10 May - 06 Dec 2022
120 Minutes

Inspire Choir

Exercise your vocal chords with Inspire Choir!

Our regular community choir is back in full swing!

Meet like minded people from our Penrith community and surrounds who share a passion for singing and be inspired by music in your life. No previous experience necessary. No music reading skills required.

Led by music professionals, you will learn voice and breathing techniques, new songs and skills to inspire those around you. With performance opportunities to look forward to, refresh your soul, improve your mental health, and learn a new skill with Inspire Choir.

Registrations essential.

Rehearsal times: Tuesdays 6:30-830pm (8 weeks per term)

Cost: Free

Location: Orchestral Room 2, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

For more information contact Cath Dadd, Director, Music at cath.dadd@penrith.city.

2022 Dates

TUESDAYS 6:30pm (2hrs)

Location: Orchestra Room 2 – Level 2

  • Term 2: 10 May – 28 June (8 weeks)
  • Term 3: 2 August – 20 September (8 weeks)
  • Term 4: 18 October – 6 December (8 weeks)

Vocal Director: Clare Richards


Clare began her musical studies at Penrith Conservatorium at age 5, and has now returned as a teacher herself, acquiring three years of teaching experience building her own studio. As well as one on one tuition in both voice and violin, Clare works as the vocal director with the voices of Inspire Choir and River Valley Singers, and has been assisting in the re-development of choir, and vocal study at Penrith Selective High School. 

After completing her exams in 8th-grade voice with distinction through Trinity College London, Clare then continued onto a Bachelor of Music Performance in Voice from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A recipient of the Elizabeth Todd Leider Prize, and with a great passion for new music, Clare was thrilled to round out her time at university, performing Steve Reich’s, Music for 18 Musicians with Splash Percussion at the Sydney Verge Festival. In addition to her vocal direction across both musical theatre ensembles and choirs, Clare has also performed as both a chorister and soloist with both the Sydney Philharmonia Choir and St James Cathedral Choir, as a young artist for the Canberra International Music Festival performing alongside the Song Company, and with Voci Stupende. 

Clare’s technical practice is based mostly on her success with the Bel Canto technique, which she finessed towards the end of her tertiary training alongside tenor Dennis O’Neill, and voice coach Nicole Dorigo. This attention to technique is then applied to various styles of music applicable to students musical interests, to help them achieve the best possible sound.

As well as one on one tutoring, Clare’s experience of choral repertoire provides her with the opportunity to vocally direct the Inspire Choir – a project with community at it’s heart, which has brought a whole new group of singers to the Penrith Conservatorium. Inspire Choir has created a wonderful community of kindness, and musical appreciation within itself.

Terms and Conditions


By enrolling in a Penrith Conservatorium Ensemble or Group Class, you:

  1. Authorise staff of Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd. to seek out emergency medical attention for your participant in the event of an emergency.
  2. Understand that Penrith Conservatorium Ensemble staff and tutors accept no responsibility for the supervision of participants outside official session times.
  3. Agree to indemnify Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd. and its staff against any personal loss, injury or damage to property that may result from participating in the course or sessions.
  4. Consent to the photographing and / or recording of your participant during Penrith Conservatorium Ensemble sessions and related activities for the purposes of promoting Penrith Conservatorium now and in the future.

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