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Ms Sue Carson

Associate Lecturer

School of Creative Industries (Conservatorium)

Career Summary

Biography

Musician Sue Carson is a musical whirlwind, a musical explorer and a musical all-rounder. She has displayed her versatility over more than 23 years in opera, contemporary pop, country, folk, rock and musical theatre.

Since winning the Newcastle Conservatorium Doris Smith Scholarship for classical voice in 1997, which enabled her to study for a short time in London, Sue has shown her musicianship in Hunter region performances of opera, oratorio, musicals, jazz concerts, orchestras.

Sue’s coloratura soprano performances include Mozart’s Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Strauss’s Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide. She played Heloise in the debut performances of local original production Abelard and Heloise by Ross Fiddes and Paul Kavanagh. In music theatre she has played Mrs Lovett in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Carrie in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Her pop/Celtic/bluegrass/rock turn-outs are Sligo Maid (to 1999) and current bands The Sue and Mikey Show and Love That Hat.

As a member of the award-winning Bob Corbett and the Roo Grass Band, Sue plays fiddle and mandolin, and sings backing vocals. The band has four Golden Guitar nominations, tours nationally and has had extensive radio airplay on Country Music Channel and top ten songs on the CMC country charts. She is in demand as a session musician for recordings and performances and has played for Australia's elite country stars such as Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole, The McClymonts, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey, The Adam Eckersley Band and Amber Lawrence. Sue completed a Bachelor of Arts in French and Drama in 1992 and L.Mus.A in Singing in 2010. She is currently studying for a PhD (Music) exploring the performance practice of female crossover singers and associated pedagogies. Sue teaches singing at community and tertiary level at the Newcastle University Conservatorium. She has conducted workshops for school students, university students and at regional music camps.

Sue was nominated for several CONDAs (City of Newcastle Drama Awards) including best professional actress as Beatrice in Hunter Valley Theatre Company’s The Venetian Twins (1996), Susanna in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (2004), and best supporting actress as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute (2009). Sue was also chosen as one of 16 singers nationwide for The Ronald Dowd Summer School for Singers, 2000 Advanced Singers Mastercourse with tutors Victor Morris, Christa Leahmann and Geoffrey Chard in Sydney and won the ABC Newcastle Music Award for Best Female Vocalist in 2003.

Research Expertise
Recent empirical evidence in the area of vocal performance and pedagogy suggests that singers want to learn more than one style. My creative performance work involves the parallel exploration and combination of a variety of singing and instrumental styles including, opera, music theatre, pop, rock, jazz, soul, folk and bluegrass. Through this approach to performance and also through years of teaching multiple genres of voice, I have developed a vocal technique and pedagogy that is at the centre of my research. I am constantly evaluating the challenges inherent in the rare practice of singing a variety of styles on a regular basis and how to convey this knowledge to my students. Further research may contribute to: determining what genres and approaches teachers would ultimately prefer to include in their practice, the perceived advantages and disadvantages of teaching single or multiple genres, and the future development of a collaboratively designed model for voice pedagogy that specifically addresses the inclusion of multiple genres.

Teaching Expertise

Associate Lecturer of voice and popular music

Voice teacher to Conservatorium community students

Manages and conducts small ensembles, group voice techniques and improvisation classes.

Several group workshops, music camps, masterclasses and co-ordination of showcase concerts.

Administrative Expertise

Course coordinator and lecturer in Popular Music Performance.

Assistant strand co-ordinator for voice, guitar and bass guitar strands

Member of BMus Program Management Group


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle
  • Licentiate of Music, Australian Music Examinations Board

Keywords

  • Contemporary violin styles
  • Cross-genre vocal performance
  • Cross-over music
  • Instrumental pedagogy
  • Popular Music
  • Popular music education
  • Singing technique
  • Vocal pedagogy
  • Voice

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130103 Higher Education 30
190406 Music Composition 10
190407 Music Performance 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia

Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2014 Golden Guitar Nomination
Country Music Association of Australia
2013 Golden Guitar Nomination
Country Music Association of Australia
2012 VNCMA
Victorian and National Country Music Awards
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Allan C, Carson S, 'Finding the synergies: Adapting a curriculum to encompass classical and contemporary singing in a university vocal techniques class', ANATS National Conference 2015 - Singing Futures: Pedagogies, Practices and the Digital Age., Hobart, Tasmania (2015)
Co-authors Christopher Allan
2012 Allan C, Carson SL, 'Finding the synergies: Adapting a curriculum to encompass classical and contemporary singing in a university vocal techniques class', Performer's Voice 2nd Symposium "Horizons Crossing Boundaries", Singapore (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Christopher Allan

