AVE – Australian Vocal Ensemble – is an exciting new creative venture for Australia. A first of its kind acapella vocal quartet focused on celebrating our Australian stories – old and new.

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I want to illustrate QLD’S integrous creative leadership by establishing Australia’s first, and only, professional classical vocal quartet. I believe it is vital to use the human voice to tell the stories of our time and place, and to encourage our audiences to use their voice.

Some of the greatest internationally lauded classical voices in the world come from QLD including singers like Gladys Moncrief OBE, Donald Smith OBE, Margreta Elkins AM and the QLD Conservatorium’s own Lisa Gasteen AO.

I want to celebrate that extraordinary tradition and make our mark on the national and international stage, with myself alongside 3 extraordinary Internationally renowned artists – Mezzo-Soprano Fiona Campbell (Perth), Tenor Andrew Goodwin (Sydney) and Bass-Baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Melbourne).

Our repertoire, like our Australian culture, will be a unique blend of the old and the new.

The OLD – the glorious spiritual music of the late Renaissance and the early Baroque – the golden age of vocal polyphonic writing.

The NEW – modern music of the 20th and 21st Century, with a particular focus on new Australian music.

Every performance will feature new Australian works and engagement with our First Nations People.

There is nothing like AVE in Australia. We plan on being an elite chamber ensemble of International excellence, but one that is warm and welcoming to all. We plan on
– championing new Australian works on every tour
– having engagement with our First Nations Communities at every concert
– having community engagement in our performances at every concert (via local choirs and/or audience participation)

This will be an unparalleled music experience for audience members – a chance to explore new Australian composers, a chance to find their own voice, a chance to hear indigenous songs of their own country alongside late Renaissance/Baroque masterpieces and brand new works.

Although we are an ambitious new arts organisation fighting against the current of the present cultural demise, we are continuing to dream big and want to be the very best we can be.

In our initial three years, we will be heavily reliant on the philanthropic and corporate sector, as unfortunately we are ineligible for any key organisational funding at a State or Federal Level at this time.

We have already fundraised just over $100K – via an Australia Council new work grant, our ACF Boost campaign and a significant private donation – but our dream is a $500K per annum dream.

This dream will
– employ 5 people (Artistic Director/4 singers and 1 GM) per year
– commission 10+ Australian composers per year
– benefit approx. 250 vocal students per year
– involve approx. 450 community singers across QLD
– perform to approx. 3500 regional audience members across QLD
– perform to a national major metro audience of 5000+ each year

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Over the past 20 years, five-time ARIA award-winning artist Katie Noonan has proven herself one of Australia’s most hardworking, versatile and prolific artists. Named one of the greatest Australian singers of all time by the Herald Sun, Katie has produced 20 albums throughout her career, with seven times platinum record sales under her belt and 25 ARIA award nominations that span diverse genres.

Katie’s unwavering perseverance in aiding the development of Australia’s diverse musical landscapes has inevitably created a healthier artistic domain for future generations to come. An unrelenting advocate for the arts, the APRA ambassador is constantly championing its vitality and growth across our rural towns and ever-changing cities, helping the Queensland Music Festival continue its legacy of integrating community projects in over 100 regions across the state.

In the midst of owning her record company and working as an artistic director, Katie remains committed to what sets her artistry apart from the pack: her ability to evolve. “There’s always going to be something to learn or someone who can teach you something,” she explains. Music, for Katie, is a lifelong lesson, a generous act of giving, and a means to change the world.


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