Elizabeth Sheppard Cantor and Composer BA GradDipEd ACertCM(UK) STB (BTh/BPhil) AdvDipMusPerf AdvDipAbStuds NILA EMAIL: email@example.com
An Australian born musician with Noongar Yamatji (Western Australian) and Gandangarra (Blue Mountains NSW) 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 UK Church Cantor's Certification in 2000, and sang with the Melbourne Chorale and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. University studies in Theology, Musicology, Church Music, Ethnomusicology, and Australian Aboriginal culture and music, and mentoring by Aboriginal Elders through Eora and Tranby Aboriginal Colleges in Sydney, the Australian National University, and Reconciliation for Western Sydney, enriched her composition and performance skills, and reconnected her to country. 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 also 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. She was selected for composer mentoring, as one of five Indigenous composers sponsored by APRA AMCOS, the Australian Music Centre, Mooghalin Arts and the Australian National University under the Australian National Indigenous Composers Initiative Program. In 2016-2018 she composed contemporary choral and instrumental music for chamber ensembles. On August 3 2017 her three movement suite Kooranginy, based on indigenous themes of prayer, conflict and the Uluru Elders’ Statement call for a Treaty with Australia's First Nations, was premiered by Ensemble Offspring at the Eora Aboriginal College Theatre, Sydney, Australia, and recorded and podcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on ABC Classic FM. In 2018 four more of her instrumental and vocal pieces were recorded and premiered by Ensemble Offspring at the ABC’s Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney. Elizabeth is currently composing a new commission for Ensemble Offspring, and her ANU Postgraduate composition studies are currently supervised by Darug composer Dr. Christopher Sainsbury of the Australian National University. Her composition studies are supported by an ANU Australian Indigenous Graduate Research Tertiary Scholarship.