My name is Richard Lane. A proud member of the Southern Highlands community residing in Moss Vale. As an opera singer I have performed extensively in Australia and the UK and was fortunate to be one of 16 voices to be accepted to the International Academy of Voice at Cardiff University (Wales) where I was supported by many of the world's leading mentors and teachers to pursue my studies and further my career.
I strongly believe that we as a community have an enormous opportunity to encourage and assist the younger generations of the Wingecarribee Shire in channelling their energies into all aspects of music (in particular singing).
To give you a little back story of how this foundation came to be, it all started when I heard a young fellow busking outside of the IGA in Moss Vale one day. He had a wonderful natural voice and when I asked him who his singing teacher was, he answered "I don’t have one, my parents can’t afford it". His passion for singing and the joy that it gave him was obvious, and through our further conversation I felt compelled to do something to help. As a result, the Wingecarribee Vocal Muster foundation was formed and its purpose, to assist young people to pursue their dream to sing.
There are no commercial or profit motives with this project. For myself, it is about sharing my passion for music with others that feel the same way.
The foundation's goal is to find, support and encourage emerging vocal talent from local high schools and give them the opportunity to share their passion by performing while gaining vital experience and confidence to help them grow as a performer. and pursue their dream to sing. Participants are encouraged and rewarded for their efforts with finalists performing at the Awards Night Dinner events with cash prizes, music vouchers and singing tuition being given out on the night.
All prizes and awards are funded by generous donations and contributions to the foundation (which are tax deductible).
The foundation is running 3 awards dinners from September 2018 until May 2019, and a "Grand Final" dinner in July 2019.
The commencement of a series of formal audition processes for Wingecarribee school students will be:
The Auditions and Awards are open to all secondary school students from the Wingecarribee, Wolondilly and Mulwaree Shires.
On completion of the 3 awards dinners we will have a "once a year" final of the previous winners, to determine who wins the ultimate prize of further training and development with highly regarded mentors specialising in the appropriate vocal genre.