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Bruce Woodley AO, composer of 'I am Australian'

Bruce Woodley AO

Composer

Bruce Woodley AO has been a prolific songwriter and performer all his career. With a strings of worldwide hits and memorable songs Bruce has drawn upon many influences. Bruce is a founding member of The Seekers, and continues his music writing and performing to this day.

In 1987, Bruce wrote his now-famous song I am Australian with his friend Dobe Newton of the Bushwackers. Bruce instinctively knew that I am Australian, with its theme of identity and belonging would make its mark, but even he was surprised at the way it was embraced by millions of  young Australians. Bruce is delighted that his song I am Australian has been selected for the 2019 AMEB Online Orchestra project.

Jessica Gethin

Conductor

Australian born conductor Jessica Gethin has been hailed by audiences and critics for her stellar musicianship, vibrant energy and charismatic stage presence, being reviewed as ‘accomplished and gifted in every respect; a consummate musician who knows how to get the best out of her player’. Listed by Limelight Magazine in the ‘2017 Top Twenty Australian Artists of the Year’, Jessica’s musical experience covers a diverse range of genres, moving effortlessly between conducting core symphonic works, to opera, ballet and film score.

In 2011 Jessica was appointed Chief Conductor of the Perth Symphony Orchestra (Western Australia). Winner of the Brian Stacey Emerging Australian Conductor Award in 2015, Jessica has been a leading advocate for the arts and music education, was listed as one of Australian Financial Review’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’ in Australia and is regularly engaged as presenter and key note speaker on the topics of the arts, leadership and diversity.

Jessica was the recipient of a 2016 Winston Churchill Fellowship for Performance Excellence in Classical Music, as well as inaugural alumna of the Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors, where she has since returned to the company as both Conductor and Assistant Conductor. Guest conductor engagements for the 2018/19/20 seasons include concerts in Malaysia, Macau, New Zealand, Dallas, South Africa, Japan, China, Australia and Singapore.

www.jessicagethin.com