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RENEE HERON

Artistic Director

A dynamic music educator and choral conductor, Renee Heron brings a wealth of experience to The Yarra Voices. She is currently a choral and singing teacher at Camberwell Girls Grammar and regularly lectures at ACU and Monash University. Renee has also enjoyed stints working with the Australian Boys Choir as Teacher-in-Charge of the Probationer training group, Caulfield Grammar School, Xavier College and Methodist Ladies College. Renee is one of Melbourne’s leading practitioners of the Kodály music education philosophy and is a methodology course lecturer for the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia, where she serves as President of the Victorian Branch. In 2016-17, she had the privilege of attending the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary and in 2022 received an award for excellence in Australian Kodály-inspired Music Education. Renee is a talented musician in her own right, holding a Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland, and an AMusA in Violin. She also holds a Master of Teaching from the University of Melbourne. Renee is a member of Melbourne based chamber choir, Polyphonic Voices and Co-Artistic Director for treble vocal ensemble, Alta Collective.

Peta Rust is an experienced Music teacher, accompanist and choral conductor who has been working in Primary School settings and with children’s choirs for over 10 years. She holds degrees in Keyboard Performance and a post graduate degree in Education, specialising in Primary Teaching. Peta also holds qualifications in both the Kodály teaching method and Orff Schulwerk. She is currently Campus Head of Music for Malvern Campus, Caulfield Grammar. As a performer, Peta has enjoyed performing solo recitals in some of Melbourne's finest venues including the National Gallery of Victoria, St. Michael's Uniting Church and The Edge, Federation Square. She has had the privilege of performing live broadcasts of solo and chamber works on 3MBS. 

 

Peta has a particular passion and interest in Music teaching, and has taught both in schools and for community organisations since 2012. She takes great pleasure in seeing what a profound effect Music Education can have on a child's total development. Peta has worked at a number of community choirs including Choir Victoria, Sing Australia and Yarra Voices as both an accompanist and a conductor.

PETA RUST

YV Kids Teacher & Rehearsal Tutor

TIMOTHY MALLIS

Performing Choir Accompanist & Rehearsal Tutor

Tim Mallis is a Melbourne-based musician specialising in composition and piano accompaniment. Tim is a passionate advocate for music education and bringing new Australian compositions to life. Tim is a graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music specialising in organ and composition. As an award-winning composer, he has written for some of Australia’s finest ensembles and is frequently commissioned for works by local arts bodies including Arts Centre Melbourne in their ‘5x5x5’ program, and Choral Edge in their award-nominated ‘Stories from the Choir’. As a former member of Young Songmakers Australia and former student of the Franz-Schubert-Institut, Tim is in high demand as an accompanist, organist, and conductor. He is the current Associate Director of Music at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Brighton and has held positions as Director of Music at both St Bartholomew’s and St Stephen’s Anglican Churches in Richmond. As part of his ongoing relationship with the Australian Boys Choral Institute since 2003, Tim is involved both as a Teacher-in-Charge and member of The Vocal Consort. Tim is also employed by Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a surtitle specialist since 2014.

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Ciara McCoppin

Rehearsal Tutor

Although primarily a string musician and teacher, Ciara has a lifelong passion for choral and chamber music after having spent over 20 years singing in ensembles such as Young Voices of Melbourne, Exaudi Youth Choir and more recently, Alta Collective. Ciara works as an violin/viola teacher at Caulfield Grammar and Trinity Grammar schools, directing a variety of ensembles and teaching students from a range of year levels. Ciara holds a Bachelor of Music and Secondary Education (Hons) from Monash University and has also received her AMusA with distinction in viola.

Ciara has worked as a sight singing tutor both with Yarra Voices and Young Voices of Melbourne for a number of years, and is passionate about helping young singers develop their aural and notation reading skills. Ciara has a particular affinity for collaborating with fellow musicians in a chamber music context to convey depth in emotion and meaning through musical interpretation.

MARJORIE BUTCHER

Rehearsal Tutor & Choreographer

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Marjorie is a skilled artist and educator with a Bachelor of Music specialising in vocal performance from The University of Newcastle. She is sought after as a soprano soloist and ensemble singer, having worked with prestigious groups like the Song Company, Divisi and Alta Collective. Marjoire has worked as an actor, in Sydney, Newcastle, and Melbourne and her training at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Actors Studio strongly influences her teaching style. Marjorie currently teaches privately at her studio in Brunswick and draws on her career as an actor and performer to cultivate confidence in her students by exploring stage presence and performing techniques. 

As a choreographer and Alexander Technique BodyMinded practitioner, Marjorie works with ensembles to add accessible, free and easy physicality to music. This focus on physical awareness encourages vocal freedom and health whilst creating elevating and engaging performances. Marjorie is dedicated to nurturing confidence, creativity, and a love for music in young performers. She combines her unique blend of movement, education, performance experience, and pedagogical expertise to encourage and embolden the next generation of performers.

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