Mrs. Marie-Cecile Henderson
PhD Candidate (CQU), M.Mus., B.Mus. (Hons)(USyd), DSCM
All Vocal Genres/Piano Accompanist
Director: The Cantilena Singers, Riverina Chamber Choir and La Chorale Francaise de Wagga Wagga
Biography: "Marie-Cecile's Music"
Marie-Cecile Henderson holds a Masters of Music (Performance), Bachelor of Music (Merit), Diploma of State Conservatorium and is currently undertaking Doctoral studies with Central Queensland University. Her areas of interest lie within holistic vocal education, encouraging student self-efficacy development and the journey towards helping students achieve a musical identity. She is constantly studying to achieve practical but individualised teaching methods and prides herself on an encouraging and healthful form of voice training in any genre.
Marie-Cecile has vast experience in choral and instrumental conducting, musical directing, vocal teaching and accompanying in a wide range of styles from classical to contemporary repertoire for adult students at any level, from beginners to advanced students. She offers piano accompaniment in all lessons and for all student events. She encourages as much or as little performance as desired in Eisteddfods, RCM and community events and can help you achieve Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) examination or formal Central Queensland University qualifications. Marie-Cecile is the vocal tutor and facilitator of the Central Queensland University Diploma and Bachelor of Music degree courses offered on site at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. Her students have maintained distinction average practical results since the inception of the RCM courses.
Marie-Cecile has an impressive record of professional solo performances, including solos for Handel's "Messiah" in Sydney and performing for Pope John Paul II at the Beatification of St Mary Mackillop for a worldwide audience. She has premiered the works of many Australian composers, in particular the works of Ross Edwards and the late Peter Sculthorpe.
In musical theatre she played the roles of Eponine in London’s West End production of “Les Miserables” and Petra in Stephen Sondheim's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". Marie-Cecile feels equally at home with Opera, performing roles as Carmen, from Bizet's "Carmen", Siebel from Gounod's "Faust", Cherubino from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" and the Second Lady in Mozart's "The Magic Flute". She has given professional recitals throughout Europe and Asia and broadcast for the BBC, ABC and 2MBS FM.
Marie-Cecile has taught in numerous private schools in Sydney, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and in her own private studio. She has travelled extensively to NSW communities delivering music education, including Newcastle, Taree, The Manning Valley, Foster, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Armidale, Brisbane and Wagga Wagga.
Marie-Cecile has been in great demand as a singing tutor and choral director at numerous colleges throughout Cambridge and surrounding areas. Highlights of her career in the UK include teaching and choral directing at King’s College Cambridge and many other prestigious colleges. She also performed professional recitals with Julian Lloyd-Webber. The Cambridge Holiday Orchestra engaged her to tutor numerous Vocal Ensembles. "Her choirs have won awards in music festivals and competitions throughout Europe. No one who meets her can fail to be carried along by her infectious enthusiasm for music!"
Marie-Cecile’s work in the community of the Riverina and beyond has been recognised by her nomination for the Australian of the Year Award and Women of influence Awards. She has won numerous other awards in music and leadership during her career. She has been an Australian Music Examinations Board Examiner, professional adjudicator and has developed many vocal and choral curriculums in numerous schools and conservatoriums. She is an approachable, enthusiastic and charismatic personality and is always willing to assist you with any vocal, piano, performance, accompaniment or choral enquiry.
Contact Details: Mrs. Marie-Cecile Henderson
Tel: 0413 592 212