Welcome to Janet Swain’s Song Dynasty Music

I am based in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia and 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 the brand new original musical, Delphi Goes Bassooning.

The Big Voice Choir starts our Autumn term on Monday 25 April 2022 at Brunswick Picture House from 5.30 to 7.30.

Meanwhile, Big Song Sessions – singing for wellbeing – have commenced for 2022! Bigger and better than ever.

Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall (Fingal Street): 9.30am to 10.30am.

Kingscliff  Community Hall (Marine Parade): 12.30am to 1.30am.

Dynasty8 Chamber Choir

with David Bennett @Planet Earth Gongs
“As close to a religious experience that an atheist can have! Harmonies to weep to!”

music for high vibration

Friday 29 July 6pm to 7pm
Janet’s House (intimate seated performance with wine and cheese)

Saturday 30 July 3pm
Durrumbul Hall Mullumbimby (optional lying down event)

Sunday 31 July 3pm
Kingscliff Hall, Marine Parade, Kingscliff (optional lying down event)

Big Voice Choir


Sing About It


Kids Choir


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.

Latest News

“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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