Sue is the Head of Performing Arts at Somerset College and has had considerable experience in the field of choral work, both with young people and adults.
This experience as well as her expertise in this area will enable Sue to consolidate the good work already done by Ruth Gurner and to lead the choir in a positive direction to consolidate its future. Through various music relationships, Sue can already see many opportunities that would bring the choir into places they may have never imagined.
With regards to her choral conducting, Sue’s College choirs have won various awards throughout the country and are always in demand. Although awards and acclamation are always gratefully received, this is not the purpose of the choral program. The program is to introduce as many young people to the joys of choral singing whilst striving to be their very best. Sue believes that if the choristers enjoy what they are doing and try their hardest, the quality will be achieved and that this is true for both the young and young at heart.
Sue’s personal and professional experience allows her to feel comfortable in preparing and directing performances containing any repertoire from sacred to secular and from Medieval to Modern and in any venue be it church, theatre or outdoors.
Sue studied choral conducting under Dr Guy Jansen, Dr Edward Bolkovac, Graeme Morton, Prof. André J. Thomas and Rodney Eichenberger.
Sue has had extensive experience as Musical Director for shows (both amateur and semi-professional) including Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Evita, Anything Goes, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Jekyll and Hyde, Chess, HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
She is confident to conduct choirs in English, German, Japanese, Italian, Latin, Spanish and French.
In 2017, Sue was nominated for the City of Gold Coast’s Australia Day Award for Cultural Achievement for her contribution to the cultural life of the city. Sue received the 2018 Moncrieff Community Award from Steven Ciobo, MP, for her contribution to the musical life of the Gold Coast.
After studying piano and gaining her LMusA, she learnt the art of accompaniment when working and performing with Henri Penn, the brilliant pianist and accompanist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. While her family was growing, Marie accompanied choirs, performers and musicals throughout country New South Wales. On moving to the Gold Coast, she worked for many years as an accompanist at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
With her children now grown up, Marie is in high demand throughout South East Queensland for her piano accompanying skills for music exams, performances, eisteddfods and stage productions.
In 2015, Marie received a ‘Distinguished Service Award’ from the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance, in recognition of her extensive contribution to the musical life of the Gold Coast and of her long-standing commitment and service to the Choir.