14 July 2010

For Julie Goodwin the art of persistence is becoming a part of her professional life as a singer and as a music student at The Con.

The Sydney-based soprano late last year finished a two year Australasian tour of the Phantom of the Opera and has now embarked on what the pundits believe will be a long stint with the production of West Side Story.

Tucked in between all these major performances, Goodwin is completing a degree at The Con under the guidance of senior lecturer in Voice/Pedagogy, Dr Rowena Cowley.

Goodwin, who graduated from the Conservatorium High School in 2005, appeared in

more than 200 performances of Phantom of the Opera in the alternate role of Christine DaaƩ.

For West Side Story, which has started a national tour at the Lyric Theatre, she has the lead role of Maria. The show has received glowing reviews.

Goodwin won a merit scholarship in 2005 to study at The Con with Dr Cowley. A year later she graduated from the highly regarded Talent Development Project, and then earned two scholarships from the Youth Foundation for Young Australians.

Her inaugural album "Art Songs in English" will be released nationally later this year. The songs explore English poetry set to music for voice and piano.

Goodwin boasts an eclectic copybook of solo concert appearances - from singing at the Men of League Gala Dinner to singing the national anthem at the Youth Olympics and Australia Day Spectacular to performing at a range of major charity events.

Julie is in very good company. The conductor for West Side Story is Vanessa Scammell, a highly credentialed performer in Australian musical theatre - and a former Con alumna as well.

Scammell received a Graduate Diploma of Music - Opera Repetiteur, and later studied under Maestro Imre Pallo for a Masters of Music, Conducting.

"It is always wonderful to see members of The Con family successfully take their skills and learning to new professional heights and achieve the plaudits they deserve. We are very proud of Julie and Vanessa," said Dean and Principal Professor Kim Walker.

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