Location: Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Judith Clingan AM (Member of the Order of Australia) BA (languages, Australian National University), Dip Mus Ed (Kecskemet, Hungary) is a composer, conductor, singer, wind and percussion player, and music educator. She co-founded SCUNA (ANU Choral Society) in 1963, founded the Canberra Children's Choir in 1967, the Young Music Society Summer Schools in 1969, Gaudeamus (now Music for Everyone) in 1983, Lady's Mantle in 1991, Voicebox Youth Opera in 1994, Imagine Music Theatre in 1995, Wayfarers Australia in 1997, The Variables in 1997; she co-founded A Chorus of Women in 2003. She has also directed the Canberra Choral Society, the Tasmania University Choral Society, SCUNA, the Oriana Chorale, Cyrenes Women's Choir and Canberra Qwire. She still directs Wayfarers and Imagine. As a composer, she has received many commissions, residencies and awards: she has composed mostly choral music, but also chamber music, solo songs, operas, music theatre and orchestral music. She has taught and directed performances of most of the major European choral repertoire from mediaeval, Renaissance and baroque to 20th century. She has commissioned other Australian composers, and performed their works. Since 1991 she has been involved with Steiner / Waldorf schools, and has written many songs for their use. In 2012 she spent 11 months rehearsing and then performing and teaching with 20 adult Wayfarers all over the world, via Steiner schools, community choirs, churches and cathedrals. Some of her compositions have been published by Matilda Press and Currency Press; many are available via the Australian Music Centre. She has self-published A Compleat Chorister, So Good a Thing (5 volumes), Songs of the Tree of Life, volumes 1 and 2; and is currently about to self-publish Together: SSA and SAB volumes. She has released several CDs: Choralations, Short and Sweet, Songs of the Tree of Life, Glimpses, The Floor of Heaven. Since 2001 she has been doing her best to get on top of digital music writing (using Sibelius), and is now hoping to work out how to become an on-line seller of her music. Any helpful suggestions very welcome!