Janet’s passion has always been singing – in all it’s manifestations, from folk, to pop, to harmonic chanting, to western classical, which she is currently studying.
She recently completed her diploma of education in music and drama at Southern Cross University after many years of teaching, songwriting, performing, organising and conducting vocal ensembles in Sydney and Singapore. She organised and directed choirs for Josh Groban and Delta Goodrum, both at Sydney Opera House.
Her most recent work was in Singapore where she founded and directed the Rambutan Kids Choir, Gorgeous Women’s Choir and taught a cappella singing in many local schools and universities. In Singapore Janet also taught English at the British Council.
Janet has been working with Kwaya – a cross cultural music company based in Australia.
She travelled to Uganda in 2013 to sing with Jonathan Welch and the African Children’s Choir, and in 2014 she led a group of thirty singers to sing, play and learn with the kids at the African Children’s Choir Primary School in Kampala.
In May 2015 Janet teamed up with Lynne Williams, Jonathan Welch, Rachel Hore, and Kate Miller-Heidke to conduct a concert featuring the African Children’s Choir and a thousand voice choir.
She also organised the tour of the ACC kids when they visited Byron Bay and Mullumbimby in June 2015, and UBUNTU African Youth Choir in July 2016.
Before all of this, Janet directed many community choirs in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, worked on large community music projects with local councils – including composing the song for the re-lighting of the Olympic Cauldron in Sydney (2001) – and performed as a singer songwriter.
Janet lives in South Golden Beach, north of Byron Bay with her family, and she performs with The Loveys. Janet also teaches classroom music at Mullumbimby Primary School and The Pocket Public School.
Janet is the founder and director of Song Dynasty Music, and she teaches:
TropRock Choir – Mondays 6.30 to 8.30 (with Adrian Brett)
Mullum Girls Choir – Fridays 4pm to 5.30pm
Science is now agreeing with what many singers already know. Singing in harmony in a group can play a vital role in contributing to our physical and mental health.
In addition to releasing oxytocin, a natural stress reliever found to alleviate feelings of depression and loneliness, singing in a group can boost your immune system as well as your confidence. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found that choristers’ heartbeats synchronise when they sing together, bringing about a calming effect that is as beneficial to our health as yoga. They showed that singing has a dramatic effect on heart rate variability, which is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.
“Song is a form of regular, controlled breathing, since breathing out occurs on the song phrases and inhaling takes place between these,” says Dr Björn Vickhoff, who led the study. “It gives you pretty much the same effect as yoga breathing. It helps you relax, and there are indications that it does provide a heart benefit.”
Janet Swain has long believed in the healing power of song both for listeners and singers. She began her musical career twenty-five years ago and has led both professional and community choirs all over the world. Her philanthropic endeavours include travelling to Uganda with Kwaya Australia where she led a group of 30 Australian singers to sing and perform for Ugandan VIPs with children from the African Children’s Choir.
Janet is passionate about the mental health of girls and women and has witnessed the positive effect music can have on their abilities to cope with day-to-day life. She has recently relocated to Australia from Singapore where she founded and directed the renowned Janet Swain children’s and women’s choirs.