Creative Work (32 outputs)

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2016 Carson SL, Corbett R, Long R, Carter D, The Bob Corbett Band Performances of original bluegrass/folk/roots and western swing songs on Cruisin' Country 6 showcasing Australia's elite country artists., "Radiance of the seas" Cruise Liner (2016)
2016 Carson SL, Musical Director of "Sing out loud together" performance for the Arts Health Institute Program that brings elders from aged care facilities and nursing homes together with primary school children to perform a variety concert at the culmination of a term's music therapy/rehearsal sessions., St Therese's Primary School, New Lambton, NSW (2016)
2016 Carson SL, Carter D, Stove M, Featured vocalist and violinist in ELO Tribute Concert - songs by Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra arranged for rock band, string quartet, male and female vocals by David Carter, Sue Carson and Michael Stove performed at Lizotte's, Newcastle. (2016)
2016 Carson SL, Fiddes R, Soprano in "A Winter in Europe" classical recital at Adina Vineyard, Pokolbin (30th June) and St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Newcastle (2nd July) for Musical Matinees Inc., featuring songs by Strauss, Grieg, De Falla and Granados, accompanied by composer and pianist, Ross Fiddes. (2016)
2016 Carson SL, O'Brien L, Featured vocalist at Newcastle Art Gallery Concert (October 14th) and Single Launch (December 11th, Adamstown Uniting Church) of breast cancer sufferers/supporters choir "The D Majors". (2016)
2016 Carson SL, Soprano in "A Taste of Strauss" recital for Inaugural Newcastle Music Festival at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, featuring songs by Strauss, Mozart, De Falla, Grieg and Granados, accompanied by composer/pianist Ross Fiddes. (2016)
2016 Carson SL, Corbett R, Long R, Carter D, The Bob Corbett Band Performance at Glen Innes Celtic Festival featuring original songs and incorporating violin, bagpipes, mandolin and banjo., Glen Innes (2016)
2016 Carson SL, Session violinist for CMAA Golden Guitar Awards Show Band at Tamworth Country Music Festival accompanying Pete Denahy, Roo Arcus, The Outlaws and Mustered Courage., Tamworth Entertainment Centre (2016)
2016 Carson SL, Long R, Featured vocalist and violinist in Prince Tribute Concert - songs by Prince arranged for rock band, brass, male and female vocals by Robbie Long performed at The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle West., Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle West (2016)
2015 Carson SL, Corbett R, Long R, Carter D, The Bob Corbett Band Performances of original bluegrass/folk/roots and western swing songs at National Annual Tamworth Country Music Festival, Campfire Festival (Hope Estate, Pokolbin), Camden Show Festival, Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival and Vacy Blues and Roots Festival., Various (2015)
2015 Kinross C, Carson SL, Violin Performances on debut EP by Country/Roots artist Cielle Kinross (2015)
2015 Carson SL, Cruisin' Country 2015 - Violinist /mandolin player and backing vocalist for headlining Australian Country Artists Troy Cassar-Daley, The McClymonts, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey, O'Shea, McAlister-Kemp and Amber Lawrence., Rhapsody of the seas (2015)
2015 Carson SL, Montanjees L, Musical Director and Vocalist/Violinist/Mandolinist in "Jane's Footprints" -premiere performance of traditional/contemporary folk musical about pioneering family member Jane Lashmar's life on Kangaroo Island with songs and tunes written by local composer Les Montanjees., Kangaroo Island (2015)
2015 Carson SL, Barnes J, Stove M, Festival of Voice Showcase of Contemporary cover versions with a difference. Reinterpretations of songs by Kate Bush, The Foo Fighters and Sting., Adamstown Uniting Church (2015)
2015 Carson SL, Lawrence A, Session Violinist for Amber Lawrence Showcase-Central Coast Country Music Festival (2015)
2015 Corbett R, Carson S, Long R, Carter D, The Bob Corbett Band "Roovolution" Album Launch Showcase at Lizotte's Newcastle., Lizotte's Newcastle (2015)
2015 Corbett R, Carson S, Long R, Carter D, Recording of The Bob Corbett Band's Album "Roovolution" or original bluegrass, folk, pop, country, blues and western swing songs, released January 2015, Funky Lizard Studios (2015)
2015 Carson SL, Corbett R, Long R, Carter D, The Bob Corbett Band Performances of original bluegrass/folk/roots and western swing songs at National Annual Karuah Bluegrass Festival and Tamworth "Hats Off" Festival. (2015)
