music still in them!” Oliver Wendell Holmes
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What I really loved about you is that you looked at me before you sang and it was really strong……you have the power and the energy…..and the potential.”
Sibylle Polster, Freelance Opera Director (Previously Komische Oper Berlin) March 2013
“You were doing beautiful vocal things without “doing” them. There is a naturalness to your vocal production which a lot of people do not have. There is a youthful quality….you mean what you sing.”
Andrew Crooks, Repetiteur at Deutsche Oper Berlin March 2013
“Sarah Whitteron’s voice has a quality of bright communicative warmth….”
Northcote Leider May 24 2012
“Soprano Sarah Whitteron’s recital at Cerretti Chapel this week was well received. On a very stormy night this singer sang Bellini with such rich colours and flashes of brilliance to the upper register that all who attended was enthralled. With virtuosic agility Sarah performed with great expressive depth and….”
Manly Daily February 29 2012
“Girl you have it……”
Deborah Kaiser NMIT Guest Assessor/Elision New Music Ensemble
February 20 2012
“Her tone is clear and beautifully pure, although she doesn’t sing always to the highest degree of technical excellence, her sheer emotional intensity makes the hairs on the back of your neck tingle: everything is deeply felt as this singer transports you into her emotional world….”
Triple JJJ unearthered
“It is good to see an artist giving themselves fully to the performance…beautiful tone….spellbinding rendition of Puccini”
Adrian Sherriff Assessor/Lecturer NMIT
June 17 2011
“The Sarah Whitteron Opera recital was held on July 22 and 23rd 2011 at the Cootamundra Arts Centre. After the highly successful staging of Co-Opera ‘s marriage of Figaro, held in early March, great interest was shown by the audience wanting to enjoy such quality operatic singing again and thanks to this local singing talent Sarah Whitteron delivered. Sarah definitely impressed with her charming stage presence and expressive acting talents. In the aria from Bellini’s La Sonammbula, she demonstrated shimmering top notes along with excellent trills and coloratura. Assisted by pianist Mark Johnson they presented an evening of beautiful operatic and classical favourites.”
The Daily Advertiser Wagga Wagga regional news by Ken Trethewey.
July 26th 2011
“Sarah Whitteron showed another exciting concert at the Cootamundra Arts Centre on October 20 and 21, 2007. After the last event back in february 2007 tickets sold out again as Sarah took locals on a musical adventure through opera, theatre, classiocal, jazz, popular, folk and rock. Sarah also shared her original pieces in Cootamundra for the time at this event with the help of talented local guitarist, 16 yr.old Andy read and 14 year old drummer Georgia Smith. A truely wonderful display of talent which catered for all musical tastes and ages.”
The Cootamundra Herald
Sept 26th 2007
“That was the best thing my rates have ever bought”! The Peidemontes IGA Manager after Sarah’s Choirs performance in the Fitzroy Christmas Street Festival in December 2014.
2015- currently studying a master of Secondary teaching Music and Commerce
2008 – 2011 Bachelor of Music Performance
(Majoring in Classical Voice and Free Improvisation)
High Class Honours
Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe NMIT, Fairfield,
Awarded NMIT study grant in 2008
2003 University of Ottawa, Canada exchange semester
2000-2003 Bachelor of Accounting Industry Scholarship Course University of
Technology Sydney, Ultimo
1999 HSC St Vincent’s College, Potts Point, Sydney (Dux)
1997 Sacred Heart Central School Cootamundra (Dux)
2011 Lemcke Family Musical Comedy/Operetta Award, adjudicated by visiting Austrian Tenor Alexander-Mathias Murer
2011 Certificate IV in Assessment and Training Swinburne University- Hawthorn
2006 Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia
2005 Kaplan Troeger Project Management Course
2000 Awarded highest mark in Drama solo performance for the HSC in NSW, hence performed my original theatre piece at Seymour Centre in Sydney, entitled “Death and The Maiden” inspired by Ariel Dorfman and Franz Schubert.
