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Welcome to Janet Swain’s Song Dynasty Music

Welcome to Janet Swain – Song Dynasty Music.

I am a choir leader, songwriter, event organiser and performer.

Song Dynasty Music is the home of Big Song Sessions and Workshops, Song Dynasty Concert Events, Dynasty8 Chamber Choir and Big Voice Choir, as well as Janet Swain Songwriting, and I am currently developing a tiny musical, called Delphi Goes Bassooning.

Big Song Sessions for Wellbeing are designed to discover and explore your voice in all its wonder – as music, as therapy, and a simple and profound means to experience the divine and invisible forces within and around us. Everyone is welcome, whether you are just beginning to experience the awesome power of your voice, or you are an experienced singer seeking to deepen your relationship with sound, rhythm and music.

Summer term 2022 – Monday 10th October to Monday 12th December

Mondays 9.30am to 10.30am: 134 Shara Boulevard, Ocean Shores

Mondays 12.30pm to 1.30pm: Kingscliff  Community Hall (Marine Parade)

Cost: $20 per session, or you can purchase a 5 class pass ($80) or 10 class pass ($140) which means you can come to either venue, whenever you choose.

Big Voice Choir starts our summer term for 2022 from Monday 10th October to Monday 12th December at Brunswick Picture House in Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads from 5.30 to 7.30. This is a creative community activity for people who have experience singing in choirs, and we sing a fabulous selection of pop, folk, protest and original songs.

I am based in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia.

Delphi Goes Bassooning

A tiny musical…

A solo show by Janet Swain.

The show will be performed at Laycock Theatre in Gosford in February 2023.

Details…

Big Voice Choir

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Sing About It

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Kids Choir

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About Janet Swain

After many years of study and performance, in 2000 Janet Swain founded Song Dynasty Music and for the past 20 years has worked with several choirs comprising of both adults and children. Her greatest passion is the work she has done with many community choirs, backed by a belief in the importance of singing and song for all people, not just trained musicians. Janet works as an artist teacher in schools and community centres, for workshops, and summer camps. She has been widely successful in producing a numerous large-scale community events including several massed choir performances, involving the administration, creative direction, composition, organisation and teaching of large numbers of adults and children. Recently, Janet was instrumental in the organising of the inaugural Festival of the Voice in Brunswick Heads in 2019, and the current Song Dynasty Bite Size Events – a series of boutique high quality unique events in small local venues – which are (re) scheduled for December 2021.

She has also prepared backing choirs for Josh Groban, Delta Goodrem, Mama Kin Spender and Tones and I.

Committed to developing a strong sense of community and identity through music, especially song, and also creating original compositions for singers of all levels, Janet’s work is grounded in a strong belief that song and singing is a key to understanding different cultures, belief systems and religions. Projects in the past include a combined choir of local Sydney Chinese, Argentinian and Australian Seniors, as well as creating diverse multicultural choirs in partnership with the Australian Migrant English Service in Sydney.

Janet is also an award winning songwriter, and apart from her own projects, she has been commissioned to write songs for schools, events and communities. Her solo CD, Spine, showcases her abilities as songwriter, arranger, instrumentalist and singer.

Over a diverse, accomplished and eclectic musical career, Janet has lived in Tokyo, Kuwait and Singapore, and worked as an English teacher with the British Council in Singapore for 3 years.

In June 2014 Janet moved home with her family to Mullumbimby, in northern NSW, where she currently runs Big Song Sessions, teaches music in a local primary school, performs with The Loveys and Dynasty8 Chamber Choir…and continues to donate her time and creative energy to a number of projects, committed to doing her bit to keep the local performing arts community vibrant and strong.  She plays piano, bassoon, and ukulele.

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“Janet has a particular gift for communicating with a broad cross section of people of diverse ages and backgrounds. Participants speak highly of her skills, commitment, enthusiasm and inspirational teaching and performing techniques.”

Anne-Marie Wiles, Cultural Services Coordinator, South Sydney Council

“Janet has done a wonderful job of administering this project and it has been an absolute pleasure working with her. The manner with which she conducted this program and the professionalism throughout has been exemplary. I hope to have the pleasure to work with her and Song Dynasty again sometime.”

Leighton Farrell, Civic Events Manager, Blacktown Council

“Janet has excellent communication skills and an intuition and “feel for the room” that is often difficult to find. In addition, she is extremely organised and reliable but at the same time has a much appreciated flexibility to adapt to any surprise situation with enthusiasm and dedication ensuring outstanding outcomes.”

Marsha Gusti, President, Kwaya Australia
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