2021 Competition

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Adjudicators and Accompanists


Regretfully, Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky is now unable to attend as our 2021 Instrumental Adjudicator. We are sincerely grateful for the wonderful support he has given the competition since its earliest days, not least of which the connection established with the late Dr Bill Williams who founded the competition.
However, we are more than excited to welcome Dr Edward Neeman, one of Larry’s former students, as our Instrumental Adjudicator.
Dr Neeman was an ACVC competitor in 2001.

Merlyn Quaife AM – Vocal Adjudicator

Merlyn performs opera, oratorio, Lieder, chamber music and contemporary music to great acclaim throughout Australia and Europe. She has also performed as soloist with the Singapore Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Voronesz Philharmonic in Russia. She has appeared with

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Dr Edward Neeman – Instrumental Adjudicator

Edward Neeman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree

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Catherine Davis – Accompanist

Catherine Davis was educated at the Conservatorium High in Sydney and the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she won all the major piano and accompaniment prizes, culminating in the Recital Diploma. Since returning to Australia, she took up a

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Jo Batterham – Accompanist

Joanne has been a piano teacher for over 25 years, since graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, working in several private schools as well as teaching from home. Jo’s qualifications include: A.Mus.A (Piano), L.Mus.A (Piano), Bachelor of Music (Qld

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Louisa Breen – Accompanist

Louisa Breen was born in Melbourne, Australia, and started her piano lessons with Nehama Patkin. After attending the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, she graduated with Bachelor of Music Honours from the University of Melbourne. In the same

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Maree Kilpatrick – Accompanist

Maree Kilpatrick grew up in the South Burnett, working as an accompanist in the local Eisteddfod from her early teens. She studied under the late Dr Marilyn Meier-Kapavale at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, receiving several awards including the

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Maryleigh Hand – Vocal Accompanist

Originally a language teacher, Maryleigh’s passion for music and words inspired her to become an accompanist and vocal coach. At Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium, she concentrated on vocal repertoire and technique with Nancy Thomas, studying piano with Lance Dossor. Recent highlights

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