Award Recipient 2008

Vanessa Scammell

Joint Winner 2008 Brian Stacey Award

In 1992 Vanessa graduated from the Melbourne Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music – Honours in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education. Vanessa continued her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium completing a Graduate Diploma of Music – Opera Repetiteur.

Vanessa worked extensively as an opera repetituer/rehearsal pianist and coach for the Victoria State Opera, Opera Australia and many Music Theatre Productions before she began her conducting studies.

Vanessa’s Music Director/Conductor credits include THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERAAsian Tour, The Really Useful Group Shanghai, Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong and Singapore, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Fiddler on the Roof Australia Pty Ltd, TITANIC  Seabiscuit Productions,  SOUTH PACIFIC Adelaide and Sydney seasons, Seabiscuit Productions, CATS The World Tour, Bejing, Taipei, Athens and  the South Korean Tour of CATS The Really Useful Group/Seol and Co., INTO THE WOODS IMG/Equity Fights Aids

Vanessa is currently the Musical Director of the Australian tour of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and is studying her Masters of Music in Conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium.  She is looking forward to conducting ‘Damn Yankees’ for The Production Companylater this year and would like to acknowledge her conducting professors, Vladimir Vais and Imre Pallo.

Vanessa will use her $3,000 Stacey Award prize to help fund her Masters of Music in Conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium under Maestro Imre Pallo.

jointwinners_Scammell_Fitzsimon.jpg The Brian Stacey Memorial Trust congratulate Paul Fitzsimonand Vanessa Scammell on jointly winning the 2008 Brian Stacey Award. These two talented artists fulfil the high expectation both in ability, versatility and drive this unique award demands.

The Stacey Trust is proud to be part of the Helpmann Awards and thanks Live Performance Australia for their outstanding ongoing support.