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About Leigh Carriage

Leigh Carriage BA(UNE-NR), BContempMus(Hons)(SCU). Currently enrolled in a Ph.D. in Composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University.

Leigh is one of Australia's leading vocalists, songwriters and contemporary vocal educators. In 2009 Leigh was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning by the Vice Chancellor. The Citations recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning.

Since 1999 Leigh has been the coordinator of a Visiting Artists mentoring program for Women in Contemporary Music and more recently has developed an innovative website. The website shows the vibrant, creative and diverse contribution women musicians have made to Australian music and culture, including graduates and students from Southern Cross University. In a regional area especially, women students in non-traditional areas often lack support, and this website is one way of providing them with information, resources, contacts, mentors, and inspiration. http://www.scu.edu.au/womeninmusic/index.php

For the past decade Leigh has coordinated the APRA AMCOS Songwriters Seminars with artists such as: Rai Thistlethewaite, Blue King Brown, Rob Hirst, Lisa Gerard, Nerida Tyson-Chew, The Stiff Gins, Lucie Thorne, Katie Noonan, Hiatus Kaiyote, Jon Hume, Kerrianne Cox, Elana Stone, Neil Murray and Mia Dyson. The overall design is that Australian Songwriters are invited to discuss their individual and or collaborative approaches to songwriting.
Other festival performances include the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival as well as Brisbane Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues and Roots, Woodford Folk Festival, Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival and Mullum Music Festival, Sydney's Newport and Manly Festivals. Recently Leigh performed with her quartet at the Brisbane Festival in the famous Spiegeltent, along with two of Australia's most widely recognised jazz exports, Jamie Oehlers and Paul Grabowsky.

Research interests include vocal performance, vocal improvisation techniques, vocal artistry, vocal pedagogy and vocal recording. In 2015 at the International Jazz Voice Conference, Helsinki Finland, Leigh presented research on 'Hybridity in the music of Youn Sun Nah: New directions in jazz vocal style'. Leigh is currently engaged in researching and composing for her Ph.D. in Composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University, in particular the collaborative composition and improvisation.  

In 2013, Leigh recorded two albums in Sydney at Studio 301, an original album Mandarin Skyline featuring Hamish Stuart, Jonathan Zwartz, Phil Slater, Matt McMahon, Sam Keevers, Steve Russell and Matt Smith the album has just arrived back from LA where it was mixed and mastered by Helik Hadar. A ten track jazz album was also recorded featuring Brendan Clarke, Hamish Stuart, Steve Russell, Matt Smith. Mandarin Skyline was nominated for a National Bell Award in 2014.

This year Leigh recorded a new album of ten original compositions in Melbourne with engineer Niko Schauble. Several pieces were written for large ensemble - horn and string sections: featuring violinists Lizzy Welsh and Natasha Conrau, cellist – Charlotte Jacke, Violaist – Anna Webb, tenor saxophonist – Julien Wilson, soprano saxophonist – Carl Mackey, alto saxophonists – Angela Davis and Tony Buchannan, baritone saxophonist – Phil Noy, tenor saxophonist – Carlo Barbaro, bassist – Frank Di Sario, drummer - Danny Fischer and guitarist - Stephen Magnusson. This new work is to be release in September this year.

Positions

Present Lecturer, Southern Cross University School of Arts and Social Sciences
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Honors and Awards

  • In 2009 Leigh was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning by the Vice Chancellor. The Citations recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning.
  • Mandarin Skyline was nominated for a National Bell Award in 2014.
  • Nominated and shortlisted for the 2016 Community Engaged Learning Award in two categories
  • 2016 Received a teaching commendation at Southern Cross University awarded to staff members who make a valuable contribution to the School, recognised by their peers and students.
  • Since 2006 Leigh has been successful each year with APRA AMCOS grants to coordinate Songwriting Workshops

Courses

  • Performance, Songwriting, Ensemble Direction, Vocal Studio, Honours Research Units.


Contact Information

PO Box 157
Lismore NSW
Australia 2480
Phone: (+61 2)6620 3874
Fax: (+61 2)6622 4172


Journal articles (4)

Book chapters (1)

Conferences (12)

Creative work (23)