Moorambilla Voices is more than a program about country kids learning about artistic expression, it’s a program that helps them find their voice, their passion and even their path for the future. Established in 2006 it has brought together more than 20,000 students from 133 schools, aged between 8-18, as part of a unique cultural experience. This season the skills development workshops had 3608 Students attend from 133 Schools invited in 75 workshops.
Each year over 300 students attend a camp where they dance, sing, compose, paint, weave, play taiko and learn about the cultural traditions and stories of their landscape. This is done in partnership with the highest quality professional musicians, performers, composers, dancers and visual artists.
We have been celebrated nationally to critical acclaim in documentary and feature film format –"Outback Choir" & "Wide Open Sky". Our Founder and Artistic Director Michelle Leonard OAM received an Order of Australia in 2017 for her work in these communities through the performing Arts. Under Michelle’s direction, the choirs and annual program has flourished, receiving numerous national and state awards.
Once part of the Moorambilla Voices these young people become part of a broader artistic family that allows them to develop their cultural identity through the telling of stories, travelling their lifelines and exploring the landscapes of the unique region of north-western NSW.
The participants come from communities such as Baradine, Bellata, Bourke, Brewarrina, Burren Junction,
Carinda, Carnarvon School of the Air, Cobar, Collarenebri, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Dubbo,
Dunedoo, Geurie, Gilgandra, Glebe, Goodooga, Leichhardt, Leonora, Lightning Ridge, Mendooran, Mungindi,
Narromine, Nyngan, Orange, Rowena, Walgett, Warren, Tamworth, Tooraweenah, Tottenham, Trangie, Wee
Waa, & Wellington. In addition many come from remote and indigenous communities, isolated or disadvantaged backgrounds.
And while Moorambilla Voices is supported to some extent by contributions from government agencies and private donors, there is always a large shortfall that needs to be filled through fundraising to ensure the voices continue to sing, dance and drum. While all participants are subsidised, we don’t want any child to miss out if they can’t find the $660 they are asked to contribute themselves. ANY financial help you can offer to help support these candidates in some of the most disadvantaged communities would be much appreciated. We know they are worth all the effort.
After twelve years graduates of the program are now moving into tertiary education and planning the next phase of their lives, shaped in part by their experience with Moorambilla Voices; pursuing careers in music, community services and the environment.