Congratulations to Rachael Thoms, lyric coloratura soprano and jazz vocalist, as well as Educational Coordinator in the School of Music, who has just won the Open Section of the Patricia Fagan Operatice Aria Finals Championship at the Cowra Eisteddfod on Sunday 19 May.
Accomplished in both jazz and classical performance, she is the only graduate of the Australian National University School of Music to complete a Jazz BMus Performance degree with First Class Honours in Classical Performance and a Master of Music degree. Rachael is also the recipient of the 2011 Canberra International Music Festival Young Performer Award, was a top 100 finalist in ABC’s Operatunity Oz, and is currently vocal tutor for jazz and classical pre-tertiary voice students at the ANU School of Music. She has appeared as a soloist at many vice-regal and diplomatic concerts around Canberra, and has made a considerable mark on the Canberra live music scene since arriving in 2008. Her broadcast credits include ABC Television - Bali Remembered, ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, Artsound FM, and ABC 666. She is also a keen jazz composer and arranger.