1999 Recipient of Peggy Glanville Hicks Composition Award
1999 Performer of the year St Vincent’s College Performing Arts Festival
1998-1999 Classical Voice Scholarship St Vincent’s College
Music Work History
2015 Singing Teacher Newcastle Conservatorium- teaching since 1999
-Songwriter, arranger, manager; Currently recording with Robbie Long in Newcastle
-Highly Commended award 2011 NMIT Songwriting Competition
-“Harm’s way” requested to be included on 272 Records compilation
Acousticka 27, 2011
-Recent performances include The Darebin Music Feast, The John Curtain,
The Wesley Anne, Gypsy Bar, Bar Nancy, The Thornbury Local, and Bebida
-Recorded debut EP with producer Myles Mumford 2012
2015 Soloist in “Love Life and Opera” Hunter Opera Warners Bay Performing Arts Centre
2015 Soloist with the Newcastle Australian Army Reserve Band at Fort Scrtachley in show “Music of the Guns!” and various other performances in Hunter area.
2015 Director Nova Bellas Womens community choir based in Merewether Newcastle
-A contemporary electro-acoustic improvisation ensemble
established in 2011, comprising Sarah Whitteron: Voice, Adrian Sherriff:
Laptop and Theremin, and Graeme Croft: Contra-alto clarinet
-The musical practice involves improvisation using extended vocal and
instrumental techniques, with sampling of the performers in real-time, and
audio signal processing with max/MSP, including the use of the Theremin
and Audio cube controllers. Performances have included La Mama
Musica, Brunswick Artist Space, Make it up Club, and Yarra Edge Theatre
2015 -Current Ceremonious- Acoustic duo with Martin Rotolo
2015-Current Don’t DisaBrie- Acoustic Bluegrass/country trio
2014-Feb 2015 Member of the Nth Fitzroy Women’s Choir “Breathing Space”- currently collaborating on arranging a body of Irish Folk Songs for them.
2014 performed and recorded an album with Max Andrejeski (Germany’s 2013 New Jazz Improviser of the Year) & his project Hutte (Germany’s 2013 New Jazz Best Ensemble Winners) to produce an album HUTTE UND CHOR published on the distinguished Traumton label
2013 Jan-Feb 2nd Assistant to the Director and cover for the “Trommler”
Berlin StaatsOper Studio production of Viktor Ullmann’s “Der Kaiser von Atlantis”
2012 Berlin Free Improvisation Quartet
Including Klaus Kurvers (Upright Bass), Els Vandeweyer (Vibraphone), Andreas Willers (Guitars), and Sarah Whitteron (Vocals)
