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Belinda McArdle, Lisa Singline and Sue Hindle

Belinda McArdle (Back To Top)
B.Arts (Hons), Cert IV Workplace Assessment and Training, Cert III Broadcast Radio, ANZCA Grade 8 Modern Singing, Grade 6 Music Theory.
I am professionally engaged as a singer, choir leader, songwriter, singing teacher, performer, arts mentor, music activist and radio presenter. I take pride in providing a warm and friendly space and engaging all participants in singing in a clear, fun and organised manner. Sourcing and writing new repertoire and arranging the pieces so

everyone feels like they have a ‘good sing' is part of the enjoyment of this role.

As a singer and singing teacher I strive to uncover an authentic, natural sound. In private lessons the purpose is to find and develop your own unique voice– not to sound like someone else. I bring years of performing experience to my work having sung professionally in bands, duos, trios, solo, cabaret theatre and with vocal groups for well over 20 years. I am proud to run acabellas with my colleagues as an ethical, community minded company that has prospered over ten years and brought happiness to many.
Over recent years songwriting has become a strong part of my working life. I have worked consistently at writing songs for about 20 years and for the last five years or so I have become happy with what I produce. Songwriting commissions have become more regular in my life and this will continue to be an area in which I invest energy. I enjoy writing for communities. I work hard to tap into what a group might want to sing and produce songs that are robust, singable and touching.

As a natural teacher I have mentored several singing leaders over the last decade. As an active member of Community Music Victoria I have produced a state wide leader’s newsletter for several years, I contribute songs to the leader’s network, I provide support and training for new leaders and have provided much one-on-one long term support for new leaders. I have recently been contracted by City of Greater Geelong to provide leadership mentoring for artists. I volunteer weekly on local community radio and focus on interviewing musicians and artists about their work and process which is a great regular learning experience.

My goals for 2015 are

   
To initiate a massed recording project with the acabellas singing community.
  To present the finest collection of repertoire of the 12 years so far.
 

To extend the typical soundscape from 3 parts to 4 and to make rhythmic variety a more regular feature.

  To welcome exciting new musical opportunities into our shared world.

Contact Belinda - belinda@acabellas.net.au

 

Lisa Singline (Back To Top)
Cert IV Workplace Assessment and Training, Cert III in Education, ANZCA Grade 6 Modern Singing, Grade 3 Music Theory.
I am a community based musician and artist. I bring a mix of creative engagement in singing, song writing, teaching and the use of instruments, all of which are accompanied by skills in visual art.  I value working in collaboration with others and enjoy the challenge of undertaking creative projects with diversity.

As a facilitator, I am recognised for my clarity, encouragement of others, compassion and commitment to support both the development of the group and the evolution of a song.  I have shared in the work of acabellas since 2007 and I facilitate a range of community workshops with people of all ages, in singing and music on a weekly basis.  In providing private tuition in singing, guitar and ukulele I aim to offer practical instruction, nurture and encouragement for each individual with their particular learning style.

Over recent years I have fostered the expansion of acabellas from a singing community to one who also embraces the exploration of community music making through use of varied instruments. It is gratifying to work with our participants who consistently impress us with their thirst for creative growth.

Over the past 6 years I have delivered music programs in several schools around Geelong. The important role music plays in the developmental skills and learning for children is widely documented and of profound value.  Students, staff and parents are invited to experience music and music-making in fun and dynamic ways. 

Within acabellas, it is rewarding to work as a team alongside experienced colleagues and to contribute a range of musical options for the community to enjoy.

My goals for 2015 include:

 

To strengthen the singing experience for existing Midday Singers at The Studio and embrace new singers within the Geelong CBD and surrounds.

 

To deepen and expand the Singing with Strings and Things group by welcoming new players and encouraging a greater diversity of instruments. To seek performance opportunities for the group to share within the community.

 

To enhance confidence within the drumming circle, building on the growing strengths of the group and encompassing new leadership techniques. 

  To showcase Perpetual Echoes, a project producing 6 original songs in response to 6 visual art works in the Geelong Gallery Collection.
 

To foster, grow, nurture and develop skills, technique and confidence of individual students of singing, guitar and ukulele.


Contact Lisa - lisa@acabellas.net.au

 

Sue Hindle (Back To Top)
CERT III Broadcast Radio, ANZCA Grade 5 Modern Singing, Grade 2 Music Theory
As I embark on my 9th year with acabellas as a singer, songwriter and music and wellbeing facilitator I know that I am privileged to work and connect with people that appreciate and value creativity. Self expression through creative activities such as singing and music making is an important and often vital part of who we are and how we choose to live our lives. Providing opportunities for others to access and

express their creative selves is extremely rewarding.

In all of my groups, private lessons and sessions I share sensitivity, warmth and humour along with a genuine desire to teach, understand and see each participant for who they are and what they might require in order to shine. I offer fun, educational and nurturing programs that engage and inspire participants to feel confident, capable and valued.

Over the last 7 years I have worked in schools and kindergartens in the Geelong area and continue to provide fun and educational workshops for our youngest singers and music makers. Acabellas Kids is now in its fourth year and we are excited to begin another amazing year filled with singing, music and movement and warmly welcome primary school children of all ages to join us.

Many years of personal practise and research into wellbeing and relaxation has led to the development of ‘Nurture’, a beautiful series of music, meditation and wellbeing sessions that offer participants the opportunity to explore creative activities and practise techniques centred on relaxation, movement and sound. A combination of stillness, movement and creative expression is, I believe, the best recipe for achieving and maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit. Many of our acabellas singers and those outside our community participate in these weekly sessions and value the opportunity to support and enhance their wellbeing. Sessions will continue to expand and develop over 2015 as we continue to discover ways to relax, re-charge, and rejuvenate.

My goals for 2015 are:

 

To provide’ Nurture’ workshops in local schools and offer more sessions in health care and workplace environments.

 

To attend to my wellbeing and self-development as I remain open to new ideas, information, creative insights and opportunities.

 

To record a CD of guided relaxation and meditations.

Contact Sue - sue@acabellas.net.au

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