Dan is a dynamic, energetic and generous person to sing with.
She is a skilled musician and a wonderful facilitator of large groups of people. She is exceptional in her ability to bring joy and unity whilst creating clever musical outcomes for performance from groups with often very differing levels of musicality.
At the heart of her work as a community singing leader is the belief that healthy communities need to have access to cultural opportunities and that singing provides a unique opportunity for a diverse spectrum of community members to come together in performance of one of the oldest cultural activities in the world. Participatory music making and community singing in particular help to foster the things that lead to resilience and sustainability within communities; happy and connected people.
Dan grew up singing with Judith Clingan’s Gaudeamus, touring nationally and internationally as a choir member and soloist. As an adult she has worked as a community singing leader for the last 15 years. She regularly facilitates workshops and choirs in the Bega Valley and is part of a vibrant choral network in regional NSW.
In the last few years she conducted the Gospel Project Bega (2012/14) with 100 singers and a six piece band, facilitated the Cobargo Folk Festival Choir (2013/14/15) with Fiona Boyes, composed for the opening of the Four Winds Festival, co-facilitated the Candelo Festival opening concert, led the Deep River Choir in Moruya as well as directing her two community choirs, That Bunch of Singers and the Bega Street Choir. She also meets regularly with a small group of fellow choir leaders to workshop compositions and improve conducting technique. Her work is partly teaching choral skills and music literacy and partly creating connectedness and joy within the social ecology.
Prior to working as a community singing leader Dan graduated from the John Bolton Theatre School and then went on to perform a solo show at La Mama theatre in Melbourne in February 2001 that was co-created and directed by John Bolton. The show My Brother the Fish was nominated for three Greenroom awards, winning two for Best Production and Best Direction.
She also has first class honours in creative writing and English from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Education from La Trobe.