Meet Our Team

Hummingsong conductors are highly qualified music educators who are dynamic and passionate.

They bring years of experience and limitless energy to their choirs.

Anna Humberstone

Anna Humberstone

Founder and Artistic Director

Hummingsong Community Choirs are run under the overall direction of Anna Humberstone. Anna is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Music Education), with extensive experience conducting both children’s and adult choirs.

Anna is an inspiring and passionate music educator who has worked in numerous schools in both the public and private system. She is regularly asked to run vocal workshops, guest conduct at festivals and in universities. She was a choral conductor and classroom teacher at the well-known MLC Music department (Mrs Carey’s Concert) for eight years. Having run a busy private teaching studio in saxophone and piano for over a decade, Anna is now focusing on building communities of women through singing.

Anna founded Hummingsong Community Choirs at the beginning of 2012 with the first women’s a cappella choir “Senisuara” that rehearses in Gordon. Following on from the success of this choir another strong community of women in Mosman was born “Maribella” which she also conducts. Anna is well known for her enthusiastic and infectious personality that drives the Hummingsong Community along. Her dream is coming true with more and more women getting involved in their local communities and singing every week while raising money for an invaluable cause at the same time.

Kylie Tyson

Kylie Tyson

Conductor

Kylie is the conductor of Mona Vales’ Karinya Women’s A Cappella, which has been together since April 2013. She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a degree in Education, majoring in Trumpet and Voice.

Since graduating, Kylie has worked extensively with students throughout NSW as a primary, secondary and tertiary music educator both in the classroom and on the podium. Kylie held the position of director of bands at Monte Sant’ Angelo College for six years and is currently band directing for the Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensembles (NSSWE) and Collaroy Plateau Primary School.

Kylie’s expertise and contribution to music education in Sydney led to her being invited to lecture at the University of Technology and University of Western Sydney in Primary Music Education. Playing trumpet and piano since the age of nine, Kylie has been a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Hornitholigy Big Band and the Noteriety Function Band. She has also adjudicated for numerous festivals, including the Yamaha Festival.

Melissa Kenny

Melissa Kenny

Conductor

Melissa is the conductor of Chatswood’s Alkira Women’s A Cappella and Ayana Women’s A Cappella, based in Belrose.  With over 20 years’ experience in bringing people together to make great music, charismatic conductor and music educator Melissa, loves encouraging people to sing with energy and passion.

A multi-instrumentalist with a degree in Composition and a Diploma in Jazz from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Melissa has sung, played and recorded with countless groups across many styles. From The Renaissance Players to gypsy outfit Monsieur Camembert, from professional choir Cantillation to the Wiggles, Melissa is as comfortable conducting Bach as she is The Beatles and loves any music that moves. She is the founder and Music Director of 50-voice, award-winning group Soulfood A Cappella, and is passionate to see people everywhere experience the joy of getting together to sing.

Natasha Cupitt

Natasha Cupitt

Conductor

Natasha is the conductor of  Iluka Women’s A Cappella, which has been together since May 2014. She is a dynamic and experienced voice coach, singer and choral conductor. Natasha has a Masters degree in music teaching from Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in classical voice.

As a conductor, Natasha has worked extensively with the Department of Education’s Arts Unit conducting at many large festivals including several times at the Sydney Opera House and Town Hall where she conducted choirs of over seven hundred voices.

Natasha worked as a tutor for the exclusive State School Singers, has run conducting workshops for teachers, and is a vocal coach for the Arts Unit Solo Vocal Camps that audition and accept talented singers from all over the state.

Natasha has trained soloists for The School’s Spectacular which is performed at the Entertainment Centre and shown on Channel Nine. She teaches singing from her private studio at home and runs voice master classes and directs the choir at Ku-Ring-Gai Creative Arts High School. In earlier years she founded, directed and created the music curriculum for The Brightsparks Co. Singing and Drama School which had schools all over Sydney.

