Moorambilla Voices is more than a program about country kids learning about artistic expression, it’s a program that helps them find their voice, their passion and even their path for the future. Established in 2006, it has now seen more than 25,000 students in skills development workshops from 100 schools annually, aged between 8 and 18, as part of a unique cultural experience that focuses on music literacy, singing and the joy of creativity. This program is nationally awarded and has featured in two documentaries: Out Back Choir (ABC) and Wide Open Sky. Moorambilla Voices represents the communities of Baradine, Bellata, Bourke, Brewarrina, Burren Junction, Carinda, Cobar, Collarenebri, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Dubbo, Dunedoo, Geurie, Gilgandra, Glebe, Goodooga, Leonora, Lightning Ridge, Mendooran, Mungindi, Narromine, Nyngan, Orange, Rowena, Walgett, Warren, Tamworth, Tooraweenah, Tottenham, Trangie, Wee Waa and Wellington. Moorambilla embodies the spirit of unmitigated generosity and relentless positivity – here “life is full of possibilities”.
Michelle Leonard is the founder, conductor and Artistic Director of Moorambilla Voices. This nationally awarded program seeks at its core to give country kids a rare opportunity to sing, dance, drum, record, tour and create incredible performances with artists of the highest calibre. Under Michelle’s direction, the choirs and annual program has flourished. She is also the founding Artistic Director and conductor of Leichhardt Espresso Chorus which celebrates 20 years in 2018. Michelle is widely sought after as a choral clinician on Australian repertoire and appears regularly as a guest speaker, adjudicator and workshop facilitator. In 2017, Michelle was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for Services to the Community and Performing Arts.