2015 Carson SL, Corbett R, Long R, Carter D, Performer in Bob Corbett and the Roo Grass Band Video Clip "Sydney from a 747", filmed at Gnomesville, Western Australia, by Bob Corbett., Gnomesville, Western Australia (2015)
2015 Carson SL, Corbett R, Long R, Carter D, Bower P, Performer in "Roovolution Re-enactment Series" of Video Clips of the Bob Corbett Band, filmed at Sunset Studio, Tighes Hill, by Peter Bower, directed by Bob Corbett., Sunset Studio, Tighes Hill, NSW (2015)
2014 Carson SL, Long R, Jazz-fusion original and cover versions for the Newcastle Improvised Music Association at Newcastle's Grand Hotel Basement and Colbourne Avenue Jazz Club, Sydney, featuring songs by Rob Long and interpretations of jazz and soul standards performed by Susan Carson-vocals; Rob Long-guitar; Jacob Neale-piano; Brad Rheinberger-drums and Jarrod Gibson-bass., The Basement, Grand Hotel, Newcastle and Colbourne Avenue Jazz, Surry Hills, Sydney (2014)
2014 Carson SL, Carter D, Violin and backing vocal performances at Dave Carter's Album Launch, Newcastle Lizotte's, featuring original songs by Dave Carter., Lizotte's Newcastle (2014)
2014 Carson SL, Corbett R, Long R, Carter D, The Bob Corbett Band Performances of original bluegrass/folk/roots and western swing songs on Cruisin' Country 4 showcasing Australia's elite country artists., Radiance of the Seas Cruise Liner (2014)
2014 Carson SL, Holland J, Violin and backing vocal performances at Jess Holland's Album Launch, Newcastle Lizotte's, featuring original songs by Jess Holland., Lizotte's Newcastle (2014)
2014 Carson SL, Edmonds S, Featured violinist and backing vocalist on nationally renowned Australian blues guitarist Steve Edmonds' Album "Mescalero". (2014)
2014 Carson SL, Quinn N, Violin, mandolin and vocal performances with Nadine Quinn at Airlie Beach Festival including original songs, and blues and roots cover versions., Airlie Beach Selected Venues (2014)
2013 Carson SL, Bowman L, Bowman P, Sammut J, Featured Violinist for performance with Jetty Road at Tamworth Country Music Festival Capitol Theatre Showcase, 2013., Capitol Theatre, Tamworth (2013)
2013 Carson SL, Corbett R, Long R, Carter D, Bob Corbett and the Roo Grass Band National Country Hall Tour of 26 venues across 5 Australian States featuring original bluegrass, folk, pop, blues and roots and western swing songs., Country Hall (2013)
2012 Carson SL, Corbett R, Recording of fiddle and backing vocals on Bob Corbett's album "Every Day is a Festival", recorded at Foggy Mountain Studio by Nash Chambers, released in 2012. (2012)
2011 Corbett R, Carson S, Long R, Carter D, Recording of The Bob Corbett Band's Album "Lucky Country" of original fusion of bluegrass, folk, pop, country, blues and western swing songs, nominated for Best Alternate Country Album at the CMAA Golden Guitar Awards in 2012, released in 2011., Funky Lizard Studios (2011)
2011 Carson SL, Corbett R, Stove M, Long R, Carter D, Performer in Bob Corbett and the Roo Grass Band video clip "Mandolin" filmed at Dizzyland Amusement Park, Salt Ash, by Michael Stove and Bob Corbett., Dizzyland, Salt Ash, NSW. (2011)
2010 Corbett R, Carson S, Long R, Carter D, Recording of Bob Corbett and the Roo Grass Band's Album "Silver Lining" of original acoustic fusion of bluegrass, folk, pop, blues and roots songs, released in 2010., Bob Corbett's Studio (2010)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $26,000

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20151 grants / $1,000

Singing Futures: Pedagogies, Practices and the Digital Age, Hobart Australia, 24-27 September 2015$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Ms Sue Carson
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500805
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $15,000

Contemporary Music Touring Program$15,000

Funding body: Australia Council for the Arts

Funding body Australia Council for the Arts
Project Team

Bob Corbett

Scheme Contemporary Music Touring Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20091 grants / $10,000

Contemporary Music Touring Program$10,000

Funding body: Australian Government

Funding body Australian Government
Project Team

Bob Corbett

Scheme Contemporary Music Touring Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N
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Ms Sue Carson

Positions

Associate Lecturer
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Non-Tertiary Music Teacher
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Conservatorium

Contact Details

Email susan.carson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8942

Office

Room CON228
Location The Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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