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Lijiang Studio!


Lashihai at dawn.

Miranda and Naima are currently living in Yunnan, China, as artists in residence at Lijiang Studio.

You can keep up to date with all their exploits and adventures here!


Katherine Norman is a Soprano with over 17 year’s ensemble experience, including four European Concert Tours, several recordings and numerous live concert broadcasts presented by ABC Classic FM.

An Early Sacred & Bach specialist whose repertoire also includes modern composition, Katherine is an accomplished Soloist & blended ensemble singer.
Career Highlights include Soprano Soloist for the much-loved and vocally demanding Allegri Miserere, Mozart’s Requiem, and the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, presenting the world Premiere of Hodgson Lamentations, and performing in three separate years of the annual Melbourne Festival. Notable collaborations have included performances with the Tallis Scholars, Warren Trevelyan-Jones, Steven Layton & Jeremy Summerly.

Katherine regularly performs in Melbourne, most frequently with the Consort of Melbourne (

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Scott Dunsdon has previously sung with Newman College Choir, and was also the founding artistic director of the University of Melbourne Music Theatre Association (UMMTA). He’s also appeared on stage in various musicals and orchestras (as a bassoonist), and off stage as a theatre director.

Jenny Barnes (born Adelaide, Australia, 1981) is a vocalist, performer and video maker based in Melbourne. Barnes achieved a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance and has studied under the tutelage of predominant vocalists in New York City, Lisboa, Berlin and Oslo. Barnes has travelled extensively throughout rural Australia, Western Europe and Scandinavia gathering fuel for her work into the musicality of language and she is currently undertaking formal study of AUSLAN. Jennyʼs work has featured alongside that of Meredith Monk (USA), Jaap Blonk (Netherlands), Fatima Miranda (Spain) and Amanda Stewart (Australia) among others, in ‘Vocal Folds’ an exhibition at Melbourneʼs prestigious Gertrude Contemporary.

Barnes examines and mimics field recordings of Arctic mammals and domestic pets to achieve an extensive and diverse vocal capacity. Barnes then studies the rhythmic cadences and pitch modulations of human languages and applies her findings to an improvisatory musical context.


Rob Shirley began playing French horn at school in his hometown of Bendigo. Rob was successful at local and national competitions and performed as soloist with the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra before commencing a Bachelor of Music under Geoff Collinson at the University of Melbourne.

Upon completion of this degree, Rob travelled to Hamburg, Germany, where he continued his studies under Prof. Ab Koster and worked as a freelance musician throughout northern Germany, performing professional opera, ballet, musical theatre and symphonic repertoire.

Upon returning to Australia in 2010 he has toured the country several times, with Opera Australia’s Oz Opera and also as a member of Josh Groban’s orchestra on his 2013 ‘All that Echoes’ tour.

Rob is currently completing Master’s degree in Orchestral Studies at Monash University, studying with Saul Lewis, and playing regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.



Steven Hodgson joined The Consort of Melbourne as Assistant Director in 2014 under the mentorship of Warren Trevelyan-Jones and Peter Tregear and was appointed Artistic Director of the group in 2016.

He completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Melbourne in 2004, studying composition with Stuart Greenbaum, Brenton Broadstock and Brett Dean and voice with Stephen Grant. Most recently, he completed the Kurt Thomas Cursus at the HKU Utrecht Conservatory, specialising in chamber choir repertoire.

A committed vocalist, choral conductor and composer, Steven performs regularly as a soloist and ensemble member with the Astra Choir, e21 and the Australian Chamber Choir. He is also the Head of Publishing for the Australian Music  Examinations Board.

AllisonAllison Wright grew up in Eltham, Victoria and began playing trumpet at age 10. At 19, Allison was accepted into the Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music under the combined tutelage of Tristram Williams; world renowned contemporary soloist and David Elton; principal trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Allison regularly performs in chamber settings as well as a soloist.

In September 2013, Allison was one of 8 Australians selected to compete in the Aeolus International Competition for Winds in Dusseldorf, Germany. Allison is a casual musician with Orchestra Victoria and has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra and alongside Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra musicians in various initiatives.

In 2014 and 2015, Allison is a recipient of the The Standish Robert Trumpet Scholarship and a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra. As well as classical trumpet, Allison has a passion for sound design and music production.


Paul Zabrowarny is a Melbourne-based cellist with a strong interest in contemporary repertoire. After completing his Bachelor of Music at the Elder Conservatorium under the guidance of Janis Laurs, Paul studied for four years at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Paul has performed recitals throughout Australia and Europe and has appeared frequently as a soloist with orchestras. He is also a keen chamber musician.

Paul has performed in concerts that have been broadcast on radio and television, including solo performances on ABC Classic FM, Radio Suisse Romande and local radio in Adelaide and Melbourne.

In 2007, Paul received grants from the Ian Potter Foundation and the Australia Council to undertake a Masters of Music Performance at the Conservatoire de Lausanne, Switzerland – in the class of Patrick Demenga.

This study included a focus on performing contemporary music and exploring a variety of extended cello techniques.

Paul has worked with many of the major Australian orchestras and performs regularly with Orchestra Victoria. Paul was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has continued to perform with the ACO2.