2012 Mar-Apr Music Assistant and Copyist on Contact!
A modern Opera by Angus Grant, developed through the Carnegie 18 Series, staged in the Victorian Arts Centre in 2012 as part of the Comedy Festival
2011-2012 ASTRA – Contemporary Classical and Improvising choir
-Performances include: “Erkki Veltheim Concert” and soloist in Andrew Byrne In Profile “Whispers and Cries” broadcast nationally on ABC-FM
2008-current Sarah Whitteron Solo Recitals
-In various venues in NSW and Victoria, most recently in the Cerretti
Chapel Manly, Sydney
2009- 2012 Sarah Keys and the Automatics
-Singer, arranger, manager
-Several performances around VIC, QLD and NSW
-Working under agency: The Band Shop
2010 NMIT Laptop Ensemble
-Performances at 2010 Quiet Music and 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festivals
2010 Northcote Big Band
-Several performances around Melbourne including Darebin Music Feast
and Dizzy’s Jazz Club
2009 Assistant to the Producer, Arranger and Conductor
Dirt Song-Black Arm Band, Melbourne Festival
-Ensured communication between creative team and performers
through rehearsal and performance period
2007-2008 Cootamundra Arts Centre Charity Event
-Organised and performed in charity concerts in February and Oct 2007
and February 2008, raising over $5000
-Including coordinating front of house, programming,
organizing rehearsals, light and sound, ticketing, promotion, corporate
sponsorship and publicity
Theatre/Acting Work History
-Regularly employed as an extra on television programs such as Emmy
Fischer, Neighbours, The Librarians and various commercials
2008-2009 Malthouse Theatre Southbank Front of House
Prof. Stewart Emerson (Berlin)
Prof. Eleanor Forbes (Berlin)
Alison Farr-Handley (Melbourne)
2010 Cossimo Ciccone (Melbourne)
2005 Anke Hoppner (Sydney)
1999 Mary-Anne Collins (Sydney)
Carolyn Connor (Melbourne)
Michelle Nicole (Melbourne)
Chris Falk (Alexander Technique, Melbourne)
Julie O’Hara (Melbourne)
Gian Slater (Melbourne)
Leigh Carriage (Lismore)
Past Music Ensembles
2010 Fairfield Community Choir (Directed by Stephen Taberner)
2006 Sydney Youth Philharmonic Choir Vox (Directed by Brett Weymark)
Sarah Whitteron is extremely passionate about using voice to create engaging, meaningful art and nourishing community. She has spent the last 8 years in the music industry and is one of Australia’s most versatile singers.
Singer, composer educator and community choral conductor based in Newcastle NSW, Sarah’s career is focused on music across various styles. Sarah currently teaches at the Newcastle Conservatorium.
In 2012, Sarah graduated with First Class Honours from the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, majoring in classical voice and improvisation under Alison Farr-Handley and Adrian Sherriff. Sarah then studied intensively in Berlin with sought after vocal-coach Professor Stewart Emerson (Cologne Opera and Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin); vocal technique with Professor Eleanor Forbes (Jazz Institute Berlin).
In January 2013 she was 2nd assistant to the Director in the Staatsoper Berlin Opera Studio production of Viktor Ullmann’s ‘Der Kaiser on Atlantis’ and in October 2015 she has performed as a soloist in “Love Life and Opera” for Hunter Opera at the Warners Bay Performing Arts Centre. Sarah is loving exploring more lyric dramatic repertoire as her voice continues to grow. She will perform Holst’s Dream City in February with long time musical collaborator Mark Johnson.
Sarah’s work is community focused. Arranging and performing choral music with community projects in various styles, with a focus on 50’s, 60’s and 70’s pop. This focus comes from Sarah targeting her choirs at retirees and realising that most people have their greatest affinity with popular music from the ages 10-30. This is the music which resonates with her choir members and keeps them inspired. Plus it’s great music!
Sarah started her first choir at 16 with 40 girls from her high school and now directs the Nova Bellas- a community women’s choir based in Merewether, that is 50 women strong. Sarah has a great natural flair for conducting choirs and can creatively inspire the most timid of singers. It is obvious she has a desire to lift groups, be lifted & see the groups lift each other. In November 2014, after participating in a Tony Backhouse choral workshop, Therese Virtue asked Sarah to set up a choir and perform for the Fitzroy Christmas Street Festival in December. Sarah is currently enjoying a collaboration with Fitzroy choir Breathing Space to arrange a body of Irish folk songs.
Sarah has enjoyed performing with some of Australia’s and Germany’s most incredible choral & improvisation performers: Jonathan Welch (The Sydney Childrens Choir & Choir of HardKnocks) Therese Virtue (Boite, Nth Fitzroy Womens Choir), Bagryana Poppov (Bulgarian Women’s workshops) Steven Taberner (Spookie Mens Chorale, Bigmmouth), Frankie Armstrong, Diana Clark and Tony Backhouse. Improvisers include Adrian Sherriff (Australian Art Orchestra, Trombone, and electronic music icon), Graeme Croft (iconic electronic musician), with The Astra Choir she was a soloist in Andrew Byrne’s WHISPERS AND CRIES, broadcast nationally on ABC-FM in 2011 & performed with Erkki Veltheim (Viola).