Natasha’s performance experience is vast. She has sung everything from the lead role in a Menotti opera to singing solo at The Melbourne State Of Origin. Most recently she performed solo for ‘Singing At The House’ –a festival at The Opera House put on by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. In 2014 she performed at The Sydney Opera House and at Carols in the Doman with Soulfood A Cappella. In earlier years she performed as a Featured Artist at The Entertainment Centre for The School’s Spectacular, at corporate functions, Sydney kings Basketball games, celebrity parties, clubs, and has performed solo on television and radio. When she was very young she was soloist and leader of The Sydney Children’s Choir.

Natasha teaches singing from her home in Seaforth and loves working intensively with students on their vocal technique and musicality.

Ann Boyle

Ann Boyle

Mosman Men's A Cappella Conductor

Ann is the conductor of Mosman’s Men’s A Cappella Choir, which is new to the Hummingsong family. She is an experienced music educator and musician, who has a Bachelor of Music Education from Sydney Conservatorium of Music majoring in singing and arranging.

She is the senior music teacher at Ku-ring-gai High School where she teaches Year 7-12 classroom music, and has conducted many concert and stage bands, and choirs of various sizes and styles. This has involved staging many performances at the school, in the local community and for special events. Ann is a Senior HSC (Higher School Certificate) Music marker, where she works closely with teachers from other schools in assessing student performance, compositions and written responses in examinations.

Each year Ann works closely with her Year 12 singers in preparing their performance program for their HSC. This often includes arranging pieces, organising accompaniment and assisting students in improving their vocal technique and staging.

As a student, Ann played bassoon and was a member of The Australian Wind Orchestra which toured to Japan for an International Music Festival. She has taught herself trombone in recent years which has given her a more in depth understanding of the tenor and bass roles within ensembles.

Ann has worked as a conductor and tutor with The Arts Unit ensembles, State Music Camps and In Concert Choral Festivals. This involved her touring to the USA with the Wind Ensemble for an ISME (International Society of Music Education) Conference. In recent years her school choir has worked with The Idea of North, Katie Noonan and Felix Riebel from The Cat Empire through the regional choral festival.

Ann is Assistant Musical Director of Soulfood A Cappella choir where she regularly arranges music for the group and organises regular concerts. This has included performances on Channel 7’s Morning Show, Sydney Council Pitt Street Carols, The Sydney Opera House, The Basement and Carols in the Domain. She recently organised a successful tour to Hobart for their annual Festival of Voices which included Soulfood performing with The Idea of North amongst many other performances.

Elisha Keen

Elisha Keen

Musical assistant

Elisha has been working closely with Hummingsong Choirs since it began in 2012 as a musical assistant helping generate what is now an extensive library of fabulous choral arrangements and recordings. Elisha has arranged numerous pieces of music especially for the choirs and “sings like an angel” in her multi tracked recordings. She has also worked as an administrative assistant and conductor for Hummingsong Choirs.

Elisha is passionate about music education and has a practical, patient and supportive approach to teaching adults music. With a double degree in Music/Arts (Philosophy) and a degree in Speech Pathology Elisha brings a unique skills set to the choir that make her an invaluable member of the Hummingsong Team. She has worked for many years as a classroom music teacher at the Australian Music School (AMS) where she has taught both children and adults piano and voice.

In her spare time, she is also a MultiLit literacy tutor, a voice therapist with the private practice Cate Madill Voice and Speech, runs weekly corporate singing workshops, and is the mezzo in Sydney a cappella group Temper, recent finalists at the National A Cappella Championships (September 2015). Elisha was nominated for PLAY awards 2015 – best female soloist with Soulfood and best arrangement with Soulfood (September 2015) and placed 2nd at Sydney Eisteddfod trios/groups category (August 2015).

As a singer, songwriter, music teacher, vocal coach and occasional guitarist Elisha has recorded her own EP, performed regularly around Sydney, run choral singing workshops.

Private singing lessons

Hummingsong Community Choirs is fortunate enough to have access to 3 fabulous vocal coaches who all open their doors at any time to choir members who would like further assistance with their singing. While high quality professional vocal training is provided on a weekly basis in a Hummingsong Choir, many people have felt inspired to gain one on one vocal coaching either on a short term or long term basis. If you would like more information on this please contact the vocal coach directly.

 

Elisha Keen               – elisha@hummingsong.com.au

Melissa Kenny           – melissa@hummingsong.com.au

Natasha Cupitt          – tash@hummingsong.com.au

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