The Artists

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Artistic Director- Jessie Lloyd

Originally from the tropics of North Queensland, Jessie Lloyd is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician who performs a broad collection of Australian Indigenous songs. A vocalist, guitarist, bassist and ukulele player, Jessie earned her formal qualifications at Abmusic in Perth, WA in 2002. Heralding from a musical family, Jessie is a cultural practitioner of Indigenous music and is dedicated to the continuation of song traditions. Her mission is to produce, perform and progress Australian Indigenous music through innovative concepts, collaborative projects and cultural practice. Maintaining an authenticity that contributes to the rich diversity of Australian arts and its audiences, and working towards positive and progressive social opportunities, values and attitudes.

Choir Director: Jessica Hitchcock

Award-winning opera singer, actor and songwriter Jessica Hitchcock is an up-and-coming Indigenous performer with family origins from Saibai in the Torres Straits. Her charismatic stage presence and versatile performance sphere draw on over 15 years of musical experience.The last five years have seen Jessica transition from a Jazz background into the world of opera after joining Short Black Opera Company with Deborah Cheetham, where she has worked as an artist and teacher for the last five years.