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Elizabeth Sheppard : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Kalgoorli Silky Pear (solo piano) by Elizabeth Sheppard, from the CD Women of Note


Photo of Elizabeth Sheppard

Elizabeth Sheppard was born in Melbourne and raised in Adelaide. She is a professional singer and composer, having studied music with pianist Clemens Leske Snr, Professor David Galliver and Barbara Howard at Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium, Professor Catherine Ellis (University of New England), opera singer James Christianson (Queensland Conservatorium), organist Bernard Kirkpatrick, and Indigenous composer Dr. Christopher Sainsbury (Australian National University). She is an ecclesiastically, culturally and liturgically accredited Aboriginal Cathedral Cantor (BA BTh/BPhil STB ACertCM DipMus(Eora) AdvDipAbStuds NILA), a past member of the Adelaide University Choral Society, the Tasmanian Opera Company, the Melbourne Chorale, and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and a Ngarra-Burria First Peoples Composer Alumna of the Australian National University. Her church music was first performed at St Patrick's Cathedral Parramatta, and her Kooranginy Suite was recorded at ANU Music Studio in June 2017. In 2018 four of her works were recorded by the ABC, as performed by Ensemble Offspring at Eugene Goosens Hall, Sydney. In 2019 the City of Parramatta Council awarded her Female Aboriginal Elder of the Year for her work with Aboriginal community music in Western Sydney. In April 2020 she was awarded the Australian National University School of Music's Indigenous Music Scholarship, and she commenced full time studies in composition at ANU on 24 February 2020, with funding from an Australian Tertiary Postgraduate Research Scholarship. Her music may be heard on ABC Classic FM, and on Stephen Adams' New Waves podcast. Selected scores of Elizabeth's works will soon be posted on the AMC website.


Elizabeth Sheppard — current to October 2020

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Kalgoorli Silky Pear (solo piano) (2020) Commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program