SOPRANO, composer and academic Deborah Cheetham has performed in concert halls around the world but she says one of her greatest privileges is helping young indigenous students, like those she is working with in Glenelg Shire last week, reach their potential.
About 10 of Glenelg Shire’s junior stars-of-the-future, ranging in age from five to 15, spent the first week of their school holidays working on their singing and composing skills with Ms Cheetham and her team from Short Black Opera Company.
Ms Cheetham is currently head of the Wilin Centre at the University of Melbourne, which has also conducted a film and television course for secondary school students in Glenelg Shire last week.
Both the film and television and singing groups performed live at Portland Arts Centre on Friday before their final performance at the Glenelg Shire Reconciliation Week celebration on May 30, at which Ms Cheetham is also a guest speaker.
As director of Short Black Opera Company, a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the development of Indigenous opera singers, Ms Cheetham developed the Short Black Opera Company for Kids Program to give guidance to young people in the community.
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