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Join us to hear stories from musicians changing the lives of senior citizens, young men and women in secure welfare, marginalised young people, women in prison and post-release. Discover how these organisations are developing arts led solutions to address complex societal issues.

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Laura Dusseljee Forever Young Rock Choir

Laura was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Despite majoring in piano studies at university, the serendipitous aligning of a school's needs and Laura's ignorance lead to the beginning of her working with choirs. Prior to moving to Australia, Laura organised a choir competition in Johannesburg (including Soweto) which led to her being invited to train and chaperone a group of school children to accompany President Nelson Mandela on his first official visit to London as President of South Africa.

Central to Laura's philosophy about music teaching is that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in music making should they wish and that age and ability should not be a deterrent to achieving that goal.

Laura is the director of the community choir 'The Women of Note'. This un-auditioned choir has performed in Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, Washington, Philadelphia and New York in the USA and Auckland, NZ.

She is the founder/director of the Forever Young Rock Choir which is a choir for senior citizens. This choir performs only rock songs and is accompanied by a rock band and a string orchestra of skilled school students. For its annual concert, the choir invites professional performers to appear as guest artists and have performed with Normie Rowe and Wilbur Wilde. Forever Young is delighted to have Mark Seymour from 'Hunters and Collectors' as this year's guest.

Laura currently holds the position of Head of Junior School Music and Assistant Head of Music at Girton Grammar School in Bendigo. Two of her choirs are award winners at eisteddfods and her Junior School Performance Choir has been consistently acknowledged as one the finest in the state by adjudicators.

Justin Holland Somebody's Daughter Theatre Company

In 1992 Justin graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts. As a jazz pianist, improviser and composer he has performed with many bands and ensembles including the Don Burrows band, Bucketrider, Julie O'Hara, Justin Holland Trio, Down Town Brown, High Pass Filter and Cabaret acts Meow Meow and The Dilapidated Diva.

Whilst at VCA Justin became interested in Dance and Physical Theatre. H began to study classes in contemporary dance and contact improvisation, which led him into work as a multi skilled performer, working with companies such as Legs On A Wall, Polyglot, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, and was a founding member of Bird On A Wire Theatre.

Between 1995 and 2003 Justin was a core member of the Snuff Puppets and toured Europe and Asia numerous times. It was during this period that he began to work on projects as a community artist with the Snuffies on PPP projects in Holland, Japan, Korea and Australia. This work gave him the opportunity to work with a wide scope of people from diverse backgrounds, and developed a passion for arts work that fosters inclusion and community engagement.

Between 2005 and 2011 Justin worked with incarcerated youth at Melbourne Youth Justice Centre as a music teacher developing a program that engaged the students by writing and recording autobiographical hip hop songs.

In 2011 I began to work with Somebodys Daughter and by 2012 was employed as the musical director of the company. Since that time he has worked in a full time capacity with women in prison, and marginalised youth to produce high quality theatre and music.

In 2016 Justin received an Australia Council Professional Development Grant to study the Taketina rhythmic process with master percussionist and composer reinhard Flatischler.

Irine Vela Outer Urban Projects

Irine Vela is a composer, librettist, creative producer and director. Irine’s work emphasises the validity, necessity and excitement that diverse voices and forms bring to the Australian arts. She has collaborated with many of Australia’s finest performers, writers, directors and theatre companies.

Her work as producer and Artistic Director for Outer Urban Projects has conceptualized, originated and enabled many fertile collaborations with outstanding outcomes: suBurBan exchange at the Melbourne Recital Centre in 2011, Urban Chamber – Beyond : Melbourne Festival 2013 and Poetic License: Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 and Grand DiVisions Melbourne Festival 2015. Her film and television credits include: Head On (feature film), Remembering Country (documentary drama SBS), and the miniWseries The Slap (ABC).

She received the 2012 APRA Screen Music Award for Best Sound Track Album. Other notable collaborations and productions include the award winning Who's Afraid of the Working Class, Do Not Go Gentle and her music drama 1975LA Populist Opera for which she also wrote the libretto. Her choral opera Little City was acclaimed by both music and theatre critics and garnered her an Award from the Australian Music Centre for Best Composition by an Australian Composer. She is also the recipient of the Tropfest film award for Best Original Score.

She was awarded a 2007 State Library fellowship to research and create the multiWmedia music drama W Australia in Danger L a slide night. She performs with the Sevdah Sephardic ensemble Saray Iluminado and is founding member of the haBiBis. Their CD Intoxication received an ARIA award for Best World Music Album.

Dr Grace Thompson

Dr Grace Thompson is a registered music therapist, lecturer and early career researcher who specialises in supporting children with special needs to engage with their families and communities through music making. From 2000 - 2010, Dr Thompson worked exclusively in Early Childhood Intervention in a family centred model with pre-school aged children with disabilities and their families. As music therapist and team leader, Dr Thompson developed a collaborative approach to music therapy practice which aimed to support families guided by ecological theories. Her music therapy practice is therefore underpinned by a desire to support parent-child relationships through participating in engaging and mutually enjoyable music making activities.

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