Penrhos College Chorale
Penrhos College, Perth, Western Australia was founded in 1962. Located in a wonderful setting on an old pine plantation, the College has developed a reputation for its vibrant and diverse music program, currently under Director of Music, Jane Alderson. The Penrhos College Chorale consists of around eighty non-auditioned choristers between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. It rehearses once a week, and performs a wide variety of repertoire, both accompanied and a capella. The ensemble is represented by twenty-nine of its members in Europe this year. The Penrhos Music Department’s Artist in Residence Program was established in 2009, and students have the wonderful opportunity to work and perform with a different artist each year. Residencies have included internationally acclaimed artists such as The Idea of North, James Morrison, Cristian Grases, Andrew Eisenmann and Paul Jarman. In 2010, the Chorale performed at the International Music Festival in Sydney, and in 2011, was featured at the 13th International Kodály Symposium in Brisbane. In 2013, the Chorale toured to the United States of America, performing in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington D.C., where they were awarded a Gold plaque at the Washington D.C. International Music Festival. In 2014, the choir returned to New York City to participate in a special choral performance at Carnegie Hall, having been invited following the personal recommendation of Dr Cristian Grases, choral professor at the University of Southern California. The Chorale toured to Europe in 2016, where they were awarded First Place with Outstanding Success in the Treble Choir category at the Tenth Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival. The Penrhos College Chorale is conducted by Catherine Clarnette and accompanied by Gladys Chua. Thrilled to return to the Summa Cum Laude Festival in Vienna, the 2019 European tour will also see the choir perform in Salzburg, Prague, Ljubljana, Venice and Milan.
Catherine Clarnette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Music from Edith Cowan University (Perth, Western Australia). Graduating in 2012, she completed her principal performance studies in jazz voice at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Catherine is excited to return to the Summa Cum Laude Festival in Vienna, having participated as a student with the Methodist Ladies’ College Chorale and Symphony Orchestra in 2008, and as conductor of the Penrhos College Chorale in 2016. Catherine has a great love for working with young musicians, and has held the positions of Teacher of Music and Choir Director at Penrhos College since October 2012. Penrhos is known for its diverse choral program, where Catherine aims to provide opportunities for her students to excel across various choral contexts. Under Catherine’s direction, the non-auditioned Chorale achieved a Gold plaque at the Washington D.C. International Music Eisteddfod in 2013. The following year, the ensemble was invited to New York City to participate in a special choral concert for treble voices at Carnegie Hall, following the personal recommendation of Dr Cristian Grases. In 2016, the Chorale placed First with Outstanding Success in the treble voices category at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna. Catherine has been fortunate to study under the wonderful tutelage of some of Australia’s best musical educators, and perform on international stages. As a vocalist and bandleader, performance highlights include shows at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Euro Disney in Paris and Fringe World Festival in Perth. As a composer, she regularly collaborates with Western Australian Youth Orchestras’ Collegium String Orchestra, and the ensemble has commissioned four works from her since 2010. Catherine is passionate about music education, as well as maintaining a regular performing and recording schedule. She has released three studio recordings, and is currently pursuing a Master of Educational Leadership at the University of Western Australia. In addition to her position at Penrhos College, she has worked as a tutor with the Australian Girls Choir.
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