Katy AbbottProgram Director, Gondwana Composer School 2016

    Background: B.Ed (Sec Music) 1994, Grad Dip (Composition, 2000), MMus and PhD in Composition (2001 and 2007) through University of Melbourne studying with Brenton Broadstock.. Experienced composer of voice and choral repertoire setting quirky text with 3 major song-cycles and many choral works. Lecturer in Composition at Melbourne Conservatorium, University of Melbourne.

    Gondwana Choirs: Long time admirer and first time participant (although Gondwana have performed Abbott’s works in previous years).

    Other experience: Performances throughout Australia and overseas in chamber and festival settings. Worked extensively with The Song Company, Halcyon and MLC School, Sydney. Commissions and performances also with Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmania and Sydney Symphony orchestras. Composer-in-Residence at Banff Centre for the Arts, Border Music Camp, University of Tasmania many schools. Regular chamber commissions with leading Australian ensembles. Many awards including Albert H Maggs Award 2011 and APRA ART Music Finalist in 2013 (Vocal/Choral category).

    Recordings: Sunburnt Aftertones: the chamber music of Katy Abbott (MOVE), The Domestic Sublime: the vocal music of Katy Abbott (ABC Classics), Famous (choral music) with MLC School, Sydney (Leeward Side Records) numerous other works on discs with HD Duo, Ensemble Three, Syzygy Ensemble, Jeanell Carrigan, Claire Edwardes and more.