Tania de Jong AM is a leading Australian soprano and social entrepreneur. She founded Creativity Australia and Creative Universe to inspire people to find their voice and to improve wellbeing, engagement and innovation in organisations and communities. Tania presents keynote speeches globally and consults to multinational organizations on creative leadership for the 21st Century. She works with a range of migrants and disadvantaged communities through the innovative WITH ONE VOICE choir program she founded to build social capital, employment pathways and community wellbeing. The With One Voice program brings together a diverse range of people in different locations enabling individuals to find their voice, connect with community, increase wellbeing and unlock potential. When many diverse voices come together as one voice, the outcomes can be transformational.
Jonathan Morton is a founding member and director of Pot-Pourri and Music Theatre Australia. Alongside singing, Jonathan also has a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and plays the didgeridoo. Jonathan completed the Opera Studio course at VCA. He performed with the Victorian State Opera from 1988 as well as performing with the Melbourne Opera Company, Castlemaine State Festival and Port Fairy Festival.
Melbourne pianist, conductor and composer Stefan Cassomenos completed his tertiary studies on full scholarship at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National Academy of Music, majoring in piano performance. His main piano teachers were Margarita Krupina and Stephen McIntyre. Stefan has appeared as a soloist in St Petersburg, Tallinn, Warsaw, Krakow, Rhodes, Athens, Rome, Milan, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Tokyo, and throughout the United Kingdom and Australia. His 2007 London debut was described, in a Musical Opinion review by John Amis, as 'alive, passionate, and dramatic ... a prodigious London debut by a formidable talent.' He was recently a grand finalist in the 2012 Rhodes International Piano Competition, and he has been shortlisted following international auditions as a participant in the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition, to be held in July. Stefan gives regular solo recitals throughout Australia, and frequently performs concertos with orchestras, which have included the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic Melbourne, and several other youth and community orchestras. Stefan is generously supported by Kawai Australia, Creative Universe, and the Youth Music Foundation of Australia.
The Melbourne Musicians, founded by Frank Pam in 1975, comprises leading freelance players, including string teachers at Melbourne's foremost private schools, and advanced students from institutions such as the Australian National Academy of Music.