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St Andrew’s Director of Music Selected for Residency at Elite Dallas Opera

August 16, 2018

Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith has been the Director of Music at St Andrew’s College since 2011, in that time, Choirs of two separate years (2011 and 2014) became finalists in the Sydney Eisteddfod. Today, she is counted as one of only 6 music professionals to receive residency for an elite program at Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera. She’s also the fourth Australian to ever receive residency in the program which focuses on furthering the careers of exceptionally talented women, working as professional musicians or conductors.

Dr Penicka-Smith noted feeling extremely excited after being offered a place in the program, as the three Australians chosen in previous years are markedly achieved in the industry. As Sarah is currently the Director of Music for St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney, Macquarie Singers and holds Director roles with both the Pacific Pride Choir and the Opera Prometheus, she goes into the program with a myriad of impressive titles and experiences.

Sarah will attend the program from October through to November of 2018, wherein the program will include conducting opportunities, master classes, intensive working sessions and industry advice.

The St Andrew’s community would like to congratulate Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith on her achievement and wish her the best of luck during her residency in the program. 

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