In 2013, Sarah performed and recorded an album with Max Andrejeski (Germany’s 2013 New Jazz Improviser of the Year) & his project Hutte (Germany’s 2013 New Jazz Best Ensemble Winners) to produce an album HUTTE UND CHOR. This was a collaboration with Germany’s top improvisers and four extremely accomplished vocal improvisers. This record has received positive feedback from the industry and been published on the distinguished Traumton label. Sarah also performed with Andreas Willers (Guitar) Els Vanderveer (Vibes), Klaus Kurvers (Contra Bass), Tristian Hosinger (Cello), Maria Lucchese (Voice) and Matthias Badczong (Contra Bass, New Music Orchestra).
In March 2011, Sarah joined highly acclaimed improviser Adrian Sherriff, to co-form the ensemble “Pyriphlegethon”. Since then she have been solidly building her experience in performing, with their last performance in November 2014 at Melbourne’s MakeItUpClub.
At 16 she won a vocal scholarship to St Vincent’s College in Sydney, finishing in the top 3 for NSW subjects HSC Music and HSC Drama. Sarah then attended the University of Technology Sydney completing the scholarship course; Bachelor of Accounting and there after completed a CPA whilst on Coca Cola’s corporate graduate program. Despite this corporate success, her passion for music could not be sated and she pursued weekly lessons with Opera Australia’s principal artist Anke Hoppner, as well as using lunch breaks to practice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Casting all corporate pursuits aside, in 2008 Sarah moved to Victoria and threw herself into Melbourne’s live music scene. Whilst completing her Bachelor of Music and lecturing Accounting at Swinburne University, she successfully managed and toured nationally with a 7-piece commercial cover band; performed regularly with The Northcote Big Band, The NMIT Laptop Ensemble and her own 4-piece original band: Sprowell.
In April 2012 Sarah completed and funded Sprowell’s first self-titled EP produced by Myles Mumford. Sarah also sort out experience in large productions, this included working for Jude Gunn and Eugene Ball on the Black Arm Band’s 2009 Melbourne International Arts Festival production of Dirtsong at the Victorian State Theatre.
Sarah’s desire to aid her community through art has never diminished. In the last seven years Sarah produced 8 successful operatic concerts in N.S.W.- the final production being at Cerretti Chapel in Manly in February 2012. Sarah contributriuted $5000 to the building of the Cootamundra Arts Centre.
In March of the same year Sarah was employed as Copyist and Music Assistant to Angus Grant, Composer and Conductor of the netball opera Contact! which premiered at the Victorian Arts Centre.
There is no doubt that exciting times lay ahead for this multi-talented and versatile Musician.
Community Choral Projects, Charity work for the Cootamundra Arts Centre and the Nova Bellas
Sarah relocated to Newcastle in March 2015 and immediately set up the Nova Bellas a womens choir for non auditioned singers interested in building community through song. The choir is growing weekly and currently has 50 members.
Sarah is In the last seven years Sarah has produced 8 successful community concerts in N.S.W.- the final production being at Cerretti Chapel in Manly in February 2012 and raised over $5000 for the Cootamundra Arts Centre.
Here are some photos and audio clips from the first concert back in 2008.
HUTTE UND CHOR
Performed and recorded an album with Max Andrejeski (Germany’s 2013 New Jazz Improviser of the Year) & his project Hutte (Germany’s 2013 New Jazz Best Ensemble Winners) to produce an album HUTTE UND CHOR published on the distinguished Traumton label
This was a collaboration with Germany’s top improvisers and four extremely accomplished vocal improvisers. I was invited to tour Europe with the ensemble but had to decline due to visa restrictions. This record has received positive feedback from the industry and been published on the distinguished Traumton label.
