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Kerrie O'Connor-Brown

General Details

F.T.C.L., L.T.C.L., A.T.C.L., , A.Mus.A., Dip.Op.Art

Kerrie O’Connor-Brown – FTCL, LTCL, ATCL, AmusA.

As a vocalist and pianist, Kerrie has had an extensive career in both performing and

Focussing initially on a career in performance, Kerrie was highly successful in competitions, winning the prestigious Australian Finals of the Alla Scala Competition, which led to her travelling to Italy to perform at La Scala in Milan. She then travelled to England, working with Vida Harford. Upon her return to Sydney, she was winner of the State Finals of the ABC Vocal and Instrumental Competition. Kerrie continued to study not only performance, but also teaching and in 1979 was admitted as both an Associate and Licentiate (Teachers) of Trinity College, London, and an Associate of the Australian Music Examinations Board. In 1980 she was accredited as a private music teacher by the NSW Conservatorium of Music, undertaking further studies with Professor Modesti (of Paris) and Ernest Metz (of New York). In 1985, she was admitted as a Fellow of the Trinity College of London.

As a performer, Kerrie was a regular Guest Soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and recording artist with the Australian Broadcasting Commission. She was selected to perform in Master Classes with Gerard Souzay and Geoffrey Parsons, and in 1981 was an Artist-in-Resident for the Sydney International Piano Competition.

A graduate from the NSW Conservatorium Opera School, Kerrie’s career has encompassed Music Theatre, Opera, Oratorio and Lieder. Along with her husband, the renowned Heldentenor, Trevor Brown, she conducts a busy music studio at the Conservatorium of Penrith, housed in the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. where she also conducts the “Senior’s Choir” – a small group of older women brought together by the Penrith Council to celebrate Senior’s Week in 2008.

Kerrie is a Member of the Board of the Music Board, ANZCA and is an international examiner for ANZCA. She has also examined for the AMEB and, along with her husband is much in demand as an Adjudicator.

Kerrie has been actively involved with Zonta International as the Charter President of the Blue Mountains Club since 2000 and was a member of the District 24 Board from 2008 to 2010, as the Area 2 Director, covering Clubs in the West and South West of N.S.W. In 2010, Kerrie was nominated for the Women of the West Award.

As a cancer survivor, Kerrie also works with the Peer Support Programme and is an Advocate for the Cancer Council.

Kerrie and Trevor have five wonderful sons, a grand daughter and two grandsons. She loves the theatre and travel and when time permits, working in the garden and trying to complete all her tapestries.

These details were last updated on January 24, 2016