Talented director lends voice to Mandurah City Choral Society

Talented addition: The Mandurah City Choral Society with their new director Eva-Marie Middleton. Photo: Supplied.
Talented addition: The Mandurah City Choral Society with their new director Eva-Marie Middleton. Photo: Supplied.

The Mandurah City Choral Society has welcomed an award-winning mezzo soprano as their new director for 2018.  

Perth based performer Eva-Marie Perissinotto comes to the local choir with a wealth of experience both in performing and conducting.

She impressively graduated a University of Western Australia Bachelor of Music course with first class honours in 2009 was awarded the Anne Watson Encouragement Award from Art Song Perth, in 2013. 

Mandurah City Choral Society member Roger Palmer said they were lucky to have such a talented teacher.

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“She has so much energy...we will definitely be kept on our toes,” he said. 

He said Perissinotto had conducted the Perth Undergraduate Choral Society and the Basilica of St Patrick's choirs.

“We are really thrilled to welcome her to Mandurah,” he said.

Mandurah City Choral Society president Jannette Barrett said she was pleased with the outcome. 

“I contacted some of the prominent people in Perth and through those people we came across Eva-Marie,” she said. “She’s such a dynamic music director. 

“She trains us and helps improve our singing. We’re hoping to have her longer than a year.”

Ms Barrett said the new director was planning collaborations with other groups.

“We’re hoping to work with the Bunbury Orchestra for our major performance,” she said. “But that is still in the planning stages.”

The group rehearses with Ms Perissinotto on Monday evenings from 7.15pm at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Dance Studio. 

The choir, along with Perissinotto, will be singing Gilbert and Sullivan favourites at the annual Come and Sing workshop on Saturday, May 5 as part of the Stretch Festival. 

The community is encouraged to attend this event. 

Further information is available on the website www.mandurahchoral.org.au. 

Alternatively call president Jannette Barrett on 0405 182 741.