RECIPIENT OF THE JAMIE AND PRUE PARRISH SCHOLARSHIP
“I didn't know what to do after school, and everyone kept saying ‘do what you love’ and, well, I love to sing... so here I am”
After being told she had to join the choir before she could learn to dance (because that’s what her brother did) – Hannah never looked back. With her new love of music, she spent most mornings and evenings of her school life learning and developing her skills in multiple choirs, symphonic bands and orchestras.
Now, at age 22, Hannah is a classically trained soprano who was granted the Bachelor of Music from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2016. In 2018, she is currently undertaking her final year of the Masters of Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne whilst continuing her musical development under the tutelage of Linda Barcan.
Hannah’s passion for ensemble and solo music has led to her partaking in the Opera Scholars Program which provides an exciting opportunity to holistically grow as a performer. To date, her first two seasons have included performing in concerts in and around Victoria as part of both large and small ensembles, performing at corporate gigs, and performing at Opera in the Alps (Beechworth) and Opera in the Market (Queen Vic Market). She is presently thrilled to be a semi-finalist for the 2017/18 ‘Opera Scholar of the Year’ competition and to be the recipient of the OSA ‘Jamie and Prue Parrish Scholarship’ for the 2018/19 Season.
Previous performance highlights include: First Knabe in scenes from Die Zauberflöte directed by Beverley Blankenship (2016), the MCM Daphnis et Chloe project (2016), adopting the roles of midwife/consoler in the Play of Herod with the Victorian Youth Opera (2014), as well as partaking in a multitude of ensembles during her time at the Conservatorium where she was featured as a soloist.
Hannah is looking forward to what the next years bring; combining her passions for both knowledge and voice.