Operavisation with Pyriphlegethon
Pyriphlegethon is a contemporary electro-acoustic improvisation ensemble established in 2011, comprising Sarah Whitteron: Voice, Adrian Sherriff:Laptop and Theremin, and Graeme Croft: Contra-alto clarinet. The musical practice involves improvisation using extended vocal and instrumental techniques, with sampling of the performers in real-time, and audio signal processing with max/MSP, including the use of the Theremin and Audio cube controllers. Performances have included La Mama Musica, Brunswick Artist Space, Make it up Club, and Yarra Edge Theatre.
Operavisation with Grameme Croft
As Bachelor of Music students at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, under the mentorship of Adrian Sherriff, Sarah Whitteron and Grameme Croft met regularly as a duo to explore improvisation. This piece is based on a painting of the notorious Australian bushranger Ned Kelly in the Australian landscape. The instrumentation is Graeme’s home-made PVC contrabass instrument and my voice/percussion. The sounds of both are processed in real-time using Max/MSP via a foot-controller. This performance took place in the Yarra Edge Theatre, Fairfield NMIT, in November 2011, as part of Graeme’s final year music degree recital.
Operavisation with ASTRA Contemporary Classical Choir and ASTRA Improvising Choir
With the Astra Choir, directed by John McCaughey, Sarah was a soloist in Andrew Byrne’s Whispers and Cries, recorded on September 24th in the Iwaki Auditorium ABC Southbank Centre and broadcast nationally on ABC-FM on October 1st in 2011. Sarah also participated in workshops and performances with improviser Phil Trelor as part of the 3x2x60 : 3 Autumn Weekends of Theatre with Music, 1. Beckett, Brahms, Kagel, Gesualdo, Veltheim held in November 2011. Sarah also participated in workshops ad performances with improviser Erkki Veltheim as part of the Erkki Veltheim : solo violin recitals on 5th and 6th of November at the Eleventh Hour in Fitzroy.
Operavisation with Sprowell (Melbourne) and Sarah’s Berlin Quartet (Berlin)
Sprowell is a four piece urban folk band based in Melbourne. The band is comprised of electric guitarist Peter Clancy, Cam Prestepino on Electric Bass, Dan Richardson on drums and Sarah Sprowell Whitteron on vocals and acoustic guitar. Rehearsing and gigging in Melbourne since November 2010 Sprowell bring the writings and operavisation of Sarah Sprowell Whitteron to life. It’s like Katie Noonan meets Janis Joplin meets Diamanda Galas. Supported by beautifully doting musicians this siren singer lets rip and will take you on an intense emotional ride. This quartet also recently recorded their first self funded EP with Producer Myles Mumford.
Whilst conducting a research trip in Berlin Germany in 2012 and 2013 Sarah didn’t have too much trouble finding some of the best improvisers in Berlin to join her in a new quartet. This ensemble employs her compositions in Sprowell as starting points for free improvisations and features Andreas Willers on Electric Guitar, Els Vanderweyer on Vibraphone and Klaus Kurvers on Double Bass.
Sarah has just performed in “Love Life and Opera Too” with Hunter Opera as a soloist, exploring dramatic lyric repertoire for her growing instrument under Sue Hart’s vocal direction. Sarah began her study of Opera at age 16 with Rosemary Collins on singing scholarship at St Vincents College Potts Point and then went onto train with Opera Australia’s Anke Hoppner. After studying in Melbourne with Alison Far-Handley from 2011-2012. Sarah studied intensively in Berlin with sought after vocal-coach Professor Stewart Emerson (Cologne Opera and Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin) and vocal technique with Professor Eleanor Forbes (Jazz Institute Berlin). She also studied with Andrew Crooks (Formally The Deutsche Oper).
In January 2013 Sarah was 2nd Assistant to the Director in the Berlin StaatsOper Studio production of Viktor Ullmann’s “Der Kaiser von Atlantis”.