Staff

Natalie Claire Woodcock (Director)

Natalie maintains a busy career as choral director, music teacher and vocal performer. She is enthusiastic and highly skilled.

Natalie has an expert knowledge of the voice and dynamic performance experience. Natalie's prodigious talent was nurtured from the tender age of seven when she began studying singing and music.  Since an early age she has performed in talent quests, musicals, auditorium shows, ensemble groups and bands. Natalie captivated a 20,000 strong audience at the Lights of Christmas 2016 on the steps of St Mary's Cathedral and entertained an audience of 5,000 at Carols By the Beach, Thirroul 2015.  She has performed for numerous coorporate clients, events such as Southern Cross University Graduations at Wesley Theatre and Memorial for the NSW Transport Workers Union.  Her voice has graced weddings, funerals, parties, festivals and other functions.  She has been a member of the UNSW Collegium Musicum Choir and the internationally acclaimed Australian Voices; and she is the founding member of Cantabile Quartet and Natalie Claire Jazz Band.

Natalie graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Music Education majoring in voice.  She sings with the effortless ease you would expect of a seasoned professional and is a highly skilled pianist. Natalie continues to attend various conferences run by Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing, Australian Music Examination Board, Teacher Training Australia, Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia, and Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training.

Natalie has experience teaching music programs to early childhood groups and primary and high schools. She has enjoyed her varied and demanding roles that have included classroom teaching, development of school curriculum, running of school musicals and the preparation for performances.

Natalie has produced spectacular performances, often combining multiple choirs. She previously worked as a Director of Music for the Australian Youth Choir where she was called upon to direct rehearsals, conduct at various concerts and to run many auditions across Sydney.  She also previously worked as the Director of the vibrant adult choir One World Choral.

Natalie founded the Sutherland Shire Children’s Choir and Cantabile Music to provide outstanding performance and education opportunities for young singers in the local area.

Sara Mendes (Accompanist)

Sara Mendes is an experienced music teacher and pianist.  She is a passionate teacher who has organised and directed concerts, arts events and music projects.  Sara also performs as a soloist and chamber musician.

Sara studied in Russia and Switzerland.  She graduated as a concert pianist at Saint Petersburg, Russia and then received her Master of Arts in Music Education in Zurich, Switzerland.  Since then she has taught over one hundred students and collaborated with experienced musicians in Russia, Switzerland, Portugal and Australia.

Sara has been working as a piano accompanist for the Sutherland Shire Children's Choir since July 2016.  Sara loves working with choirs and has established a wonderful rapport with the children.

 

Karen Ramirez (Relief Teacher)

Karen Ramirez is the Assistant Director of Endeavour Harmony Chorus – a multi award winning dynamic female performing group who specialise in 4 part harmony acappella singing.  Karen has been an active member of the chorus for 15 years where she has played a vital role in the vocal development and growth of many of the 90+ chorus members.  She has a very keen ear and has a great knowledge of music and the singing voice.

Karen has taught a variety of classes from small group Music Appreciation for toddlers, to group music lessons for primary and high school students as well as individual students of all ages in piano and voice.

Karen’s passion for music and the voice has earned her many awards including 2 music scholarships in her youth, recognition for creating a Music Appreciation Course for Toddlers, achieving the highest result over a two year period when completing the Choral Directors Certificate Program and she also won a grant to attend a Vocal Development Workshop in the USA in 2014.