Elizabeth Sheppard Cantor and Composer BA GradDipEd ACertCM(UK) STB (BTh/BPhil) AdvDipMusPerf AdvDipAbStuds NILA OblSB EMAIL: email@example.com
An Australian born musician with Noongar Yamatji indigenous heritage, Elizabeth grew up playing the organ and piano in churches, and singing in choirs in Adelaide, South Australia. She studied piano, Gregorian Chant, Western Music and singing at Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide University, as a Bachelor of Arts student. She sang soprano with the Tasmanian Opera Company Chorus in the 1970s, progressed to Church ministry studies, completed her UK Church Cantor's Certification in 2000, and sang with the Melbourne Chorale and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Later studies in Theology, Musicology, Church Music, Ethnomusicology, and Australian Aboriginal culture and music enriched her composition and performance skills. In 2004 Elizabeth completed a research project on women in church music, and was awarded the International Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB). In 2004 she graduated from Eora Aboriginal College, Sydney with an Advanced Diploma in Music Performance, and went on to complete Advanced Diplomas in Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Law at Tranby National Centre for Adult Education, Sydney. Her current focus, as one of five mentored Indigenous composers sponsored by APRA AMCOS, the Australian Music Centre and the Australian National University under the Australian National Indigenous Composers Initiative Program, is on composing contemporary choral and instrumental music for chamber ensembles. On August 3 2017 Elizabeth's three movement suite Kooranginy, based on indigenous themes of prayer, conflict and the Uluru Statement call for a Treaty with Australia's First Nations, will be premiered by Ensemble Offspring at Eora Aboriginal College, Sydney, Australia, and recorded and broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.