Award Recipient 2015

Jessica-Stacey-Winner-2015.jpgJESSICA GETHIN

Australian conductor Jessica Gethin has won praise from audiences and critics alike for her dynamic energy, outstanding musicianship and abounding presence on the podium. An accomplished violinist, Jessica graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree where she received the Faith Court Scholarship Prize for Performance. Jessica first took to the podium as the WA Youth Orchestra Conducting Intern followed by five years in the exclusive Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program where she received a scholarship to study under internationally renowned conductors with the Adelaide, Queensland, Victorian, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. Experiencing a diverse background working in genres ranging from symphonic, opera and ballet to contemporary, jazz and film score, Jessica has performed on stages throughout Europe, USA, UK, Canada, Asia and Australia. Artist collaborations include conducting Welsh bass baritone Bryn Terfel, Divinyl’s Chrissy Amphlette, musical theatre star Lucy Durack, soprano Rachelle Durkin, stage star Lisa McCune, soprano Marina Prior, tenor David Hobson, jazz trumpeter James Morrison, acclaimed Dutch violinist Rudolf Koelman and Australian soprano Sara Macliver. In 2011 Jessica commenced her current appointment as Chief Conductor of the Perth Symphony Orchestra (Western Australia). A passionate advocate for music education, Jessica often appears as guest speaker, orchestrator, presenter and adjudicator across the country. Recently the Dallas Opera announced Jessica as an Inaugural Fellow accepted into the Institute of Women Conductors. Selected internationally as one of six conductors chosen from over 27 countries, Jessica will travel to Dallas to participate in the elite opera program for distinguished professional conductors in November 2015.

Winning this prestigious award is vital to the next step of Jessica’s career as a conductor. Proudly born and bred in Australia, Jessica is committed to making her career work from her home soil, a Mum of two young children and a very supportive husband. “I have spent the last decade working hard on developing my skills, but now is the right time for me to broaden my opportunities, gain wider exposure and further develop my field to ensure an established, fruitful and successful career on the podium. The Brian Stacey Award will play an essential part in assisting me with this next step, allowing me to travel to the United States, Germany and Asia over the next two years following through on existing invitations in the genres of opera, ballet and film score.”

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