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Dr Elizabeth Willis

AMEB Voice advisor- PhD (Syd), MEd (Melb), BMus (Syd), DipEd, DSCM, LMusA, LTCL

Examiner Number: 1077

Dr Elizabeth Willis studied music, drama, foreign languages, education and arts administration at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Conservatorium before commencing her professional musical career. In an administrative capacity, she has worked for the music department at the University of Sydney, the Australian Opera, the Australia Council and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As a performer, she has sung both in Australia and overseas. Her work with the AMEB (NSW) as Voice advisor is part of her ongoing commitment to the promotion of community involvement in music. Dr Willis has worked towards these goals with many groups, including the Australian National Choral Association (of which she was National Vice-President), the World Symposium on Choral Music (held in Sydney in 1996) and the City of Sydney Cultural Council. She is a member of the US-based VoiceCare Network, a group dedicated to the dissemination of the most recent research and practice in voice use and care. Her interest in choral conducting includes Sydney Opera House performances with choirs of the NSW Department of Education.

Dr Willis's private singing/teaching practice encompasses students of all ages, in small groups, choirs and one-to-one. Through her work, Dr Willis developed a particular interest in male and female adolescent voice development, which she researched as part of her Master of Education degree at the University of Melbourne (1997) and her doctoral studies at the University of Sydney. Dr Willis regularly presents workshops and papers throughout Australia and internationally at conferences that focus on vocal health and education. Her publications include articles in the international Journal of Voice and a chapter published in Perspectives on Teaching Singing – Australian vocal pedagogues sing their stories (ed Dr Scott D Harrison. Australian Academic Press; 2010).

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