Donna is a Director and Music Director of One Big Voice. Donna selects and arranges the repertoire as well as composing many of the songs. Also, she presents the workshops for all teachers involved. Donna is currently working as a music specialist in Perth and teaching at Edith Cowan University. She has written and produced several books and CDs for schools, as well as a relaxation CD for children. These are available on her website www.musicisum.com.au. Donna also writes and records songs for the West Coast Language Development Centre to complement its language programs. Donna has written a musical resource package and presented workshops for Musica Viva. She also conducts other workshops for junior primary and music teachers in Perth, including Music Count Us In. She received the National Award for Excellence in School Music Education in 2011.
Throughout Gail's career, she has been passionate about education. With vast experience in the Primary School, as a Classroom Teacher, Deputy Principal and more recently as Principal, Gail is convinced that our profession has the most important task to do, as we influence hearts and minds of generations to come.
Gail believes Music is food for the soul. She has relished the opportunity to be a part of this committee. She loves music. She knows that the contribution that it makes to the atmosphere and tone, performance and life of a school is almost immeasurable.
Gail is looking forward to being involved with the One Big Voice activities again this year as we build on the success of our festival, held at Perth Arena for the first time in 2016. Gail offers her Management and Leadership Skills as Co-Chairperson and Secretary, in a voluntary capacity. We continue to develop our Festival under our Musical Director, Donna Marwick O’Brien, to be the premier Choral Concert for our students in Australia The work that music teachers do is valued and appreciated. The influence that we have in the development of knowledge, skill, enjoyment and enthusiasm in our students through the Music Program in Primary Schools is exemplary.
We are delighted to have Lorraine Willock join One Big Voice this year as Treasurer. She has worked as a personal assistant to doctors and lawyers for the majority of her career and for 13 years owned her own secretarial service business, ‘Osborne Secretarial Services’.
In 1974 Bernice Marwick co-founded the Wanneroo Community News, which led to the Wanneroo Times being founded in 1976. Bernice and her husband Bill started several other suburban newspapers and named the group Community Newspapers Pty Ltd, in 1978. After leaving Community Newspapers in 1986, Bernice continued in business with her husband in a family-run, self-storage facility in the Wangara Industrial Centre. In 2004 Bernice and Bill were awarded the City of Wanneroo Mayor’s Visionary Business Award for their long standing contribution to business enterprise in the city. Bernice has also been active in the Wanneroo and Joondalup communities. This year will see her serving her eighth year on the Cancer Council WA’s Joondalup Wanneroo Relay for Life organising Committee. And after an absence of four years, she has was re-elected to the Wanneroo Agricultural Society’s Wanneroo Show Committee. She served nine years previously as the show’s entertainment coordinator. Bernice is a Charter member of Wann-Gara Inner Wheel and a member 25 years. Inner-Wheel is a women’s service group similar to Rotary. Each year Bernice organises a concert to raise funds for the Bikabele Cares for Kids group, which supports two orphanages in Bali for children with hearing disabilities. She is a 25-year member of the Wanneroo Historical Society. She is proud to serve on the One Big Voice committee. At the 2015 City of Wanneroo Australia Day celebrations, Bernice received the City’s Australia Day Award in recognition of her 40 years’ service to the Wanneroo community.
Rose is a senior teacher with 20 years’ experience and more than ten years in music education. Before starting her career in teaching, Rose achieved both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. Having grown up with deaf parents and family members, Rose is also fluent in Auslan, which enables her to integrate sign language into actions in community songs. The mother of four loves teaching music as it has no academic boundaries and especially enjoys teaching special needs children, seeing their reactions when they hear their favourite songs. With an appreciation for an eclectic range of music, Rose also teaches recorder, keyboard, guitar and is starting on the ukulele. She takes great pride in encouraging students to take steps to develop their talent and confidence. Rose loves how One Big Voice gives every child an opportunity to participate as a team and showcase their talents.
Sian has been the junior choir teacher at Hillarys Primary School for the last four years. Sian moved to Australia in 2009 from Cardiff, South Wales in the UK. Growing up in a musical family, Sian’s mother, father and sister all played brass instruments in The Salvation Army band. Before starting teaching, Sian’s father was a professional opera singer. His love for singing rubbed off on Sian and from the age of seven Sian entered and won nine eisteddfods. In high school, Sian toured the UK with the Welsh National Opera. Sian specialises in voice and has been conducting children’s choirs since the age of 19.
Kiki has been in education for over 20 years. She is a classroom teacher and has enjoyed many experiences teaching class music and choir. She has trained students to sing at school functions and places in the local community such as retirement villages. She also currently teaches the women’s choir with Donna Marwick-O’Brien at Boronia Corrective Services for Women. Kiki has taught primary school students, high school students and adults in South Africa, England, Taiwan and Australia. She loves how music is a universal language which transcends gender, race, age and nationality. She has seen first-hand how singing has connected people and had a positive influence on their lives. Kiki loves how One Big Voice is a powerful, feel-good experience for so many and a wonderful way to share and spread the joy of singing.
Judy trained as a school music teacher (Diploma of School Music) at the Conservatorium of Tasmania and later completed a Graduate Diploma of Education at ECU.
For most of her teaching career, she taught music, both in high school and primary school. However, in 2006 a move to Queensland changed her career path and more recently she has been involved with the Naplan writing task marking operation. She works as a group leader for Naplan and the remainder of the year marks literacy papers and facilitates in literacy marking workshops.
Judy’s interest and love of choral music began when she was teaching at Merriwa Primary School in 2000. Locally there were very few performance opportunities for developing children’s choirs, so with a $500 grant from WAGSMS, she organised a community festival with six local schools (Currambine, Kinross, Mindarie, Quinns Rocks, Joondalup, and Merriwa). The intention was that the choirs would perform in a non-competitive environment, encouraging participation rather than competition and allowing the students to build good relationships with other schools and members of the community.
While not having been actively involved the festival during the last ten years, Judy has always been a keen supporter. She is returning to a management role in OBV in 2017 and is looking forward to the next part of the festival’s development.
For Judy, there is nothing more special than seeing so many children involved in and enjoying music and singing. The children who participate in One Big Voice exude happiness, and that’s the way she always hoped it would be.
Brendan O’Brien is one of Australia’s foremost music and audio professionals. Achieving early prominence as a member one of Perth’s most popular ever bands, The Fingerprints, Brendan went on to live and work in Sydney as well as spending extended periods in the USA.
In 2010 Brendan won the award for Best Achievement In Sound for an Australian Short Film at Flickerfest for the Oscar short-listed animated film Zero (12 million+ views). He was also nominated for a Screen Sound Guild Award that year. A second guild nomination came in 2012 for The Maker.
He recently composed the soundtrack to an episode of the Foxtel series Who We Are entitled Brand New Clan. In the mid-90s Brendan travelled regularly to the USA to work with cult songwriter Richard Davies including a national tour with the Flaming Lips. He has worked with Delta Goodrem, Russell Crowe, Lior, Deni Hines, Bardot, Disco Montego feat Katie Underwood (‘Beautiful” – ARIA Top 5) and many more.