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Virna Sanzone

Examiner Number: 1203

Virna Sanzone graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1998, majoring in Jazz Performance and is an experienced teacher and performer of a wide variety of contemporary musical styles. She is currently the vocal lecturer in the Jazz Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, working with students up to Masters level. She also teaches jazz and contemporary vocal styles at UNSW and AIM (Australian Institute of Music) and was the vocal coach for television show The Voice working behind the scenes for its first three seasons.

As well as maintaining her own busy singing career and private teaching studio, some of her roles as an educator have included teaching Contemporary Voice and Solo Jazz Vocal courses at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Access Centre, lecturing in vocal studies at Macquarie University and EORA Centre for Aboriginal Studies and being a guest lecturer and tutor at institutions such as McDonald College of the Performing Arts, Wesley Institute and at vocal seminars such as the SIMA Young Women’s Jazz Workshops. Virna has also directed choirs and coached small vocal ensembles, and has led vocal improvisation retreats abroad.

Virna has performed and recorded extensively in Australia and overseas both under her own name and as a guest with a diverse range of other artists, including James Morrison, Delta Goodrem, Paul Kelly, Vika and Linda Bull, the Australian Art Orchestra, Richard Clapton, Wendy Matthews, Katie Noonan, Kasey Chambers and Paul Capsis. She has also had a foray into the classical world having worked with The Song Company and classical guitarists, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan. In 2013 Virna launched The Italian Project with Melbourne pianist Paul Grabowsky, which uncovered and reinvigorated largely forgotten music from across Italy. This highly acclaimed ongoing project has successfully performed at the Stonnington Jazz Festival and Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Virna is also in high demand as a session singer and has done countless recordings for radio, film and television.

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